NACHC Million Hearts® Initiative

NACHC and the CDC are partnered together to reduce heart attacks and strokes to help achieve the Million Hearts® 2022 goals. The current focus has been to implement strategies to reduce undiagnosed hypertension, improve use of statins in high-risk patients, improve hypertension management and control for African Americans, and expanding use of self-measured blood pressure monitoring. NACHC is implementing and scaling strategies for health centers to improve performance in the following areas:

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Statin Therapy for High-Risk Patients

The project focuses on improving use of statin therapy for patients at high risk of heart attack and stroke through enhanced care processes to prescribe statins to as many high-risk patients as possible.


Improving Blood Pressure Control for African Americans

This project focuses on implementing evidence-based and promising practices to improve blood pressure control for African Americans to intensify guideline-recommended therapy, increase frequency of patient touch points, improve medication adherence, and increase patient engagement.


Self-Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring (SMBP)

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The focus of this work is to support the CDC’s SMBP National Strategy, which aims to accelerate the adoption of SMBP as a national standard of care. This is done by addressing key challenges in the areas of community engagement, reimbursement, HIT, hosting a quarterly SMBP virtual forum, and supporting an online community of peers in the SMBP field.


Undiagnosed Hypertension

This project focuses on scaling evidence-based practices, including a HIT-based algorithm, to improve the detection and diagnosis of hypertensive patients “hiding in plain sight” at health centers with undiagnosed hypertension.


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