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Texas Heart Disease and Stroke Program Special Projects

Grants 


State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health

This is a five-year CDC grant to implement a coordinated approach to reduce the burden of chronic condition. For more information, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/about/state-public-health-actions.htm.

Contracts and Activities

Texas Pharmacy Association – Texas Hypertension Adherence Project
The Texas Pharmacy Association (TPA) will engage a minimum of 50 pharmacists in Northeast Texas to promote hypertension control activities. Specific activities include creating an awareness about hypertension and educating patients on the importance of medication adherence. Participating pharmacists will complete an online training entitled “Improving Hypertension Outcome: The Community Pharmacist Involvement.” This training covers hypertension, medication adherence, and resources such as the Million Hearts Team Up, Pressure Down for helping patients manage their hypertension.

For more information, please visit:
http://www.texaspharmacy.org/?page=TexasHTN_Project_2&hhSearchTerms=%22Medication+and+adherence%22

North Texas Regional Extension Center/Dallas Fort Worth Hospital Council Education and Research Foundation
The North Texas Regional Extension Center is working with physician practice groups to increase the use of health information technology and electronic health records for identifying, preventing and treating patients with high blood pressure, pre-diabetes, and diabetes. The Extension Center will continue to work with 11 physician practice groups to improve electronic health records and will develop a web module to provide online staff training to improve their electronic health records. The practice groups complete quarterly surveys and develop intervention plans to evaluate progress in improving their electronic health record systems to better identify and treat patients with high blood pressure, pre-diabetes, and diabetes.

Texas Area Health Education Center East through the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Texas Area Health Education (AHEC) East is providing continuing education classes to health professionals and providers on how to better use clinical support tools and protocols to improve opportunities to diagnosis patients with hypertension and pre-diabetes, to improve medication adherence among patients with diabetes and hypertension, and to implement self-measured blood pressure monitoring.

Specific training topics include: 
• Improving the use and performance of electronic health records to identify and treat patients with pre-diabetes, diabetes, and hypertension
• Current trends on hypertension management, including developing a care plan for high blood pressure management.
• Using a team approach for improving medication adherence in patients diagnosed with hypertension and perhaps other co-morbid conditions. The training will identify ways providers can improve patient’s medication adherence through a chronic disease management plan, including interval monthly reminders, patient follow-up and other management plan principles.
• Using community health workers to address:(1) home blood pressure monitoring techniques and record management, (2) team participation for hypertension chronic disease management, and (3) patient support methods for effective hypertension management.

Outcome: Family Medicine Symposium

      Texas Health Education Center - East supported three continuing education seminars on providers utilizing electronic health records, current trends in hypertension management, and using a team approach for improving medication adherence in patients diagnosed with hypertension and other co-morbid conditions.

      Conference presentations are now available for PDF download:

      Home Blood Pressure Monitoring Project
      The TMF Quality Innovation Network Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO), Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and North East Texas Public Health District (NET Health) have partnered to increase blood pressure control in North East Texas through a joint project focused on home blood pressure monitoring. Home blood pressure monitoring is a best practice for improving blood pressure control. The project will assist with efforts to increase blood pressure control rates in a highly prevalent hypertension region in Texas.

      The Home Blood Pressure Monitoring Project is being piloted in four local health departments. These health departments adopt policies and procedure to support home blood pressure monitoring and work with community partners are asked to identify patients with uncontrolled high blood pressure. A certified Community Health Worker and/or staff provide patients with a home blood pressure monitor and teach patients how to use the monitor and track their blood pressure. Patients will track their blood pressure daily and submit weekly readings to the health department.

      Below are resources developed for the project.

      English Blood Pressure Guide Cover

      Understanding Blood Pressure Guide (English)

      Spanish Blood Pressure Guide Cover

      Understanding Blood Pressure Guide (Spanish)  

      English Blood Pressure Passport Cover

      My Blood Pressure Passport (English)

      Blood Pressure Passport Spanish Cover

      My Blood Pressure Passport (Spanish)


      For more information, please send an email to mailto:cardio@dshs.state.tx.us?subject=Home Blood Pressure Monitoring.


      Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) to reduce disparities in hypertension identification and control among Texans through a state-wide learning collaborative

      For more information, please visit http://www.astho.org.
      The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section (HPCDPS) has received a grant from the Association of State And Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) to reduce disparities in hypertension identification and control among Texans through a state-wide learning collaborative. 

      The Texas Learning Collaborative: Creating Community-Clinical Linkages to Reduce Disparities in Hypertension Identification and Control will implement a multi-partner approach to support Texans with hypertension in achieving blood pressure control by increasing the reporting and monitoring of National Quality Forum Measure 18 (hypertension control), improving the identification of undiagnosed Texans with hypertension, and improving the diagnosis, treatment and follow up of Texans with hypertension. 

      The Texas Learning Collaborative will support the following local health departments in North and Northeast Texas to achieve project goals. 

      Jasper Newton County Public Health District 
      Northeast Texas Public Health District 
      Wichita Falls – Wichita County Public Health District 


      Last updated July 25, 2017