Heart Disease and Stroke Program Grants and Projects

Grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Texas Heart Disease and Stroke Program (HDSP)was awarded twogrants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).. These grantsallow the Heart Disease and Stroke Program to assist in implementing bestpractices for the identification and management of high blood pressure and highcholesterol across the state. 

 

In collaboration with the DSHSDiabetes Prevention and Control Program, the strategies for CDC-RFA-DP18-1815, Improving theHealth of Americans through the Prevention and Management of Diabetes and HeartDisease and Stroke, include to:

  • Help clinics use electronic health records to find and treat patients with high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
  • Increase the use of non-physician teammembers, such as pharmacists, nurses, medical assistants, and community health workersto help patients lower their high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
  • Promote the role of pharmacists in managing high blood pressure and highcholesterol through medication therapy management (MTM). MTM includes reviewingand adjusting medications to ensure they are beneficial for the patient.
  • Help clinics and communities to teach patients with high blood pressurehow to monitor and track their blood pressure at home. 
  • Help clinics to refer patients with high blood pressure of highcholesterol to community resources to manage their condition. 

For CDC-RFA-DP18-1817,Innovative State and Local Public Health Strategiesto Prevent and Manage Diabetes and Heart Disease and Stroke, the strategiesinclude:

  • Helpclinics use electronic health records to find and treat patients with highblood pressure and high cholesterol.
  • Use team-based care to manage high blood pressure and highcholesterol by including nurses, medical assistants, community health workersand pharmacists in care plans. 
  • Promote the use of MTM between communitypharmacists and primary care providers to manage high blood pressure and highcholesterol and promote lifestyle changes.
  • Increase the use of community healthworkers to help patients manage high blood pressure andhigh cholesterol.
  • Create referral pathways to and from clinic and community resources.These pathways allow physicians to follow-up on patients enrolled in high bloodpressure and high cholesterol management programs held outside of the clinic. 
  • Expand the use of telehealth to help patients manage high blood pressure and highcholesterol.

HDSP staffprovide guidance and help to the following organizations andpartners in implementing the above strategies in DSHS Public Health Regions 4-8.  

  • Northeast TexasPublic Health District
  • University ofTexas at Austin, College of Pharmacy
  • University of Texas Health ScienceCenter at Houston
  • University of Texas Health ScienceCenter at Tyler
  • DSHS Office of Border Public Health, PublicHealth Region 8

Projects

Texas Hypertension Control Movement  

Since 2018, the HDSP has partnered withthe American Heart Association (AHA) to improve blood pressure control for ahealthier Texas. The purpose of this collaboration is to bring together clinicsand community-based organizations, along with academic institutions, to achievehypertension control across Texas. This is done by using Target: BP™ and CDC strategies.

 

GOAL:Achieve >70 percent hypertension control across Texas by 2024.

Regional Hypertension Collaboratives  

The HDSP and AHA support the regional hypertension collaboratives acrossTexas to improve hypertension control rates. At the regional and locallevels, leaders from health care and community settings come together to:

 

  • Learn and help achieve hypertension controlthrough Target:BP™ and the M.A.P. framework (M=Measure accurately, A=Actrapidly and P=Partner with patients)
  • Connect with local partners
  • Share resources to assist patients control theirhigh blood pressure

 

Texas Hypertension Control Summit

 

The HDSP collaborates with the AHA, American MedicalAssociation, and the Chair from the Texas Cardiovascular and Stroke Partnershipto host the Texas Hypertension Control Summit. The Summit bringstogether national experts and Texas leaders to share the latestevidence-based strategies to help improve hypertension in clinical andcommunity settings across Texas.

Past Projects

TexasHypertension Control Learning Collaborative  (Past Project – No longer acceptingapplications)

The THCLC project isaimed to help clinics improve hypertension control rates through the adoptionand implementation of self-measured blood pressure (SMBP) monitoring policiesand protocols. 

 

Applicationsare being accepted through December 10, 2021. 

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