CDC invites applications for the 2018 Hypertension Control Challenge

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Pharmacists are among health professionals encouraged to participate

CDC invites pharmacists and other health professionals, health systems, and practices nationwide to achieve hypertension control rates of 80% or greater over a 12-month period in their patient populations through the 2018 Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge, sponsored by CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention.

Pharmacists were specifically called out in the new American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology hypertension guideline, which named APhA, and have also been recognized in the Million Hearts initiative.

Over the past 5 years, CDC has seen tremendous progress among health systems and health professionals helping patients manage high blood pressure by using innovative, evidence-based tools and protocols. While these efforts are promising, there is still a long way to go, CDC said, noting that about one in three American adults—75 million people—have high blood pressure, and nearly one-half of them don’t have it under control.

“We know what works to achieve high rates of blood pressure control, and we have learned from our previous Hypertension Control Champions and applaud them for their success in attaining a blood pressure control rate of at least 70 percent among their patients with high blood pressure. They all have described a focus on improving blood pressure control and have deployed the use of teams, technology, and processes to support the patient in getting to control,” said Betsy L. Thompson, MD, MSPH, DrPH, director of CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention.

The Hypertension Control Challenge is open February 20, 2018, through April 6, 2018. The 2018 Champions will be announced at http://millionhearts.hhs.gov in fall 2018. For more information on rules and eligibility requirements, please visit http://bit.ly/2nKW5qA. Questions about the challenge should be directed to millionhearts@cdc.gov, with “Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge” in the subject line.

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