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Amena Abbas, MPH, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4770 Buford Highway, Mail Stop S107-1, Atlanta, GA 30341. Telephone: (404) 498-5090. Email: aabbas@cdc.gov

We acknowledge Million Hearts partners for assistance in the initial identification of potential candidates for the Hypertension Control Exemplars. We acknowledge the Hypertension Control Exemplars for their participation in interviews and sharing data to complete this project. We acknowledge Jessica Barnett, MPH, program management analyst and Jacqueline R. Strayer, MPH, of Million Hearts for health communications and for interviewing Hypertension Control Exemplars, among other contributions to the project. The findings and conclusions in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The opinions expressed by authors contributing to this journal do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Public Health Service, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the authors' affiliated institutions.


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This study was supported in part by an appointment to the Research Participation Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education through an interagency agreement between the US Department of Energy and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. No copyrighted materials or tools were used in this evaluation.


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Commitment to Hypertension Control During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Million Hearts Initiative Exemplars


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Volume 19


, Pages E47-E47

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Hypertension is a major risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, but 3 of 4 US adults do not have their blood pressure adequately controlled. Million Hearts (US Department of Health and Human Services) is a national initiative that promotes a set of priorities and interventions to optimize delivery of evidence-based strategies to manage cardiovascular disease, including hypertension. The COVID-19 pandemic, however, has disrupted routine care and preventive service delivery. We identified examples of clinical and health organizations that adapted services and care processes to continue a focus on monitoring and controlling hypertension during the pandemic. Eight Hypertension Control Exemplars were identified and interviewed. They reported various adapted care strategies including telemedicine, engaging patients in self-measured blood pressure monitoring, adapting or implementing medication management services, activating partnerships to respond to patient needs or expand services, and implementing unique patient outreach approaches. Documenting these hypertension control strategies can help increase adoption of adaptive approaches during public health emergencies and routine care.
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