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Background/Aim: The African American (AA) population is disproportionately impacted by hypertension-related complications. Compared to other races, AAs are at a significantly higher risk of mortality and a three-times increased risk of stroke. AA men have the highest hypertension-related mortality compared to any other race, ethnic group, or sex. In response to this challenge, the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) collaborated with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to prevent, detect and control hypertension among AA men ages 35-64. Henry Ford Health was awarded a 5-year grant from the ACPM and CDC to address hypertension improvement for AA males. Strategies to create synergy and seamlessness between the existing RN BP recheck and Embedded-pharmacist teams were developed to capitalize on activities already implemented to improve BP control for the general adult population. Addressing specific disparities in BP control for AA men led to creation of the “Express Blood Pressure Clinic” (Exp BP) that focused on the following aims: Achievement of blood pressure goal in ~8 weeks (<= 140/ <= 90); Monitor medication adherence, BP control and program satisfaction; Assess & address Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) needs-focus on food insecurity.

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Henry Ford Health


Detroit, Michigan


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Project #51: Reducing Hypertension in Younger African American Men: Advancing Health Equity with a Multidisciplinary Express Blood Pressure Clinic



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