Reducing Racial Disparities Through Improved Hypertension Control in African Americans

Project Overview

7th Funding Cycle Development Award
     Project Start Date:   1/1/2012
     Project End Date: 12/31/2013
     Award Amount:       $188,955

Project Goal Statement: To develop, implement and evaluate a portable, cost-effective hypertension control strategy in a primary care setting serving low-income African Americans.

 Community Partners:

Primary Community Partner: Allison Kos, DO, Progressive Community Health Centers
Additional community partner organization names:

  • American Heart Association
  • Center for Urban Population Health
  • Lindsay Heights Neighborhood Health Alliance
  • Milwaukee Area Health Education Center
  • Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association
 Academic Partner:

Primary Academic Partner: Theodore Kotchen, MD, Department of Medicine

 Project Progress Summary Reports:

Project Progress Report Summary 1/1/2012 - 8/31/2012
Project Progress Report Summary 9/1/2012 - 8/31/2013
Project Final Report Summary

 Affiliated Web Pages:

     American Heart Association
     Center for Urban Population Health
     Lindsay Heights Neighborhood Health Alliance
     Milwaukee Area Health Education Center
     Progressive Community Health Centers
     Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association

 Project Dissemination Efforts (as reported by the project partners)
  • Articles
    • Article in Washington Park Beat community newspaper, Feb 2012 issue, about the HWPP grant and hypertension project
    • Summary of program included in the Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association eNewsletter
  • Outreach Materials / Events
    • Developed handouts for group sessions based on curriculum from the American Heart Association’s “Life Simple Seven”
    • Conducted Community Health Worker training session (January-September 2012)
    • Community Health Worker participated in the Milwaukee Area Health Alliance Best Practices Conference (June 2012)
    • Developed a project overview brochure that is shared during all clinic tours
    • Presentation by the project's community health worker (CHW) to the class of new CHWs trained by the Area Health Education Center (September 2012)
    • Developed training manual and sample scripts for leading each group session
    • Participation by Dr. Tully in the Walk With a Doc program to share information from the program curriculum (November 2013)
  • Poster
    • Presented poster at Leading the Way Joint Conference – Tully M, Kos A, Witcher C, Kotchen T. Health is Your Wealth: Focus on Hypertension-a Research Project.  Leading the Way: A Joint Conference of Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin and Wisconsin Partnership Program. September 27, 2012.
    • Poster presentation at the Milwaukee Area Health Alliance (MAHA) Community Health Worker Best Practices Conference (May 30, 2012)
    • Poster presentation at the HWPP 10th Anniversary Conference (May 8, 2014)
  • Presentation
    • Presentation at the meeting of the Wisconsin Heart Disease and Stroke Alliance (January 2013)
    • Presentation at the HWPP 7th CEnR Conference (September 17, 2013)
    • Presentation at the Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association Fall Learning Session (September 26, 2013)
  • Video
Contact Us

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