Empowering Individuals to Improve Their Hypertension Control through Peer Support

Project Overview (PDF)

2nd Funding Cycle Impact Award

Project Start Date: July 1, 2006
Project End Date: June 30, 2009
Original Award Amount: $450,000
Adjusted Award Amount: $433,805*

Project Goal Statement: This intervention will establish a network of peer support groups to encourage superior blood pressure control and reduce the associated risk of death and disability among elderly members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).

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  Community Partners:

Primary Community Partner: Clement Zablocki VA Medical Center
Additional Community Partner Organization Names: Veterans of Foreign Wars

  Academic Partners:

Primary Academic Partner: Jeff Whittle, MD, MPH, Department of Medicine
Additional Academic Partner: Jeff Morzinski, PhD, Department of Family Medicine

  Project Progress Summary Reports:
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  Project Dissemination Efforts (as reported by project partners)
  • Articles
    • Featured in the Post newsletter
    • Article in the VFW News. Monitoring the Pressure-A Valuable Program. December 11, 2008.
  • Paper
    • Patterson L, Morzinski J, Ertl K, Wurm C, Hayes A, Whittle J. Engaging Community-Based Veterans’ Organizations in Health Promotion Programs. Family & Community Health, October - December 2011, Volume 34, Issue 4, pp 311-318.

  • Posters
    • Poster presentation at the Community Campus Partnerships for Health Conference. Toronto, Canada. April 2007.
    • Poster presentation at the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Family and Community Medicine Research Forum. June 2009.
  • Presentations
    • Presentation at the Midwest Regional Meeting of the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM). September 2007.
    • Presentation at the 41st Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Meetings – Morzinski JA, Hinojosa M. Academic family medicine partnerships with community-based veterans. 41st Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Meetings. Baltimore, MD. April 30-May 4, 2008.

*In 2009 award amounts, based on the remaining budget, were adjusted to reflect the decline in endowment asset value due to the downturn in the economy.

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Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program (HWPP)
(414) 955-4350 | healthierwisconsin@mcw.edu