Nationwide Challenge Aims to Control Hypertension

Health systems and professionals are equipped with the knowledge and technology to help patients manage high blood pressure more effectively than ever before. Still, high blood pressure contributes to more than 1,100 deaths in the United States each day and puts millions at risk for heart disease and stroke.

About 1 in 3 American adults—75 million people—have high blood pressure and nearly half of them don’t have it under control. One in six adults with high blood pressure are not even aware they have it, despite having healthcare coverage, being treated with medicine, and seeing their doctor regularly.

Better blood pressure control is achievable. Since its launch, Million Hearts® has recognized 59 Hypertension Control Champions for their success in attaining a blood pressure control rate of at least 70 percent among their patients with high blood pressure through the smart use of health information technology, innovative communication techniques, and implementation of a team approach to healthcare.

Now atom Alliance challenges health systems, practices, and professionals across Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee to reach or exceed that target by prioritizing hypertension control, implementing evidence-based approaches, and striving for excellence. The 2017 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge is now open to health professionals, practices and health systems that achieve hypertension control rates greater than 70 percent over a 12-month period.

The Challenge is open through 11:59 p.m. ET on June 2, 2017. If you see patients and are currently at 70 percent blood pressure control or better, please apply at http://bit.ly/2nKW5qA.

Million Hearts 2017 Hypertension Control Challenge is here! Go to https://millionhearts.hhs.gov/partners-progress/champions/challenge.html to see how to enter and learn more.

Help spread the word by placing the Challenge badge on your website homepage or in your e-mail signature between April 7 and June 2, 2017.

The 2017 Champions will be announced at http://millionhearts.hhs.gov in fall 2017. For more information on rules and eligibility requirements, please visit http://bit.ly/2okwZRq.

Questions about the Challenge should be directed to millionhearts@cdc.gov with “Challenge” in the subject line.

Together, we can achieve a nationwide blood pressure control rate of 70 percent or better, preventing tens of thousands of cardiac events, strokes and the disabilities they cause. We encourage you to take the Challenge to become one of the next Hypertension Control Champions!

To learn more about how atom Alliance helps healthcare practices improve cardiac health, visit http://atomalliance.org/initiatives/improving-cardiac-health-reducing-disparities/.