Health Systems Approach to Prevent and Control Heart Disease

New York State Department of Health's Bureau of Community Chronic Disease Prevention works with health systems across the state on projects to promote guideline-concordant care, with a focus on hypertension, in primary care settings. Evidence-based strategies from the Million Hearts® initiative and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are implemented in healthcare practices with an aim of improving blood pressure control and ensuring appropriate diagnosis of hypertension in the adult population. A learning collaborative model is used to bring primary care practices and other organizations together to learn from each other and share best practices. These efforts are undertaken primarily as part of two cross-cutting chronic disease prevention grants New York State received from the CDC.