The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) and the CDC recently awarded the Health Federation of Philadelphia an additional year of funding for our work on Improving Blood Pressure Control for African American health center patients, through the Million Hearts program. HFP is one of seven health center controlled networks nationwide selected to participate in this prestigious program. In 2021-22, the HFP team will continue our work with four FQHCs (ChesPenn Health Services, Philadelphia FIGHT, Family Practice and Counseling Network, and Spectrum Health Services) with the goals of decreasing rates of uncontrolled hypertension among African American patients, and ultimately preventing heart attacks and strokes. During this grant period, HFP will continue to help health centers to implement self monitored blood pressure programs, ensure that providers are aware of the most current information on prescribing practices, and closely monitor and track process and outcome data. HFP and the health centers will benefit from frequent engagement with experts and practitioners at NACHC, the Centers for Disease Control, and other networks and health centers around the country as we continue this important work.
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