Healthy Communities

Blood Pressure (Hypertension) Resources for Professionals

Arkansas Department of Health’s Quality Improvement Plan for Hypertension in the State of Arkansas

Strategic Plan:

Hypertension Objectives:

  1. By 2019, increase the identification of adults with at least two elevated blood pressures within the last 12 months from 38% to 80%.
  2. By 2019, refer 80% of individuals with two elevated blood pressures identified in the local health unit to care.
  3. By 2019, monitor 80% of individuals with hypertension who receive services at ADH for medication adherence.
  4. By 2019, increase the number of counties providing team-based care for chronic disease management (hypertension and diabetes) from 5 counties to 10 counties statewide.

What is Community T eam-Based Care for Hypertension?

Community TBC is a quality improvement program that fosters a public - private partnership between the Arkansas Department of Health’s Local Health Unit and a private community physician to provide community team-based care for patients with uncontrolled hypertension.

Hypertension Protocol


T eam-Based Care for Hypertension Management Services is provided in the following counties:

  1. Poinsett
  2. Bradley
  3. Nevada
  4. Pulaski (Arkansas Minority Health, Barber & Beauty Initiative)
  5. Madison


Blood Pressure Measurement

Sodium and Salt

Dietary Guidelines for Americans — New Dietary Guidelines and in particular, information about reducing sodium in the diet. 

Improving the Food Environment — This document informs professionals, as critical players, about the food system to help slow rising rates of disease, such as coronary heart disease and stroke, which are related to the consumption of foods high in fat and salt, the latter of which is found in most processed foods in excess.

JNC7 Physician's Card — A clinical reference card from NHLBI summarizing the evaluation, treatment, and lifestyle interventions recommended in the JNC 7.

A Closer Look at African American Men and High Blood Pressure Control: A Review of Psychosocial Factors and Systems-Level Interventions — This report is a resource for health professionals and public health programs that addresses high blood pressure control in African American men. 

Awareness and Treatment of Uncontrolled Hypertension Among Adults – United States 2003-2010 — This report uses data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) to examine the prevalence, pharmacologic treatment and control of hypertension among U.S. adults. The examination focuses on indicators of the use of medical care, as well as on demographic characteristics and socioeconomic factors. 

A Pocket Guide to Blood Pressure Measurement in Children — This summary reviews the national guidelines for measuring blood pressure in children and detection of high risk.

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