Adopting and Implementing Protocols on Team-Based Care Around Hypertension Control

February 21, 2023


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This online activity aims to provide cardiovascular health-related information and resources, specifically about policy and systems changes in healthcare systems and clinics for diagnosing and managing hypertension. Participants will learn of specific intervention protocols and their implementation to improve the management and control of hypertension.


  1. Define the core principles of team-based care (TBC).
  2. Identify the best methods of communication between TBC team members. 
  3. Define procedures that enable the engagement of TBC team members outside the health systems, such as local pharmacists, community health workers, and more.  
  4. Describe skills needed to include and engage patients with the team-based care team. 


Million Hearts reports that around 11 million Americans are unaware that they have hypertension and are therefore not receiving the necessary treatments to manage their condition – even though most of these individuals may have health insurance and visit their healthcare provider regularly. Therefore, changes in clinic and health care systems protocols are required to identify individuals with undiagnosed hypertension, otherwise described as 'hiding in plain sight,' reduce their risk for developing cardiovascular disease, and reduce the high morbidity and mortality burden resulting from heart disease. 

The CDC's Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention promotes the implementation of Team-Based Care (TBC) at the health systems level to improve blood pressure control and reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease. This entails having a multidisciplinary team working in collaboration to identify at-risk patients and their risk factors for developing cardiovascular disease and prescribing and modifying treatments as part of a collaborative effort to ensure the best patient outcomes. TBC around hypertension control also provides an opportunity for conducting joint patient education between the various care providers that make up the TBC team and maintaining ongoing dialog with patients about their health and care needs.

The NU58DP006606 Well-Integrated Screening And Evaluation For Women Across The Nation (WISEWOMAN) Program and the NU58DP006514 DP18-1815 Improving the Health of Americans through Prevention and Management of Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Stroke are both Iowa HHS programs funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Both programs are required by their cooperative agreements with the CDC to work with health care providers (HCPs) in Iowa to adopt and implement protocols to identify undiagnosed hypertension in patient populations and protocols on team-based care around hypertension control. Both protocols work towards creating systems that identify and address hypertension effectively and efficiently, thereby reducing the burden of cardiovascular disease in the state.

During the 2021-2022 funding cycle, the Care for Yourself (CFY)–WISEWOMAN Program surveyed and interviewed a sample of program-contracted HCPs, as part of the program's evaluation efforts. Results showed that Iowa HCPs requested more training and experience-sharing opportunities on the best processes to adopt and implement both sets of protocols. This webinar will start a strategy to address these identified educational needs among Iowa HCPs.

    Course summary
    Available credit: 
    • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
    • 1.00 AOA Category 2­A
    • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
    • 1.00 IBON
    Course opens: 
    Course expires: 
    Event starts: 
    02/21/2023 - 12:00pm CST
    Event ends: 
    02/21/2023 - 1:00pm CST

    Presentation on introducing team-based care 

    • Core Principles of Team-Based Care - Shared goals, clear roles, mutual trust, effective communication, measurable processes, and outcomes
    • Who can be a part of the care team
    • Communication and support
    • The importance of having a written clinic protocol around team-based care

    A panel discussion that will discuss the following questions:

    • How does one start building a care team?
    • Is it important to have a team champion?
    • Defining clear roles – why is this important, and how do you do this?
    • How do members of the TBC team communicate with each other - EHR access/email/phone /meetings/other? 
    • How often does the care team communicate about/with the patient to re-evaluate the patient care plan when the patient's situation has changed?
    • How do you work with external partners outside your health system/clinic (local pharmacists, community health workers, etc.)?
    • How does the care team involve/work with the patient? Are patients actively engaged in developing their plan of care?


    Kathy Kunath, RN
    Clinical Project Manager, Clinical Health Coach, Iowa Chronic Care Consortium

    Panel Members

    William Doucette, PhD
    Veale Professor of Health Policy, University of Iowa

    Stacy Ferris RN, BSN
    Health Coach, Siouxland Community Health Center

    Lanett Kane, RN, BSN
    Clinical Director, Peoples Community Health Clinic

    Kathy Kunath, RN
    Clinical Project Manager, Clinical Health Coach, Iowa Chronic Care Consortium

    Enrico Martin, MD
    Cardiologist, Iowa Heart Foundation 

    Cristina Winter, CHW
    Community Health Worker, Siouxland Community Health Center 


    Denise Attard Sacco, MPH, CHES
    Intervention Coordinator and Evaluation Specialist, Care for Yourself (CFY) -WISEWOMAN Program, Iowa Department of Health and Human Services

    McKyla Carson, MPH
    Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Coordinator, Iowa Department of Health and Human Services


    • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) through the joint providership of Des Moines University (DMU) and the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services. DMU is accredited by IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live, online activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 
    • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for a maximum of 1.0 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
    • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 1.0 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit will be awarded.
    • Other Health Professionals: This live activity is designated for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.


    No ineligible company provided financial support for this continuing education activity. 


    The speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals, medical procedures, and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. 

    Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individuals have no conflict(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

    • Denise Attard Sacco, MPH, CHES - Activity director and moderator
    • McKyla Carson, MPH - Activity coordinator and moderator
    • William Doucette, PhD - Panel member
    • Stacy Ferris RN, BSN - Panel member
    • Lanett Kane, RN, BSN - Panel member
    • Kathy Kunath, RN - Speaker and panel member
    • Enrico Martin, MD - Panel member
    • Cristina Winter, CHW - Panel member


    The information provided in this activity is for continuing education. It is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

    Available Credit

    • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
    • 1.00 AOA Category 2­A
    • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
    • 1.00 IBON


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