Healthy Living Through Environment, Policy and Improved Clinical Care (EPICC) Program

Home Blood Pressure Monitoring

Funding Opportunity

EPICC is requesting proposals from Utah Community Health Centers to develop a home blood pressure monitoring program. Home blood pressure monitoring increases patient engagement and effective management of hypertension. A maximum of $20,000 is available to support sustainable projects. You can apply at https://www.bidsync.com/bidsync-app-web/vendor/links/BidDetail.xhtml?returnPage=searchResults&bidid=1961435

About one quarter, or 25% of Utahn adults have hypertension. Unfortunately, only about half of adults with hypertension have their disease under control. This puts them at risk for more serious consequences like heart disease and stroke. Most people who have hypertension have no signs or symptoms. They may not feel like they need to take medication or make changes to their lifestyle like eating less salt or exercising more. Home blood pressure monitoring (HBPM) plus follow up care builds patient awareness of their blood pressure. It helps them see progress towards meeting their blood pressure goals. HBPM plus follow up care also alerts providers if patients are taking their medication and still not seeing improvement. The healthcare provider can work with the patient to find a medication that is a better fit.

HBPM plus follow up care is an important example of team based care. A member of the healthcare team trains the patient on using a blood pressure cuff and why it is important. It is the patient’s responsibility to check their blood pressure and communicate those numbers to the healthcare team. A healthcare professional can check the readings and provide feedback and encouragement. If the healthcare professional identifies an issue they can follow up with the patient and make any necessary changes to the care plan. There is strong evidence that HBPM plus follow up care is an effective way to treat high blood pressure. For more information download and print the Million Hearts Self-Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring Guide (PDF).

The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) is working with partner organizations to support home blood pressure monitoring programs. One of our current partners is 4th Street Clinic in Salt Lake City, which provides healthcare services to homeless patients. They are investing in infrastructure to offer walk in blood pressure checks. Patients can check their blood pressure and receive follow up care as necessary. Clinic staff will also encourage patients to attend weekly group meetings. At meetings patients can learn about high blood pressure, and receive medical attention. This is an exciting project and a real team effort!
UDOH is looking for one or two other Federally Qualified Health Centers who would like to develop home blood pressure monitoring programs. We will be releasing a Request for Proposals May 15th with the proposal due June 15th. Please contact Teresa Roark at troark@utah.gov if you would like more information.