Heart Health Now! Advancing Heart Health in North Carolina Primary Care

Geographic Region: North Carolina

Reach: Practices (250-300), Providers (750-900), Population (1.13-1.35 million)

Heart Health Now! (HHN) encompasses the socio-economically diverse state of North Carolina. The cooperative addresses the state’s cardiovascular disease epidemic, seeking practice infrastructure improvements to enhance primary care delivery. The project focuses on implementing practice-level and self-management protocols to encourage ABCS adoption through multiple channels, as well as deploying a statewide electronic health records system to standardize reporting mechanisms, enabling cross tabulation of data.

Project Features

  • Use of Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) for practice support.
  • Linkage of practices to advanced informatics tools.
  • Emphasis on including practices that serve low-income, rural, and underserved populations.

Cooperative Partners

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Cecil G. Steps Center for Health Services Research
  • North Carolina Healthcare Quality Alliance (NCHQA)
  • Community Care of North Carolina, Inc. (CCNC)
  • North Carolina Area Health Education Centers Program (NC-AHEC)

Cooperative Stakeholders

  • North Carolina Community Health Center Association
  • North Carolina Academy of Family Practice (NCAFP)