Wright State University School of Medicine

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Meet the Investigators
Target Population
Proposed Strategy
Anticipated Outcome
HSA-Level Statistics

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Richard J. Schuster, M.D., Spokesperson
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Principal Investigator: Richard J. Schuster, M.D.
Project Manager: Nancy A. Terwoord, R.N., B.S.
Phone: (937) 258-5555
Fax: (937) 258-5544
E-mail: nancy.terwoord@wright.edu
Web site: http://www.med.wright.edu/hsm/educ


Wright State University School of Medicine
Division of Health Systems Management
Dayton, Ohio

Target Population

The project's target population includes Appalachian and African American patients and their physicians in Montgomery County.

Proposed Strategy

This project will use community- and clinic-based approaches to improve patient outcomes among Appalachians and African Americans in the targeted community. Specific strategies include:

  1. Increasing blood pressure and cholesterol management through systems changes and interactive professional education (i.e. chart audits, case-based education/training, utilizing "best practices" from NHLBI clinical practice guidelines to detect, treat, and control high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol).
  2. Conducting a "Know Your Numbers" media awareness campaign to increase knowledge and awareness of blood pressure and cholesterol.

The proposed strategies will focus on three NHLBI performance goals:

  • Detect and treat risk factors.
  • Recognize and treat acute coronary syndromes early.
  • Prevent recurrence and complications of cardiovascular disease.

Anticipated Outcome

This project aims to achieve the following:

  • Increase community awareness and knowledge of cardiovascular disease risk factors.
  • Improve physician practice behavior related to controlling high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol.
  • Increase number of people treated for high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
  • Improve patient outcomes and satisfaction.