High Blood Pressure University Professional Campus



The Professional Campus provides health professionals in Michigan with evidence-based guidelines, and other resources to use with patients to improve high blood pressure detection and control.  Resources in the Patient Campus may also be important to review and incorporate in clinical visits.    

Updated: 2017 Hypertension Guidelines

Infographic: Patients with Hypertension and Diabetes in Physician Organizations


Infographic: Treating Patients with Hypertension and Diabetes in Private Practice


Resources (free) are avaiable upon request from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Unit


2016 Michigan Assessment of Blood Pressure and Diabetes Screening Practices among Oral Health Professionals: The 2016 Michigan Assessment of Blood Pressure and Diabetes Screening Practices among Oral Health Professionals   Report illustrates the findings of the 2016 Oral Health Survey disseminated to dental professionals across Michigan. This survey was conducted by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in collaboration with Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. The results from this survey will assist in increased awareness, interventions such as education and sharing of best practices to increase the number of Michigan residents screened and referred to primary care providers by oral health professionals for HBP and diabetes. This report also reflects on possible next steps and recommendations for future projects.


Summary report:  This document is a two page summary of the 2016 Michigan Assessment of Blood Pressure and Diabetes Screening Practices among Oral Health Professionals   Report. The survey was conducted by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in collaboration with Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio and Indiana and was disseminated to dental professionals across Michigan. This summary illustrates the key findings and recommendations/next steps found from the survey.



2014 Evidence-Based Guideline for the Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults. The guideline was developed by an expert panel that was appointed to write the Eighth Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure (JNC 8) and outlines nine recommendations and a treatment protocol (algorithm).   


CDC Sodium Reduction Toolkit. As part of a broader international effort, the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed this toolkit, which provides a brief overview of various topics related to population-level sodium reduction.   

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Most Americans Should Consume Less Salt.  In this link the CDC discusses the dietary guidelines and points out some hidden sources of salt in our foods.  A number of resources are identified to assist patients and the public to reduce their sodium intake.  

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2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. New Dietary Guidelines and in particular, information about reducing sodium in the diet. 


Michigan Quality Improvement Consortium (MQIC): Medical Management of Adults with Hypertension.
August 2013.

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MQIC Guideline Adult Preventive Services (Ages 18 - 49).  Clinical preventive services for adults. The grade definitions used for this guideline are as defined by the United States Preventive Services Task Force. They include aspirin use.

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MQIC Guideline Adult Preventive Services (Ages 50 - 65+).  Clinical preventive services for adults. The grade definitions used for this guideline are as defined by the United States Preventive Services Task Force. They include aspirin use.

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

  • Burden data pertaining to African American men and high blood pressure
  • Effective and culturally appropriate promising practices and interventions
  • A list of men's health informational resources
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.      
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BP Measurement Quality Improvement CD and Web Training.  A self-paced training program that provides the latest blood pressure measurement guidelines, and fine-tunes skills to interpret and report accurate blood pressures. To receive a CD, Michigan residents may fill out this order form   click here and fax information back as instructed on the form to obtain a CD at no cost. Or in-state-residents may go to:
http://mihealth.trainingcampus.net without a charge.
For out-of-state residents the same training is available on the web for a charge at: http://sharedcare.trainingcampus.net   

For information on its use, see the  Success Story.  

MDCH Procedure for Measurement of Blood Pressure and Accompaning Handouts.  A step-by-step procedure using national guidelines to assure performance of an accurate blood pressure measurement. 
Also, an overview of the January 2009 Michigan Legislation that prohibits use of mercury devices in screening.
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Measuring Blood Pressure at Home. This power point reviews key points to consider in assisting patients and families in implementing a home blood pressure monitoring program. Resources are identified for choosing devises, training material, tracking and reporting forms and websites for guiding your patients as they implement a program for blood pressure measurement at home. 
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Guide for Healthcare Professionals. This power point is a practical guide for healthcare professionals to instruct patients about taking their blood pressure at home. It is complete with slide notes to assist and remind the professional about important techniques.  
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Michigan BRFSS Surveillance Brief. This 2010 BRFS Brief," High Blood Pressure and Actions Used to control It Among Michigan Adults" provides an overview of high blood pressure in Michigan adults and what strategies are being taken by individuals to control it, based on self-reported data. 
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Dietary Approaches to Prevent and Treat Hypertension: A Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association. Hypertension. 2006;47: 296-308. This American Heart Association scientific report reviews the evidence associated with various dietary interventions and the impact on blood pressure reduction. 

High Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Out of Control. Learn more about high blood pressure and cholesterol, why it is important to control, what some of the challenges are to getting the blood pressure down and what can be done.  (February 2011)

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Getting Blood Pressure Under Control. There are many missed opportunities for people with high blood pressure to gain control. Learn why blood pressure control is so important to your health. High blood pressure contributes to nearly 1,000 deaths a day.  (September 2012)

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Million Hearts, Team Up, Pressure Down. New Million Hearts educational program that promotes team-based care and offers support for health care professionals helping Americans improve medication adherence and more effectively manage their blood pressure.

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Hypertension Core Curriculum. A comprehensive educational curriculum for academic professional programs covering a range of high blood pressure topics including national resources and guidelines, case studies in hypertension, clinical evaluation and management of patients, etc. This 145 page document was developed by the Hypertension Expert Group in collaboration with NKFM and MDCH. For information on a printed copy, contact Sandy Waddell at 734-222-9800.
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The DASH Eating Plan Developed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute . This 64 page educational booklet explains the benefits of the DASH diet, diet tips, recipes, and diet plans for patients to follow. For additional information visit: http//:www.dashdiet.org 

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Office Management Tools.
Examples of material that could be used with patients in primary care settings. See examples below:
  • Letter 2: Reminder to Schedule Follow-Up 
  • Hypertension Self-Management form 
  • Personal Action Toward Health (PATH) is a chronic disease self-management program that helps participants build skills they need for the day-to-day management of a chronic disease. PATH is a six-week workshop and covers topics including healthy eating, relaxation techniques, problem solving, and communication skills. For PATH workshops and locations click on PATH image. For additional information, contact Karen at  mccloskeyk@michigan.gov  or 517-335-1236. 

Smoking Cessation 

Support groups and medication to help patient stop smoking. Patient may also qualify for free one-on-one coaching and nicotine replacement therapy. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

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Tobacco Treatment Resources for Health Care Professionals. Brochures, tookits, online CME and CE tobacco treatment training, podcasts and MORE!  

MDCH Information: Visit  http://www.michigan.gov/tobacco  and choose "Information for Healthcare Professionals."
Tobacco Treatment Resources for Healthcare Professionals 
American Heart Association Online Resources: 
    • My American Heart.org - A library of guidelines for professionals; consensus statements, educational material, and tools
      Professional Online Network  A site to connect with other health professionals to discuss the latest science and collaborate with experts.


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