EvidenceNOW Southwest will serve up to 260 primary care practices across Colorado and New Mexico with practice transformation and quality improvement support, including on-site practice facilitation and coaching, expert consultation, shared learning collaboratives, and electronic health record support.
Why focus on improving cardiovascular health?
In Colorado and New Mexico, about 20 percent of adults die of heart disease and 5 percent from stroke, 21 percent have high blood pressure, 34 percent have high blood cholesterol, and more than half are overweight or obese.
To prevent heart attacks and cardiovascular disease, it is critical that health care professionals work with patients to adopt the ABCS of cardiovascular prevention: Aspirin use by high risk individuals, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management, and Smoking cessation. New evidence is continually evolving about how to best deliver the ABCS.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the nation.
Learn more about AHRQ’s EvidenceNOW initiative, including details on each of the grantees and cooperatives.
More About ENSW
EvidenceNOW Southwest is one of seven regional cooperatives funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to provide small primary care practices with the support they need to improve heart health in their patients using the latest medical evidence. EvidenceNOW Southwest is a collaborative effort of the University of Colorado, the Colorado Health Extension System, the New Mexico Health Extension Rural Offices, and multiple other organizations.
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