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Since May is High Blood Pressure Education Month, what better way to teach your patients about their blood pressure than to implement self-measured blood pressure (SMBP) monitoring in your practice?

The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) for Million Hearts®, created a toolkit to identify ways to successfully integrate SMBP monitoring into your care processes and workflows. Self-Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring (SMBP) Implementation Toolkit

The toolkit is comprised of four parts that will help determine your goals and priority populations.

  1. Align a SMBP patient training approach to the practice environment,
  2. Consider SMBP tasks by role—and particularly how many can be accomplished by a non-clinician,
  3. Review key features and functionalities to consider in choosing a SMBP data management software solution/technology partner
  4. Develop a protocol that will help you implement SMBP using a comprehensive, practical, step-by-step approach based on the experiences and lessons learned of other implementing organizations and in the accordance with the June 2020 Self-measured Blood Pressure Monitoring at Home: A Joint Policy Statement from the American Heart Association and American Medical Association. 
Access the Toolkit


World Hypertension Day (May 17)

World Hypertension Day on May 17 is dedicated to highlighting the importance of monitoring blood pressure and bringing global awareness to the 1 billion people living with high blood pressure worldwide. This observance aims to promote hypertension prevention, detection, and control. In the United States, about 48% of adults have hypertension with a higher rate among non-Hispanic Black adults (56%) than in non-Hispanic white adults (48%), non-Hispanic Asian adults (46%), or Hispanic adults (39%). Fortunately, hypertension can be prevented and managed by checking your blood pressure regularly and through treatment.

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Self-Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring: Self-Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring (SMBP) is the regular measurement of blood pressure by the patient, outside the clinical setting. SMBP requires a home blood pressure measurement device to measure blood pressure at different points throughout the day. Learn how SMBP and support from the health care team can help with blood pressure control.


View our Focus 4 Health Series: Blood Pressure Control

Week One: Blood Pressure Control: Recording
Week Two: Prevention: Recording
Week Three: Target BP: Recording
Week Four: Taking a BP Accurately: Recording