Community Outreach to African-Americans: Implementations for Controlling Hypertension

  • Samar A. Nasser
  • Keith C. Ferdinand
Implementation to Increase Blood Pressure Control: What Works? (J Brettler and K Reynolds, Section Editors)
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Purpose of Review

The purpose of this review is to examine the impact and effectiveness of community interventions for controlling hypertension in African-Americans. The questions addressed are as follows: Which salient prior and current community efforts focus on African-Americans and are most effective in controlling hypertension and patient-related outcomes? How are these efforts implemented and possibly sustained?

Recent Findings

The integration of out-of-office blood pressure measurements, novel hypertension control centers (i.e., barbershops), and community health workers improve hypertension control and may reduce the excess hypertension-related complications in African-Americans. Several community-based interventions may assist effectiveness of clinical care teams, decrease care barriers, and improve adherence.


A multifaceted, tailored, multidisciplinary community-based approach may effectively reduce barriers to blood pressure control among African-Americans. Future research should evaluate the long-term benefits of community health workers, barbershops as control centers, and out-of-office blood pressure monitoring upon control and eventually on morbidity and mortality.


African-American Hypertension Community Blood pressure Cardiovascular disease 


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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest relevant to this manuscript.

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This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Clinical Research & Leadership, School of Medicine and Health SciencesThe George Washington UniversityWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.Tulane Heart and Vascular InstituteTulane University School of MedicineNew OrleansUSA

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