Helping Patients: Blood Pressure Control and Million Hearts® Initiative Resources: June 7 & 14

Time: 10:00 AM


Webinar - June 7 and June 14
10-11 am


There is no cost to register. Funding for this program was provided by Illinois Dept. of Public Health State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health (CDC-DP13-130504PPHF16).

Continuing Education
Continuing education contact/clock hours will be provided by the Continuing Education Institute of Illinois in collaboration with the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine. Continuing education credits are available for:

  • Acupuncturists
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Counselors—Professional/Clinical
  • Dentists/Dental Hygienists
  • Dietitians/Nutritionists
  • Marriage and Family Counselors
  • Nurses (APN, RN, LPN)
  • Nursing Home Administrators
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Social Workers

Register Online

These webinars will provide participants with an overview of high-impact strategies to prevent heart attacks and strokes, with a focus on improving blood pressure control and Million Hearts® 2022.


June 7, 2018

  • Describe how Rush University Medical Group, Million Hearts® 2017 Hypertension Control Champion, was able to obtain blood pressure control rates of over 70 percent for their adult patients.
  • Review the team based approach and use of evidence-based treatment guidelines Rush University Medical Group used to control patient’s blood pressure.

June 14, 2018

  • Identify the Million Hearts® Tools You Can Use for Cardiovascular Health.
  • Review the latest hypertension guidelines.
  • Understand the contribution that self-measured blood pressure monitoring (SMBP) has on improving blood pressure outcomes and how SMBP interventions can be implemented in a clinical setting.
  • Discuss available cardiac rehab and physical inactivity Million Hearts® resources.

Who this is for

This program is designed for providers, health educators and anyone interested in improving cardiovascular health.


June 7, 2018
Michael Hanak, M.D., F.A.A.F.P., is an associate chief medical informatics officer at Rush University, where he is also an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine. He is board certified in clinical informatics and presently serves as co-chair of the Quality Committee of Rush University Medical Group. Hanak serves as a vice president of the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians and sits on the American Academy of Family Physicians delegation to the American Medical Association. He is a former site principal investigator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI) where he successfully developed and implemented a number of workflows aimed at improving blood pressure control and reducing cardiovascular risk.

June 14, 2018
Hilary K. Wall, MPH is a Senior Health Scientist in the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Wall serves as the Science Lead for Million Hearts®, a national initiative co-led by CDC and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services with the goal of preventing one million heart attacks and strokes by 2022. In this role, she leads a portfolio of scientific activities related to public policy, healthcare systems change, and health information technology. For over 15 years, Wall has created evidence-based tools for and provided technical assistance to public health professionals, clinicians, and community-based organizations in cardiovascular disease prevention. Prior to coming to CDC, Wall served as an Epidemiologist for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention and Control Program and at the Yale Prevention Research Center, leading and analyzing data for randomized controlled trials in cardiovascular disease and diabetes. She holds a Master of Public Health degree in Chronic Disease Epidemiology from the Yale School of Public Health.