Improving Patients’ Health Through Blood Pressure Control - June 3

Time: 10:00 AM




There is no cost to register. Funding for this program is provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health Improving the Health of Illinoisans through Chronic Disease Prevention (CDC-DP18-1815).

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Nearly half of all adults in the U.S.—103 million individuals—have high blood pressure. In response to this growing problem, the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Medical Association (AMA) formed Target: BP™. Target: BP is a national initiative that helps healthcare organizations improve blood pressure control rates through a free, evidence-based quality improvement program, and recognizes organizations committed to improving blood pressure control.

This webinar will cover blood pressure measurement, self-measured blood pressure and Target: BP’s best practices to improve blood pressure control and individual health. Hypertension can lead to a heart attack, stroke, aneurysm and other problems—between 2005 and 2015, deaths from hypertension increased by almost 38%.


Upon completion of this program, you will be able to:

  • Learn about the most up-to-date cholesterol guidelines.

  • Describe the best practices for calculating patient risk for cardiovascular disease and making cholesterol treatment decisions.


Who Should Attend

This program is designed for:

  • Dentists/dental hygienists

  • Dietitians/nutritionists

  • Nurses (APN, RN, LPN)

  • Physical therapists

  • Respiratory therapists


Tulay Orhon
Orhon has been the director of clinical quality at AMITA Health since January 2016. She is a healthcare administrator with more than 15 years of experience leading organization-wide initiatives in the U.S. and internationally to improve clinical outcomes, and has been deeply involved in integrating research into clinical settings. Orhon is recognized for her ability to convene and align senior clinical and business stakeholders throughout an organization to execute rapid cycle, impactful initiatives. She is passionate about technologies, methodologies and tools to improve clinical and operational performance, with a specific interest in designing quality and process improvements in outpatient settings.

Alison P. Smith, MPH, BA, BSN, RN
From the bedside to the board room, Smith has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare. She currently serves as program director for the AHA-AMA Initiative to Control Blood Pressure. Smith previously served for a decade as a vice president of strategic initiatives and a senior advisor and consultant with C-Change, a national not-for-profit focused on research, practice, and policy issues in cancer. Prior to C-Change, she worked for 15 years as a nurse, administrator and consultant in hospitals across the country. Smith earned her Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology with a concentration in healthcare economics and policy from Stanford University, Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, and Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Public Health Executive Master’s in the Department of Health Policy and Management.