Research and Scholarship September 2020

October 2, 2020

Two College of Community Health Sciences researchers were awarded a grant from the American College of Preventive Medicine to study high blood pressure in African American males.

Dr. Tamer Elsayed, associate professor of family, internal, and rural medicine, and Dr. Louanne Friend, associate professor of community medicine and population health, received a $28,000 grant as part of the ACPM’s Demonstration Projects for Providers to Reduce Hypertension among Priority Populations project. Their project focuses on self-monitoring of African American males with high blood pressure. Funds will be utilized to provide automatic blood pressure cuffs to patients in addition to prepaid cell phones to support patient/ provider communication in between clinic visits.

The study will screen participants from the targeted population and at high risk for hypertension for enrollment into an appropriate and evidence-based Self-Measured Blood Pressure (SMBP) program with related clinical support and lifestyle change programs.

In addition, data on outcomes relevant to the experiences of the targeted population, and on assessing the impact of interventions and achieving goals, will be collected and reported.

That grant took effect August 1 and will continue through July 31, 2021.