H3 works with small practices on quality improvement strategies for cardiovascular care.

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H3 Partners

Partners of Healthy Hearts in the Heartland include Northwestern University and the Chicago Health IT Regional Extension Center (CHITREC), Purdue University and the Purdue Regional Extension Center (PurdueREC), Northern Illinois University and the Illinois Health IT Regional Extension Center (ILHITREC), local and state departments of public health, the American Medical Association, the Alliance of Chicago, University of Chicago, Telligen (Illinois’ Medicare Quality Improvement Organization) and MetaStar (a Quality Improvement Organization and Regional Extension Center for Wisconsin).


Northern Illinois University


Illinois Health Connect


Alliance of Chicago


American Medical Association


University of Chicago


University of Chicago Medicine


IL-HITREC


Illinois Department of Public Health


Metastar


Northwestern University


CHITREC


Purdue Healthcare


Purdue University


Telligen

H3 Region

The project region encompasses southeastern Wisconsin, northeastern Illinois (including Chicago), and northern Indiana, a highly diverse population of more than 16 million people. Cardiovascular risk factors are prevalent: 31.2 percent have high blood pressure, 29.3 percent are considered obese, 38.1 percent have high cholesterol levels, and 20.5 percent are current smokers. In addition, 34 percent of these patients live in areas designated by the Health Resources and Services Administration as Medically Underserved Areas or are part of Medically Underserved. Populations and may have limited access to primary care.


H3 is a Part of EvidenceNow

Advancing Heart Health in Primary Care, an initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), seeks to transform health care delivery by helping smaller primary care practices improve heart health. Part of this project, EvidenceNOW has established seven regional cooperatives that provide quality improvement services typically not available to small primary care practices. The goal is to ensure primary care practices have the evidence they need to help their patients adopt the ABCS of cardiovascular disease prevention. The initiative also includes an independent national evaluation designed to determine if and how quality improvement support can accelerate the dissemination and implementation of new evidence in primary care.

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Northern Illinois University Illinois Health Connect Alliance of Chicago American Medical Association University of Chicago University of Chicago Medicine IL-HITREC Illinois Department of Public Health Metastar Northwestern University CHITREC Purdue Healthcare Purdue University Telligen

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