Spotlight Series: Racial & Ethnic Disparities in Treatment of Hypertension (TGA Webinar)
This webinar focuses on Case based, live education addressing racial and ethnic disparities in hypertension. African Americans are significantly more likely than whites to be diagnosed with hypertension yet are significantly less likely to achieve blood pressure goals despite equal or even higher levels of treatment. Medication adherence, economic issues, patient/physician communication, and differences in antihypertensive efficacy in blacks all contribute to these disparities. It is crucial that clinicians identify opportunities for improvement in the management of hypertension in their African-American patients and integrate those opportunities into their practices.
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Spotlight Series:  Racial and Ethnic Disparities; Beginning the Conversation (TGA Webinar)


Participation and Successful Completion

Successful completion of this CE activity includes the following: (1) Register and view the course online.  (2) Complete the evaluation survey (3) Print your CME/CE Certificate from your own printer.  The link to the CME/CE “Professional Education Center” website is

In an effort to evaluate the effectiveness of Spotlight Series, all program participants are subject to being contacted to participate in a post-event assessment survey conducted by Outcomes, Inc. As such, participant contact information including: name, specialty, occupation and e-mail are essential to the program. If you are contacted to participate in an outcomes measurement survey, please help us by answering the brief but very important questionnaire as your input allows us to better determine educational needs which in turn leads to more relevant CME/CE programs!

**By answering the Outcomes Inc survey you will receive a $50.00 gift certificate to **

**If you do not want to be contacted to participate in this Outcomes Inc survey, please send an email to LUCI.OCHOA@HEART.ORG stating you would not like to participate in this survey.**


Hardware/Software Requirements

Internet Explorer 7 or greater
Firefox (Latest Version)
Google Chrome
Windows 7 or above
Safari (Latest Version)
Adobe Acrobat Reader 
Internet Explorer is not supported on the Macintosh.
Mac OS 10.4

Closed Captioning is available by clicking the icon in the control panel on the webinar page.

Target Audience

Physicians -

Internists, family practice physicians, primary care physicians, cardiologist


Nurses -

Nurses involved in treatment of patients with or at risk for CVD


Pharmacists -

Pharmacists involved in treatment of patients with or at risk for CVD



Spotlight Series, which began in 2008, offers free, case-based presentations designed to educate healthcare providers on evidence-based practices. The target audience includes internists, family practice physicians and other primary care physicians; cardiologists, nurses, pharmacists, physician’s assistants and other clinicians involved in the treatment of patients with or at risk for cardiovascular disease


We believe that enhancing cultural competence in healthcare providers is an important mechanism for reducing CVD healthcare disparities and that practicing physicians’ preparedness for culturally appropriate care is varied with many physicians lacking formal training. Our goal is to create additional continuing education activities related to specific disease states with an emphasis on cultural awareness and communication to help close these gaps that exist.


Program Components:

 -  Content Development and Slide Set for 1 topic on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Hypertension

 - Speaker selection and training

 - Total of 35 live presentations; 40-45 minute presentation followed by 15-20 minute discussion. 

 - All talks will be delivered by AHA approved and trained speakers.

 - Delivery of the 35 presentations will be offered exclusively in the “Stroke-Belt” states including: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.


Once we have completed the 35 live presenations, the content will be offered through the American Heart Association's Prossional Education Center as an enduring course and will include:

 - Web based video presentation

 - Patient Video Vignettes

 - Physician Resources and Tools including Heart360


Program is based upon Best Practice Adult Learning Principles:

•       Case based content relevant to practice

•       Activity post tests

•       Pearls of Wisdom e-mails to reinforce learning

•       Interactive, small group learning

•       Multidisciplinary approach


Learning Objectives 

At the completion of this course, the learner will be able to:


1. Describe disparities in the epidemiology and management of hypertension in African Americans.


2. List underlying reasons for disparities in hypertensive management in African Americans


3. Identify barriers to medication adherence in African-American patients with hypertension


4. List opportunities in their practice to overcome medication adherence barriers in minority patients with hypertension     


5. Describe the components of patient-centered communication


6. Integrate patient-centered communication into their interactions with all patients, particularly minority patients


7. Apply current guidelines and algorithms for the medical management of hypertension in African Americans


Course Agenda



60 minutes (approximately – including Q & A)

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Hypertension:  Beginning the Conversation


Corresponding learning objectives: 1 - 7


Marcia Murphy 


TERMINATION DATE:  November 30, 2015


LAST REVIEW DATE: February 2015


  • ACCME/AMA (Physicians) – February 4, 2014– November 30, 2015
  • ANCC (Nurses) – February 4, 2014– November 30, 2015
  • ACPE (Pharmacists)  – February 4, 2014– November 30, 2015



Continuing Medical Education Accreditation - Physicians

The American Heart Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Heart Association designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

All persons who develop and/or control educational content in CME/CE activities sponsored by the American Heart Association will disclose to the audience all financial relationships with any commercial supporters of this activity as well as with other commercial interests whose lines of business are related to the CME/CE-certified content of this activity.  In addition, presenters will disclose unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices discussed in their presentations.  Such disclosures will be made in writing in course presentation materials.

Continuing Medical Education Accreditation – Physician Assistants

AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 0.75 hours of Category I credit for completing this program.

Continuing Medical Education Accreditation – Nurse Practitioners

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Continuing Education Accreditation - Nurses

The American Heart Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 

The maximum number of hours awarded for this CE activity is 0.75 contact hours.

**ACCME and ANCC credit must be claimed within 6 months of attendance. CME/CE credit will no longer be available to claim for this activity six months after the activity date.

Continuing Education Accreditation – Pharmacists

The American Heart Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.  ACPE Credit: 0.75 Contact Hours or 0.75 CEUs.  Universal Program Number: 0256-0000-15-744-H01-P

**ACPE credit must be claimed within 30 days of attendance. CME/CE credit will no longer be available to claim for this activity thirty days after the activity date.


Steps for Successful Completion

To successfully complete this activity, learners must fully participate in the sessions.  In addition, learners must provide feedback that will be used for evaluative and outcomes measurement purposes.  Learners will check-in onsite for attendance verification purposes and will be required to provide evaluative feedback before CME/CE credit can be claimed. 



This is a live activity


Contact Information

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Type:  Internet Activity (Enduring Material)
Activity Price
206 Registered Users
0.75 Credits> Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education> AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

0.75 Contact Hours, 0.08 CEU> Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education> ACPE

0 Credits> American Heart Association> AHA

0.75 Contact Hours> American Nurses Credentialing Center> ANCC

0.75 Credits> Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education> Attendance Credit