Million Hearts QI Team Training Program

Ohio’s “Check it. Change it. Control it.” Initiative

CI-CI-CI-Program-LogoTwenty family medicine practice teams were selected to take part in a training session to discuss the importance of effective and efficient teamwork and its impact on patient care.

Participants gained insight into the “Check it. Change it. Control it.” program, learned the benefits of a team-based approach to care, and the practice impact of setting an office protocol that supports high blood pressure prevention and control. The teams came together in a setting outside of the office and gained insight into each team member’s piece of the puzzle.

In addition, the selected practices were among the first to use the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians’ newly created hypertension module that is accredited by the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) for Family Medicine Certification credit and by the American Academy of Family Physicians for 20 Performance Improvement in Practice credits.

Selected Practices Had To

  • Identify up to four members of the care team to attend the Million Hearts QI Team Training Program on March, 19, 2016, at the Embassy Suites in Dublin, OH
  • Utilize the hypertension module to enter chart data, select a pathway of intervention, and re-enter data after six months of protocol intervention.
  • Report the percent of patients diagnosed with hypertension that are in control as a baseline measurement and at a six-month re-measurement. *This data collection was required outside of the module.

Participating Practices Received

  • Complimentary registration and mileage reimbursement for up to four members of the care team to attend the Million Hearts QI Team Training Program March 19, 2016, at the Embassy Suites in Dublin, OH. Free continuing medical education credit was offered to all on-site participants.
  • $250 practice stipend after completion of the module and collection of the six-month re-measurement data.
  • 100 copies of the printed “Check it. Change it. Control it.” toolkits and free access to digital toolkit materials.
  • Access to QI specialists from CliniSync to provide on-site assistance with data collection and project implementation.
  • ABFM Family Medicine Certification credit and 20 AAFP Performance Improvement in Practice credits upon completion of the hypertension module.
2016 practice teams:
  • BS Bonyo, DO, and Associates Inc.
  • Community Health Centers of Greater Dayton
  • Community Health Clinic
  • Department of Care Connection
  • Dipakkumar P. Amin, MD
  • Fisher Titus Medical Care New London Office
  • Hilliard Family Medicine Inc.
  • Internal Medicine of Akron Inc/PPG
  • Jackson Family Practice
  • Lorain County General Health District
  • Lorain County Health & Dentistry
  • Milltown Family Physicians
  • Mound Family Practice
  • OhioHealth Primary Care Physicians
  • Ollie Davis Primary Care
  • Perry County Family Practice
  • Scioto Family Physicians Inc.
  • Third Street Family Health Service
  • University Hospitals Ghent Family Practice
  • Xenia Family Practice (part of Kettering Physician Network)

Program Resources

CME Accreditation

This live activity was reviewed and is acceptable for up to 5 Prescribed CME credits by the AAFP.

Our Success Story…
In 2014, Ohio was selected by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) as one of nine states to take part in a national Million Hearts Hypertension Collaborative to identify and reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease. Our strategy was to offer customized quality improvement (QI) training to family medicine practices in the Summit County area with the aim of improving follow-up appointment rates of their patients diagnosed with hypertension. After a four-month change period, the program reported an increase in hypertension control rates from 69.7% to 73.4% and the percent of patients with hypertension who have a follow-up appointment scheduled increased from 66.0% to 68.8%.

In 2015, we expanded this program statewide and 20 more practices joined the Million Hearts mission and again had tremendous outcomes.

If you have any questions, please contact Director of Events and Foundation Programs Kaitlin McGuffie or call 800.742.7327.

This QI initiative is supported by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and the OAFP.


“Check it. Change it. Control it.” Background

The project builds upon a two-part outreach plan developed in 2012 through a collaborative partnership between ODH and the OAFP. The project aimed to improve cultural sensitivity and communication skills among primary care physicians and a point-of-care patient information package for African-American men who are at risk for high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The project was branded as “Check It. Change It. Control It. Your Heart Depends On It.” and the tools created include a physician guide, patient brochure, folder, and helpful tip sheets.

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Check It. Change It. Control It. Your Heart Depends On It.
Physician Guides
Patient Toolkits

Additional Resources

Million Hearts Initiative and Clinical Guidelines