Target Auidence


This activity is designed for healthcare professionals including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and allied healthcare professionals who manage and treat patients with cardiovascular disease.

Protocols, Strategies, and Programs – Kaiser Permanente Experience: 

Elevated blood pressure is responsible for the death of 10 million people worldwide every year. While the treatment of high blood pressure is clear from evidence-based clinical outcome trials, clinicians and health systems often do not use these strategies consistently to control blood pressure and as a result, opportunities to prevent heart attacks, strokes and other consequences of hypertension are often missed. This session will address this practice gaps using a description of a program that effectively treats individuals with hypertension, with control rates from 85-90%.

  • Recognize the key elements of a successful hypertension program;
  • Utilize performance information to identify best hypertension practices;
  • Describe how a simplified drug treatment protocol facilitates a successful hypertension program.

Million Hearts Domestic Experience/HEARTS Technical Package:

This presentation provides strategies and interventions to implement and strengthen hypertension control programs in USA and globally using the experience from Million Hearts and the HEARTS technical package. At the conclusion of the session, learners should be better prepared to:

  • Understand the burden of CVD and hypertension in USA and globally;
  • Identify lessons learned from US experience to improve hypertension control;
  • Describe the interventions that are promoted in the HEARTS technical package.

Course Information


CME Release Date:   January 4, 2019
Valid for credit through:  January 4, 2020
Course type:  Video lecture

Credits Available


Southern Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Southern Medical Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of  .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Healthcare Professionals

For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.  All healthcare professionals who are not MDs or DOs will receive a certificate of participation.

Instructions for Participation and Credit


To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period noted, following these steps:

  • Read the goals and objectives, accreditation information, and author disclosures.
  • View the educational video of the lecture.
  • Study the educational references.
  • Online, choose the best answer to each test question. Learners must receive a passing score of 80%.
  • Complete the activity evaluation and outcomes.

Upon successful completion of the test, evaluation and attestation, your certificate will be processed and emailed from customerservice@sma.org within approximately 1 hour. Credits will be archived for 6 years; at any point within this time period you may login to your account to print a duplicate copy of your certificate.

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

As an organization accredited by the ACCME, Southern Medical Association requires everyone who is in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. The ACCME defines "relevant financial relationships" as financial relationships in any amount, occurring within the past 12 months, including financial relationships of a spouse or life partner that could create a conflict of interest.

Southern Medical Association encourages Speakers/Authors to identify investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration, at first mention and where appropriate in the content.

Kristy Joseph, MA

Mrs. Kristy Joseph is a Public Health Advisor and Team Lead at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in their Center for Global Health.

For the past 8 years, Kristy has worked the U.S. CDC. Currently she is leading the capacity-building and program implementation team within the Global Noncommunicable Disease Branch in the Division of Global Health Protection. Kristy played a critical role in CDC’s participation in the development of the Global Hearts Initiative and the HEARTS technical package. She started her career in public health as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala working at a local health center and also participated in CDC’s Ebola outbreak response, deploying to Sierra Leone in 2014. Kristy received her graduate degree in economics from Georgia State University and she is a Doctor of Public Health candidate at the School of Public Health in Georgia State University.

Disclosure:

  • Mrs. Joseph has no relevant financial relationships to disclose:
  • Mrs. Joseph does not intend to discuss off-label or investigational uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not yet approved by the FDA for use in the United States.

Mark Jaffe, MD

Dr. Jaffe is the Senior Vice President of the Resolve to Save 100 Million Lives Cardiovascular Health Initiative, an initiative of Vital Strategies, and a Senior Physician of the Permanente Medical Group in South San Francisco, California.

Dr. Jaffe joined Kaiser Permanente in 1993, and in 2000 he led the establishment of the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Hypertension Program. In 2004 he led the creation of the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Prevent Heart Attacks and Strokes Everyday (PHASE) program which designs, implements, and evaluates the delivery of cardiovascular preventive services to high risk individuals with diabetes or cardiovascular disease.

From 2009 to 2017 he was the Clinical Leader of the Kaiser National Integrated Cardiovascular Health Guideline Team.  From 2013-2015 he served as a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for the Global Standardization Treatment Project and from 2015 - 2017 he was a technical advisor for the World Health Organization/PanAmerican Health Organization Hypertension Program. In September 2017, he joined Resolve to Save Lives to Save Lives as the Senior Vice President of Cardiovascular Health, with the goal of preventing 100 million deaths from cardiovascular disease in low and middle-income countries.

Dr. Jaffe attended the University of California at Berkeley and the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.  He completed residency at the University of California, San Diego, and did his Endocrinology fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, Medical School. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and in Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism.

Disclosure:

  • Dr. Jaffe has no relevant financial relationships to disclose:
  • Dr. Jaffe does not intend to discuss off-label or investigational uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not yet approved by the FDA for use in the United States.

Planning Committee
The following planning committee members have no relevant financial relationships to declare:
Donald DiPette, MD
Daniel T. Lackland, MD
Jennifer Price, MA, SMA CME Program Manager

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