Learning Collaboratives

Team-Based Care Learning Collaboratives

In coordination with CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, NACDD implemented two Learning Collaboratives bringing together state teams of public health and pharmacy partners to accelerate team-based care to manage high blood pressure and high cholesterol. As a result of the two Learning Collaboratives, participant teams now serve as facilitators within their states to continue and enhance successful strategies and share resources.

Advancing Pharmacy-Related Interventions to Control Hypertension and Manage Cholesterol

NACDD and CDC worked with Colorado, Georgia, Missouri, Texas, and Virginia state teams as part of the Advancing Pharmacy-Related Interventions to Control Hypertension and Manage Cholesterol Learning Collaborative. Each participating team was required to have one State Health Department representative and at least one pharmacy partner.

The Learning Collaborative was developed in response to State Health Department interest in working with pharmacy partners (e.g., Schools of Pharmacy, state pharmacy associations, pharmacy chains, and community pharmacists) to meet CDC Cooperative Agreement DP18-1817 priorities focused on innovative team-based approaches to hypertension control and cholesterol management.

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic early in the initiative disrupted in-person activities, necessitating a redesign of some efforts to ensure the safety of participants. Despite a significant impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Learning Collaborative, state teams continued to collaborate and tailor activities to improve access to pharmacist-led services. Between February and December 2020, participants engaged in peer sharing calls; a 1.5-day virtual workshop with subject matter experts on the interventions to share challenges and opportunities; and a one-day closing workshop in December to highlight lessons learned.

Resources shared during the Learning Collaborative.

The Workshop Summary provides an overview of the May 2020 workshop.

Click here to view the April 15, 2021 Webinar Panel on Advancing Pharmacy-Related Interventions.

The final report describes the project and includes state-specific actions.

Below are brief summaries of state activities, accomplishments, and continued focus to sustain and spread the work of the Learning Collaborative.

Spotlight on Colorado
Spotlight on Virginia
Spotlight on Missouri

Advancing Team-Based Care Through the Use of Collaborative Practice Agreements and Using the Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process to Manage High Blood Pressure

NACDD, in coordination with CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, worked with Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming state teams on a Learning Collaborative to accelerate team-based care using the pharmacists’ patient care process (PPCP) and collaborative practice agreements (CPA) designed to manage high blood pressure. State Health Department and pharmacy partner teams attended an in-person workshop and participated in several webinars to acquire needed information to host trainings within their states to support pharmacists in implementing CDC’s PPCP and CPA resource guides.


For more information about the Learning Collaboratives, please contact Julia Schneider, jschneider_ic@chronicdisease.org.

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