CCPEC Heart Health Now

Heart Health NOW! (HHN)

This multidisciplinary program helps small and medium-sized primary-care practices (PCPs) in improving prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Heart Health NOW! (HHN) arose out of the reality that, despite many great strides made in recent years, smaller-sized PCPs still often lack the core infrastructure and technical expertise to rapidly apply new evidence and clinical approaches to specific high-risk patient populations. In North Carolina, among the highest-risk patient populations are people with CVD, which ranks among the state’s leading causes of death.

A collaboration between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, our state partners Community Care of North Carolina (CCCNC), and NC AHEC (Area Health Education Centers), HHN is our state’s implementation of the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) initiative “Advancing Heart Health in Primary Care.”

North Carolina is one of only seven states selected to receive an AHRQ grant to fund this three-year practice-transformation program.

HHN in Practice, at Practices

In brief, HHN works with smaller PCPs to:

    • Build systems of care that integrate best-practices in CVD treatment
    • Provide population-health-management tools
    • Advance the use of electronic health records (EHRs) for value-based payment

The program employs a variety of interventions to aid participating PCPs in building their capacity to use what are known as “the ABCS of heart health”:

    • Aspirin for high-risk individuals
    • Blood-pressure control
    • Cholesterol management
    • Smoking cessation

Interested in Learning More?

Consult a detailed FAQ for answers to questions you may have. You can also visit the HHN Advancing Heart Health in NC Primary Care website maintained by the UNC Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research.