Healthy Hearts Northwest

01/06/16  Portland, Ore.

H2N is a three-year project funded by AHRQ that helps primary care practices improve their patients’ cardiovascular health—while also building their capacity for quality improvement.

Are you ready?

  • For better heart health for your patients?
  • For hands-on support and resources to help your practice with quality improvement?
  • For new payment models based on quality measures, not volume?

What is Healthy Hearts Northwest (H2N)?

The Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network (ORPRN) at the Oregon Health & Science University will select 130 small-and medium-sized practices throughout Oregon to participate in H2N. ORPRN seeks to help these practices build their QI capabilities and infrastructure, and to transform practices into learning organizations that engage in sustained, continuous, systematic QI. The practices will learn practical strategies that can strengthen their organizations and restore the joy to primary care. The initial focus of H2N will be implementing Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) to improve heart health, as described within the Million Hearts campaign related to ABCS: Aspirin, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol and Smoking cessation.

Four reasons why your practice will benefit from participation in H2N?

  1. Better outcomes for your patients. H2N is an opportunity to improve the cardiovascular health of your patients and your community. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in men and women in the United States. Risk factors for cardiovascular disease such as hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and smoking remain poorly controlled.
    • One-third of U.S. adults have hypertension, yet only half of those individuals have their blood pressure controlled.
    • One-third of adults have hypercholesterolemia, among which two-thirds are inadequately treated.
    • Twenty percent of adults in America continue to smoke.
  2. Better outcomes for your practice. Improved knowledge, along with streamlined internal processes, better data access, and seamless electronic health record (EHR) coordination can have a positive outcome on staff satisfaction and morale. Team-based QI leads to measurable improvement allowing your practice to concentrate on what’s always been most important: providing the highest quality of care to every patient.
  3. Better outcomes for you. H2N is designed to break the cycle of limited bandwidth for change, increasing your capacity for practice improvement. During the study, ORPRN’s Practice Enhancement Research Coordinator (PERC) will provide an at-the-elbow presence to apply the latest evidence, use data for improvement, encourage greater patient adherence, and benefit from timely staff training. The project and the presence of the PERC, our version of your personal health extension agent, will provide the practice resources and enable you to focus on what matters most—making people well. Physicians who participate in H2N and are Board Certified in Family Medicine and Internal Medicine will receive Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credit.
  4. Better outcomes for primary care. The smaller primary care practice is at the center of our Nation’s health care system. It is where most people go to get care. With EvidenceNOW and Healthy Hearts Northwest, more primary care providers will be equipped with the latest medical evidence and knowledge to best apply it.

What are primary care leaders in Oregon saying about Healthy Hearts Northwest?

  • “We appreciate being considered for the H2N project and we are honored to accept this invitation!! We know that this is an important step in helping us take better care of our patients and we look forward to the opportunity.”
    Jane Conley, Practice Administrator
    Springfield Family Physicians
  • “This is an excellent opportunity to improve health outcomes for our county.”
    Elizabeth Powers, MD
    Winding Waters Clinic, P.C.

To join or request more information go to the H2N website:
Contact Caitlin Dickinson, ORPRN H2N Project Manager,
Lyle J. (LJ) Fagnan at