Appendix E

Disease Management to Promote Blood Pressure Control Among African Americans Fishbowl Summary

The purpose of this innovation was to determine whether telephonic nurse disease management was more effective than a home monitoring program for controlling blood pressure among African Americans who were enrolled in a national health plan. The results of this program have been decreased systolic blood pressure and an increased frequency of blood pressure self-monitoring among the participants.

Key Players

Fishbowl Presenter:

  • René Vega is a Senior Medical Director of Aetna Medicaid.


  • Judi Consalvo, AHRQ, and Veronica Nieva, Westat

Reactor Panel:

  • Robert Like is Professor and Director of the Center for Healthy Families and Cultural Diversity, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. [Perspective: Culture Competence, training emphasis]
  • Brian Mittman is co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal Implementation Science and Director of the VA Center for Implementation Practice and Research Support. [Perspective: Innovation and Implementation Expert]
  • Patrick Wayte is Vice President of Marketing and Health Education for the American Heart Association (AHA). [Perspective: Stakeholder]

Innovation Presentation

The presentation with accompanying audio is available at

Innovation Profile

A full description of the innovation appears in the AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange at

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