Target Audience:

Family Med, Cardiology, ED/MIC, Endocrinology, GI, HBS, Nephrology, Neurology, Pharmacy, Behavioural Medicine

Gilroy, Santa Cruz County, Cisco


WebEx (Please MUTE yourself upon entry):

Post Presentation Survey (By 7/12/17):


  • Nailah Thompson, DO, MPH, Internal Medicine, Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
  • Elizabeth Sills, MCP, Director of Health Promotion, Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center


  • Nolan Lee, MD, Internal Medicine, Kaiser permanente San Jose Medical Center
  • Haritha Rachamallu, MD, Adult and Family Medicine, Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center
  • Carrie Beardsley, MS, Department of Health Promotion, Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center

Session Objectives:

At the conclusion of this event, participants will be able to: 

  • Apply the clinical guidelines and outpatient quality goals for blood pressure control, especially among African American patients.
  • Consistently utilize the four habits communication model to improve communication, compliance and member service among African American patients


Dr. Nailah Thompson, an internist and American Society of Hypertension (ASH)-certified hypertension specialist from Kaiser Permanente (KP) Oakland, will explain disparities in blood pressure control in African American patients  She will describe the increased hypertension related morbidity and mortality among African Americans compared to their white counterparts.  She will also give her experience with an East Bay pilot program designed to eliminate disparities in blood pressure control.

Regional control performance gap for hypertension measure for our African American members is 5-6% when compared to our Caucasian population. Currently Kaiser Permanente, San Jose is at 88% in controlling our African American Patients with history of hypertension. The target  for 2017 is 90%. Control gap is contributing to poor health outcomes across this population including a rising trend in stroke among young African American patients. Since 2015, we have an Equitable Care Quality goal to measure and drive our performance around hypertension control for our African American patients with hypertension.  Dr. Thompson will discuss the clinical guidelines for hypertension management and optimal use of thiazide diuretics in African Americans with hypertension.  Among our Kaiser Permanente members, African American members score their care experience 4% lower than Caucasian members. Dr. Thompson will also use case studies to describe clinical and communication tools available at all medical centers that can be applied to address existing hypertension care disparities among African Americans.


The speaker and planning committee have no financial relationships to disclose. 


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Credit Statement:

**Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.   
Kaiser Permanente San Jose takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity.                
**Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center designates this Live Course for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™        
Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


    Session date: 
    06/21/2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm PDT
    Kaiser Permanente San Jose FHC Rooms 3-4
    United States
    • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    • 1.00 Geriatrics
    • 1.00 Stroke

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    CME Office: 
    San Jose Medical Center
    Conference room: 
    276 FHC Room 3-4