National Hypertension Control Initiative

It's time to create a healthier, more equitable country

About the National Hypertension Control Initiative

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically highlighted social inequities in health. In response, the American Heart Association launched the National Hypertension Control Initiative, an evidence-based, community-driven effort to reduce hypertension, or high blood pressure, a condition that nearly half of adult Americans are living with. Many of them don’t even know it.

Now more than ever, it’s important for everyone to pay attention to their blood pressure numbers. High blood pressure is a leading cause and controllable risk factor for heart disease, stroke and can contribute to worse outcomes for people who contract COVID-19.

Learn more about us and our efforts to strengthen and extend the reach of blood pressure knowledge and tools in communities affected by uncontrolled high blood pressure.

Join the Get Down With Your Blood Pressure™ Dance Movement!

Nearly 1 in 2 adults in the U.S. have high blood pressure—and many don’t know it. That’s why we invite you to join the Get Down With Your Blood Pressure™ Dance movement. You can raise awareness about high blood pressure and encourage everyone in your life to learn more about their numbers and the importance of self-monitoring your blood pressure.

First, watch the short dance video. While grooving to the beat, you’ll learn the four easy steps to stay on top of your blood pressure: Get it. Slip it. Cuff it. Check it. Share those numbers with your doctor. After practicing the simple dance steps, get down with your version of the moves with the Get Down With Your Blood Pressure™ music available on social media and music streaming platforms.

Then, to keep the movement moving, upload and share your dance on your social media channels with the hashtag #GetDownWithYourBP.

Learn How to Monitor Your Blood Pressure at Home

It's important to know how to do it correctly, especially if your doctor has recommended that you regularly monitor your blood pressure.

National Hypertension Control Initiative Support

This project is supported by cooperative agreements (CPIMP211227 and CPIMP211228) with the Office of Minority Health (OMH) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), as part of a financial assistance award totaling $14.6 million in partnership with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The contents do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by OMH/OASH/HHS or the U.S. Government.

Creating Healthier Communities

Community-based organizations, businesses, places of worship and, most importantly, neighbors like you are key in making neighborhoods healthier. Discover more resources to help support your mission.

Technical Assistance & FAQs 

If you have additional questions or need further help implementing NHCI in your community health center, submit a ticket.

Non-enrolled community health centers and others, email nhci@heart.org for additional support or questions.