Project Summary: CDPHE Hypertension and Diabetes Medication Adherence

Category: State Public Health

Objective: CDPHE wanted to better to understand geographical breakdowns of hypertension medication adherence as part of its partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Department requested CO APCD data to objectively determine the proportion of adults in Colorado with high blood pressure who were in adherence to their medication regimens.

Data Analyzed: Medicaid, Commercial, and Medicare Advantage data.

Years: 7/1/2012 – 6/30/2013

Results: As part of a robust analytics strategy, CDPHE distributed surveys to stakeholders and paired the survey data to population health data. This data was used to objectively highlight hypertension medication adherence across the state, helping CDPHE to accomplish a number of public health goals, including:

  • 1. Identifying regions of the state with high and low rates of hypertension medication adherence. This information was further used internally to identify regional burden (represented by low adherence), and regions in which targeted interventions may be most beneficial.
  • 2. Comparison between hypertension medication adherence assessed through population based data sources, and rates established through survey data.
  • 3. Used for reporting activities related to the CDC Grant entitled: #DP13-1305, “State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity, and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health.”