Healthy Hearts for Oklahoma

Helping primary care practices improve cardiovascular disease management

Healthy Hearts for Oklahoma is a comprehensive project aimed at creating an effective, sustainable system to help primary care practices across Oklahoma improve cardiovascular disease management and prevention. It provides a critical infrastructure to help ensure better health for all Oklahomans, especially those in remote and rural areas. The University of Oklahoma received a 3-year, 15 million dollar grant as part of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality initiative, EvidenceNOW – Advancing Heart Health in Primary Care, which supports the broad U.S. Department of Health and Human Services effort for Better Care, Smarter Spending, and Healthier People, and is aligned with the Department’s Million Hearts® national initiative to prevent heart attacks and strokes. Dr. Steven Crawford of the OU College of Medicine’s Department of Family and Preventive Medicine and Dr. Dan Duffy at the OU-School of Community Medicine in Tulsa will head the Oklahoma research effort.

News & Highlights

Oklahoma has a population of 3.85 million in individuals with cardiovascular disease being the most frequent cause of premature death*.

In Oklahoma, 23.3% of residents are current smokers, 35.5% have hypertension, 31.1% of individuals are physically inactive, and 32.2% of individuals are considered obese**.


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This initiative aligns with CSC’s overall strategic plan.  Learn More

Our Work

Working to transform healthcare delivery by building critical infrastructure to help primary care practices and providers improve the overall heart health of their patients. CSC is aiding in the construction of the emerging Oklahoma Primary Healthcare Extension System while will support the dissemination and implementation of patient-centered outcomes research findings to primary care practices throughout Oklahoma.

Our Partners

University of Oklahoma-Health Science Center
Public Health Institute of Oklahoma
Oklahoma Center for Healthcare Improvement
Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality
MyHealth Access Network
Oklahoma Primary Health Care Extension System
Oklahoma Center Translation Science Research
Tulsa County Health Improvement Organization

Current Priorities

Aspirin utilization in high-risk individuals
Blood pressure control
Cholesterol management
Smoking cessation
Provision of technical support to 300 primary care practices to implement patient-centered outcome research findings

Project Goals

270-300 primary care practices throughout Oklahoma participating
810-900 primary care professionals reached through quality improvement efforts
1.23-1.35 million patients reached through project intervention

Improving Oklahomans’ Lives through Research, Planning and Action