Improving hypertension management, strengthening primary health care

Improving hypertension management, strengthening primary health care
Improving hypertension management, strengthening primary health care

In observance of World Hypertension Day 2023 - commemorated every May 17th, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), through the HEARTS in the Americas Initiative, kindly invites you to attend the webinar on Thursday, May 18th, 2023. This webinar will highlight the low hypertension awareness rate worldwide, promote accurate blood pressure measurement methods, and underscore the importance of improving hypertension control to live longer and healthier.


How to participate


  • DATE: Thursday, 18 May, 2023
  • TIME: 11:00 – 1:00 PM EDT [check below the local time in other cities]
    • After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
  • LANGUAGES: The webinar will be in English, Spanish and Portuguese, with interpretation to all languages.




Primary health care teams, physicians, nurses, and pharmacists. Specialists in family medicine, internal medicine, cardiology, hypertension, nephrology and diabetes. Medicine, nursing and health science students. Health policymakers and managers, and health insurance organizations.



World Hypertension Day is a worldwide activity created by the World Hypertension League (WHL) and first held on May 14, 2005. On this World Hypertension Day, PAHO joins the theme: Measure Your Blood Pressure Accurately, Control It, Live Longer to increase high blood pressure awareness in all populations worldwide and accurate blood pressure measurement methods.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in the Americas and raised blood pressure accounts for over 50% of CVD. Unfortunately, in the Americas, over a quarter of adult women and four in ten adult men have hypertension, and the diagnosis, treatment, and control are suboptimal. Remarkably, only a few countries exhibit a population hypertension control rate of over 50%. To address this critical problem, PAHO initiated HEARTS in the Americas, a flagship program to improve CVD risk management currently being implemented in nearly 300 health facilities in 32 countries.



  • Pedro Ordunez, MD, PhD. Advisor, HEARTS in the Americas Initiative. PAHO/WHO 
  • Taraleen Malcom, MD, MPH. Advisor-NCD and Mental Health. Barbados and ECC

First segment: HEARTS walking across the Americas. The Champions.

  • Chile. Dr. Marcela Rivera, MD. Advisor-Health Care Department. Primary Care Unit. Ministry of Health Chile.  
  • El Salvador. Dr. Matias Villatoro. NCDs Coordinator. Health Policies and Programs Unit. Ministry of Health, El Salvador
  • Saint Lucia. Dr. Shana Cyr-Philbert. Senior Medical Director and NCDs focal point. Ministry of Health, Vieux Fort, Saint Lucia.

Second segment: New clinical resources for primary healthcare teams and patients

  • HEARTS Clinical Pathway. A Regional Approach. Andres Rosende, MD, MSc. HEARTS in the Americas.
  • Home blood pressure monitoring. Education Tool. Yenny Rodriguez, MD, MSc. HEARTS in the Americas.
  • Supporting PHC teams using antihypertensive drugs. A new virtual course. Jeffrey Brettler, MD. Southern California Kaiser Permanente Medical Group. Los Angeles, CA, USA.

Keynote speaker: Science for a healthy and strong HEARTS

  • Dr. Donald DiPette. MD, FACP, FAHA. Distinguish Professor. School of Medicine. University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA.


Time correspondence


  •  8:00 am.– Los Angeles, Vancouver
  •  9:00 am. – Belmopan, Guatemala City,  Managua, Mexico City, San Jose (CR), San Salvador, Tegucigalpa
  • 10:00 am. – Bogota, Panamá City, Kingston, Lima, Quito
  • 11:00 am. – Asunción, Bridgetown, Caracas, Castries, Georgetown, Havana, La Paz, Nassau, Ottawa, Port-au-Prince, Port of Spain, San Juan, Santiago, Santo Domingo, Washington DC 
  • 12:00 pm  –  Buenos Aires, Brasilia, Montevideo, Paramaribo
  •  5:00 pm. – Geneva, Madrid


For other cities, check the local time in the following link.





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