"Chronic diseases are an epidemic affecting the United States population, contributing to 7 of the 10 top causes of death. In 2012, approximately half of US adults were reported to have one or more chronic disease(s). Hypertension and diabetes, 2 of the most common chronic diseases, affect 70 million and 29 million Americans, respectively.1 Socioeconomic status is inversely associated with the prevalence of diabetes and hypertension2 with links to disparate disease control in medically underserved areas.3-5
"Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), funded by The US Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA),6 provide health care services to the medically underserved population. Diabetes control of A1c <9% and blood pressure control of <140/90 mm Hg have been included in the Core Clinical Measures put forth by HRSA.7 Consequently, FQHCs also focus on population management of diabetes and hypertension and achievement of these goals..."