Addressing Disparities in Hypertension Management

A PCORI Funding Announcement (PFA) will open on May 2, 2023 to fund studies that compare the effectiveness of health system strategies that address disparities in hypertension control.

Interventions must be health system strategies, including but not limited to:

  • Practice facilitation and redesign
  • Team-based care
  • Support for medication access and adherence
  • Telehealth; risk communication and shared decision making tools
  • Community linkage, referral, or service provision
  • Community health workers

Question of Interest

What is the comparative effectiveness of health system strategies to improve hypertension control for populations experiencing disparities in hypertension control and associated health outcomes, e.g.,Black, Hispanic, rural, and/or uninsured individuals?


Underserved, underrepresented, or historically excluded populations, including Black, Hispanic, rural, and/or uninsured individuals.


Comparing health system strategies, especially those designed to address therapeutic inertia and patient-centered strategies to improve medication access and adherence.


Ability to control blood pressure at 12 months or longer, from initiation of intervention. Research projects are strongly encouraged to conduct periodic outcome assessments, including long-term follow-up periods at or greater than 18 months from the primary outcome.


  • Total allocated for this PFA: Up to $50 million
  • Total direct funding: Up to $15 million

Maximum project duration

Five years.

Important dates

May 2 – Applications open
May 15 – Town Hall
May 31 – Letters of Intent due
August 29 – Applications due
November 2023 – Merit review
March 2024 – Awards announced
July 2024 – Earliest start date

For more information or to request a brief consultation, please contact Leslie MacGregor, PCORI Funding Specialist: