- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - University of Alabama at Birmingham officials say the school will lead a trial to improve blood pressure control in the rural Southeast.

Officials said in a statement that UAB has been given a $9.4 million grant to address setbacks linked to high blood pressure in a region spanning eastern Texas to Maryland. The trial is expected to focus on low-income minorities in rural areas. UAB officials say the University of North Carolina and East Carolina University will help administer the program.

Officials say the trial will include practice facilitation, which is aimed at structural changes to improve the quality of care, and peer coaches, to help build positive relationships with health care providers.

Organizers say the study will involve 80 primary care practices and 25 African-American patients at each practice.

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