Hoppe, Staying Healthy After Childbirth receive HHS Phase III grant

The Staying Healthy After Childbirth (STAC) program, created and led by Kara Hoppe, DO, MS, associate professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, was selected for the final phase of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office on Women’s Health Hypertension Innovator Award Competition! STAC is one of just eleven recipients of Phase III funding of up to $100,000. 

The HHS Hypertension Innovator Award competition is part of a federal strategy to improve maternal and infant health with a focus on minority communities in the U.S. The award supports programs that ensure pregnant people with hypertension receive appropriate care and follow-up during pregnancy and in the postpartum period.  

STAC was one of 20 programs to receive Phase I funding from HHS in 2021 and one of 15 programs to receive Phase II funding in 2023. This final phase of funding will help support a program expansion to include blood pressure monitoring and health coaching through 12 months postpartum: 

University of Wisconsin: Staying Healthy After Childbirth is a remote monitoring program that provides a Bluetooth-enabled home blood pressure device to postpartum patients, which increases blood pressure monitoring in the ten days following discharge. In response to gaps in care identified through their previous work, this program has initiated a randomized control trial that aims to expand the success of their current practices by improving blood pressure control and monitoring through 12 months postpartum as well as increasing the adoption of positive lifestyle behaviors related to hypertension and cardiovascular disease among their postpartum patients.” 

Read the whole press release from HHS here. Incredible work, Dr. Hoppe and STAC!