Program Description: 

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Brief overview:

Medication adherence is lower in Hispanic patients compared to non-Hispanic white patients and is associated with inadequate communication and cultural interventions from health care providers. The American Heart Association encourages health professionals to implement culturally competent interventions to enhance the treatment and prevention of heart disease in Hispanics despite limited evidence on clinical implementation. This systematic review was designed to summarize scholarly evidence on the impact of cultural interventions that influence medication adherence in Hispanic adults with hypertension or heart disease in the US.   


Target audience: 
  • Physicians
  • Allied Health Care Professionals
  • Fellows
  • Residents
  • Students
Learning objectives: 

Participants who engage in this educational intervention will be able to:

1. Recognize cultural interventions centered on impacting medication adherence in Hispanic adults with hypertension or heart disease in the United States (US).

2. Summarize cultural interventions that could assist health care providers with implementing appropriate practice models.

3. Compare cultural interventions by various professions to determine the impact on medication adherence.

Faculty & credentials: 

In accordance with the ACCME® Standards for Commercial Support Six, all in control of content must disclose any relevant financial relationships. The following in control of content had no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Program Director: Linda Meurer, MD


Dr. Courtney Smith is a clinical pharmacist, clinical instructor, and an inaugural postdoctoral pharmacist fellow in primacy care research at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Smith is bilingual in Spanish and English. She has six years of experience in community pharmacy practice as both a staff pharmacist and pharmacy manager. During this time, she provided pharmaceutical care to underserved patients who were predominantly affected by type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and opioid use in rural southeastern areas. Currently, Dr. Smith works as the first Spanish-speaking clinical pharmacist at the Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers (SSCHC) in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties. SSCHC is focused on enhancing access to care in the underserved Latino population, among other ethnicities. Dr. Smith’s research has focused on addressing health disparities in cardiovascular disease among the Latino and African American populations. Dr. Smith is the primary investigator of a systematic review entitled, “The impact of cultural interventions on medication adherence in Hispanic adults with hypertension or heart disease in the United States”. Findings from the systematic review will inform the development of prospective culturally tailored interventions that increase medication adherence in Hispanic populations in clinical practice.  


Melissa DeNomie
Phone number: 
+1 (414) 955-8867

ACCME Accreditation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Hours of Participation for Allied Health Care Professionals:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 1 hour of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.

Session date: 
10/12/2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm CDT
The Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Road
This session will occur virtually
WI 53226
United States
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 1.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.

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