Managing and Helping Prevent Hypertension and Diabetes in Rural Communities: Fast Pace Health’s Approach (2024)

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Hypertension and diabetes are two of the most prevalent chronic health conditions affecting millions of Americans, particularly in rural communities. At Fast Pace Health, with over 270 clinics across Tennessee, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Indiana—and with plans to expand into Arkansas and North Carolina later this year —we see firsthand the impact these conditions have on our patients. Our mission is to provide accessible, high-quality healthcare to these underserved areas, focusing not just on managing but also on helping prevent these chronic diseases.

The Challenge of Hypertension and Diabetes in Rural America

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, and diabetes are often referred to as “silent killers” because they can develop gradually and without obvious symptoms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly half of adults in the United States have hypertension, and more than 38 million have diabetes. Rural communities face unique challenges that exacerbate these issues, including limited access to healthcare, higher rates of poverty, and fewer opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating.

The Fast Pace Health Approach

  • Accessible Healthcare Services

    One of the primary barriers to managing and preventing chronic conditions in rural areas is access to healthcare. Fast Pace Health is committed to bridging this gap by providing over 270 easily accessible clinics throughout our service regions. Our clinics are strategically located to help ensure that even the most remote communities can access the care they need.

    • Comprehensive Care Plans

    Managing hypertension and diabetes effectively requires a comprehensive approach. At Fast Pace Health, we develop personalized care plans for each patient, helping address their unique needs and circ*mstances. Our care plans include:

    • Regular Monitoring: Regular blood pressure and glucose level checks are crucial. We offer routine screenings at all our clinics to help patients stay on top of their health.
    • Medication Management: For patients who require medication, we work to ensure they understand how to take it correctly and manage any side effects. Our pharmacists and healthcare providers work closely with patients to help optimize their treatment plans.
    • Lifestyle Modifications: Education on diet, exercise, and other lifestyle changes is a cornerstone of our approach. We provide resources and support to help patients make sustainable changes to improve their health.
    • Preventive Health Programs

    Preventing hypertension and diabetes before they start is a key focus at Fast Pace Health. Our preventive health programs are designed to educate and empower our patients to take control of their health. These programs include:

    • Early Detection and Screening: Early detection of pre-hypertension and pre-diabetes can help significantly reduce the risk of developing full-blown conditions . We offer affordable screening events (which may be covered by patients’ health insurance) to help identify at-risk individuals early. Our providers and patients engage in open discussions about potential options for prevention, making early intervention a priority.
    • Support and Counseling: Managing chronic conditions can be overwhelming. Our providers offer support and access to counseling services, to provide emotional and psychological support, helping patients stay motivated and engaged in their health journeys.
    • Utilizing Technology

    In today’s digital age, technology plays a crucial role in healthcare. Fast Pace Health leverages telehealth services to reach patients who may not be able to visit our clinics regularly. Telehealth allows for virtual consultations, follow-up appointments, and even remote monitoring of vital signs, making healthcare more accessible and convenient.

    • Pharmacist Program

    Patients enrolled in Fast Pace Health’s pharmacist-led program for Hypertension and Diabetes receive regular engagement from the pharmacy team. This helps them better understand their condition and its complications. The team ensures patients are aware of their medication’s side effects, frequency, and dosage schedule as prescribed by their provider. This support aims to improve medication adherence and overall control of their condition.

    • Chronic Care Management program

    Rural communities are challenged with barriers related to social determinants of health such as transportation as well financial challenges in obtaining their prescription medication. Fast Pace Health’s chronic care management team works with our diabetic and hypertensive Medicare patients monthly to develop a care plan to help overcome these barriers. They coordinate their care with resources available from the payers and community-based services, thereby helping improve their outcomes.

    A Message from Our Chief Medical Officer

    Dr. Sarika Aggarwal, Chief Medical Officer at Fast Pace Health, emphasizes the importance of a holistic approach to managing and preventing these conditions. “At Fast Pace Health, we are dedicated to not only treating hypertension and diabetes but also to helping prevent these conditions from taking hold. Our commitment to personalized care, early detection, and patient education is key to making a lasting impact on the health of our rural communities,” says Dr. Aggarwal.

    Future Goals

    As we look to the future, Fast Pace Health aims to enhance our preventive health programs and extend our reach to even more rural areas. Our planned expansion into Arkansas and North Carolina is a testament to our commitment to improving the health of rural America.

    At Fast Pace Health, we understand the unique challenges faced by rural communities in managing and preventing chronic conditions like hypertension and diabetes. Through accessible healthcare, comprehensive care plans, preventive health programs, and the use of technology, we strive to make a significant impact on the health and well-being of our patients. Together, we can combat these silent killers and pave the way for healthier, more vibrant communities.

    For more information about our services and programs, visit Fast Pace Health or contact your nearest clinic.


    1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (n.d.). High Blood Pressure Facts.
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