About Us

About Us

For 25+ years, we have been collecting and analyzing clinical data, educating healthcare professionals, and providing clinical performance improvement services.

Our reach of over 30,000 clinicians has equipped community practices with the technology, facilitation, and clinical quality improvement expertise to help them attain optimal healthcare outcomes and thrive in a value-based delivery environment.

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Who we are

Founded in 1994, the Consortium for Southeast Healthcare Quality (COSEHQ) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit professional healthcare corporation representing academia (basic, clinical and population science), practicing clinicians, health systems, and the business community. We specialize in research, professional education, and quality improvement. We translate emerging science and analyze real-world clinical data in our development of best practices that achieve optimal health outcomes.

Drawing on more than two decades of experience in working with clinicians, medical groups, and healthcare systems to improve health outcomes in patients, COSEHQ’s notable expertise is the prevention and mitigation of cardiovascular and other chronic diseases through the effective management of modifiable risk factors.

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Meet Our Board of Directors
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How & Why We Were Formed

Our evolution began as the Consortium for Southeastern Hypertension Control (COSEHC) with a group of academic cardiovascular (CV) renowned physicians and scientists (Founding Members) who were concerned with the enormous mortality rates from hypertension and related CV disorders in the Southeastern region of the United States.

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Why our work is important

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, affects nearly one in two U.S. adults and is the major preventable risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Only about 24% (26 million) have their blood pressure controlled to ≤130/80 mmHg as recommended in the 2017 American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology guidelines.

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Our Work
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Founded and incorporated


Centers of Excellence Network launched


First publication: Increased Cardiovascular Risk in the Southeast


Awarded Federally Funded Enhanced Dissemination Centers Grant (EDUCS)


COSEHQ Funded Fellowships begin


Published Southeast Cardiovascular Guidelines


Continuing Medical Education (CME) accreditation received from Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)


AT GOAL: Performance Improvement Model designed and implemented


AT GOAL’s success validated by the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


AT GOAL: Implemented clinically-driven transformation contracted projects with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, South Carolina Health and Human Services, Mississippi State Department of Health, and Georgia Department of Public Health.


Selected as a Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) Network for Quality Improvement and Innovation Contractor (NQIIC)


Awarded CMS Contract as a Practice Transformation Network (PTN) under the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI)

Why now?

According to the 2020 Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Control Hypertension, data demonstrates that national rates have stagnated and disparities persist. Younger populations (ages 30-50 years) have the highest growing prevalence of hypertension and heart disease. Since 2011, the rate of premature death from heart disease has remained stagnant among U.S. adults aged 25–64 years, and in 2017, heart disease still accounted for almost one in five deaths in this age group.

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Inclusion & Diversity

  • We believe that diversity drives cultural, economic, social vitality, and innovation
  • We recognize the unlimited value of a diverse workforce
  • We believe that Diversity and Inclusion are critical to achieving our mission and integral to achieving excellence and quality health outcomes for all.
  • We foster a climate of belonging, respect, and value for all and encourage engagement and connection throughout our organization, our affiliates, and the community.
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