HBPR Council Committee Involvement

Updated:Oct 22,2013

Let us know how you want to get involved with the HBPR Council. Becoming more involved is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

  1. Review the committee options listed below.
  2. Complete the Council Committee Involvement Form.
  3. Send us your form.

Mission Statement

The mission of the American Heart Association's Council for High Blood Pressure Research (HBPR) is "to foster excellence in high blood pressure research and education" and achieve the association's objectives in the field of hypertension. Members support the association's mission of "building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke."

Leadership Committee  |  Awards Committee  |  Fall Conference Committee  |  Long Range Planning Committee  |  Membership Committee  |  Nominating Committee  |  Excellence in HBPR Award Selection Committee  |  Professional Education & Publications Committee  |  Scientific Sessions Program Committee  |  Trainee Advocacy Committee

Leadership Committee

  • Provide input into the AHA's science positions as they relate to the council's field of cardiovascular interest.
  • Guide and direct the council's programs.
  • Anticipate and appraise areas of developing relevance to the council's objectives and programs.
  • Develop recommendations for needed activities in the areas of science, medicine and research interests, and subjects for conferences which the council believes the association should address.
  • Approve an annual budget for discretionary fund activities and oversee all expenditures consistent with AHA policies and practices.

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Awards Committee

  • Responsible for selecting individuals to receive or present the following awards and lectures presented at Scientific Sessions: Lewis K. Dahl Memorial Lecture
  • Responsible for selecting individuals to receive or present the following awards and lectures presented at the council’s annual conference:
    Arthur C. Corcoran Memorial Lecture
    Irvine Page-Alva Bradley Lifetime Achievement
    Harry Goldblatt Award
    AHA Distinguished Scientist (if applicable)
    AHA Distinguished Achievement (if applicable)
  • Review the criteria and procedures for awards and lectures regularly, recommending modifications to the Leadership Committee, if needed.
  • Coordinate with staff to promote council awards and lectures in the newsletters, Web site and in conference and Scientific Sessions materials. 
  • Meet to evaluate nominations, recommendations and/or applications submitted and to select the candidate who best meets the criteria for each award or lecture.
  • Propose alternates for each position considered.
  • Work with staff to verify each candidate’s willingness to serve via telephone, e-mail or letter.
  • Draft articles about the award winners and lecturers for the newsletter.

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Fall Conference Committee

  • Consult with staff to develop the conference budget and monitor expenses against budget.
  • Identify potential conference co-sponsors (monetary and non-monetary) and work with staff to obtain financial and in-kind support for the conference.
  • Solicit and develop plans for scientific and social programs at the council’s annual conference.
  • Assign and monitor grading of abstracts submitted to the conference.
  • Plan the conference program, including the invited portion and pre-conference workshop, based on input from the Leadership Committee and Conference Planning Committee members.
  • Review applicants for any council investigator awards to be presented at the conference.
  • Invite speakers as identified by the committee.
  • Identify and recruit abstract graders.
  • Oversee the abstract selection process.

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Long Range Planning Committee

  • Conducting the council's self-assessment and strategic planning processes and monitoring progress towards achieving its overall goals and objectives.
  • Developing and forwarding to the Science Advisory and Coordinating Committee through the Committee on Scientific Councils, an annual projection (forecast) of recommendations in the areas of science, medicine and research interests which the council believes the association should address over the next three-five years.
  • Developing and overseeing implementation of the council's strategies for leadership development and succession planning.
  • Give guidance and direction to the council’s overall objectives and programs.
  • Explore ways for increasing funds for research.
  • Suggest ways to reduce the gap between research and clinical application.

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Membership & Communications Committee

  • Develop and implement an annual written plan and budget that will include strategies for recruitment, retention and the active involvement of members and fellows.
  • Promote new member recruiting by the Leadership Committee members, including recommending recruiting goals, providing current recruiting materials, and modeling personal involvement.
  • Increase the participation of current members by coordinating with the Program and Fall Conference Committees to inform members of council activities.
  • Review and maintain appropriate application forms and review procedures for membership categories.
  • Consult with staff to identify potential candidate pools and generate ideas for recruiting activities (e.g., mailing campaigns, Web page recruiting, and activities during conferences, one-on-one leadership recruiting efforts.)
  • Identify and promote benefits of membership.
  • Evaluate the council’s performance in retaining members and make recommendations to the Leadership Committee as needed.

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Nominating Committee

  • Prepare and present to the Leadership Committee nominations for the following as terms expire:
    Officers and members-at-large of the Leadership Committee
  • Scientific Councils Distinguished Achievement Award (every three years).
  • Prepare and submit to the AHA Nominating/Awards Committee nominations for the following:
    AHA officers, board members, committees and awards

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Excellence in HBPR Award Selection Committee

  • Responsible for reviewing nomination forms and selecting individual(s) to receive the Excellence in HBPR Award for Hypertension Research at the council’s annual conference.
  • Review the criteria and procedures for the Excellence in HBPR Award.
  • Coordinate with staff to promote council awards and lectures in the newsletters, Web site and in conference and Scientific Sessions materials. 
  • Draft articles about the award winners and lecturers for the newsletter.

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Professional Education & Publications Committee

  • Review AHA professional and patient education materials relating to hypertension and recommend modifications as needed.
  • Submit program suggestions to Scientific Sessions Program Committee for plenaries, Sunday morning programs, how-to sessions and CV seminars.
  • Work with related organizations to prepare appropriate educational materials.
  • Appoint writing groups to draft educational materials.
  • Work with AHA Professional Education Committee.

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Scientific Sessions Program Committee

  • Solicit and develop plans for plenaries, Sunday morning programs, how-to sessions and evening sessions for the AHA’s annual Scientific Sessions.
  • Assign and monitor grading of abstracts submitted to Scientific Sessions within the categories related to the council’s fields of expertise.

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Trainee Advocacy

  • Provide input to the Council Leadership Committee regarding the needs of trainees, and how the council might meet theses needs.
  • Compose announcements to trainees on a regular basis regarding council scholarships, prizes, and grant opportunities.
  • Plan and execute the trainee workshop at the Annual Fall Conference.
  • Participate in the organization of Hypertension Summer School.
  • Create a link on the CHBPR Web site for trainees to visit.
  • Creation of a listserv for trainees.
  • Assess the needs of current CHBPR trainees.
  • Actively recruit beginning scientists and clinicians to the CHBPR.
  • Offer a Graduate Trainee Poster Competition for the Annual Fall Meeting.
  • Participate in the Fall Conference Committee and Scientific Sessions Program Committee, and work to develop other educational programs targeted toward trainees.
  • Participate in AHA Scientific Sessions.
  • Compose and publish AHA advisories directed toward young clinicians and investigators, trainees and training programs.
  • Develop a Young Clinicians/Young Investigator Newsletter published semiannually that would serve as an excellent source for information regarding: council scholarships and prizes, AHA grant opportunities, opportunities at the national and local level, the release or publication of new guideline or scientific statements, AHA scientific conference schedule, and current advocacy programs and initiatives.