Are We Our Brother’s Keeper?

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This is an intervention study to improve the health of Black men living in northern Orange County.
Topic area(s): Health Disparities; Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention

“Are We Our Brother’s Keeper?” is an intervention study to improve the health of Black men living in northern Orange County. Specifically, it is a program for Black men in church congregations to serve as “Navigators” for men who have heart disease or have had a stroke.

The purpose of this study is to learn about ways we can collaborate with African-American churches in northern Orange County to improve men’s health.

Project Description

“Are We Our Brother’s Keeper?” is a pilot study to investigate the, as yet unaccounted for, burden of CVD outcomes for rural African-American men in Orange County, NC by:

  • documenting the cultural tools of 26 rural African-American churches’ sacred role and their associations with the secular role of providing service to benefit men;
  • identifying and describing interruptions or deviations from the standard course of CVD screening and care, and perceived reasons from the points of view of men; and
  • comparing men’s adherence to CVD care between intervention and comparison churches, before and after piloting four church-based Navigator protocols, which build on elements of the church’s sacred and secular roles, in partnership with a health department nurse.


  • Source: National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLI)
  • Dates: September 01, 2007 – May 31, 2009)
  • Source: National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD)
  • Dates: September 13, 2007 – May 31, 2010
  • Current Status: Disseminated

Key Contacts

Principal Investigator: Eugenia Eng

Project Director/Manager: Shola Dada, M.S., (919) 843-8026


Chatham County Public Health Department
Chatham Social Health Council
Orange County Health Department
Strengthening the Black Family, Inc
Wake County Human Services