Heart Healthy Lenoir
Center to Reduce Cardiovascular Disease Disparities: Genes, Clinics, and Communities
Heart Healthy Lenoir implemented an integrated set of 3 interdisciplinary studies to create innovative, evidence- and community-based strategies to reduce cardiovascular disease (CVD) in Lenoir County by using a participatory research approach. Project goals were to (1) determine genetic factors associated with CVD risk; (2) understand the individual, social, and economic determinants of poor health outcomes and the potential social and community capital that can support multi-level change; (3) work with community leaders, health professionals, and citizens to apply these understandings to improve practice-based management of hypertension and community-based lifestyle management and test the impact on reducing health disparities in CVD risk factors among 700 participants; (4) test the impact, reach, adoption, and sustainability of clinical, community-level, and policy interventions, including economic development potential; and (5) develop strategies for translation and dissemination of the clinic-based and community-level interventions to other underserved regions.
Alice Ammerman, DrPH
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute