Tulane Receives $8.7m from NIH to Study the Impact of Black Church on Eliminating Cardiovascular Health Disparities

Tulane Receives $8.7m from NIH to Study the Impact of Black Church on Eliminating Cardiovascular Health Disparities

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded a $8.7 million grant to Tulane University to study the impact that churches can have in contributing to the elimination of cardiovascular health disparities among African Americans. As part of this socially innovative initiative, Tulane will embark on an effort to recruit and train community health workers to implement a comprehensive health and lifestyle coaching program for congregants predominantly African American churches in New Orleans and Bogalusa, Louisiana. Led by the guidance in the 2019 American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association Guideline on the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, the principles behind this program zero in on the mission of improving cholesterol numbers and addressing high blood pressure as well as controlling other risk factors.

African American Risks

While heart disease is the number one cause of death for both men and women in the United States, rates for African Americans are higher than the norm; the demographic group faces disproportionately high burden of cardiovascular disease due to a number of factors from lifestyle elements to diet and limited access to healthc...

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