Dallas Campus (Online)
Date of Award
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Committee Chair or Primary Advisor
Dr. Tonya Sawyer-McGee
Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor
Dr. Catherine Garner
Third Committee Member or Committee Reader
Dr. Ugochi Irikannu
More than 100 million American people have some form of cardiovascular disease. African American life expectancy is 3.4 years shorter than that of Caucasians, with an estimated 32% difference in cardiovascular disease mortality between Caucasian and African American men and a 43% difference between Caucasian and African American women. The purpose of this project was to utilize a faith-based approach in developing a heart-healthy program for addressing health disparities in an African American Baptist Church. The program focused on improving cardiovascular health literacy and addressing modifiable risk factors. The results of this project revealed that African Americans need interventions to lessen these disparities, and a faith-based program can play a major role in improving their health.
Keywords: cardiovascular disease, faith-based organization, diet, physical activity, hypertension, African Americans
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Gaston, Gwendolyn, "A Faith-Based Approach to Promote African American Healthy Heart Behaviors" (2021). Digital Commons @ ACU, Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 369.