Campus Location

Dallas Campus (Online)

Date of Award



Document Type

DNP Project



Degree Name

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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