Reducing CVD Risk in African Americans Faith Communities


About this study

The ultimate goal of our partnership with local African-American churches is to implement an effective, multi-component intervention to increase awareness of the critical importance of healthy lifestyle in the prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD). We will utilize the American Heart Association (AHA) prevention strategy, "Life's Simple 7" to address the major risk factors for CVD: diet, smoking, physical inactivity, hypertension, diabetes, cholesterol and obesity in order to improve overall cardiovascular health. Our main strategy consists of a community-based participatory research approach that involves focus groups to assess participant knowledge and beliefs about CVD risk factors prior to program initiation. We will also determine participant dietary and exercise practices, knowledge and perceptions related to healthy lifestyle and chronic diseases, demographic/health status information, health care utilization, biometrics (weight, blood pressure, blood tests for glucose and cholesterol, etc.) and attitudes about medical research at baseline, program completion and 6-month follow-up.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.


  • Age >18 yrs,
  • able to consent

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

LaPrincess Brewer, M.D., M.P.H.

Closed for enrollment

Contact information:

LaPrincess Brewer M.D., M.P.H.


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