Tulane University Translational Science Institute (TUTSI)

Church-based Health Intervention to Eliminate Racial Inequalities in Cardiovascular Health

Why Is this study being conducted?

  • Louisiana has a high burden of cardiovascular disease, especially in the African American community.
  • The overall goal of CHERISH is to implement the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Guideline on the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in the African American community to help eliminate cardiovascular health disparities.
  • We plan to utilize Community Health workers in African American Churches in New Orleans and Bogalusa to lead health related community programs.

What is Cardiovascular Disease?

  • Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and it is preventable with changes to lifestyle, stress management, and proper medical treatment.
  • Cardiovascular disease refers to a range of different conditions
    • Heart Attack
    • Stroke
    • Heart Failure
    • Arrhythmia
    • Peripheral Artery Disease

    Ways to prevent cardiovascular disease.

    • Healthy Diet
    • Exercising Regularly
    • Regular Health Care
    • Reduce Blood Pressure, Glucose, and Cholesterol
    • Quitting Smoking
    • Increasing Social Support

    CHERISH Planning Phase Goals

    • Collaborate with church leaders, community members, and healthcare organizations who are interested in decreasing cardiovascular disease in Louisiana’s African American community.
    • Learn more about the barriers to making healthier lifestyle choices and accessing health care services.
    • Understand what things can be done to overcome these barriers.
    • Develop church-based health programs which can improve cardiovascular health in African Americans.
    • Build a long-lasting partnership with the community so together we can help make Louisiana a healthier place to live and work.

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CHERISH Study Partners

Jiang He, MD, PhD, Primary Investigator

Thomas LaVeist, PhD, Co-Investigator

Keith Ferdinand, MD, FACC, FAHA, FASPC, FNLA, Co-Investigator

Marcia Ory, PhD, Co-Investigator

Jing Chen, MD, MMSc, MSc, Co-Investigator

Lydia Bazzano, MD, PhD, MPH, Co-Investigator

Jeanette Gustat, PhD, MPH, Co-Investigator

Katherine Mills, MSPH, PhD, Co-Investigator

Hua He, PhD, Co-Investigator

Lizheng Shi, PhD, Co-Investigator

Caryn Bell, PhD, Co-Investigator

Jodie Laurent, MPH, Senior Research Coordinator

Marilyn Jefferson Payne, Ed.D, LPC-S, LMFT, Church Recruitment Liaison

Speak to Study Staff Today

Call 504-988-5432 or email cherish@tulane.edu

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