Cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure and stroke, has a disparate impact on African Americans. Conversely, this community has not been fully engaged to the degree desired in research ideation, implementation, and dissemination. Engaging diverse stakeholders that are traditionally not a part of Patient Centered Outcome Research (PCOR) requires building partnerships with a diverse group of organizations and institutions that have credibility and a cultural connection with racial and ethnic communities. For African-American communities in the southeast United States, this includes Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and their community partners. The project team seeks to explore the role of HBCUs and partnered stakeholders in developing a culturally responsive framework for cardiovascular research and patient engagement in the southeast region of the United States.

At the Heart of the Matter, is a partnership between CCPH, the Morehouse School of Medicine (an HBCU in Atlanta, GA), American Heart Association (AHA) Southeast Region, and the Center for Black Health and Equity. The partnership will convene HBCUs in the southeast region and their community partners to address cardiovascular disparities using the PCOR framework. Read more. CCPH is uniquely positioned to lead this project based on our experience convening racial and ethnic communities throughout the US at the regional and national level. Its national offices are also located in North Carolina, a state with 11 HBCU.

Other project partners also have deep and long-term partnerships with HBCUs that will further serve to ensure their engagement in the work leading up to and inclusive of the convening and follow-up activities. A fundamental belief of CCPH is that health equity and social justice must be pursued both within partnerships and through them. This cohort of partners has leadership and experience that centers health equity in their individual and partnered work. Each of the project partners brings a unique set of strengths and assets to the partnership that can foster sustainable impact and continued collaboration.

Other project partners also have deep and long-term partnerships with HBCUs that will further serve to ensure their engagement in the work leading up to and inclusive of the convening and follow-up activities. A fundamental belief of CCPH is that health equity and social justice must be pursued both within partnerships and through them. This cohort of partners has leadership and experience that centers health equity in their individual and partnered work. Each of the project partners brings a unique set of strengths and assets to the partnership that can foster sustainable impact and continued collaboration.

Project Summary: Cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure and stroke, has a disparate impact on African Americans. Conversely, this community has not been fully engaged to the degree desired in research ideation, implementation, and dissemination. Engaging diverse stakeholders that are traditionally not a part of PCOR requires building partnerships with a diverse group of organizations and institutions that have credibility and a cultural connection with racial and ethnic communities. For African-American communities in the southeast United States, this includes Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and their community partners. The project team seeks to explore the role of HBCUs and partnered stakeholders in developing a culturally responsive framework for cardiovascular research and patient engagement in the southeast region of the United States.