Goal 3: Advance Translational Research

Community Collaborative Research Targeting Populations with CVD

In what ways can researchers better collaborate with community representatives from populations with high prevalence / morbidity / mortality of cardiovascular disease (CVD) to enhance and sustain interventions and achieve improved health outcomes?


How can a combination of health behaviors and risk factors be used to conduct community-engaged research to prevent and treat CVD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and stroke?


In 2014, the American Heart Association released recommendations for optimal heart disease prevention. However, data from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study showed that only 0.1% of American adults adhere to the AHA simple 7 strategies (Smoking cessation, BMI control, healthy diet, physical activity, normal levels of blood glucose, blood pressure and blood lipids). Studies with an emphasis on cultural adaptations of effective interventions that address combinations of health behaviors and risk factors need to be considered to target high-risk populations to achieve better health outcomes.

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Is this idea a Compelling Question (CQ) or Critical Challenge (CC)? : Compelling Question (CQ)

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Studies designed to engage target populations at high risk for diseases such as CVD, COPD and stroke would help prevent and effectively treat such diseases. Comprehensive interventions addressing health behaviors and risk factors especially in co-morbid conditions will promote the administration of suitable therapies and adherence to medication regimens. Community consultation would generate more effective interventions and accelerate the translation of research results into practice.

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The NHLBI formed COPD working group could be enhanced to engage additional stakeholders like community representatives and community-engaged researchers. Research could be conducted to implement the AHA 2020 impact goals to reduce CVD morbidity and mortality. Cultural adaptations of proven modalities are needed to reach populations most at risk to reduce health disparities. These populations include African Americans, Hispanics (including their subpopulations), and American Indians.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : NHLBI Staff


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Idea No. 89