Housing Authority of Baltimore City
The project's target population includes public housing residents,
particularly African American families.
This project will use both community- and environmental-based
approaches to increase heart-healthy behavior among children and adults in
public housing developments. Specific strategies include:
- Conducting community cardiovascular health screening and
- Conducting community health worker train-the-trainer programs.
- Implementing environmental change activities, including
working with neighborhood grocers and fast-food establishments to increase the
availability of heart-healthy food, schools to improve nutrition and physical
activity, and establishing safe places to engage in physical activity.
- Encourage the development of community partnerships and
coalitions in order to increase policymakers' awareness of cardiovascular
The proposed strategies will focus on two NHLBI performance goals:
- Prevent development of risk factors.
- Detect and treat risk factors.
This project aims to achieve the following:
- Increase awareness and adoption of appropriate lifestyle
behaviors to promote cardiovascular health.
- Increase community adoption of environmental change activities,
such as increased availability of heart-healthy food and safe places to engage
in physical activities.
- Increase in number of local partners concerned with and
willing to advocate to improve the community's cardiovascular health.
- Increase in the number of trained community health workers to
implement heart-healthy lifestyle change activities.