University of North Texas
Health Science Center
para su Corazón Outreach Initiative
Forth Worth, Texas
The target population includes low socioeconomic, Spanish- and
English-speaking, underserved Hispanic adults residing in Forth Worth and the
metroplex area of Texas.
Using the Salud para su Corazón model, this project will
use a multilevel approach to promote culturally and linguistically appropriate
cardiovascular health and wellness activities to individuals and families in
the target Latino communities. Specific strategies include:
- Creating partnerships with community-based organizations,
other agencies, and members of the community in an effort to reach Latinos who
need cardiovascular health and educational services.
- Conducting training for Promotoras (lay health educators) who
will be responsible for performing community dissemination and outreach
- Conducting neighborhood and communitywide activities (e.g.,
guided group discussions, or "charlas," community health fairs, cooking
- Implementing family-based interventions that promote the role
of the family in cardiovascular health education and health promotion.
- Developing individual and family action plans, using An Ounce
of Prevention guide, designed to control cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk
factors through heart-healthy behavior.
The proposed strategies will focus on all four National Heart,
Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) performance goals:
- Prevent development of risk factors.
- Detect and treat risk factors.
- Recognize and treat acute coronary syndromes early.
- Prevent recurrence and complications of CVD.
This project aims to achieve the following outcomes among the
- Increased awareness and knowledge of heart-health behavior and
- Reduced or controlled, modifiable, CVD risk factors.
- Improved compliance to medical and educational recommendations.
- Increased access to medical care.
- Decreased number of visits to emergency hospitals.
- Engagement of individuals and families in action plans that
promote heart-health behavior.
- Improved communication among community partners.