Wake Forest University School of Medicine


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Meet the Investigators
Target Population
Proposed Strategy
Anticipated Outcome
HSA-Level Statistics

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Carlos M. Ferrario, M.D., Spokesperson
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Principal Investigator: Carlos M. Ferrario, M.D.
Project Manager: Felicia Russell, M.P.H., C.H.E.S.
Phone: (336) 716-0608
Fax: (336) 716-0611
E-mail: frussell@wfubmc.edu
Web site: http://www.wfubmc.edu/hypertension/streampage.shtml


Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Hypertension & Vascular Disease Center
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Target Population

The project's target population includes African American communities in Forsyth County.

Proposed Strategy

This project will use community-based approaches to increase heart-healthy behavior among African Americans in the targeted community. Specific strategies include:

  1. Providing community-based cardiovascular health screening, referral, and follow-up services.
  2. Creating personalized health action plans to facilitate positive behavior change.
  3. Training community health advisors to implement heart health education activities.
  4. Conducting community events to increase awareness of stroke risk factors.
  5. Facilitating stroke prevention worksite wellness programs.

The proposed strategies will focus on three NHLBI performance goals:

  • Prevent development of risk factors.
  • Detect and treat risk factors.
  • Prevent recurrence and complications of cardiovascular disease.

Anticipated Outcome

This project aims to achieve the following:

  • Increase awareness of and community education about stroke risk factors.
  • Increase control of stroke risk factors.
  • Reduce incidence of stroke among African Americans.