Date of Award

Spring 5-1-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

First Advisor

Dr. Josie Doss, PhD, MSN, RNC-OB

Second Advisor

Sarah Handwerker, EdD, RN, ONC, CNE

Third Advisor

Tara Miller, PhD, LPC



Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of mortality in the United States. Racial disparities related to cardiovascular disease also exist, especially in African Americans. It is imperative to explore solutions to close the gap among these individuals. This study measured the effectiveness of an educational intervention on cardiovascular disease prevention targeting African Americans in a faith-based community setting. This study aimed to target individuals in community and faith-based settings for health promotion and disease prevention through an education network, increase participant’s awareness and knowledge about cardiovascular disease, determine the impact of a cardiovascular disease program on perceived cardiovascular disease risk, and improve modifiable behaviors such as decreased smoking, increased self-reported physical activity, and increased consumption of fruits and vegetables for cardiovascular disease risk reduction. There was a significant increase in knowledge from baseline (M = 6.67, SD = 1.42) to immediately post-intervention (M = 7.53, SD = 0.629; MD = -0.867; p = 0.002), and from baseline (M = 6.67, SD = 1.42) to 30 days post-intervention (M = 7.47, SD = 0.629; MD = -0.800; p = 0.002). Results of the study also showed an increase in modifiable behavior such as frequency of engaging in physical activity (z = -3.61, p z = -2.641, p = .008). Community programs in alternative settings are beneficial in providing programs for health promotion in African American communities. This paper describes the foundations for implementing a translational project related to cardiovascular disease prevention for African American adults in a faith-based setting.

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Nursing Commons