Journal of Community Health

, Volume 34, Issue 4, pp 282–287 | Cite as

Cardiovascular Disease Urban Intervention: Baseline Activities and Findings

  • Elsbeth KalenderianEmail author
  • Cheryl Pegus
  • Charles Francis
  • Norma Goodwin
  • Henock Saint Jacques
  • Damaris Lasa
  • Members of the American Heart Association Health Disparities Committee
Original Paper


Regular exercise, good dietary habits, knowledge of the disease and its warning signs as well as ability to perform CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) are all important to prevent and combat Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) and Stroke. In 2005–2006, an AHA sponsored “Search Your Heart” cardiovascular disease intervention was conducted in 388 urban African-American/black and Latino/Hispanic faith based institutions, all churches of various denominations, to improve members’ knowledge and preparedness about CVD and stroke. The intervention involved (a) distribution of a customized multi-component CVD and stroke related educational and skill development package to 388 “ambassadors” for all participating churches, (b) AHA staff coordinated educational sessions for the ambassadors and (c) 211 Ambassadors coordinating the conduct of at least one CVD educational activities in their churches. In May 2006, a written survey was distributed to 211 ambassadors affiliated with the Heritage affiliate of AHA, which covers New Jersey, Connecticut, Long Island and New York City, to: (a) assess the intervention’s effect, and (b) plan and implement a targeted forward intervention approach based on findings. Survey questions addressed regular exercise, healthy eating, disease knowledge, and warning signs and ability to perform CPR.


Cardiovascular disease Stroke Public knowledge Public preparedness 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elsbeth Kalenderian
    • 1
    Email author
  • Cheryl Pegus
    • 2
  • Charles Francis
    • 3
  • Norma Goodwin
    • 4
  • Henock Saint Jacques
    • 5
  • Damaris Lasa
    • 6
  • Members of the American Heart Association Health Disparities Committee
  1. 1.Harvard School of Dental MedicineBostonUSA
  2. 2.LifeScan, Inc. USA, a Johnson & Johnson CompanyWest ChesterUSA
  3. 3.PhiladelphiaUSA
  4. 4.Health Power for MinoritiesBrooklynUSA
  5. 5.North General HospitalNew YorkUSA
  6. 6.American Heart AssociationNew YorkUSA

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