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Reducing the Risk of Heart Disease and Cancer Among African-American Women


Principal Investigator
Max Michael
MMichael@ms.soph.uab.edu

Project Identifier
Core Project (1998-2004)

Funding Source
PRC Program

Project Status
Not active


Host Institution
University of Alabama at Birmingham: Center for the Study of Community Health

Health Topics
Cancer | Cardiovascular health | Community health | Nutrition & physical activity for adults | Tobacco prevention & control
Description
Researchers are testing a model in which residents are trained as community health advisors (CHAs) to help the 25,000 people in Alabama’s Wilcox County adopt healthy behaviors. The researchers trained 115 CHAs in leadership, problem-solving, and identifying community resources. Some advisors learned to conduct activities in nutrition, physical activity, and tobacco cessation, while others learned to lead events such as health fairs, walking clubs, and exercise classes. The health advocates raised funds for walking trails and developed a weekly farmer’s market where residents can shop for fresh produce not otherwise easily accessible. CHAs also created low-fat recipes for dishes favored in the region. Researchers are measuring the lifestyle changes the CHAs make for themselves and the effects their activities have on the community’s knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors related to reducing the risks for cancer and heart disease.
 
Research Setting
County or parish
 
 
Race or Ethnicity
No specific focus
 
 
Gender
No specific focus
 
 
Age Group
Adults (20-49 years)
 
 
 
 
 
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