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Cardiovascular Outcomes of an Adapted Evidence-Based Intervention in Eastern NC 


  • 2018: CHER Research Summer Program
  • 2018 – present: Ongoing


African Americans in the rural southeast continue to be disproportionately affected by cardiovascular disease (CVD). Heart Matters, a 12-month adapted evidence-based intervention, aims to reduce CVD risk in African Americans residing in Nash and Edgecombe counties in North Carolina through behavioral modification. Clinical outcomes of interest in Heart Matters include weight, systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure and hemoglobin A1C. 

Outcomes and Impact

Reduction of clinically relevant cardiovascular disease risk factors in this community.

Study Team

  • Gaurav Dave
  • Stephanie Hoover
  • Madeleine Hamilton
  • Laura Villa-Torres
  • Liz Ajazi
  • Hilary Jessup
  • Kiana Bess
  • Mysha Wynn (Project Momentum Inc.)
  • Shirley McFarlin (James McFarlin Community Development)
  • Giselle Corbie-Smith

Partner Organizations

  • Project Momentum Inc.
  • James McFarlin Community Development

Funding Source

Office of Rural Initiatives (Medical Education, UNC School of Medicine)


  • G Dave, S Hoover, L Frerichs, M Hamilton, K Bess, H Jessup, B Boone, M Wynn, S McFarlin, G Corbie-Smith. Using Community Engagement to Adapt and Implement an Evidence-Based CVD Intervention in Rural African American Communities. (2019). Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting. Washington, DC.
  • M. Hamilton, G Dave, S McFarlin, M Wynn, G. Corbie-Smith. Diabetes in Rural African American Adults: Identifying Opportunities to Reduce Risk. (2018). John B. Graham Research Symposium. Chapel Hill, NC.

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Heart Matters