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The rural southeast, known as “the stroke belt,” is home to 2.6 million African Americans and has the highest prevalence of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) in the US. CVD vulnerability for AAs in the rural southeast is amplified by unmet health-related social needs (HSRN). Thus, to support best practices for CVD prevention in childhood through adulthood, health care providers need high-quality information about community-based resources to support self-management of CVD risk to share with patients, which is what CRx-CVD achieves through an electronic referral technology that automatically connects patients with resources in the area.


Through this technology, we hope to learn how to better support clinics in rural settings and improve the self-management and health outcomes associated with cardiovascular diseases.

Study Team/Roles

*listed alphabetically by last name in each section

Principal Investigators

Giselle Corbie-Smith, MD, MSc [UNC] Gaurav Dave, MD, DrPH, MPH [UNC] Stacy Lindau, MD, MA [UChicago]


Dana Carthron, PhD, RN [NCCU] Crystal Cené, MD [UNC] Brian Ellerby [OIC] Leah Frerichs, PhD [UNC] Kristen Hassmiller-Lich, PhD, MHSA [UNC] Stephanie Hoover, PhD [UNC] Raquel Reyes, MD, MPA [UNC] Feng-Chang Lin, PhD [UNC] Emily Pfaff, MS [UNC] Chris Shea, PhD [UNC]


Emily Abramsohn, MPH [UChicago] Malcolm Bevel [UNC] Maura Drewry, MPH [UNC] Mellissa Grana [UChicago] Gabrielle Harris, PhD, MSN, RN [UNC] Marisol De Ornelas, MSPH [UChicago] Nicole Robinson-Ezekwe, MA, MPH [UNC] Mary Wolfe, PhD [UNC]


Contact Info

Study Coordinator, Nicole Robinson-Ezekwe, MA, MPH
Phone: (919) 962-8447