Preventing cardiovascular disease: Participant perspectives of the FAITH! Program

La Princess C. Brewer, Eleshia J. Morrison, Joyce E. Balls-Berry, Patrick Dean, Kandace Lackore, Sarah Jenkins, Consuelo Cohen, Jacqueline Johnson, Frances Ellis, D. C. Mangum, Sharonne N. Hayes, Christi Patten

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Striking cardiovascular health disparities exist among African-Americans in Minnesota compared to Whites; however, community-based interventions to address cardiovascular disease risk are lacking. This study explored participant perceptions of a culturally tailored, cardiovascular disease prevention program developed using a community-based participatory research process. Research participation perceptions, program benefits, and program satisfaction/acceptability were analyzed using a mixed-methods approach. Overall, acceptability was high. Findings highlight the favorable inclusion of African-Americans (research perception), knowledge gained about healthy lifestyle practices (benefits), and quality of the curriculum/speakers (satisfaction). Community-based participatory research may be useful in fostering the acceptability of behavior change interventions among marginalized African-American communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1710-1723
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number12
StatePublished - Oct 1 2019


  • African-Americans
  • cardiovascular disease
  • community-based participatory research
  • faith-based intervention
  • health disparities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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