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Addressing Cardiovascular Health Disparities in Minnesota: Establishment of a Community Steering Committee by FAITH! (Fostering African-American Improvement in Total Health)

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Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN 55905, USA
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Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, Rochester, MN 55905, USA
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Hue-MAN Partnership, Minneapolis, MN 55409, USA
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Volunteers of America, Minneapolis, MN 55439, USA
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Cardiovascular Health Unit, Minnesota Department of Health, St. Paul, MN 55164, USA
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Full Proof Ministry Church of God in Christ, Crystal, MN 55429, USA
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Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN 55905, USA
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Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(21), 4144; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16214144
Received: 4 October 2019 / Accepted: 22 October 2019 / Published: 28 October 2019
Despite its rank as the fourth healthiest state in the United States, Minnesota has clear cardiovascular disease disparities between African-Americans and whites. Culturally-tailored interventions implemented using community-based participatory research (CBPR) principles have been vital to improving health and wellness among African-Americans. This paper delineates the establishment, impact, and lessons learned from the formation of a community steering committee (CSC) to guide the Fostering African-American Improvement in Total Health (FAITH!) Program, a CBPR cardiovascular health promotion initiative among African-Americans in Minnesota. The theory-informed CSC implementation process included three phases: (1) Membership Formation and Recruitment, (2) Engagement, and (3) Covenant Development and Empowerment. The CSC is comprised of ten diverse community members guided by mutually agreed upon bylaws in their commitment to FAITH!. Overall, members considered the CSC implementation process effective and productive. A CBPR conceptual model provided an outline of proximal and distal goals for the CSC and FAITH!. The CSC implementation process yielded four lessons learned: (1) Have clarity of purpose and vision, (2) cultivate group cohesion, (3) employ consistent review of CBPR tenets, and (4) expect the unexpected. A robust CSC was established and was instrumental to the success and impact of FAITH! within African-American communities in Minnesota. View Full-Text
Keywords: African-Americans; cardiovascular health; community-based participatory research; community-engaged research; community steering committee; health disparities; health equity African-Americans; cardiovascular health; community-based participatory research; community-engaged research; community steering committee; health disparities; health equity
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Manjunath, C.; Ifelayo, O.; Jones, C.; Washington, M.; Shanedling, S.; Williams, J.; Patten, C.A.; Cooper, L.A.; Brewer, L.C. Addressing Cardiovascular Health Disparities in Minnesota: Establishment of a Community Steering Committee by FAITH! (Fostering African-American Improvement in Total Health). Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 4144.

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