Date of Award

Spring 5-8-2020

Document Type

DNP Project

Project Team Faculty Member

Dr. Mary Zerlan

Project Team Faculty Member

Dr. Albertina Perez


Hypertension, Faith based, coronary artery disease, health literacy


Hypertension is a primary preventable risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Despite advances in preventive and treatment measures, related to blood pressure control, the prevalence of hypertension in the United States remains high among Black People of immigrant and non immigrant communities. Healthcare is increasingly complex, and health literacy problems have increased due to demands by healthcare stakeholders for patients to assume a more independent role in taking charge of their health. A quality improvement project was conducted in a Faith based community to improve the knowledge of participants about hypertension. The objective of this project was to enhance lifestyle management of participants in this at-risk community, as measured by participants self-report in post- session survey. Outcomes, as measured by a Likert scale revealed that all the participants who attended, reported a collective increase in their knowledge base. Twenty participants had a better understanding of hypertension and were willing to modify their behavior (80%). Findings showed a statistically significant commitment to lifestyle modification. This project promotes patient autonomy by encouraging improved communication between patients and providers. It also shows promise in enhancing lifestyle management of black people with hypertension.

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