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Health Promot Pract. 2008 Jul;9(3):220-7. doi: 10.1177/1524839908319168.

Building capacity for heart disease and stroke prevention research: the cardiovascular health intervention research and translation network.

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  • 1Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention created the Prevention Research Centers (PRCs) Cardiovascular Health Intervention Research and Translation Network (CHIRTN) in 2005 to develop partnerships and create a research agenda that addresses cardiovascular health promotion. Six participating universities with expertise in heart disease and stroke prevention research collaborate with their PRC partner communities and other partners to (a) conduct demonstration research projects and (b) identify gaps in knowledge and make recommendations for future research to address those gaps. This report describes the structure and current efforts of the CHIRTN. The goal of these efforts is to promote cardiovascular health for Americans, particularly underserved, at-risk populations.

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