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Am J Public Health. 2013 Nov;103(11):e26-38. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301297. Epub 2013 Sep 12.

Creating a transdisciplinary research center to reduce cardiovascular health disparities in Baltimore, Maryland: lessons learned.

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Lisa A. Cooper, L. Ebony Boulware, Edgar R. Miller III, Sherita Hill Golden, Gary Noronha, Hsin-Chieh Yeh, David M. Levine, Felicia Hill-Briggs, Jeanne Charleston, Nae-Yuh Wang, Hanan Aboumatar, Jennifer P. Halbert, and Frederick L. Brancati are with the Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. Kathryn A. Carson and Patti L. Ephraim are with the Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore. Mary Margaret Huizinga is with Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, TN. Debra L. Roter and Lee R. Bone are with the Department of Health Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Miyong Kim is with the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Baltimore.


Cardiovascular disease (CVD) disparities continue to have a negative impact on African Americans in the United States, largely because of uncontrolled hypertension. Despite the availability of evidence-based interventions, their use has not been translated into clinical and public health practice. The Johns Hopkins Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities is a new transdisciplinary research program with a stated goal to lower the impact of CVD disparities on vulnerable populations in Baltimore, Maryland. By targeting multiple levels of influence on the core problem of disparities in Baltimore, the center leverages academic, community, and national partnerships and a novel structure to support 3 research studies and to train the next generation of CVD researchers. We also share the early lessons learned in the center's design.

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