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Prev Chronic Dis. 2019 Aug 8;16:E106. doi: 10.5888/pcd16.180618.

A Faith-Based Intervention to Reduce Blood Pressure in Underserved Metropolitan New York Immigrant Communities.

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1
New York University School of Medicine, Department of Population Health, 180 Madison Ave, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10016. Email: stella.yi@nyumc.org.
2
Department of Population Health, New York University School of Medicine, New York, New York.
3
California State University, Fullerton, California.
4
Kalusugan Coalition, Woodside, New York.
5
United Sikhs, New York, New York.
6
Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc, New York, New York.

Abstract

Minority populations, including Asian Americans, face disparities in hypertension compared with non-Hispanic whites. This underscores the need for culturally adapted programs in settings that reach Asian American communities, such as faith-based organizations. We worked collaboratively with community partners to culturally adapt and implement an evidence-based community blood pressure monitoring program for Asian Americans (Asian Indians, Koreans, Filipinos, and Bangladeshis) in metropolitan New York during 2015 and 2016. The program included regularly scheduled volunteer-led screening and counseling events with congregants at faith-based organizations. Among participants with complete 6-month data (n = 348), health-related self-efficacy significantly improved after 6 months, and systolic and diastolic blood pressure was significantly reduced in some subgroups; reductions were highest in participants who self-reported a previous diagnosis of hypertension. Among Asian Americans, faith-based programs may be a replicable, low-cost, sustainable way to increase health-related self-efficacy and decrease blood pressure, specifically among individuals with self-reported hypertension.

PMID:
31400096
DOI:
10.5888/pcd16.180618
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