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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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New York University School of Medicine, Department of Population Health, 180 Madison Ave, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10016. Email:
Department of Population Health, New York University School of Medicine, New York, New York.
California State University, Fullerton, California.
Kalusugan Coalition, Woodside, New York.
United Sikhs, New York, New York.
Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc, New York, New York.


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.

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