Abstract 18085: Heart Healthy Living: A community Based, Culturally Sensitive Cardiovascular Disease Education Program for Chinese Women at Roxbury Tenants of Harvard
Background: Acculturation is strongly associated with increased cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk and risk factors among Chinese immigrants into Western societies. There is a paucity in community-based health interventions targeted towards Chinese immigrants, and a growing need to develop such programs among this rapidly expanding population. We adapted the Heart Healthy Living (HHL) seminar series, a tailored health, nutrition, and physical activity education program, to address the challenges that Chinese immigrants face.
Methods: HHL is a six week culturally suitable CV health program targeted towards Chinese women residing at Roxbury Tenants of Harvard (RTH). Each session was held in Chinese and consisted of an interactive lecture component on CVD prevention, followed by an exercise activity. Each participant completed a validated Heart Disease Knowledge Questionnaire (HDKQ) both pre- and post-seminar series, in addition to blood pressure, weight, height, and waist circumference measurements at each time.
Results: A total of 30 women registered with median age of 65.5 years old. At baseline, 33% of the women suffered from hypertension and 30% of women had BMI considered at minimum “overweight” at an average of 26.33 kg/m2 with a mean waist circumference of 32.6 inches (+/- 4.3 inches). Overall, there were no significant changes in weight, blood pressure, or waist circumference. However, we found a 117% increase in proficiency of CVD knowledge in the HDKQ, from 34.6% correct to 75.3% correct upon completion of the seminar series (Figure 1).
Conclusions: There was a profound increase in CVD literacy with HHL completion. Not unexpectedly, there were no changes in metrics taken during the seminar series. Longer and larger studies are necessary to determine reproducibility and changes in measurements taken. Furthermore, one year follow up and long-term interventions are necessary to assess the translation of knowledge into health-related outcomes.
Author Disclosures: L. Liu: None. A. Sauris: None. F. Rodriguez: None. J. Foody: None.
- © 2014 by American Heart Association, Inc.