African American (AA) women living in public housing have some of the highest risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Limited information exists on this popula-tion’s perceived barriers and facilitators to achieving optimal heart health and adhering to practices known to lower risk factors for CVD. Six 1.5-hour long focus groups among 32 AA women living in public housing (mean age = 49.9±10.3) were conducted, audiotaped, and transcribed. Participants’ quotes were analyzed using the American Heart Association Life’s Simple 7 as a guideline for optimal heart health. Focus groups revealed stress and finances as primary barriers, and family/friends/social support as primary facilitators. Participants also mentioned a lack of community involvement and limited government assistance focused on making healthy foods affordable. The information gained from this study can help future programs more adequately assist this underserved group in pursuing heart healthy behaviors and lowering their disproportionately high CVD risk.
|Number of pages||18|
|Journal||Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved|
|State||Published - Nov 2021|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
We would like to thank our focus group participants, as well as Ms. Dana Mason, Ms. Tiffany Clark, and Ms. Marlene Stevenson, and the members of the Health Equity Action Team (HEAT). We would also like to thank Drs. Anita F. Fernander and Melinda E. Wilson for their feedback on the first draft of this manuscript, and Loren Brigham for her assistance transcribing the focus groups. This study was funded by the University of Kentucky’s College of Health Sciences’ pilot program.
© Meharry Medical College.
- African American
- Cardiovascular disease
- Health disparities
- Heart disease
- Public housing
- Social conditions
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health