Although the occurrence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) is similar between white and Black Americans, the latter population is thirty percent more likely to die from the disease. Greater risk factors, repeated hospitalizations and related income disruptions add to the toll that CVD takes on African Americans’ overall quality of life.
We believe that examining appropriate sociocultural context is necessary to provide practice-ready solutions on the manifestations, root causes and potential strategies for eliminating African American’s heightened CVD risks. Considering that African Americans report the highest level of religiosity than any other racial/ethnic group in the Unites States, religion and spirituality is a strong indicator for prevention and intervention efforts.
Our current project, Race, Religion & Health, examines the relationship between religion and spirituality and CVD risk factors (diabetes, obesity, depression and hypertension) in African Americans.
Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity Duke University