HDSHC Professor Promotes Heart Health

Associate professor Olga Davis, in affiliation with the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center, participated in a heart health promotion event, "Health Disparities in Our Community: Reflections on Heart Health". The event was a kickoff for National Heart Awareness Month and Black History Month and is inspired by a NIH-sponsored demonstration project Davis is leading on health literacy in the African American community concerning cardiovascular disease. The effort is to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease including stroke, obesity, hypertension, effects of stress, diet, high blood pressure, etc. in the Phoenix community-at large and specifically the African American community. African American men top the morbidity rate of populations most likely to die of cardiovascular complications in Arizona (ADHS, 2010). To support and encourage greater understanding, participating health organizations from across the city provide health educational materials, brochures, pamphlets, handouts, goodie bags, etc. that inspire health and wellness overall, and heart health specifically.