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In 2001, the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office on Women's Health (OWH) funded a pilot program, called Generations, to prevent cardiovascular disease in African American women. The program was conducted in six African-American churches in Atlanta, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Mississippi, and Chicago by the Association of Black Cardiologists. Generations was designed to encourage African American women to reduce their risk for cardiovascular disease. The program included personal risk assessment, cooperative support groups, and regularly scheduled educational sessions on risk factors for cardiovascular disease and risk modification.
In 2003, OWH funded the National Black Nurses Foundation to develop and coordinate a project aimed at reducing cardiovascular disease among African-American women. The goal of this project was to promote and pilot the "For Your Heart" web based health education tool and notebook among African American Women, to create awareness around the seriousness of heart disease, and to encourage women to change behavior to lower their risk factors.
The National Black Nurses Foundation trained members of the New York Black Nurses Association (NYBNA) to provide health education services using the For Your Heart notebook. These nurses used the notebook in their professional settings, and in the community, and found the website to be well received. Recommendations to improve the For Your Heart website were made.
Content last updated August 11, 2010.