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Community Intervention to Reduce Cardiovascular Disease in Chicago (CIRCL-Chicago)

Triedstone Church and Pastors4PCOR are partnering with the NW CIRCL-Chicago team to help plan an intervention with the potential to benefit members and their families battling to control high blood pressure. 

The Northwestern (NW) CIRCL-Chicago team understands that one way to reduce disparities in heart health is early recognition and control of blood pressure. But we don’t know what’s currently helping or hindering you or your loved one's day-to-day health management or community members experiences of the standard therapeutic and medical options for blood pressure recognition and control.

What's It All About?

Are you concerned about the high rates of death and disability from stroke, heart and kidney failure which disproportionately affect African Americans? As a member of the faith-based community, would you be interested in talking about the reasons for these disparities and in commenting on a proposal to address health threats like these?

Empowerment Starts Through Participation

Triedstone Church and Pastors4PCOR are partnering with the NW CIRCL-Chicago team to help plan an intervention with the potential to benefit members and their families. Community voice and experience will guide the process. 

Interventions Proposed by CIRCL-Chicago

In Chicago, health status indicators show worsening disparities between black and white residents, with the highest rates of hypertension, heart disease, and stroke clustering in the predominantly black South and West Sides.

CIRCL-Chicago will focus on the strategies used to support adoption, implementation with fidelity, and sustainability of the Kaiser bundle within a Chicago community with a high burden of hypertension. The Kaiser bundle demonstrated that a bundle of evidence-based interventions implemented within a large, integrated health system significantly increased blood pressure control.

Co-Principal Investigators:
Abel Kho, MD, MS, FACMI
Paris Davis, PhD, MBA
JD Smith, PhD

This project is supported by a Disparities Elimination through Coordinated Interventions to Prevent and Control Heart and Lung Disease Risk (DECIPHeR) award of the National Heart, Lung, And Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under Award Number UG3HL154297. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

Timeline: CIRCL-Chicago has a 7-year grant period and launched in 2020.

Community Partnership and Activity

The purpose of CIRCL-Chicago CEWG is to ensure that the adaptation and delivery of a high blood pressure control package (the Kaiser bundle) to address the high incidence of hypertension in the South Side of Chicago community is community-centered  

The CEWG is led by Dr Paris Davis, TRCDO ED and a CIRCL MPI

Community Organization Collaborators:
Total Resource Community Development Organization /Pastors4PCOR 
CROWD at Sinai Urban Health Institute (SUHI)

Clinical Partners:
ACCESS Community Health Network

Educational Organization Collaborators:
Rush University Medical Center
University of Chicago


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