Project həli?dx(w)/Healthy Hearts Across Generations: development and evaluation design of a tribally based cardiovascular disease prevention intervention for American Indian families

J Prim Prev. 2012 Aug;33(4):197-207. doi: 10.1007/s10935-012-0274-z.

Abstract

American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) populations are disproportionately at risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes, and obesity, compared with the general US population. This article describes the həli?dx(w)/Healthy Hearts Across Generations project, an AIAN-run, tribally based randomized controlled trial (January 2010-June 2012) designed to evaluate a culturally appropriate CVD risk prevention program for AI parents residing in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. At-risk AIAN adults (n = 135) were randomly assigned to either a CVD prevention intervention arm or a comparison arm focusing on increasing family cohesiveness, communication, and connectedness. Both year-long conditions included 1 month of motivational interviewing counseling followed by personal coach contacts and family life-skills classes. Blood chemistry, blood pressure, body mass index, food intake, and physical activity were measured at baseline and at 4- and 12-month follow-up times.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Body Mass Index
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / ethnology
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Community-Based Participatory Research / methods
  • Community-Based Participatory Research / organization & administration
  • Community-Institutional Relations
  • Cultural Competency
  • Family Relations / ethnology
  • Humans
  • Indians, North American*
  • Inuits*
  • Life Style / ethnology
  • Male
  • Motivational Interviewing*
  • Northwestern United States / epidemiology
  • Parents / education*
  • Risk Factors
  • Young Adult