Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death among Black/African American women. Rural Black women have the highest CVD prevalence and are more likely to have modifiable risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity than any other race. Accessible evidence-based culture-appropriate self-care programs for risk reduction and CVD prevention can address these disparities. This rapid review aims to provide a comprehensive collection of such programs. Methods. Searches were performed in PubMed, CINAHL, Web of Science, Psychinfo-Embase, and Scopus for studies reporting CVD prevention programs for rural Black women. Three articles met the inclusion criteria, with two promising but not meeting all criteria. Findings. Rural Black women's perceptions, cultural beliefs, and poor access to culturally sensitive health-promoting interventions contribute to the CVD disparities. Partnering with the community to develop self-care and health-promoting interventions that use appropriate language contributed to the acceptability and effectiveness of the interventions. Conclusions. Rural Black women's self-care is inadequately represented in the conventional scholarly literature. Community partnership from the beginning of the problem and intervention identification, development research proposal, and program adaptation until the testing stage was proven to positively impact rural Black women's self-care.
Choshi, Modjadji M. and deValpine, Maria
"A Rapid Review of the Literature: Cardiovascular Disease Preventive Practices and Rural Black Women,"
Virginia Journal of Public Health: Vol. 7:
2, Article 6.
Available at: https://commons.lib.jmu.edu/vjph/vol7/iss2/6