Reaching for health equity and social justice in Baltimore: The evolution of an academic-community partners hip and conceptual framework to address hypertension disp arities

Lisa A Cooper, Tanjala Purnell, Chidinma Ibe, Jennifer P. Halbert, Lee R Bone, Kathryn Anne Carson, Debra Hickman, Michelle Simmons, Ann Vachon, Inez Robb, Michelle Martin-Daniels, Katherine B. Dietz, Sherita Hill Golden, Deidra Crews, Felicia Hill-Briggs, Jill A Marsteller, Leigh Boulware, Edgar R Miller, David Levine

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Cardiovascular health disparities persist despite decades of recognition and the availability of evidence-based clinical and public health interventions. Racial and ethnic minorities and adults in urban and low-income communities are highrisk groups for uncontrolled hypertension (HTN), a major contributor to cardiovascular health disparities, in part due to inequitable social structures and economic systems that negatively impact daily environments and risk behaviors. This commentary presents the Johns Hopkins Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities as a case study for highlighting the evolution of an academic-community partnership to overcome HTN disparities. Key elements of the iterative development process of a Community Advisory Board (CAB) are summarized, and major CAB activities and engagement with the Baltimore community are highlighted. Using a conceptual framework adapted from O'Mara-Eves and colleagues, the authors discuss how different population groups and needs, motivations, types and intensity of community participation, contextual factors, and actions have shaped the Center's approach to stakeholder engagement in research and community outreach efforts to achieve health equity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)369-378
Number of pages10
JournalEthnicity and Disease
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016



  • Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Health Care Disparities
  • Health Status Disparities
  • Hypertension
  • Social Determinants of Health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Medicine(all)

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