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Community‑Based Participatory Research to Improve Cardiovascular Health Among US Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version


Publication Source

Current Epidemiology Reports




Purpose of Review

This review aims to assess the contemporary community-based participatory research (CBPR) literature seeking to improve the cardiovascular health of racial and ethnic minority groups in the USA with a higher burden of cardiovascular risk factors and social determinants of health. It summarizes recent CBPR studies based on the American Heart Association Life’s Simple 7 (LS7) framework, delineating seven modifiable health behaviors and clinical factors to promote cardiovascular health.

Recent Findings

Although limited in quantity, studies demonstrated preliminary effectiveness in improving individual and a composite of LS7 indicators by employing strategies centered around fortifying social networks, integrating group activities, leveraging technology, incorporating faith-based and spiritual practices, and implementing changes to the built environment.


Future directions for investigators engaged in CBPR include building on the existing body of evidence through more comprehensive studies, scaling effective interventions, and translating CBPR findings to influence health policy to better address health disparities.

Copyright/Permission Statement

© The Author(s) 2022


Community-based participatory research, Community-engaged research, Social determinants of health, Cardiovascular disease, Cardiovascular health, Racial and ethnic minority groups



Date Posted: 28 October 2022

This document has been peer reviewed.