Adapting CHAP for the South Asian Community of York Region

Adapting the Cardiovascular Health Awareness Program (CHAP) for the South Asian Community of York Region: Assessing volunteer participation and the gender and ethno-specific impacts

Researchers :

Background :

This important project applies more than a decade’s worth of work done as part of the Cardiovascular Health Awareness Program (CHAP) to the goal of reducing the impact of cardiovascular disease for York region’s South Asian community. Through a series of studies, CHAP has been shown to be an acceptable intervention to reduce participants’ blood pressure, encourage lifestyle changes and to optimize drug regimens.

Objective :

This project aims to extend its proven successes by refining its material and approaches to the York Region South Asian Community, to assess the voluntary model of program delivery, and to identify gender and ethno-specific impacts of the program.

Findings :

Pending.

Implications :

The success of this program could lead, as already seen in the caucasian population, to the reduction of participants’ blood pressure, their development of an healthy lifestyle and their drug regimens’ optimization, and by the meantime, to the reduction of the cardiovascular diseases in this population.

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