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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)




Dr. Judith Cornelius


Hypertension is a global public health issue affecting many people in the United States. African American women remain the highest in percentage by race and ethnicity for developing hypertension with poor risk awareness. Hypertension has costly implications for the health care system. Through lifestyle modifications in the form of a nutrition plan called Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension and increased physical activity, hypertension could be prevented. Among African Americans, the incidence of hypertension increases in their late thirties. The purpose of the project was to develop a toolkit of resources for African American women between the ages of 20 to 45 years as a reference guide to reduce the risk of developing hypertension through lifestyle modifications. The clinical question for the project examined the effectiveness of a lifestyle modification toolkit as an evidence-based strategy to prevent and manage hypertension among African America women. Pender's health promotion model guided the planning and development of the project. The readability of the toolkit was at a 5th grade level for easy comprehension. A 5-item survey was given to 2 content experts and 3 members from the target population to evaluate the toolkit. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics to obtain a content validity index score of 1.00.

Findings suggested universal agreement on the content of the toolkit which was developed as a resource tool to provide culturally-based educational materials from scholarly literature. This toolkit will promote positive social change by improving the outcomes of African American women with hypertension.

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