Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans; however, certain groups —including African Americans, older individuals, and women are at higher risk. African Americans, for example, are 30% more likely to die from heart disease compared to White men. Many factors contribute to these disparities, and Central AHEC aims to close this health gap in Connecticut through their community health intervention program, called HeartStrong.
Directly after health heart month, we spoke with Samia Hussein, who has been a health educator for years. Her unique understanding of the Hartford community combined with the program’s healthy heart curriculum makes the program effective in increasing education around heart disease.
In this interview, Samia talks about risks factors among African Americans as well opportunities to be proactive in the fight against heart disease.
Let us know what you think — this is the first of many in our new Community Spotlight series. For more information on the HeartStrong Program, please contact Denise Smith at dsmith <at> centralctahec <dot> org