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Cardiovascular, Chronic Care & Symptom Management

Cardiovascular, Chronic Care & Symptom Management

Research Focus--and Hearts--in the Right Place

Heart disease and stroke remain two of the top killers of Americans and pose a significant threat to millions of others, according to the American Heart Association.

To turn the tide, researchers at the Center for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing use community engagement, scientific investigation, technology-assisted interventions, education, and policy initiatives to understand and address not just the whys but the hows of cardiovascular health: how disparities of income, race, and location, among other factors, affect risk as well as health outcomes. 

Through innovations and exhaustive work with some of the most vulnerable populations, nurse researchers have helped turn cardiovascular disease, once deemed a death sentence, into an illness that can often be managed. And where it cannot, the focus turns to palliative care that maintains dignity, comfort, and quality of life.

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At the School of Nursing, cardiovascular health is literally at the heart of curriculum development starting with our pre-licensure options to advanced degree specialties to professional offerings.

Academic Programs

Professional Programs

Student Organization

  • Doctor-Nurse Alliance (DNA)
    Throughout Johns Hopkins' interprofessional initiatives, there is a strong student voice and presence. Students from the Schools of Nursing, Public Health and Medicine are taught the importance of interdisciplinary teams in relation to patient safety and are included at the table during curriculum development as advisors. The group was developed in recognition of the Daniels Initiative's success.  They provide health outreach services to the Latino community in East Baltimore in conjunction with the Hispanic Apolstolate, Provision, and Baltimore Medical Systems. Projects include screening for Tuberculosis (TB), prenatal charlas, and teaching English as a second language classes.
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Center for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care

 Center for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care

The Center aims to provide state-of-the-art technology-assisted interventions, integrated training and career development activities, broad dissemination and implementation of research findings, and targeted health policy initiatives.

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With activities including Yoga, Zumba, a Biggest Loser competition, and a stair-climbing club called ‘Step-it Up!,' the overall goal of the program is to improve the culture, well-being and cardiovascular health of students, faculty, and staff at the School.  The driving force behind the initiative comes from growing evidence that nurses often place their health and well-being second to the care of others and/or their professional development.  Over time, this makes them increasingly vulnerable to cardiovascular disease.


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Stair Climbing (Step-it Up!)

Taking the stairs is one way to be more physically active. At the SON, we are often presented with a choice between taking the stairs or elevator. Choosing stairs instead of the elevator is a quick way for all students, faculty, and staff to add physical activity to their daily routine.

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