Skip Navigation

Center for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care

the Center

About the Center

"Cardiovascular health can be improved particularly in vulnerable populations through community engagement as well as future innovations in research."

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.

The Center works to significantly reduce cardiovascular health disparities through community engagement, scientific investigation, education, and policy initiatives. It supports the education, training, and mentoring of new investigators; provides administrative and mentoring services and support to Center investigators; and disseminates findings, data, and resources.


  • Provide an infrastructure dedicated to advancing nursing science to improve the cardiovascular health of vulnerable populations
  • Foster a new generation of nursing scholars engaged in interdisciplinary/transprofessional research in the area of cardiovascular health promotion for vulnerable populations
  • Enhance the translation and dissemination of research in the area of cardiovascular health among vulnerable populations


Center Cores

This Center is composed of three main cores. Each core is charged with strengthening existing and evolving collaborations within as well as beyond the Johns Hopkins institution to achieve numerous goals.

Administrative Core

The responsibilities of the Administrative Core include the coordination and use of resources and management of the middle-level research programs.

Key Personnel

Primary Objectives

  • Guide, coordinate, and allocate Center and University resources
  • Manage the mid-level research projects, run under each respective PI
  • Maximize scholarship productivity and dissemination

Specific Aims

  • Provide administrative and mentoring support to all Center investigators
  • Use�a committee structure to implement a Center-wide evaluation plan
  • Ensure effective and efficient allocation of funds and use of the Center and University facilities and resources
  • Promote collaboration among the faculty of the Center and between the Center Cores to maximize scientific productivity
  • Develop and maintain:
    • Database of funded projects and linked resources
    • Intervention and dissemination materials library
    • Center website content�to maximize communication and coordination of activities and resources


Facilitates the development of effective cardiovascular interventions using state-of-the-art technology, comprehensive planning for outcomes evaluation, and collaboration among interdisciplinary investigators targeting vulnerable populations.

Key Personnel

Specific Aims

  • Provide consultation with regard to the development of interventions to optimize cardiovascular health promotion in vulnerable populations
  • Assist faculty in developing and implementing rigorous and culturally relevant research designs and methods for cardiovascular intervention studies targeting vulnerable populations
  • Assist faculty in measuring, analyzing, interpreting cardiovascular intervention outcomes
  • Provide technical support for data management and sharing
  • Provide consultation to facilitate the development and sustainability of productive interdisciplinary research teams for cardiovascular health promotion in vulnerable populations


Guides and supports investigators in developing the knowledge and skills needed to create innovative strategies to:

  • Address barriers to the implementation and dissemination of cardiovascular risk reduction interventions, especially those from vulnerable populations most likely to experience CVD
  • Facilitate communication with specific audiences by using effective social marketing techniques to improve the likelihood that interventions will be perceived as understandable, feasible, acceptable, and relevant

Although the Center projects described in this application are in the early stages of development, it is important for this next generation of cardiovascular nurse researchers to develop essential knowledge for translating their results into everyday clinical practice, since we expect this to be the focus of their future research.

Key Personnel

Specific Aims

  • Provide guidance to faculty investigators on the knowledge, skills and processes essential to the translation of cardiovascular health promotion knowledge
  • Support development of�appropriate social marketing strategies to facilitate dissemination of research findings to consumers (providers, patients, patient constituency groups, payers, policy makers, members of the community)
  • Create a Consumer Advisory Board composed of patient, provider, payer, community, and government representatives to provide early guidance to cardiovascular nurse investigators on potential barriers to large-scale implementation, and strengths that would facilitate engagement and uptake


Center Associates

Executive Committee

The Center Directors are advised�on scientific and administrative decisions by the Executive Committee. The committee�is composed of directors, core directors, and six administrators�at the School of Nursing. The committee meets monthly to ensure successful coordination of the center cores and functions.

External Advisory Committee

Consisting of�nine nationally recognized scientists and policymakers, the committee is composed of experts on�the development and management of research centers; cardiovascular health promotion interventions, and related methodologies in vulnerable populations. They are strong advocates for the cardiovascular health of ethnic minority populations.

The committee meets once a year to evaluate and advise on achieving the missions and objectives of the Center and�its effective operation. A member of the NINR extramural program staff�is invited to attend each meeting as an observer. The committee convenes at least one additional time each year via conference calls. Members�are also�available on an ad hoc basis by telephone and email as well as face-face meetings.


Diane Becker, ScD, RN, Professor
JHU, Dept. Internal Medicine
Director of the Center for Health Promotion

Nisha Chandra-Strobos, Professor
JHU Div. Chief Cardiology
Director for Cardiovascular Health Center for Women

Elijah E. Cummings
U.S. Congress
Represents Maryland's 7th District; Chairman of the Black Caucus; a long-time advocate for health disparity research

Daniel E. Ford , MD, MPH, Professor
JHU, Dept. Internal Medicine, Dept. Epidemiology
PI, Director of Hopkins CTSA; Research on the relationship between CVD and mental health

Lawrence W. Green, PhD, Professor
University of California at San Francisco
An international expert on theory-guided health intervention and dissemination; the original developer of the Precede-Proceed Model

David Levine, MD, ScD, MPH
JHU, Dept. Internal Medicine, Dept. Epidemiology
An international expert on prevention and management of hypertension and other cardiovascular risk factors

Mary Naylor, PhD, RN, Professor
University of Pennsylvania
Director for Center for Transition

Neil Powe, MD, MPH, MBA
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Effectiveness and outcomes research; health and health disparities; economic evaluations in healthcare; evidence-based practice and meta-analyses

Consumer Advisory Boards

Translation Core

Jacquelyn Duval-Harvey, PhD
Deputy Commissioner, Baltimore City Health Department
Community Group Represented: Local government

Linda Dunbar, PhD, RN
VP of Care Management, Johns Hopkins Health Care
Community Group Represented: Managed care

Richard Safeer
Medical Director, Health Promotion & Disease Prevention, CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield�
Community Group Represented: Insurance companies

Sarah "Jodi" Shaefer, PhD, RN
Academic-community partners
Community Group Represented: Providers

Roger Blumenthal, MD
Community Group Represented: Providers

Sarah Szanton, PhD, RN, ANP
Nurse Practitioner
Community Group Represented: Providers

LaPricia Lewis-Boyer
Community Health Educator
Community Group Represented: Community health worker

Aneel Qureshi
Community member
Community Group Represented: Community member with diabetes and hypertension

Bula Spriggs
Community member
Community Group Represented: Community member with diabetes, dyslipidemia, and CVD


Past Events

Methodological Speaker's Series: "Early Life Origins of Pediatric and Adult Diseases"

  • Monday, April 8th
  • Speaker: Dr. Xiaobin Wang

Brown Bag: "Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute Grant Opportunities"

  • Thursday, March 7th 2013
  • Speakers: Dr. Robin Newhouse and Dr. Patricia�Deverka

ICTR/Welch Center�sponsored�PCORI�Symposium

  • Wednesday, February 12, 2013
  • Primer on Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) and Funding from Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Methodological Speaker's Series: "Pervasive Computing and Healthcare: Trends & Challenges"

  • Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 12:30-1:30
  • Speaker: Jong Hyun Lim, M.S.W PhD Candidate, member of Hopkins InterNetworking Research Group (HiNRG)

Methodological Speaker's Series: The POWER Trial--A View from Under the Hood

  • Monday, April 9, 2012
  • Speaker: Dr. Larry Appel

Methodological Speaker's Series: Mixed Methods Research

  • March 19, 2012
  • Speaker: Dr. John Creswell and Dr. Joesph Gallo

Issues Using Intent-To-Treat in Prevention Research

The Nuts and Bolts and Community-Based Participatory Research Workshop

  • January 27, 2012

Intervention Fidelity

Health Disparities Seminar Series: Advancing the Science and Practice of Community Engagement at Johns Hopkins University

  • November 21, 2011
  • Speaker: Darius Tandon, PhD

Using IRT & Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) to Measure Patient Reported Outcomes (PRO)

Overview of IRT and Innovative Measurements

  • October 4, 2011
  • Speaker: Dr. Kitty Chan

How to Treat Missing Data

Cardiovascular Center Brown Bag

  • April 6, 2011
  • Speaker: Dr. Doug Granger

The Role of Incentives in Health Insurance

  • March 2, 2011
  • Dr. Richard Safeer, MD [Medical Director, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention CareFirst BlueCross Blue Shield

Seminar Series in Health Disparities: Inaugural Seminar: Overview of Disparities-Related Research

  • February 14, 2011

Past Conferences

Obesity Across the Lifespan:�Complex Issues, Creative Strategies

The December 10, 2012 conference held at The Johns Hopkins Hospital focused on the problem and solutions to the growing obesity problem. The overall goals of this conference were:

  1. Increase dialogue between centers through out Johns Hopkins, and between academicians and local community partners
  2. Promote the translation of interventions into the community.

The conference was sponsored by School of Nursing Center of Excellence for Cardiovascular Health, DC-Baltimore Research Center on Child Health Disparities, Johns Hopkins Center to Reduce Cancer Disparities, Centers for Population Health and Health Disparities, Johns Hopkins Global Center on Childhood Obesity, Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute and Student Outreach Resource Center (SOURCE), The Baltimore Curriculum Project, Feed the People, and catered by Clementine Restaurant.

Innovations for Cardiovascular Health Research

The December 2, 2012 conference focused on innovations in the field of cardiovascular health research and featured leading experts from across the country as speakers. Topics included innovations in policy, measurement, technology, theory, and health informatics.



No events are scheduled at this time.


Pilot Projects

An Automated System for Prevention of CVD in HIV Care Settings (ASPIRE)

In a three-year study of 700 Baltimore patients with HIV/AIDS, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing assistant professor Jason Farley will explore the effectiveness of healthcare clinicians in preventing cardiovascular disease (CVD) in HIV/AIDS patients.

Promoting Health Literacy of African Americans with HBP

Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing researcher Benita Walton-Moss�partnered with Baltimore's community leaders in reaching out to substance abusers with hypertension with the goal of improving cardiovascular health. The associate professor launched a two-and-a-half-year study in a Baltimore neighborhood with the aim of decreasing the high rate of hypertension among African Americans, particularly those who are substance abusers.

Other 2011-2012 Pilot Studies updates

Dr. Kathy Ruble, from the School of Medicine, is conducting a study to examine the development of preclinical cardiovascular disease amongst Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) Survivors. In this study, she has compared childhood cancer survivors to healthy controls to look for differences in early markers of cardiovascular disease, including endothelial dysfunction, arterial stiffness and metabolic syndrome. Dr. Ruble's research has focused on the long-term effects of cancer and therapy among survivors of childhood cancers and data from this study will expand her research into long-term cardiovascular health in this vulnerable population.

Dr. Linda Rose plans to begin a study of health literacy related to cardiovascular disease risk factors and cardiovascular disease in persons with mental illness. She hopes to identify strategies for addressing cardiovascular disease and risk reduction in this group of individuals who are at risk for cardiovascular disease and related complications.



The center is committed to providing an infrastructure dedicated to advancing the science of cardiovascular health in vulnerable populations. The following resources have been complied to help researchers in their endeavors. The center also provides several services (i.e. - consultation, equipment rentals, and translation) free of charge to qualified center associates.

Guidelines and Reports

Instruments and Tools

  • Self-Care Measurement Tools
  • Adherence
  • Health Literacy
  • Self-Efficacy
  • HTN Knowledge
  • Health Related Quality of Life

Related Literature


JNC-7ATP-III, JNC-7 Hypertension

Physical Activity


Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment

Cardiovascular Centers and Organizations at Hopkins

Below is a list of centers, institutions, and organizations that may have useful information pertinent to cardiovascular research in vulnerable populations.

Centers of Excellence (P30)

Other Relevant Organizations

Tips for Abstracts/Papers/Posters/Proposals



Translation and Transcription

To facilitate research with ethnic minority populations the Cardiovascular Center provides basic translation and transcription services to faculty investigators and center associates.� Languages include:

  • Spanish
  • Korean
  • Chinese
  • Vietnamese

Equipment Rentals

The following equipment is available�for use by faculty investigators and center associates researching topics with underserved populations.� Contact the center for availability and terms of use, including replacement costs.

  • 24-hour ambulatory BP Cuffs
  • Home BP monitors
  • Digital scales