Date of Award

Summer 7-16-2023

Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Virginia Hawkins, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CPHQ

Second Advisor

Jessica Hovland, DNP, RN, CPAN, NE-BC, PMGT-BC


Practice Problem: The prevalence of stroke and hypertension (HTN) in African Americans in the United States is among the highest in the world (American Heart Association, n.d.) with cultural norms as a contributing factor.

PICOT: The PICOT question that guided this project was in African American adults (>18 y/o) (P), how does a faith-based hypertension management program (I), compared to standard hypertension management (C), affect blood pressure measurements (O) within an 8-week timeframe (T)?

Evidence: The integration of motivational interviewing with therapeutic lifestyle changes along with HTN education using a community-based participatory approach delivered in the faith-based setting was an effective intervention to encourage positive health behavioral changes in African American adults.

Intervention: Culturally tailored approaches such as incorporating health-promoting interventions involving HTN story-sharing, bible verses focused on health, and cultivating a sense of community, in the faith-based setting, provided a framework that empowered participants to make positive health changes for effective HTN self-care management.

Outcome: Blood pressure measurements pre and post-implementation showed a drop in mean systolic blood pressure readings of 11.5 mmHg and a drop in diastolic blood pressure readings of 8.00 mmHg for the intervention group.

Conclusion: The FAITH (faith and information to treat hypertension) management program was implemented to address how the HTN and heart disease burden have disproportionally affected African American adults and the need to incorporate individualized, culturally tailored interventions through knowledge and resources to promote life-changing and sustainable practices for healthier living.


Scholarly project submitted to the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Nursing Practice

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