Welcome to the website for the UNMC College of Nursing (CON) Interdisciplinary Healthy Heart Center: Linking Rural Populations by Technology. This Exploratory Center is supported by Award Number P20NR011404 from the National Institute of Nursing Research.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. for both men and women, is a major cause of disability (American Heart Association [AHA], 2008; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2008), and is a very expensive factor in health care spending.
In 2003, approximately 37% of adults reported having two or more of six modifiable risk factors for heart disease (hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, physical inactivity, and obesity). Findings from the Rural Health Research Center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) indicate that rural-dwelling older adults in Nebraska have higher blood pressure, more obesity, higher cholesterol levels, and use fewer healthy lifestyle and disease prevention modalities compared with their urban counterparts (Wang, Mueller, & Xu, 2008). This center will consolidate resources in a creative environment for the development of cardiovascular scholars and of health promotion/disease prevention science. A major strength of this proposal is interaction and collaboration among disciplines.
The proposed HHC begins to address the cardiovascular needs of rural citizens with its emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention. With its use of technology, it has the potential to reach many rural Nebraskans who would not ordinarily receive the creative interventions proposed in the pilot studies. It is our goal to create a sophisticated database and facilitate the education and training of investigators and research assistants across the state by developing and sharing innovative e-learning activities for standardization of research protocols.