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Addressing Hypertension and Cardiovascular Health in Kentucky and Beyond

May 16, 2023 @ 11:30 am 1:30 pm

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, followed closely by stroke as the 5th leading cause. In 2021, heart disease was the leading cause of mortality in Kentucky with a death rate of 217.5 per 100,000 population, compared to the national rate of 209.6.

Health disparities, preventable differences in the burden of disease experienced by populations that have been disadvantaged by their social or economic status, geographic location, and environment, are a significant factor in the burden of cardiovascular disease. Black adults are more than two times as likely to die of cardiovascular disease compared to white adults. Research has attributed these disparities to structural racism, which has contributed to differential access to resources, predisposing communities of color to poorer health outcomes. 

Join the Kentuckiana Health Collaborative virtually on May 16, 2023 as we convene experts and community leaders to share more about their efforts to improve outcomes in cardiovascular health, including strategies to address disparities. 

After this session, you will have: 

  • An increased understanding of the burden of cardiovascular disease in the U.S. and Kentucky;  
  • The key concepts, language, and data to understand and explain disparities in cardiovascular disease using a health equity lens; 
  • Specific programs and strategies you can use in your practice and/or community to improve cardiovascular health. 

Our Speakers

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Karen L. Florio, DO, MPH

Associate Professor, Vice Chair, Patient Safety and Quality, University of Missouri

Kari Moore headshot

Director, Clinical Operations Stroke Program; Director, Outreach and Community Scholarly Engagement, University of Louisville

Kurt Waltenbaugh headshot
Kurt Waltenbaugh, MBA

Advisor, Unite Us

Christine Cosby-Gaither headshot
Dr. Christine Cosby-Gaither

Founder, A Stroke of Grace