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East Tennessee Associate Professor Awarded Funds for Cardiovascular Disease Research in Central Appalachia

Dr. Hadii Mamudu, an associate professor in the Department of Health Services Management and Policy in East Tennessee State University’s College of Public Health, has been awarded a nearly $250,000 grant to further his research in cardiovascular disease.


[Photo: Dr. Hadii Mamudu]

Dr. Mamudu recently received the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award for his project, “Developing a Research Agenda to Prevent and Control CVD in Central Appalachia.”

Although advances in cardiovascular disease prevention and treatment have led to declining prevalence over the past decades, cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States, accounting for one in three deaths and over $300 billion in health care costs.

“National public health goals outlined by the American Heart Association include reducing the prevalence of cardiovascular disease and its risk factors and improving the health status of patients living with cardiovascular disease,” Dr. Mamudu said. “Achieving these goals will require addressing cardiovascular disease disparities in population subgroups and geographic areas such as Central Appalachia, where the prevalence of cardiovascular disease is higher than the statewide and national rates.”

The short-term goal of Dr. Mamudu’s project is to create a patient-centered, population-based cardiovascular health management research agenda for Central Appalachia. The longer-term goal is to implement these strategies to reduce the prevalence of cardiovascular disease and its risk factors in the region.

Mamudu has frequently published research on cardiovascular disease, including his most recent article in the Southern Medical Journal, “Association Between Multiple Modifiable Risk Factors of Cardiovascular Disease and Hypertension Among Asymptomatic Patients in Central Appalachia.”

The research team for Dr. Mamudu’s project includes College of Public Health colleagues Dr. Mary Ann Littleton, Dr. Liang Wang and Ginny Kidwell, as well as Dr. Timir Paul of ETSU’s Quillen College of Medicine, Rob Gregory of Karing Hearts Cardiology, Lynn Frierson of Mended Hearts and Vicki Casenburg of Cumberland Marketing Inc.

The Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award program is intended to bring more patients, caregivers, clinicians and other health care stakeholders into the research process. The goal is to support projects that build communities better able to participate in patient-centered research and comparative clinical effectiveness research, as well as serve as channels to more widely disseminate the results of this research.