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Studies suggest that men have poorer health across a range of indicators as compared with women, with men of color experiencing an even more disproportionate burden, particularly related to cardiovascular disease (CVD). The four largest biological risk factors for CVD in men of color are hypertension, chronic kidney disease, obesity, and low levels of HDL ("good" cholesterol). In addition, men of ... read morecolor face barriers to accessing programming designed to reduce CVD risk related to race and identity construction, and further research is needed to understand how to support the participation of men of color in this programming. In response, the goal of this research project was to compile effective and pragmatic strategies for engaging and sustaining the participation of men of color in CVD risk reduction programming. Specifically, focus was directed towards understanding how constructs of gender and masculinity influence perception and utilization of public health programming.
Submitted in partial fulfillment of the grant requirement of the Tufts Summer Scholars Program.read less