Creighton Program Helps Omaha’s African-American Community Maintain Healthy Blood Pressure

The American Heart Association says African Americans are more likely to develop high blood pressure than any other racial group in the United States. 

And the National Kidney Foundation identifies high blood pressure as the second leading cause of kidney failure, which it says is more than three times as prevalent in African Americans as in Caucasian Americans.

Creighton University has been involved with a program aimed at lowering the rates of high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease in the Omaha African-American community. 

Dr. Sade Kosoko-Lasaki, Creighton Professor and Associate Vice Provost for Health Sciences, says the program is funded by a CDC grant which required they select one racial group and one chronic disease.

“And so we targeted the African Americans and looked at…

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