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American Public Health Association
133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition
December 10-14, 2005
Philadelphia, PA
APHA 2005
3053.0: Monday, December 12, 2005 - 8:30 AM

Abstract #105266

Development of Sister Talk 2: A television-delivered cardiovascular risk reduction program for black women

Rachael S. Fulp, MPH1, JudyAnn Bigby, MD2, Paula A. Johnson, MD, MPH3, John A. Rich, MD, MPH4, Barbara Barrow Murray5, Tiffany Hill5, Curtis Henderson5, and Mike Lynch6. (1) Center for Cardiovascular Disease in Women, Brigham and Women's Hospital, 75 Francis Street, BC-3, Boston, MA 02115, 617-732-7076, rfulp@partners.og, (2) Office for Women, Family, and Community Programs, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School's Center of Excellence in Women's Health, 1620 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02120, (3) Division of Women's Health, Brigham and Women's Hospital, 75 Francis Street, PBB5, Boston, MA 02115, (4) Boston Public Health Commission, 1010 Massachusetts Avenue, 6th floor, Boston, MA 02118, (5) Access Studios and Multimedia Center, Boston Neighborhood Network Telelvision, 308 Mall of Roxbury, Roxbury, MA 02119, (6) Office of Cable Communications, City of Boston, 43 Hawkins Street, Boston, MA 02114


To develop and deliver a practical, engaging, culturally acceptable television-based cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk reduction program for black women.


Responding to recommendations from a heart disease task force in Boston, MA, representatives from Boston's health department, a teaching hospital, and local cable network developed a CVD reduction program for black women. We used segments of SisterTalk, a cable television-based program to promote healthy eating and physical activity in black women, as a foundation for the new program, SisterTalk 2. We chose program elements based on literature reviews, review of SisterTalk footage, and assessment of existing CVD reduction programs. The team developed the program configuration and content and recruited black participants, including two hosts, seven medical experts, and three local women with CVD risk factors. Medical team members provided medical expertise. Television team members produced the shows by writing scripts; designing sets; shooting and editing new footage; and combining new and original footage.


SisterTalk 2 has ten thirty-minute shows; all include an introduction, medical expert interview, real life women discussions, and healthy eating and/or physical activity segments. The shows cover CVD, risk factors, and advocacy, and follow three local women over a 12-week period as they cope with changing behaviors. Programs aired on Boston cable access from September to November 2004.


This program demonstrates the value of collaborative partnership to create a television-based CVD risk reduction program for black women. This process can be applied to other risk reduction programs and additional racial and ethnic groups.

Learning Objectives:

Keywords: African American, Women

Related Web page: www.brighamandwomens.org/cardiovasculardisease/sistertalk.asp

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

I wish to disclose that I have NO financial interests or other relationship with the manufactures of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services or commercial supporters.

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Acknowledging Culture in Health Education

The 133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition (December 10-14, 2005) of APHA