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Active and Healthy Brotherhood: A Program for Chronic Disease Self-Management for Black Men

Principal Investigator: Melicia C. Whitt-Glover, PhD PCORI logo

Co-Investigator: Derek M. Griffith, PhD

Funding: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Funding Period: 2014-2017

Mechanism: Research Award - Addressing Disparities

Location: North Carolina

Project Summary

Objectives: This study will test ways to improve health behaviors using an intervention that has been specially designed for African-American men. The program, called Active & Healthy Brotherhood (AHB), will provide information on basic health, healthy eating, physical activity, stress management, and how to get medical care when needed.

Methods: This is a 12-month study. During the first 6 months, participants in this program will receive health information and resources aimed to help men engage in positive health behaviors. Participants will practice behaviors on their own for another six months. The research team will collect data from participants at the beginning of the study, after 6 months when the intervention is over, and again at 12 months. 

Recruitment: If you live in North Carolina and are a Black male, you may be eligible to participate.

We are looking to enroll 400 black men who:

  • are 30-64 years of age, AND EITHER
  • have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, diabetes, or heart disease, OR
  • do not eat a healthy diet or exercise and therefore are at high risk for getting disease. 


To enroll, go to the AHB Enrollment Page.


Anticipated Impact: If any of the strategies work, the team will help identify ways to spread use of those interventions to various places where people might get medical advice (for example, churches). Data from this project will be used to determine the best ways to help people manage their own health.

For more information about the program, please watch the below video.

You can also find us and like  the Active and Healthy Brotherhood Facebook page  to keep up with the program.

Active & Healthy Brotherhood Facebook Page