Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Lisa Van Getson, APRN, DNP, FNP-C

Second Advisor

Susan M. Cutshall, DNP, APRN, CNS


East African immigrants are at high risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, including diabetes. Among the cardiovascular disease factors that cause debilitating health problems are hypertension, heart attack, and stroke. The dietary choices, acculturation, and physical inactivity are among the risk factors that place East African immigrants as a high-risk population for developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Similarly, a lower level of health literacy, limited English proficiency, and lack of understanding of how to access the western medical system have all contributed to the risk of developing chronic diseases. Cardiovascular disease risk factors prevention has been a significant focus for nurses and providers as there continues to be an immigrant global movement to industrialized countries. Several studies show that there is not enough culturally-based appropriate preventative education delivered in the community setting for East African immigrants. This scholarly project explores East African immigrants' lived experience and implements culturally appropriate preventive health care education on risk factors for chronic diseases of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.


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