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The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity is established as a partnership of the Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health. Diseases of the heart and blood vessels (cardiovascular disease or CVD) include high blood pressure, coronary artery disease and diabetes. CVD is a leading cause of death for people living in Baltimore. CVD is also a major reason that a twenty-year difference in lifespan exists among the city’s residents.

The scope of the Center is broad, targeting many different parts of our community. We are striving to improve the health of the diverse population that calls Baltimore home. The first goal of the Center is to improve cardiovascular health for residents of the Baltimore Metropolitan Area. Our second goal is to reduce the disparities in cardiovascular disease among racial/ethnic groups in Baltimore.

We hope you find this website user-friendly. You will find specific pages created for the community’s use. You will also find pages that are to be used by clinicians and students as resources. I hope you find this website a useful tool to improve the health and well-being of you and your family. Please visit us on the site often, and send us your suggestions for making the site better.


Lisa A. Cooper, MD

Lisa A. Cooper, MD, MPH, FACP
Professor of Medicine & Principal Investigator
The Hopkins Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities



  • The Hopkins Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities is one of ten National Institutes of Health-funded Centers for Population Health and Health Disparities.
  • The Center includes 23 faculty from the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health, who are working in collaboration with Johns Hopkins Community Physicians and focusing initially on improving control of hypertension in African Americans, who are disproportionately affected.
  • A thirty-member advisory board composed of community members (representing patients, faith- and community-based organizations, neighborhood associations, historically black colleges, practicing clinicians, and local public health agencies) helps guide the Center to achieve its research, training and dissemination objectives.


 Cooper in Atrium


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