How can we reduce barriers
to a healthy lifestyle?
Start with the heart.

How can we reduce barriers to a healthy lifestyle? Start with the heart.

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EPIPHANY, or Equity in Prevention and Progression of Hypertension, is an American Heart Association-funded research program conducted by the UAB Division of Preventative Medicine. Through partnerships with 20 churches in rural Alabama communities, EPIPHANY will offer African American adults with elevated blood pressure the chance to participate in a research study focused on lowering rates of hypertension in the Black Belt. Take the first step to a healthier heart today and join the cause for a more heart-smart Alabama.

Enrolled participants will receive:

  • Compensation up to $140
  • Blood pressure measurement machine
  • Amazon Fire tablet
  • Online health and wellness education
  • Admission to the Connection Health Facebook group featuring local health resources and upcoming events
  • Enrolled participants may also be partnered with a trained peer coach to offer one-on-one support on ways to prevent high blood pressure.

Who is Eligible for this Study?

The EPIPHANY program serves community members within Alabama’s Black Belt region in the following counties:

  • Bullock

  • Butler

  • Choctaw

  • Clarke

  • Conecuh

  • Crenshaw

  • Dallas

  • Greene

  • Hale

  • Lowndes

  • Macon

  • Marengo

  • Monroe

  • Perry

  • Pickens

  • Pike

  • Russell

  • Sumter

  • Wilcox

Epiphany Counties

Who is Eligible for this Study?

The EPIPHANY program serves community members within Alabama’s Black Belt region in the following counties:

  • Bullock

  • Butler

  • Choctaw

  • Clarke

  • Conecuh

  • Crenshaw

  • Dallas

  • Greene

  • Hale

  • Lowndes

  • Macon

  • Marengo

  • Monroe

  • Perry

  • Pickens

  • Pike

  • Russell

  • Sumter

  • Wilcox

Epiphany Counties

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Adults aged 19 years or older
  • Self-identify as Black or African American
  • Resides in the Black Belt region
  • Have a systolic blood pressure between 120-139 mm Hg OR a diastolic blood pressure between 80-89 mm Hg
  • Not currently taking any blood pressure medication
  • No history of heart disease or chronic kidney disease
  • Adults aged 65 years or older OR diabetics with systolic blood pressure between 120-129 mm Hg and a diastolic blood pressure less than 80 mm Hg

Interested in joining the EPIPHANY study?
Take a brief survey to see if you qualify.

Interested in joining the EPIPHANY study?
Take a brief survey to see if you qualify.

Study Purpose: Advocating for Health Equity

Did you know cardiovascular health is poorest in the Southern United States, especially in Alabama where it is the single leading cause of death? EPIPHANY emphasizes good heart health practices in underserved populations with historically the highest prevalence of hypertension, a mostly preventable but potentially deadly condition. This program provides health-based education and resources in Black Belt communities to help lower existing rates of high blood pressure and advocate for lessening barriers to healthy lifestyles.

Family Health and Fun Day at New Birth Outreach Ministry in Demopolis

In July 2023, EPIPHANY hosted a local event for Demopolis residents to gather together as a community and learn more about healthy ways to manage or lower blood pressure.

Read more about the event in the Demopolis Times.

Are you interested in partnering or connecting with EPIPHANY?
We would love to provide our services at your church, community event, or health fair.