HOPE: Empowering African American Grandmothers


“While this particular study that I proposed focuses on diabetes prevention, it provides a sense of empowerment to an underserved community that has limited resources and helps these residents to recognize that they still have the power to implement change within their communities.”

Dr. Vivian talks to us about her research focus in diabetes treatment for African American and Latino populations and her recently funded project which focuses on African American grandmothers as role models to their grandchildren.

Eva Marie Vivian is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy. Dr. Vivian has been referred to as “the researcher with a servant’s heart” because of her service to underserved communities in Madison, WI.  Her research interests focus on identifying disparities in the treatment of hypertension, diabetes, and other chronic diseases among ethnic minorities, particularly African American and Latino American patients and developing and implementing strategies to reduce and eliminate them.

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