Episode 3: Self-Management Strategies to Improve Cardiovascular Health with Dr. Willie Abel

Willie Abel, PhD, joins The Helping Hand Podcast to discuss her nursing research and practice in reducing cardiac disease among Black women with hypertension. In this episode, we'll discuss how high blood pressure can be prevented with lifestyle changes and how social determinants like stress play a critical role in health and wellbeing. 

About Dr. Abel

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Dr. Abel is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is an alumna of UNC Charlotte with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (1981). She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UNC Charlotte and Master of Science in Nursing and PhD in Nursing from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Her research interests include prevention of cardiovascular disease and reduction of cardiac risk factors, with a focus on Black women with hypertension and medication adherence issues. In 2016, Dr. Abel was elected as a Fellow of the American Heart Association. In February 2018, Dr. Abel was awarded a five-year NIH K01 Mentored Research Scientist Development Award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The K01 is funded to conduct a randomized controlled trial to test the effectiveness of a chronic disease self-management program with interactive technology-enhanced coaching for Black women with uncontrolled hypertension.

At the Southern Nursing Research Society Annual Conference held in Orlando, Florida at the end of February, Dr. Abel will be the recipient of the 2019 Southern Nursing Research Society Mid-Career Researcher Award.