As an advocate and physician-scientist, Dr. Tiffany Powell-Wiley developed a community-based cardiovascular health behavior intervention in the greater Washington D.C. area to address key social determinants of obesity. Her priority is to target specific Washington D.C. wards where obesity and cardiovascular disease are most prevalent, building relationships with key leaders in the community – especially within faith-based communities – in order to advocate for and help implement programs involving these populations. In her work for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Dr. Powell-Wiley’s two research goals in high-risk Washington, D.C., communities is to:
- Discover how neighborhoods and other environments influence the development of obesity, diabetes, and other markers of cardiometabolic risk.
- Identify ways to use mobile health technology to help address behaviors associated with cardiometabolic health in resource-limited neighborhoods.