Year of Publication



Public Health

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Degree Name

Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)

Committee Chair

Dr. Marc Kiviniemi

Committee Member

Dr. Richard Crosby

Committee Member

Dr. Aaron Kruse-Diehr


Cardiovascular disease is currently the leading cause of death in the United States. One of the cities with the highest rates of cardiovascular disease is Detroit, Michigan. Those diagnosed with cardiovascular disease are encouraged to make lifestyle modifications to improve their health. However, if cardiovascular disease is not managed, it can lead to serious health outcomes such as stroke, heart disease, and death. The TEXTMe program is designed to send randomized text messages to participants to encourage lifestyle changes around diet, exercise, and smoking cessation. Participants in the program will be recruited from three health clinics located in the city of Detroit, Michigan. To determine if behavioral and lifestyle changes occur after participants are finished with the six-month program, they will complete several questionnaires related to self-efficacy changes and lifestyle changes. Additionally, biological information will be pulled from medical charts to determine if there are any biological changes. The intended outcomes from this program include increases in self-efficacy for participants surrounding exercise, diet modifications, and smoking cessation, improved knowledge about cardiovascular disease, and improvement in quality of life.

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