In Chicago, health status indicators show worsening disparities between black and white residents, with the highest rates of hypertension, heart disease, and stroke clustering in the predominantly black South and West Sides.

Community Intervention to Reduce Cardiovascular Disease in Chicago (CIRCL-Chicago) will focus on the strategies used to support adoption, implementation with fidelity, and sustainability of the Kaiser bundle within a Chicago community with a high burden of hypertension. The Kaiser bundle demonstrated that a bundle of evidence-based interventions implemented within a large, integrated health system significantly increased blood pressure control.

Co-Principal Investigators

Abel Kho, MD, MS, FACMI
Paris Davis, PhD, MBA
JD Smith, PhD

NU Central Team Leads

Lauren Echols, Project Manager
Mara Jacobucci, Senior Communications Coordinator


This project is supported by a Disparities Elimination through Coordinated Interventions to Prevent and Control Heart and Lung Disease Risk (DECIPHeR) award of the National Heart, Lung, And Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under Award Number UG3HL154297. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.


CIRCL-Chicago has a 7-year grant period and launched in 2020.

Community Organization Collaborators

CROWD at Sinai Urban Health Institute (SUHI)
Total Resource Community Development Organization

Clinical Partners

ACCESS Community Health Network
AllianceChicago (CAPriCORN Site)

Educational Organization Collaborators

Rush University Medical Center (CAPriCORN Site)
University of Chicago (CAPriCORN Site)

CAPriCORN offers a unique opportunity to explore unanswered public health questions.  Results gleaned from the dataset can have a tremendous impact and will be an important contribution to the literature.

‐ Lisa Masinter, MD, MPH, MS, Director of Research, AllianceChicago