• 35-55 years old
  • African American Philadelphians
  • With High Blood Pressure (HBP) or Hypertension
  • Working Night Shifts


  • HBP is a leading chronic issue among Philadelphians
  • African Americans run a higher risk of developing HBP
  • Night shifts are linked to low health and HBP
  • African Americans work night shifts more than any other race

“Work during the evening, late night, and midnight/early morning hours is associated with elevated risks concerning work hazards, family dissolution, health problems, and substance abuse. These risks add to the already vulnerable lives that many workers on the margins of society confront. Furthermore, nonstandard work schedules marginalize people from the course of “normal” social life, such as children’s school activities and medical appointments. Finally, daycare facilities are typically not available for many parents who hold nonstandard work schedules.”

—Population Reference Bureau, 2008

Interview Excerpts with Andrea:
CNA at Cathedral Village Nursing Home

"Yes, I have to keep the place clean, so whenever I get my day off, it is used cleaning and cooking a big pot of food that will serve me throughout the week. So I just prep everything, get my laundry done, prep my clothes, everything, and that’s it."

"No, nobody wants to be here. Everybody wants to be in their bed. Sometimes I start crying. Yes, I’ll get overwhelmed and I’ll start crying because it’s like god I want to go home and go to sleep."

"Yes, you just call somebody and you say GOD- because they know. They know how it is and what you’re going through. So you say “Yo I can’t be bothered”, but you’re still doing it."

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