Mississippi State Department of Health

Jackson Heart Study and Community Engagement Center


The Jackson Heart Study (JHS) is a major, long-term study of heart health in African American adults living in the Jackson, Mississippi metropolitan area. The data being gathered from this study helps determine the factors that contribute to heart disease, and helps indicate better ways to treat and avoid cardiovascular and related diseases.

As the largest study of its kind, the JHS is able to gather detailed data on inherited and lifestyle risk factors for heart disease. This will in turn guide new treatments and preventive measures to reduce heart disease for African Americans. As an ongoing study, it regularly releases publications on its research so far. Education and community outreach is also part of the JHS as part of its preventive mission. More than 5,000 residents in the Jackson area are now involved in the JHS.

Evidence-Based Recommendations

Results from the Jackson Heart Study provide as basis for evidence-driven recommendations across many categories. Read the latest recommendations and tips here.

Why African Americans?

Heart disease kills about 20 percent more African Americans in Mississippi compared to whites. Results of the Jackson Heart Study should help reduce this health disparity as well as lead to better heart health for all Mississippians.

Community Engagement

Education and awareness is also a goal of the Jackson Heart Study. By promoting healthier lifestyles and understanding the factors that contribute to heart disease, communities will be better able to reduce health disparities and improve heart health and overall health. The Mississippi State Department of Health is a major part of the JHS Community Engagement Center, whose activities promote cardiovascular health in the Jackson community and beyond. Some of the Center's activities will include:

How you can participate

Community members who would like to be involved in any of these community engagement activities can become part of the Community Health Advisors Network (CHAN). CHAN members can become a certified Community Health Workers, Congregational Health Nurse or Advocate, Leader or Coach in Chronic Disease Self-Management, or participate in the Community Research Fellow Training Program. Contact our community engagement staff to find out more.

Jacquilyn R. German, MPH
Community Partnership Manager
Community Engagement Center, Jackson Heart Study
Mississippi State Department of Health
Email: Jacquilyn.German@msdh.ms.gov

Marty Fortenberry, MSW
Community Outreach Specialist
Community Engagement Center, Jackson Heart Study
Mississippi State Department of Health
Email: Marty.Fortenberry@msdh.ms.gov

Links referenced
Neighborhoods and physical activity    https://www.jacksonheartstudy.org/Portals/0/Lay%20Summaries/Physical%20Activity%20Lay%20Summary.pdf?
Diabetes and kidney disease contribute to heart disease    https://www.jacksonheartstudy.org/Portals/0/Lay%20Summaries/Diabetes%20and%20CKD.pdf?ver=2018-05-10-115459-637
Cardiovascular health and hypertension among African Americans    https://www.jacksonheartstudy.org/Portals/0/Lay%20Summaries/Hypertension.pdf?ver=2018-05-10-115459-637
Cardiovascular health and diabetes among African Americans    https://www.jacksonheartstudy.org/Portals/0/Lay%20Summaries/Diabetes.pdf?ver=2018-05-10-115459-657
Measures of adiposity and cardiovascular disease    https://www.jacksonheartstudy.org/Portals/0/Lay%20Summaries/Adiposity%20Cardiovasculardisease.pdf?ver=2018-06-14-100239-847
Neighborhoods and type 2 diabetes    https://www.jacksonheartstudy.org/Portals/0/Lay%20Summaries/Neighhoodand%20Type2diabetes.pdf?ver=2018-06-14-100239-737
Masked hypertension and cardiovascular disease    https://www.jacksonheartstudy.org/Portals/0/Lay%20Summaries/HypertensionandCardiovascular.pdf?ver=2018-06-14-100239-663
Jacquilyn.German@msdh.ms.gov    mailto:Jacquilyn.German@msdh.ms.gov
Marty.Fortenberry@msdh.ms.gov    mailto:Marty.Fortenberry@msdh.ms.gov
JHS research publications    https://www.jacksonheartstudy.org/Research/Publications/Publications-List
More about the Jackson Heart Study    https://www.jacksonheartstudy.org/

Find this page at http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/index.cfm

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