Jackson Heart Study
Welcome to the Jackson Heart Study

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The JHS is the largest single-site, community-based epidemiologic investigation of environmental and genetic factors associated with cardiovascular disease among African Americans ever undertaken. and funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD).  In addition, the JHS conducts community education and outreach activities to promote healthy lifestyles and reduce disease risk burden, undergraduate- and graduate-level research training programs, and high school science and math enrichment programs to prepare and encourage underrepresented minority students to pursue biomedical careers.  

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The Jackson Heart Study is supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) of the National Institutes of Health under award numbers HSN268201800010I, HHSN268201800011I and HHSN268201800012I,HHSN268201800013I, HHSN268201800014I, HHSN268201800015I.



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Study Design & Data

The Jackson Heart Study is a community-based cohort study evaluating the etiology of cardiovascular, renal, and respiratory diseases among African Americans residing in the three counties (Hinds, Madison, and Rankin) that make up the Jackson, Mississippi metropolitan area. Data and biologic materials have been collected from 5306 participants, including a nested family cohort of 1498 members of 264 families. The age at enrollment for the unrelated cohort was 35-84 years; the family cohort included related individuals >21 years old. Participants provided extensive medical and social history and had an array of physical and biochemical measurements and diagnostic procedures during a baseline examination (2000-2004) and two follow-up examinations (2005-2008 and 2009-2012). Samples for genomic DNA were collected during the first two examinations. Annual follow-up interviews and cohort surveillance are ongoing, and preparations for a fourth examination are in progress.

Study Design Section  |  Study Data Section



Collaborations & Publications

In addition to independent investigator-initiated collaborations that may or may not involve multiple sites or cohorts, the Jackson Heart Study (JHS) is participating in several multi-site and cross-cohort collaborations, including JHS Vanguard Centers, JHS Working Groups, the American Heart Association Cardiovascular Genome Phenome Study (AHA CVGPS), and NHLBI Trans Omics for Precision Medicine (TOPMed) whole genome sequencing project.

Collaborations SectionPublications Section



Ancillary Studies & Reproducible Research

An ancillary study is an investigation which is not part of the Jackson Heart Study (JHS) protocol but uses all or a subgroup of the JHS cohort, samples, or data collected by the JHS. In most cases, an ancillary study will involve the acquisition of additional interviews; examinations of study participants; analysis of blood, urine, tissue or other samples; or images previously collected which are not compiled as part of the standard JHS data set.


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JHS | Student Education

UTEC Educational Programs | Tougaloo Campus

The overall goal of the UTEC is to increase the pool of minority students entering the health related professions. In order to achieve this goal the UTEC has established two programs - the JHS Scholars program for Tougaloo College students and the SLAM (Science, Language Arts and Mathematics) program during the summer for high school students.  Learn More


 

GTEC Educational Programs | JSU Campus

The Jackson Heart Study Graduate Training and Education Center (JHS GTEC) at Jackson State University is a new Center awarded for five years, effective August 16, 2013.  It is designed to contribute to building evidence-based approaches to training graduate students in the social, behavioral, and medical sciences to implement a robust education training program.  Learn More

The Jackson Heart Study Graduate Training and Education Center (JHS GTEC) at Jackson State University is a new Center awarded for five years, effective August 16, 2013.  It is designed to contribute to building evidence-based approaches to training graduate students in the social, behavioral, and medical sciences to implement a robust education training program.

Goal and Objectives
The overall goals of the GTEC are to: (1) enrich the educational experiences and skills of African American graduate students to prepare them for future careers in academics, industry, and government research settings; (2) enhance the professional skills of graduate students to increase the likelihood of success and completion of graduate school; and (3) increase the interest in, and likelihood of, African American graduate students entering careers in biomedical sciences following degree and program completion

The Jackson Heart Study Graduate Training and Education Center (JHS GTEC) at Jackson State University is a new Center awarded for five years, effective August 16, 2013.  It is designed to contribute to building evidence-based approaches to training graduate students in the social, behavioral, and medical sciences to implement a robust education training program.

Goal and Objectives
The overall goals of the GTEC are to: (1) enrich the educational experiences and skills of African American graduate students to prepare them for future careers in academics, industry, and government research settings; (2) enhance the professional skills of graduate students to increase the likelihood of success and completion of graduate school; and (3) increase the interest in, and likelihood of, African American graduate students entering careers in biomedical sciences following degree and program completion

The Jackson Heart Study Graduate Training and Education Center (JHS GTEC) at Jackson State University is a new Center awarded for five years, effective August 16, 2013.  It is designed to contribute to building evidence-based approaches to training graduate students in the social, behavioral, and medical sciences to implement a robust education training program.

Goal and Objectives
The overall goals of the GTEC are to: (1) enrich the educational experiences and skills of African American graduate students to prepare them for future careers in academics, industry, and government research settings; (2) enhance the professional skills of graduate students to increase the likelihood of success and completion of graduate school; and (3) increase the interest in, and likelihood of, African American graduate students entering careers in biomedical sciences following degree and program completion

JHS | Community Engagement Center

As the landmark Jackson Heart Study reaches its 20th year researching African American heart health, the new Community Engagement Center (CEC) takes the next step—putting that data into action in Mississippi, where heart disease kills about 20 percent more African Americans than others each year. CEC, an arm of the Mississippi State Department of Health, is committed to changing a history of health disparity into a future of better outcomes and stronger overall health.


Heart Health Starts Here

CEC’s team engages metro Jackson communities at every level — individual, institutional and leadership — through health promotion, programs, key partnerships and a network of community health advocates to develop new approaches to improve heart health. 

By tracking program success, CEC finds optimal ways to reach and impact minority populations and build a sustainable model to lower the risk of heart disease in Mississippi and beyond.


See our calendar for ongoing events and activities.



Jackson State University was recently awarded a five year contract to implement the Jackson Heart Study (JHS) Community Outreach Center (CORC).  The contract period is from 8/16/2013-8/15/2014 for a total amount of 3,086,081.  The CORC is an expansion of the highly successful operation of the Community Partnership Office (CPO), in the Jackson State University Coordinating Center, which operated from 1999-2013.  During the era of the CPO, relationships and partnerships were developed with over 100 churches, community based organizations, governmental agencies, private non-profit organizations, other institutions of higher learning and individual partners.  A community based participatory research (CBPR) component has been added under this new contract period.

Resources

The Community Engagement Center (CEC) actively draws upon Jackson Heart Study (JHS) research finidings and build awareness of health risks and healthy choices to improve lives.  Learn More


 

Programs

The Community Engagement Center’s (CEC’s) uses a proven record of success to meet people where they are, turning traditional gathering places into health information hubs.  Learn More


 

Groundwork & Direction

At the JHS CEC, Victor D. Sutton, Ph.D., leads a team committed to putting research into action in the community and scoring better health outcomes for Mississippi and beyond. Learn More