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 under served populations and build a sustainable model to lower the risk of heart disease in Mississippi and beyond.
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