Jackson Heart Study Advisory Coordinating Center

Clinical Centers
1
Participants
6500
Beginning
1999
Ending
2018
Study Design
Prospective cohort follow-up, family genetic study
Funding
NHLBI
Legacy
Legacy
Acronym
JHS
Description
The Jackson Heart Study (JHS) is a collaborative research project to investigate risk factors for cardiovascular disease in African American men and women living in Jackson, MS. Sponsored by the National Institutes of Health's Office of Research on Minority Health and National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, JHS is an expansion of the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study site in Jackson, MS. The JHS will interview and examine 6500 African Americans aged 35-84. This cohort will include all ARIC participants in Jackson plus newly recruited individuals and families. JHS recruitment will begin in September 2000. Examination and interviews will encompass a broad spectrum of physiologic, medical, social, cultural, and demographic factors.

In addition to increasing our knowledge about CVD risk factors in African Americans, the goals of the JHS are to develop new methods for recruitment and retention of minority participants in public health research and provide new opportunities for minority students to develop careers in public health and research. These goals will be accomplished through the collaborative efforts of the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMC), Jackson State University (JSU), and Tougaloo College (TG). The JHS participant Examination Center is under the direction of UMC, the JHS Coordinating Center and community mobilization activities are under the direction of JSU, and the Undergraduate Training Center is based at TC. The Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center at the University of North Carolina, Coordinating Center for ARIC, is serving as an Advisory Coordinating Center to JHS.
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