JHS  – Jackson Heart Study

Principal contacts

Study data were obtained from BioLINCC.

Study design

The Jackson Heart Study (JHS) is a general population study of African Americans based in the three counties Hinds, Madison, and Rankin, in Jackson, Mississippi, USA. Recruited individuals either were participants of the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study, secondary family members, volunteers, or recruited randomly.  The principal aim of the study was to investigate why cardiovascular disease has a greater prevalence in African Americans.  Written consent was obtained from each participant before the collection of data. The study protocol was approved by the Institutional Review Boards of the National Institutes of Health and the participating JHS institutions – including the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Tougaloo College, and Jackson State University. Study data were obtained from BioLINCC.

Link to study webpage – https://www.jacksonheartstudy.org/



The Jackson Heart Study has been 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


Key publications

Overview of the Jackson Heart Study: A Study of Cardiovascular Diseases In African American Men and Women. Am J Med Sci. 1999 Mar;317(3):142-6

Laboratory, Reading Center, and Coordinating Center Data Management Methods in the Jackson Heart Study. Am J Med Sci. 2004 Sep;328(3):131-44

Toward resolution of cardiovascular health disparities in African Americans: design and methods of the Jackson Heart Study. Ethn Dis. 2005 Autumn;15(4 Suppl 6):S6-4-17