Submitted by: Drs. Daniel Sarpong and Donna Antoine-LaVigne, Jackson State University

On Saturday February 23, 2013, Jackson Heart Study (JHS) hosted its 13th Annual Celebration of Life! Approximately 225 individuals turned out for the event. Health screenings (glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol) were provided for all interested in knowing their numbers. This year’s theme was Jackson Heart Study Community
Block Party. scholars-and-community-2013Vendors included the City of Jackson Fire Department (free smoke detectors for elderly), Mississippi Department of Human Services Division of Aging and Adult Services, and the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi were on hand to provide demonstrations, share materials and other health related resource information with
attendees. Mr. Robert Pugh, Executive Director Mississippi Primary Health Care Association, whose topic was “The Affordable Care Act: An Overview”, joins the illustrious list of past speakers: Drs. David Satcher, 16th United States Surgeon General; Rodney Hood, former President of the National Medical Association; Rueben Warren, Director Tuskegee University National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care; and Vanessa Northington-Gamble, Physician and Medical Historian.

The JHS Celebration of Life, an annual event held in February, is designed to celebrate the life and legacies of the African American family and highlight the importance of the JHS and educate the community and participants on heart health and other related issues
pertinent to the African American Community. As one of the largest JHS community participatory events, it is intentionally scheduled to coincide with African American History Month and National Heart Month.

Jackson State University Jackson Heart Study Coordinating Center Community Community Partnership/Outreach Office collaborates with the RTRN through a host of activities in the quest to mitigate health disparities and improve cardiovascular health of people of color. JHS and RTRN-DCC investigators and personnel at Jackson State University continue to collaborate on joint projects that promote the mission and vision
of both entities, particularly in keeping the community engaged and informed.