Abstract: The public health burden caused by cardiovascular disease (CVD) continues to adversely affect individuals in terms of cost, life expectancy, medical, pharmaceutical and hospital care. This burden has been excessive in the case of African Americans. The objective of this paper is to chronicle the procedures and processes that were implemented in the development of the Jackson Heart Study Coordinating Center. The Jackson Heart Study (JHS) is a population-based investigation of traditional and emerging risk factors that predict progression to CVD among African Americans. In response to the struggle against CVD, the Jackson Heart Study has convened a professional, technical, and administrative staff with specific competence in the operation of a coordinating center to handle the wide variety of areas related to CVD studies. The Jackson Heart Study Coordinating Center (JHSCC) was created to assure validity of the JHS findings and provide the resources necessary to meet comprehensive statistical needs (planning, implementing and monitoring data analysis); data management (designing, implementing and managing data collection and quality control), and administrative support. The JHSCC began with a commitment to support study functions in order to increase participant recruitment, retention and safety, meet regulatory requirements, prepare progress reports, and facilitate effective communication with the community and between all JHS centers. The JHSCC facilitates the efforts of the JHS scientists through the development and implementation of the study protocol. The efforts of the JHSCC have resulted in the successful preparation of scientific reports and manuscripts for publication and presentation of study findings and results. In summary, the JHSCC has emerged as an effective research mechanism that serves as the driving force behind the Jackson Heart Study activities.
Keywords: Jackson Heart Study; Coordinating Center; CVD; African Americans
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Campbell-Jenkins, B.W.; Addison, C.C.; Young, L.; Anugu, P.; Wilson, G.; Sarpong, D. Development of the Jackson Heart Study Coordinating Center. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6, 1597-1608.
Campbell-Jenkins BW, Addison CC, Young L, Anugu P, Wilson G, Sarpong D. Development of the Jackson Heart Study Coordinating Center. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2009; 6(5):1597-1608.
Campbell-Jenkins, Brenda W.; Addison, Clifton C.; Young, Lavon; Anugu, Pramod; Wilson, Gregory; Sarpong, Daniel. 2009. "Development of the Jackson Heart Study Coordinating Center." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 6, no. 5: 1597-1608.