Heart disease is the leading cause of death for all Americans; however, Black women in particular are at an increased risk.   Our Heart Study wants to understand why.

By participating in Our Heart Study and answering questions on health, stress and culture; researchers can better understand what factors are more likely to help protect Black women from developing heart disease and what factors are more likely to put them at risk.

 

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Our Heart Study

The purpose of Our Heart Study is to find out what Black women’s perspectives are regarding their heart disease risk. The researchers want to investigate the influence of adverse childhood experiences, social support and coping on heart disease risk among Black women in the Stroke Belt states of North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and North Florida.  The goal is to understand how social support and stress related coping behaviors impact heart disease risk.

Our Heart Study includes two phases. Phase one involved a focus group.  During the focus group, Black women provided their feedback on developing a questionnaire for collecting information on heart disease, adverse childhood experiences, social support and coping.  Enrollment in Phase I is closed.

During the second phase, women will go online to complete a questionnaire about heart disease, adverse childhood experiences, social support and coping.  Women who identify as Black and live in North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and North Florida are eligible to complete the questionnaire.

Participation in Our Heart Study is voluntary.

There are no direct benefits from participating in Our Heart Study; however, the results of the study may give the researchers knowledge on developing more effective ways of addressing heart disease risk in Black women.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Type of Study is Our Research Study?

Our Heart Study is a graduate student dissertation.

Who are the Study Investigators?

The Principal Investigator is Torhonda C. Lee, PhD, Associate Professor

Florida A&M University.

The Co-Principal Investigator is Windy Y. Cunningham, M.S., Doctoral Candidate

Florida A&M University.

Is this study approved?

This study is approved by the Institutional Review Board of Florida A&M University.

Who is Eligible to Participate?

Our Heart Study is for Black women over the age of 18 that live in North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and North Florida

How Many Participants are Needed to Complete the Online Questionnaire?

More than 350 Black women

How can I take the online questionnaire?

The questionnaire link is:

http://famu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_74hrHaDuPLqmR93

How Much Time Does it Take to Complete the Online Questionnaire?

It takes about 10 minutes to complete the online questionnaire.

Will I Get Paid to Participate in Our Heart Study?

Participants completing the online questionnaire can choose to enter a raffle to win one of two $50 gift cards.