Our Heart Study

The purpose of Our Heart Study was to find out what Black women’s perspectives are regarding their heart disease risk. The researchers sought 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 was to understand how social support and stress related coping behaviors impact heart disease risk.

Our Heart Study included 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.

During the second phase, women completed an online questionnaire about heart disease, adverse childhood experiences, social support and coping.  Women who identified as Black and living in North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and North Florida were eligible to complete the questionnaire.

Participation in Our Heart Study was voluntary.

Both phases are closed to enrollment.