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.