About

Our Heart Study was the doctoral dissertation of  Florida A&M student Windy Y. Cunningham.  The Principal Investigator was Torhonda C. Lee, PhD, Associate Professor, Florida A&M University.

The purpose of Our Heart Study was to find out what Black women’s perspectives were 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 living 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.  Participation in the focus group and online questionnaire are closed.

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