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The impact of organized community capacity building on health risk practices in an African American community

Donna Antoine LaVigne, Clifton C Addison, Brenda W Campbell Jenkins, Cynthia A Smith, Darcel Thigpen, Alyce Stewart, Alice Smith, Daniel Sarpong.

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The Jackson Heart Study (JHS) Community Partnership Office (CPO) initiated the Community Health Advisory Network (CHAN) that included members of the African American community from within the JHS study area (Hinds, Madison, and Rankin Counties located in the Jackson, Mississippi metropolitan area.This study measured the impact of the health promotion activities on the participants for the period 2004-2008. Analysis was computed in 2010 using 40 Community Health Advisors (CHAs) who provided both pre and post data to determine changes in health risk behaviors after their involvement in the health promotion activities.

Key words: African Americans, Community Partnership, Jackson Heart Study, Health Disparities

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