Preparing African Americans for careers in health care: The Jackson Heart Study

Asoka Srinivasan, James Brown, Nimr Fahmy, Elizabeth Heitman, Madhu Singh, Moyses Szklo, Herman Taylor, Wendy White

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The Jackson Heart Study Undergraduate Training Center (UTC) at Tougaloo College was developed to increase the numbers of African-American students entering public health and health related fields. The UTC includes a scholars program for undergraduate students at Tougaloo College, three four-week programs for high school students called the SLAM (science, language arts, and mathematics) workshops, and an introductory epidemiology course for healthcare professionals and graduate students. The scholars program recruits 12 Tougaloo College freshmen annually for the duration of their undergraduate education. As of the 2005 summer, 512 students have enrolled in the SLAM workshops. The introduction to epidemiology course has provided training for 155 individuals from 1999 to 2004. This paper documents the need for this program based on the conspicuously small proportion of African Americans who are health practitioners in Mississippi. The content and selection process for each program is described, and a summary of the enrollment history, characteristics of the program participants, and their accomplishments is presented. Finally, the methods of program assessment and tracking are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S6-71-S6-75
JournalEthnicity and Disease
Issue number4 SUPPL. 6
StatePublished - Sep 1 2005


  • African Americans
  • Jackson Heart Study
  • Minority investigators
  • Undergraduate training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology


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