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  • Mississippi Institute for Improvement of Geographic Minority Health

    The Mississippi Institute for the Improvement of Geographic Minority Health (MIGMH) was established through a competitive grant awarded by the Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health Research in September 2006. The Institute focuses on some of the key indicators of health status in Mississippi and targets mechanisms to increase the knowledge surrounding these conditions along with strategies to improve them. The MIGMH houses the Mississippi STD/HIV Prevention Training Center (MSPTC) and the Jackson Heart Kids Study.

    Mississippi STD/HIV Prevention Training Center (MSPTC)

    The Mississippi STD/HIV Prevention Training Center (Part II – STD/HIV Behavioral and Social Interventions) assists a diverse audience of health professionals in public, private, and community settings to develop skills necessary to successfully implement evidence based interventions and public health strategies to prevent or reduce behaviors that place a person at risk for acquiring and transmitting HIV or other STDs. Courses are provided primarily in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

    For more information, please visit their website at or contact Jerrdean Franklin at or (601) 815-9000.

    Jackson Heart Kids Study

    Jackson Heart Study Kids, or JHS Kids, is a feasibility study to identify the early origins of heart disease among African-Americans children and grandchildren of participants taking part in the largest study of heart disease risk factors among African-American adults, the Jackson Heart Study in Jackson, MS. The study is funded by the National Institute of Health’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

     For more information, please contact Gina Hamilton at or (601) 815-9003.