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Harriett G. Williamson Professor of Nursing
Professor of MedicineView CV
Dr. Sharon Wyatt teaches in the Ph.D. and DNP programs and maintains an active clinical practice and research program. Her focus has been on cardiovascular health disparities and innovative community-driven solutions to overcoming disparities using multiple qualitative and quantitative research methods.
She is the principal investigator for the National Children's Study Hinds County Study Center and served as the director and co-principle investigator of the Examination Center of the landmark Jackson Heart Study, the paramount national study to identify reasons for cardiovascular disease (CVD) disparities in African Americans for its first decade. She has translated findings from the JHS into novel community-driven approaches to health disparities in the Mississippi Delta. Her interdisciplinary approach and commitment to health equality resulted in appointment as the co-chair of the Governor's Task Force for the Prevention of CVD where she leads the health-policy development and implementation of Mississippi's state plan to reduce disparities.
Dr. Wyatt’s program of research focuses on health disparities in cardiovascular and renal disease, particularly hypertension, among African Americans. Understanding the role of sociocultural and behavioral risk factors at the individual and community level is the major emphasis. A secondary focus is on community engagement for building healthy communities; enhancing capacity for self-care; and for research participation. Research activities are ongoing with two major epidemiological studies — the Jackson Heart Study (health disparities in CVD) and the National Children’s Study (research participation). The Mercy Delta Express Project, a community-based participatory action research effort is underway in the Mississippi Delta and is currently examining the role of community health advisers in improving hypertension outcomes and enhancing community capacity.
2500 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39216