Project HEALTH will use grant from CDC, U.S. nutritionists to curb cardiovascular disease at HBCUs

(JACKSON, Miss.) — Jackson State University’s Project Health has been awarded a grant from the CDC in conjunction with the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN) to support cardiovascular disease-prevention programs at HBCUs.

The HBCU Cardiovascular Disease Prevention (CVD) program will aim to improve the quality of life and health outcomes of students.

Project HEALTH is an education/health promotion program affiliated with the Center of Excellence in Minority Health and Health Disparities in JSU’s School of Public Health. The acronym of Project “HEALTH” means “Health Education Awareness for a Life That’s Healthy.”

Activities by Project HEALTH include direct integration of innovative, proactive disease-prevention strategies. The focus is to help students accept responsibilities for the quality of their lives and their health status.

HBCUs participating with JSU in the CVD prevention program are Stillman College (Alabama) and Tougaloo College. Dr. Brenda Jenkins serves as the principal investigator (PI); Dr. Clifton Addison is co-PI; and Dr. Monique White is the health educator.

The modules used for the program were adapted from the “Discovering Health Essentials” manual/workbook developed by Addison, Jenkins and White.