The Jackson Heart Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in August 2009 with the mission to lead the fight against heart disease in our community through education, prevention, and early detection.
Mississippi is rated among the highest in the nation with incidences of cardiovascular disease. Based on this statistic, we believe it is vital to the health and well-being of our citizens to educate and encourage healthy lifestyles for our families and to increase awareness among the public about heart disease prevention.
Our vision is a community where individuals live healthier and more productive lives because cardiovascular disease was prevented before it became a problem ... a community where heart disease doesn't affect each and every one of us.
Current Projects - Here is a list of projects the Jackson Heart Foundation currently supports along with details of each project.
Community Contribution Criteria & Request Guidelines (download PDF)
Dr. Harper Stone, Chairman
Dr. Clay Hays, Vice Chairman
Morgan Geary, Executive Director
Abby James, Secretary
Walter Weems, Treasurer
Your donation to the Jackson Heart Foundation will have a direct impact on the cardiovascular well-being of our community. Whether you are making a one-time gift or a pledge for future giving, your gift demonstrates your belief in our mission and your commitment to helping us win the war against heart disease. The Jackson Heart Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Gifts made to the JHF are tax-deductible. If making a gift in memory or in honor of a loved one, please provide the name and address of the person you would like for us to inform.
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Mail Check or Money Order to:
Jackson Heart Foundation
P. O. Box 5021
Jackson, Mississippi 39296
Heart disease affects millions of people. And now our youngest generation is at risk because of childhood obesity. If we can teach them the importance of making healthy decisions regarding nutrition and exercise, then we will help make a difference in the health of our future generations,"
--Dr. Clay Hays
To lead the fight against heart disease in our local community through education, prevention, and early detection
To promote and safeguard cardiovascular
health for our community
To empower people through education
To encourage healthy lifestyles for our families
- Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program. http://msdh.ms.gov/. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
- Vincent L. Mendy, Rodolfo Vargas, Lamees El-sadek and Vanessa L. Short. (2017) "Decreasing prevalence of no known major risk factors for cardiovascular disease among Mississippi adults, Mississippi Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2001 and 2009". 2016 Dec 3. doi: 10.1186/s12889-016-3860-9.
- Mendy VL, Vargas R. "Trends in Major Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease Among Adults in the Mississippi Delta Region, Mississippi Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2001–2010". Prev Chronic Dis 2015;12:140481. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5888/pcd12.140481