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Herman Taylor: Seeds of hope, harvest of health

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Mississippi gives the world unexpected and surprising gifts through its legacy of pioneering health advances, including the Jackson Heart Study. A sharp contrast to the state’s status of worst health in the nation, the Jackson Heart Study is a part of new hope emerging to understand and address the disproportionate rates of death from heart disease in African American populations. Through the collective of the community formed by the Jackson Heart Study, seeds were planted to remove ignorance and racial disparity and give to the nation to bring the first blessing of health.