|NIH Opens Health Information Center at Jackson
The National Institutes of Health opened a new health information
center today at the Jackson Medical Mall in Jackson, Mississippi,
affirming NIH’s commitment to providing accurate, up-to-date health
information to Mississippi residents.
The new center was developed after NIH representatives met with
Jackson residents in early 2006 to discuss how people in the area
viewed participating in NIH research studies. The center features
health information materials from many of NIH’s 27 Institutes and
Centers and includes information on vision health, cancer, heart
disease, dental care, diabetes, sudden infant death syndrome, and
many other health topics.
“The new NIH Health Information Center offers clear, understandable
medical and health publications to individuals and community groups
in Jackson,” said Duane Alexander, M.D., Director of the NIH’s
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. “We seek
to provide Jackson area residents and their physicians with the
best medical information possible on which to base their own health
For example, the new center provides information on ways to reduce
the risk of stroke, heart disease, and sudden infant death syndrome,
or SIDS. Rural Mississippi has higher rates of stroke, heart disease,
and SIDS than do many other parts of the United States. Information
on these and other health topics is available on the NIH Web site,
Materials for the information center have been provided by the
NIH Office of the Director, the National Institute of Diabetes
and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the National Eye Institute,
the National Library of Medicine, and the National Cancer Institute.
Other NIH institutes and centers are also expected to provide materials.
“We are delighted to be partnering with the Jackson Medical Mall
in this important effort,” said Yvonne Maddox, Ph.D., Deputy Director
of the NICHD, who spoke at the event. “This is a unique contribution
to the health of Mississippi’s residents.”
The event was part of NIH’s Public Trust Initiative, which seeks
to enable the public to understand and to have full confidence
in the research that NIH conducts and supports across the country
and throughout the world. Dr. Maddox co-chairs the initiative,
along with Patricia Grady, Ph.D, Director of NIH’s National Institute
of Nursing Research.
“It’s important to communicate the results of NIH research to
the public,” said John Burklow Associate Director for Communications,
National Institutes of Health, who spoke at the conference. “The
knowledge we gain from this research can help people lead longer,
The new center’s opening was marked by the screening of a film
on African American midwives. Narrated by Phylicia Rashad, the
film “Bringin’ in Da Spirit,” celebrates African American women
who committed themselves to the health and well-being of rural
families, even in the face of misconceptions about the practice
of midwifery and adamant opposition from medical practitioners.
“These African American midwives supported all aspects of the
birth experience and helped to ensure that babies born in the rural
South had a healthy start in life,” Dr. Maddox said.
The NICHD sponsors research on development, before and after
birth; maternal, child, and family health; reproductive biology
and population issues; and medical rehabilitation. For more information,
visit the Institute’s Web site at http://www.nichd.nih.gov/.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) — The Nation's
Medical Research Agency — includes 27 Institutes and
Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services. It is the primary federal agency for conducting
and supporting basic, clinical and translational medical research,
and it investigates the causes, treatments, and cures for both
common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and
its programs, visit www.nih.gov.