Stroke education and outreach encompasses activities that provide education to patients and their families, health care professionals, and members of the community such as disease support groups and civic organizations. Stroke educators teach audiences about healthy lifestyle choices and the importance of recognizing the signs and symptoms of stroke and seeking early treatment.
The Neurological Institute stroke community educators give presentations at schools, local health fairs, affiliated hospitals, and professional conferences and meetings. At community events, they provide information and educational materials on risk factors for and prevention of stroke, and on using the FAST (Face, Arms, Speech, Time) Assessment to recognize the signs of a stroke.
Prevention and education reduce the incidence of stroke, now the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Houston Methodist’s Stride4Stroke community awareness campaign raises funds and awareness for stroke education and outreach. Experienced nurses speak at schools, health fairs, affiliated hospitals, businesses, conferences and community health clinics on risk factors, prevention, symptoms, and the importance of immediate care.
These efforts are supported by the Taking Strides4Stroke: Community Stroke Awareness Campaign.Community stroke awareness campaign focuses on increasing stroke education in greater Houston and decreasing the incidence of stroke mortality. This program targets community education, caregiver support, disease counseling, hospital education, treatment and research.
For more information please contact:
Jan Flewelling, BSN, MEd, CNRN
Stroke Outreach Program Coordinator