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Welcome to the community engagement core of the UTHealth Institute for Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease. Through community partnerships focused on stroke education and outreach we will increase stroke knowledge and preparedness, thereby reducing stroke burden and impact in the community. Further, we will build collaborative community- academic partnerships between Stroke Institute researchers and community stakeholders to ensure our research represents community needs and interest.
Stroke community outreach and education is a critical component of our stroke center. Our focus is providing stroke education and promoting stroke awareness to patients and their families, health care professionals, the Houston community at large, disease support groups, churches and civic organizations. We want every Houstonian to know the signs of stroke, the importance of calling 911 for suspected stroke (Time is Brain!), their stroke risk and how to reduce that risk.
Our community programming includes:
2019 was our last Stomp Out Stroke Festival. The festival started in 2013 and over seven years grew to one of the largest stroke community programs in the country, with thousands of Houstonians participating and over 5,000 health screenings and risk assessments completed. New community programming is currently being developed based on the Stomp Out Stroke resources.
If you're interested, you can read more about our community outreach.
The mission of the Community Advisory Board (CAB) is to engage and foster partnerships between researchers and the community to ensure research is patient focused, successful and meaningful. The CAB will provide an infrastructure for community members to advise about suitable research processes that are respectful to the community, to vet research, inform the community on clinical trials and provide input on future scientific directions.