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Community Outreach

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 SOS team is composed of stroke physicians, nurses, educators, students and the UT Neurosonology lab. The SOS team participates in an average of one community outreach event per month, providing stroke and risk factor education, stroke, blood pressure and carotid Doppler screenings and educational material to over 1,000 Houstonians annually. The SOS team also gives presentations at schools, health fairs, hospitals, professional conferences and meetings. Each team member participates in a minimum of 3 community events per year.

Stomp Out Stroke Festival & Other Community Events

Our SOS team travels throughout Harris and Fort Bend counties to promote stroke awareness, provide stroke education and stroke screenings.

Our annual community outreach events:

  • UTHealth Stomp Out Stroke Festival
  • Vietnamese American Medical Association Annual Primary Care Prevention Health Fair
  • Congressman Al Green - Annual Green Light to Living Health Fair
We also participate in the Annual Yatsu Day Symposium, an annual CME approved educational conference highlighting a specific area in stroke geared toward physicians, physicians in training, nurses and physician assistants. The annual event is named in honor of Dr. Frank Yatsu, Professor Emeritus of Neurology, who died March 9, 2012. He was the second chair of the UTHealth Department of Neurology, a leader in the field of Vascular Neurology, an educator and mentor.

Dr. Yatsu is missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Mobile Stroke Unit (MSU)

UTHealth, in partnership with Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, unveiled the nation’s first Mobile Stroke Unit on Feb. 3, 2014. The MSU is a unit design to treat people who are having a stroke faster by meeting EMS units on scene, performing a CT scan, & giving tPA.
Onboard the ambulance is a computed tomography (CT) scanner that allows a mobile stroke unit team member to quickly assess whether a patient is having a stroke cause by a blood clot. If so, the clot-buster tPA can be administered, which is the only FDA-approved treatment for the most prevalent type of stroke. To be most effective, tPA must be given within three hours of the first signs of stroke—in fact, the earlier the better within that three-hour time frame. The units also deliver critical care to patients with traumatic brain injury.

Community Stroke Prevention and Screening

Hypertension is the major risk factor for stroke. Our SOS team offers stroke, blood pressure and carotid doppler screenings for community organizations. Carotid doppler screenings are provided by our UT Neurosonology lab, under the leadership of Dr. Andrew Barreto. Carotid doppler measures blood flow through the carotid arteries inside the neck, which supply blood to the brain and is used to assess blood flow and detect any blockages, such as atherosclerosis or narrowing due to the buildup of plaques. Our team provides these services at no cost. For further information on having us at your outreach event, please contact Dr. Anjail Sharrief at Anjail.Z.Sharrief@uth.tmc.edu.

Dr. Andrew Barreto screening a patient

Stroke Support Group

Our Stroke Support Group is held in partnership with the Mischer Neuroscience Institute Memorial Hermann. The group meets the third Wednesday of every month at 2 p.m. at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center hospital, Robertson Pavilion, first floor, Aspen Conference Room. Valet parking is complimentary at the main Cullen valet. Call (713) 222-CARE to register or for more information.



Girl Scout Patch Program

CALLING ALL GIRL SCOUTS! Girl Scouts get BRAINY with the Stomp Out Stroke Festival Patch! The Stomp Out Stroke Festival is a great outing for your Girl Scout troop. Join UTHealth on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at the beautiful Discovery Green Park at 1500 McKinney St. to receive brain education and learn how to stomp out stroke and be brain healthy! After your program, enjoy family friendly performances, activities and music. Find out why we’re Houston’s Best Brain day!

The UTHealth Stroke Program is working to inspire a new generation of young women who are strong in both brain and body. We want young women to be owners of their own brain health and become health leaders of tomorrow. Together with the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, we have developed this Girl Scout Patch initiative to encourage young girls to learn about stroke, brain health and promote healthy brain behaviors.

Patch objectives are to educate Girl Scouts about stroke, brain anatomy, brain function, brain health and promoting healthy behaviors. Through this knowledge, we will increase stroke awareness in the community and empower young women to share this knowledge with their friends and family to increase stroke awareness and promote brain healthy behaviors. While the girls are having fun with "brainy" activities, adults may be able to learn about stroke, brain health and receive free health screenings.

girl scouts posing in front a large inflatable brain

Girl Scouts will complete 3 hours of stroke and brain health education. Including 5 required stations and choosing 4 of 9 optional stations to attend to earn the Stomp Out Stroke festival patch.

Required Stations:

  • Brain Parts and Function
  • AmeriBrain Brain Exhibit
  • Stomp Out Stroke
  • Brain and Fitness
  • Brain Food

Optional Stations:

  • Concussions
  • AmeriHeart Exhibit Station
  • Brain and Drugs
  • Tobacco Prevention
  • Helmet Safety
  • Texas Heart Institute: Stroke versus heart attack
  • Latin Fitness Stage Demo
  • Hula Dancing Fitness
  • American Robotics Academy
  • The Health Museum Sheep Brain Dissection

All Girl Scout Troops will enjoy:

  • Free kids tote bag with goodies
  • Free brain health educational materials
  • Earn a Stomp Out Stroke Festival patch
  • Free admission into the festival
At the end of the program, you will receive your Stomp Out Stroke Festival patch. All Girl Scout Troops are invited to stay after their program to enjoy family friendly performances, activities, games, music and giveaways!

Community Advisory Board

Elizabeth A. Noser

Elizabeth A. Noser

Director of Community Engagement, James C. Grotta, MD Chair in Neurological Recovery and Stroke at the McGovern Medical School. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in...

Rachel Sieber

Rachel Sieber

Rachel experienced a stroke fifteen and a half years ago that left her with an expressive aphasia at the age of 24, just six weeks short of completing her Occupational...

Sean I. Savitz

Sean I. Savitz

Dr. Sean Savitz is a tenured Professor of Neurology, holds the Frank M. Yatsu Chair in Neurology, and is the Director of the Institute for Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases at McGovern...

Tom Gilhooley

Tom Gilhooley

Tom is a stroke survivor from a stroke suffered at the age 42 in October, 2006. Tom grew up in Connecticut and has lived in Houston with his wife and three children for 25 years. He currently...

Holly Robinson

Holly Robinson

Holly is a stroke survivor, a mentor, the founder of two Houston non-profit organizations, a dear friend and a loving mother. Holly suffered two strokes in April 2012 which left her and...

Wanda Adams

Wanda Adams

Wanda’s mother passed away at the age of 54 from a massive stroke. Devastated and inspired by this life changing ordeal, she pursued a career in helping others while being a wife...

Anjail Sharrief

Anjail Sharrief

Dr. Anjail Sharrief is a stroke prevention neurologist who directs the UTHealth Stroke Transitions, Education, and Prevention Clinic. She completed her Neurology training at...

Darrell Pile

Darrell Pile

Darrell earned his master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from George Washington University in 1982 and earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from ...

Patty Wesolek

Patty Wesolek

Patty is a Caregiver Facilitator for West Houston Stroke Warriors support group. She and her husband, Bruno, first attended this group in late 2009 following his stroke. After his passing...

Gwen Emmett

Gwen Emmett

Gwen is the wife of Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. She is particularly interested in the behavioral and physical health of our citizens. She and the Judge want to encourage efforts that...

Lynn Cutrer

Lynn Cutrer

Lynn is the manager of patient and community relations at the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth. Lynn joined the medical school’s Dean’s Office in 2001 to provide individualized...

Sujatha Sridhar

Sujatha Sridhar

Dr. Sujatha Sridhar is Executive Director, Research Compliance at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). The Research Compliance office provides...

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