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To increase stroke knowledge and preparedness, community partnerships focused on stroke education and outreach are vital.  It has the possibility of  reducing stroke burden and impact in the community. This core is a collaborative community of academic partnerships between Stroke Institute researchers and community stakeholders to ensure our research represents community needs and interest.

Program Goals

  • Build and strengthen collaborations with community partners to develop and implement novel stroke educational projects.
  • Serve as a community resource for stroke education and information that will meet the needs of stroke survivors, families and caregivers as well as community based organizations.
  • Build collaborative and sustainable community partnerships between researchers, communities, and community based organizations to ensure research conducted by the Stroke Institute is meaningful to the community, represents local community interests and is responsive to community needs.

Initiatives

Community Outreach

Education & Resources



Community Advisory Board

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.

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...

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...

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...

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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