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 team is composed of stroke physicians, nurses, educators, students and the UTHealth lab. The 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 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 Events

photo from a past Stome Out Stroke festival

Our signature community outreach event is focused on increasing stroke awareness and education, promoting healthy lifestyles and behaviors and providing free health screenings to the Houston community.

Girl Scout Stomp Out Stroke Program

girl scouts patch

CALLING ALL GIRL SCOUTS! Girl Scouts get BRAINY with the Stomp Out Stroke Festival Patch! Girl Scouts join us to learn about stroke, signs of stroke, brain anatomy, brain facts & functions, brain food, brain fitness and the importance of being brain healthy.

Community Events

Stroke Prevention and Screening

Hypertension is the major risk factor for stroke. Our team offers stroke, blood pressure and carotid doppler screenings for community organizations. Carotid doppler screenings are provided by our UTHealth 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 .

Stroke Support Groups

Memorial Hermann Stroke Support Group at the Texas Medical Center

Meets the third Wednesday every month at 2:30 p.m. at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center hospital in the 7 Jones Conference Room on the 7th Floor of the Jones Pavilion. Valet parking is complimentary at the main Cullen valet. Call (713) 222-CARE to register or for more information.

West Houston Stroke Warriors

Houston's largest stroke support group with over 120 stroke survivors & caregivers. Meet new friends, enjoy fun activities, or share your story with other stroke survivors. Meets Saturday @ 10 am. To join or for further information, contact Wanda Adams, 281-588-8590 or wanda.adams@hcahealthcare.com.

Stroke Support Group Finder

The American Heart Association / American Stroke Association has a Stroke Support Group Finder where you may search for stroke support groups near you.

Girl Scout Stomp Out Stroke Program

CALLING ALL GIRL SCOUTS! Girl Scouts get SMART with the Stomp Out Stroke Patch! This 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.

Girl Scouts will complete 3 hours of stroke and brain health education including learning 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 Girl Scouts are having fun with these activities, accompanying adults will be able to learn about stroke, brain health and receive free health screenings. Date and curriculum will be provided at a later date.

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 patch.

Required Stations:

  • Brain Parts and Function
  • 3D Brain Exhibit
  • Stomp Out Stroke
  • Brain and Fitness
  • Brain Food

Optional Stations:

  • Concussions
  • Heart/ A-Fib /CAD Station
  • Brain and Drugs
  • Tobacco Prevention
  • Helmet Safety
  • Fitness Activity
  • Hula Dancing Fitness
  • 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 patch
At the end of the program, you will receive your Stomp Out Stroke patch. All Girl Scout Troops are invited to stay after their program to enjoy family friendly performances, activities, games, music and giveaways!