Increasing Stroke Knowledge and Decreasing Stroke Risk in a Latino Immigrant Population

Mina Silberberg, Larry B. Goldstein, Sarah Weaver, Colleen Blue

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Stroke knowledge is poor and stroke risk is growing for the U.S. Latino immigrant population. We present results of an evaluation of a tailored, community-based intervention in Durham, North Carolina. The intervention included integration of stroke knowledge into classes and workshops at a community-based organization. Knowledge surveys were administered to participants immediately before and after stroke education, and at multiple points over the following year. For both low-risk participants receiving classroom-based education and individually care managed participants with risk factors, stroke knowledge improved dramatically and remained high among those who could be reached for follow-up. Evidence of behavior change and change in clinical status was weak. These findings from an observational study conducted in a real-world context complement the results of previously reported efficacy studies, indicating potential gains from health education for Latino immigrants, even from classroom-based education for low-risk individuals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1490-1499
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Acknowledgements The authors gratefully acknowledge the support of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, which provided funding for this study, as well as El Centro Hispano, which administered the grant funding, oversaw program activities, and participated actively in data collection.

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© 2018, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.


  • Community health
  • Health education
  • Immigrant health
  • Latino health
  • Stroke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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