CKHS and the AHA Launch Stroke Risk/Prevention Initiative
As the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, patients and community Because stroke is the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States, it is important to be aware of the association between family health history and stroke risk — and the positive impact of healthy lifestyle choices on reducing our risk. The ideal time to start raising that awareness is when we’re kids!
That’s why Crozer-Keystone Health Systems has partnered with the American Heart Association and Chester Community Charter Schools to launch a new educational initiative in stroke risk and prevention. Kathy Lehman, director of ER3 Outreach for
Crozer-Keystone, worked with Robin Edwards, the American Heart Association’s Multicultural Initiatives director, to launch the campaign in the Delaware Valley region.
The American Heart Association’s Power to End Stroke promotion, including their “Youth Family Health History” program, was implemented at the east and west campus sites of the Chester Community Charter School. The program started with an interactive presentation by Lehman, who engaged 600 seventh and eighth grade students using visual media, such as PowerPoint and YouTube videos. Additionally, a student question and answer session was provided at the end.
The presentation aimed to educate youths about family health history and stroke relevance. Lehman also discussed with the students what a stroke is, the warning signs one might be having a stroke, controllable and non-controllable risk factors, and management skills to reduce risk of stroke. The week following Lehman’s presentation, teachers were asked to continue the program through class instruction. They taught students about the dangers of obesity and how to live a healthy lifestyle by making nutritional food choices and getting plenty of exercise.
Students received Youth Family Health History posters to take home and complete with their families. The posters help students learn more about their family’s health history by identifying close relatives who have suffered a stroke or lived with high blood pressure. Students were encouraged to share their posters with their health care providers.
The plan is to reintroduce the program in the fall of 2013 and to evaluate students who participated in the spring-time for any progress made through healthier lifestyle actions.
The Joint Commission has designated Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Delaware County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) and Taylor Hospital as Certified Primary Stroke Centers for their proven, fast stroke care. This means patients who come to Crozer, DCMH or
Taylor presenting with a possible stroke have a better chance for a favorable outcome and a lower risk of complications.
For more information on stroke risk/prevention and the Power to End stroke campaign, please visit http://powertoendstroke.org/ or check out the Great Philadelphia area chapter webpage of the American Heart Association. You may also contact Kathy Lehman at email@example.com