Nationwide, stroke accounts for 1 in 20 deaths. Researchers are telling us that ultra-rapid treatment of strokes significantly reduces odds of post-stroke disability. With this information in mind, the goal of the Community Stroke Awareness initiative is to increase staff and resident skills at retirement communities in early stroke detection to the end that early recognition will lead to early treatment and thus reduced disability.

Students first qualify as Advanced Stroke Life Support (ASLS) instructors, and then run ASLS training in high-risk stroke communities (Retirement Communities) with caregivers and residents. Before conducting instruction students quantify a baseline for awareness and then measure the impact of their work. Alternatively, some students may develop and deliver training for first responders with leading edge protocols.

For more information, contact Service Learning or faculty lead Sarah Cullen.

Tell us what you know about stroke

Your opinion is important! Eastern Virginia Medical School, the Virginia State Stroke Systems Task Force and Sentara Healthcare invite you to participate in an online survey, "Stroke Community Awareness." We would like to invite you to participate in this research study, which is being conducted by medical students at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

You must be 18 years or older to participate in this survey and a Virginia (VA) resident of Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, or Newport News. 

Please only complete the survey once.

Take the Stroke Awareness Community Survey.