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Getting to the hospital quickly is the key to treating stroke. African Americans suffer more strokes with worse outcomes and receive stroke treatments less often than European Americans. At the Skolarus Lab, we aim to reduce this disparity by creating and testing the feasibility of a peer-led faith-based behavioral intervention to increase calls to 911 so stroke patients can be treated quickly. We have partnered with Bridges into the Future, an African American faith-based community group in Flint, Michigan, to increase stroke awareness and behavioral intent to call 911 among African American youth and adults in Flint.

To learn more about Stroke Ready, visit our website!


1. Skolarus LE, Zimmerman MA, Murphy JB, Brown DL, Kerber K, Bailey S, Fowlkes S, Morgenstern LB. Community Based Participatory Research: A New approach to engaging community members to rapidly call 911 for Stroke. Stroke 2011 Jul;42(7):1862-6.  PMCID: PMC4005877

2. Skolarus LE, Murphy JB, Zimmerman MA, Bailey S, Fowlkes S, Brown DL, Lisabeth LD, Greenberg E, Morgenstern LB. Individual and community determinants of calling 911 for stroke among African Americans in an urban community. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2013 May 1;6(3):278-83.  PMCID: PMC3779662

3. Skolarus LE, Zimmerman MA, Bailey S, Dome M, Murphy JB, Kobrossi C, Dombrowski SU, Burke JF, Morgenstern LB. Stroke Ready Intervention: Community Engagement to Decrease Prehospital Delay. Journal of the American Heart Association. 2016;5(5):e003331

4. Skolarus LE, Meurer WJ, Shanmugasundaram K, Adelman EE, Scott PA, Burke JF. Marked Regional Variation in Acute Stroke Treatment Among Medicare Beneficiaries.

 Stroke 2015 Jul;46(7):1890-1896.  PMID: 26038520

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