The Center for Stroke Disparities Solutions is one of four National Institutes of Health-funded Stroke Prevention/Intervention Research Programs. The vision of the Center is to reduce stroke disparities in Black and Hispanic residents of New York City with a focus on prevention of recurrent stroke. It brings together researchers from NYU School of Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, and the Research Division at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale to work toward this goal.

To accomplish its goals, the Center will implement and evaluate three culturally tailored stroke prevention programs along the continuum of stroke care and train the next generation of investigators in stroke disparities research. 

The Problem

Despite the progress made in reducing the number of people dying from stroke for the general U.S. population in the past decade, Blacks and Hispanics continue to experience worse stroke-related outcomes than Whites.

  • Blacks experience more severe stroke, receive less evidence-based care, and recover more slowly and less completely than their White counterparts.
  • Hispanic stroke patients have a poorer functional status at discharge compared with Whites.
  • Blacks and Hispanics experience greater burden of recurrent strokes at younger ages than Whites.
  • Blacks and Hispanics have higher rates of high blood pressure than whites, an important risk factor for stroke.

How the Center for Stroke Disparities Solutions Will Address the Problem 

Addressing these disparities requires complex strategies. We designed three research projects that address barriers along the continuum of stroke care in order to have the greatest impact on stroke disparities among Black and Hispanic residents of New York City.

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