Interventions Targeting Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Stroke Prevention and Treatment

Deborah A. Levine, Pamela W. Duncan, Mai N. Nguyen-Huynh, Olugbenga G. Ogedegbe

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Systemic racism is a public health crisis. Systemic racism and racial/ethnic injustice produce racial/ethnic disparities in health care and health. Substantial racial/ethnic disparities in stroke care and health exist and result predominantly from unequal treatment. This special report aims to summarize selected interventions to reduce racial/ethnic disparities in stroke prevention and treatment. It reviews the social determinants of health and the determinants of racial/ethnic disparities in care. It provides a focused summary of selected interventions aimed at reducing stroke risk factors, increasing awareness of stroke symptoms, and improving access to care for stroke because these interventions hold the promise of reducing racial/ethnic disparities in stroke death rates. It also discusses knowledge gaps and future directions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3425-3432
Number of pages8
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2020


  • blood pressure
  • cardiovascular disease
  • cause of death
  • racism
  • risk factors
  • stroke
  • Health Status Disparities
  • United States
  • Humans
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • African Americans
  • Hypertension/prevention & control
  • Prejudice
  • Secondary Prevention
  • Self-Management
  • Health Education/methods
  • Stroke/ethnology
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Exercise
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Diet Therapy
  • Diabetes Mellitus/therapy
  • Primary Prevention
  • Risk Reduction Behavior
  • Time-to-Treatment
  • Culturally Competent Care
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Healthcare Disparities
  • Racism
  • Quality of Health Care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing


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