Support National Stroke Awareness Month
May is National Stroke Awareness Month. Stroke can happen to anyone at any age, but many people do not know the signs and symptoms of stroke or the importance of calling 9-1-1 right away if someone might be having a stroke. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of severe disability. On average, one person dies from stroke every 4 minutes. Support American Stroke Month and promote its prevention messages: Act F.A.S.T. (Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, Time to call 9–1–1) if someone is having a stroke.
- Participate in CDC Twitter chat
- Support Stroke Month Thunderclap, Wednesday, May 25, 12 p.m.: Join the #StrokeMonth Thunderclap to help raise awareness of stroke among your family, friends, and followers. When you sign up to participate, you will automatically send a single message via Facebook, Twitter, and/or Tumblr at 12 p.m. to show your support for raising stroke awareness. Use #StrokeMonth for your social media activities throughout the month.
- Share these CDC materials:
- Stroke media materials, including Understanding Stroke Risk in Women infographics (English and Spanish), social media cards, and Dr. Michael Frankel’s Coverdell Story: Understanding Better Care for Stroke Patients (new video)
- “Stroke and You” fact sheet series
- Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program
Community Guide Website Offers Recommendations on Health Equity
The Community Guide’s Promoting Health Equity web page discusses the Community Preventive Services Task Force’s findings in three categories of health equity-related interventions: education programs and policies, culturally competent health care, and housing programs and policies. The Community Guide also published “Promoting Health Equity,” a resource that summarizes the task force’s language on health equity and its findings on systematic reviews in all three categories of health equity interventions. Find more health equity resources on ASTHO’s 2016 President’s Challenge web page.
Making the Business Case for Prevention through Video
CDC Division of Community Health released new videos in DCH’s award-wining video series to help public health advocates demonstrate the positive intersection of public health and business. New topics include: community health impact, corner stores, economic development, grocery stores (English and Spanish), school/community health, and worksite wellness. These roughly 3-minute videos encourage local action by showing that positive changes in community health are achievable and can benefit everyone. They also can help you build support for prevention among audiences across multiple sectors in your own community.