The Community Health Worker Stroke Prevention program empowers communities to combat stroke. The program consists of an eight-week long training course, held throughout the year at the Wellness Center, that gives local residents the tools they need to become community health workers. Volunteers learn about various cardiovascular health topics, including motivational interviewing with a special emphasis on stroke and related risk factors. Alumni of the program serve as health advocates in their communities and at faith-based organizations, with the overall goal of improving stroke outcomes and lowering the prevalence of stroke and related risk factors.
The curriculum was developed with the assistance of community focus groups and in consultation with experts in health education. The program, modeled from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention training curriculum, with the addition of culturally tailored multimedia components, is led by Olajide Williams, MD, Chief of Staff of Neurology and Associate Professor of Neurology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, founder of Hip Hop Public Health, and co-director of the Center for Stroke Disparities Solutions in New York.