Stroke Health Disparities

Stroke Health Disparities

Investigators in the Stroke Program are dedicated to the study of stroke health disparities, mostly pertaining to racial and ethnic minorities and women. They are well known for their work conducted in Corpus Christi, Texas, including the Brain Attack Surveillance in Corpus Christi (BASIC) Project, work that has been funded by the NIH since 1999 and has resulted in many important discoveries about stroke-related health disparities in Mexican Americans and women.

Brain Attack Surveillance in Corpus Christi (BASIC)


The BASIC project is a rigorous stroke surveillance project in the biethnic community of Corpus Christi, Texas. This project has been ongoing since 1999, and has made many important discoveries about the epidemiology and clinical care of Mexican Americans and non-Hispanic whites.

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PI: Morgenstern/Lisabeth. Funding: R01 NS38916

The Epidemiology and Clinical Implications of Sleep Apnea in a Bi-ethnic Stroke Population

This project seeks to understand the influence of a very frequent risk factor, sleep apnea, on ischemic stroke in the largest and fastest growing US minority population, Hispanics.

PI: Lisabeth/Brown. Funding: R01 HL098065.

Sleep Apnea Health Disparities in Mexican-American Stroke Patients

This project seeks to investigate health disparities related to sleep apnea in Hispanic stroke patients in Corpus Christi, Texas.

PI: Lisabeth/Brown. Funding: R01 NS070941

The Stroke Health and Risk Education (SHARE) project

share_logoThis primary stroke prevention project is a behavioral/motivational trial that targets diet, physical activity, and blood pressure medication adherence through a culturally sensitive multicomponent intervention. The trial, conducted in partnership with the Diocese of Corpus Christi, is being conducted in 10 Catholic churches in Corpus Christi, Texas and includes Hispanics and non-Hispanic whites.

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PI: Morgenstern/Brown. Funding: R01 NS062675

Kids Identifying and Defeating Stroke (KIDS)

KIDSThis health education trial showed that a youth-based health promotion project aimed at increasing prompt utilization of emergency medical systems services for acute stroke among Mexican Americans and non-Hispanic whites in Corpus Christi, Nueces County, Texas resulted in increased behavioral intent to call 911.

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