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Women's Health

Virginia Women's Stroke Prevention Initiative

University Health Services Professional Education Programs of Virginia Commonwealth University Health System

Approved: December 2012

Grant Period: January 2013 – January 2015


Virginia Women's Stroke Prevention Initiative

The proposed work will implement strategies designed to improve primary prevention of stroke in women, with a focus on underserved women. Specifically, through this project, we will:

  1. Increase stroke screening in our population of underserved women aged 45 years and older during primary care visits by using a validated screening tool incorporated into the electronic health record (EHR)
  2. Increase primary care practitioner management of modifiable stroke risk factors using evidence-based guidelines in appropriate women identified using a validated stroke screening tool
  3. Increase awareness of stroke prevention strategies in these women and their primary care practitioners through the use of consumer health information, web-based teaching modules, and other educational programs