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Stroke Awareness in Two Rural Counties in Mississippi, USA.

* Associate Professor of Public Health and Acting Chair, Department of Behavioral and Environmental Health, School of Health Sciences, College of Public University of Mississippi Medical Center,
** Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center,
§ Faculty, College of Health Sciences, Walden University
± Department of Neurology, Ohio State University Medical Center
Associate Professor and Coordinator, Jackson Heart Study, Jackson State University, USA
+Corresponding Author: Mohammad Shahbazi, PhD, MPH, CHES, 350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave., Suite 2301-B; Jackson, MS 39213., Tel.: +1(601)979-8845, Fax: +1(601)979-8848, E-mail: [email protected].
Shiraz E-Medical Journal. 9(2): 68-74.
Article Type: Research Article; Received: Nov 10, 2007; Accepted: Feb 15, 2008; epub: Apr 1, 2008;


Mississippi has one of the highest stroke mortality rates in the nation. This paper present results of 2005 and 2006 surveys undertaken in an intervention and control county in rural Mississippi. A random-digit- dial (RDD) telephone surveys were conducted on adults 18 and older sampled from the civilian, non- institutionalized populations of Warren (control) and Washington (intervention) counties before and after implementing a 6-month long stroke awareness educational campaign in Washington County. The ana- lyzed results indicate that response rates to several of the questions increased after the intervention in Washington County, the results of this small sample survey do not show sufficient evidence to support any effect of the intervention. A significant lesson learned from this effort is that a more specific target popula- tion must be selected for intervention, and much tailored messages and appropriate media must also be identified and implemented.

Keywords: CVD, Surveys, Cardiovascular, Cardiovascular Disease, Community Health, Community Health