Stroke health and risk education (SHARE) pilot project: feasibility and need for church-based stroke health promotion in a bi-ethnic community

Stroke. 2008 May;39(5):1583-5. doi: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.107.503557. Epub 2008 Mar 6.


Background and purpose: We performed a pilot project to assess the need for and feasibility of a church-based stroke risk reduction intervention in a predominantly Mexican American community.

Methods: Participants were recruited after each mass on a single weekend from 2 Catholic churches in Corpus Christi, Texas. Questionnaires about personal stroke risk factors and interest in program participation were completed, and blood pressure screening was performed.

Results: A total of 150 individuals participated (63% Mexican American, median age 62). A substantial majority (84%) were interested in being part of a long-term church-based health education project. Blood pressure was >139/89 mm Hg in 50 of 78 (64%) of individuals with a self-reported history of hypertension, and in 17 of 69 (25%) of individuals without known hypertension, with no ethnic differences in blood pressure. Mexican Americans were younger, had a higher BMI, and were more likely to have diabetes than non-Hispanic whites.

Conclusions: There is substantial burden of stroke risk factors in these predominantly Mexican American church communities. Church-based health interventions may be a way to reduce stroke in this at-risk population.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Letter
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Age Distribution
  • Aged
  • Catholicism
  • Community Health Services / standards
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • Health Education / methods*
  • Health Education / standards
  • Humans
  • Hypertension / diagnosis
  • Hypertension / epidemiology
  • Hypertension / ethnology
  • Male
  • Mass Screening / methods
  • Mass Screening / standards
  • Mexican Americans / education*
  • Mexican Americans / ethnology
  • Mexican Americans / psychology
  • Middle Aged
  • Obesity / epidemiology
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care / statistics & numerical data
  • Patient Education as Topic / methods*
  • Patient Education as Topic / standards
  • Pilot Projects
  • Risk Factors
  • Stroke / ethnology*
  • Stroke / prevention & control*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Texas / epidemiology