Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Joyce P. Miller DNP, RN

Second Advisor

Kathleen Clark, DNP, RN

Third Advisor

Tracy Wofford, MSN, FNP


Stroke has a significant impact on Sub-Saharan African (SSA) communities. It is critical to provide appropriate stroke prevention education to these communities. In Minnesota, a lack of education and knowledge with immigrants about the health care system contributes to poor health care outcomes and disease progression. SSA immigrants have poor health outcomes. Despite decent health care, SSA immigrants' lack of information causes health disparities. Due to the lack of knowledge about SSA communities' cultural values, the health care system has failed to provide optimal stroke prevention care. Many SSA immigrants in the Twin Cities area are not receiving adequate education in their native language to help them understand cerebrovascular disease. A project to educate SSA immigrants in Minneapolis, Minnesota to understand their perception about strokes and provide educational materials to increase their knowledge about health care requirements and appropriate actions to prevent strokes and reduce the number of cases in their community was developed. Education was provided in community and religious centers to SSA immigrants on how to prevent stroke through simple lifestyle changes. Ten individuals were recruited from the community and interviewed to evaluate their stroke-related knowledge, and received education based on their knowledge level. The result indicated a significant increase in their knowledge of stroke symptoms and prevention. Following education at this community center and religion centers, participants' knowledge of stroke prevention increased. This scholarly project aided in the advancement of stroke prevention knowledge and the promotion of positive health care outcomes for SSA immigrants.


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