community health centers; stroke; young adult


Cardiovascular Diseases | Community Health and Preventive Medicine



Background- Stroke rates and risk factors may be increasing in young adults aged 18-64, especially black individuals. We sought to identify whether young high risk stroke survivors could be found at community health centers.

Methods- This was a cross-sectional analysis of the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey from 2006-2011. We used chi-square analyses, t-tests, and proportions to compare and describe stroke survivor visits at community health centers and private offices.

Results- Young stroke survivor visits comprise 48% of stroke survivor visits at community health centers compared to 31% of stroke survivor visits at the private office setting. Among young stroke survivors cared for at community health centers, 47% were black individuals compared to 14% at a private office setting. The prevalence of hypertension and cigarette smoking was higher in young stroke survivors at the community health center.

Conclusions- The community health center is a setting to access young black stroke survivors. Stroke prevention and preparedness interventions should be considered at community health centers.