Outstanding Support Group – Hazard Stroke Survivor and Caregiver Support Group

Outstanding Support Group – Hazard Stroke Survivor and Caregiver Support Group

“Our group has worked very hard to make stroke education and awareness a focal point in our rural communities of eastern Kentucky, and I am very honored that our efforts have been recognized by the American Stroke Association," Keisha Hudson, coordinator/leader.

Since 2015, this diverse group of stroke survivors, caregivers, family members and healthcare professionals has been working to increase stroke awareness and provide stroke education to all ages. They have made it their mission to ensure that prevention education is offered and quality services are available for everyone affected by a stroke. Their passion is palpable, and their commitment is strong.

A traditional support group with monthly meetings featuring camaraderie, support and education by local experts, they also actively work to raise stroke awareness in under-resourced rural eastern Kentucky — a region with one of the highest stroke rates in the nation — through outreach efforts, local radio and TV appearances and stroke screening events. They have worked with city and county officials to establish proclamations for stroke awareness for several years. 

For American Stroke Month last May, the group educated over 600 elementary, middle and high school students about the signs and symptoms of stroke, stroke prevention and how to become advocates within their communities. In October 2019 they hosted their first stroke lunch and learn for World Stroke Day, where they performed 50 stroke risk screenings and were featured in a local news story. 

The Hazard Stroke Survivor and Caregiver Support Group works relentlessly to make a positive impact on members’ lives and their community.