Date of Graduation

Fall 12-30-2016

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

F. Serafin-Dickson, MBA, BSN, CNL

Second Advisor

Elena Capella, EdD, MSN, MPA, RN, CNL, CPHQ, LNCC


CNL Abstract

A community health needs assessment for the service area prompted concern regarding access to quality healthcare for non-English speaking Southeast Asians (SEA) in the area. Goals of an initial investigation and subsequent implementation of sustainable stroke health fairs for non-English speaking communities were evaluated to assess primary healthcare concerns that the SEA community face and to suggest long-term solutions to these issues. Initial investigation required researching population-specific minority health statistics to quantify the prevalence of chronic diseases and conditions which were prioritized in terms of needs versus disparities. Research came from evidence base practice guidelines and personal concern from SEA community leaders to qualify the need for resolutions. A two year-long, investigation and collaboration with inpatient and community healthcare resources resulted in no cost sustainable health fairs for the service area that focused on stroke, hypertension and heart failure education in multiple SEA languages. The goals were to 1) provide face to face stroke education, 2) educate patients on disease prevention and community resources, and 3) improve FAST stroke warning sign literacy to 75% in the service area. The implemented process is intended to serve as a model for future disparity health initiatives in this community and across the nation.

The keywords used in the for this work included; hypertension management, health fairs, hypertension disparities, stroke disparities, healthcare literacy and language disparities.