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Stroke Education For Kids

Teaching the Next Generation of Children to Save Lives through Stroke Education:


This past month marked a pivotal moment in community health education, particularly for the young minds in Louisville’s “I Would Rather Be Reading”  Educate and Elevate after school program. In partnership with Sevaro, IWRBR launched a highly interactive and impactful event during Stroke Awareness Month, aimed at educating students about stroke prevention, recognition, and response. 

The initiative highlights the importance of early education in stroke awareness and demonstrates how advanced healthcare technologies like telestroke and teleneurology can be accessible and engaging.

The Partnership Behind the Initiative

Collaboration Goals

The collaborative efforts between “I Would Rather Be Reading” and Sevaro were driven by a shared goal: to leverage Sevaro’s expertise in telehealth to enhance educational curriculum on health. This partnership was designed to educate students on the critical aspects of stroke knowledgewhat a stroke is, how to prevent it, and crucially, how to respond when one occurs.

The Role of Telestroke and Teleneurology

Children were educated on the extreme importance of time when someone is having a Stroke and that Stroke is an Emergency. An emphasis was placed on speedy care of the stroke patient and how Teleneurology is working in hospitals to reduce stroke patient evaluation times in emergency rooms across the nation.  

This education also offered exposure to what Teleneurology is so that the first time they encounter it isn’t during an emergency situation.

Event Highlights and Key Activities

Kids standing on stage giving a stroke education presentation
Preparing the Educators of Tomorrow

Students were immersed in a 3 week program that required them to learn and then teach, turning them into peer educators who could effectively communicate complex medical topics.

This approach not only reinforced their understanding but also built their confidence and public speaking skills.

Student-Led Presentations

The program led up to  the main stroke awareness event which featured student-led presentations, where the I Would Rather Be Reading groups used the BEFAST model to educate their elementary school classmates about recognizing the signs of a stroke. 

The groups also focused on stroke prevention, specifically regarding “the salty six” foods to avoid. Each presentation was unique, tailored by the students to engage their audience effectively.

The involvement and enthusiasm were palpable, with students eager to share their knowledge.

Outcomes and Impact

Learning Outcomes for Students

The program was not just about teaching students stroke awareness—it was about empowering them with knowledge that could one day save lives. Students walked away with a deep understanding of stroke symptoms, prevention strategies, and the confidence to act in potentially life-threatening situations.

Community Response and Feedback

The response from the community was overwhelmingly positive. Educators and parents noted significant improvements in students’ leadership and communication skills. A notable testimonial from the program highlights the impact:

“I Would Rather Be Reading’s Stroke Awareness project with Sevaro has been one of my favorites to date! Partnering with a telehealth company has provided a real-life example of how the literacy and social skills acquired in our Educate and Elevate after-school program can be applied in everyday life.

This initiative not only introduced students to a potential career field but also equipped them with leadership skills that will benefit them as they grow. It’s incredible to see our kids at work!”

“My favorite part about this Stroke awareness event – other than having so much fun along the way with these bright kids – is that this was not just an event, it was an entire program.  We didn’t just show up to a school for a day and then leave. 

The IWRBR and Sevaro team elevated this to the next level, and in turn elevated what all the children got out of this program.  I appreciate organizations such as IWRBR and Sevaro for taking vision and making it a reality.

It is a win win scenario when we recognize the importance and invest in our future generations.” 

– Chauncey Evers, Sr. Manager of Clinical Operations & Quality, Sevaro

Kids giving a presentation on stroke awareness

Expanding the Reach

Plans for Future Programs

Encouraged by the success of this initiative, plans are already underway to expand the program to more schools across the nation.

 Next Stroke Awareness Month, we aim to double our reach, helping even more students become ambassadors of health in their communities.


Our Stroke Awareness event is just the beginning. By educating young people about stroke risks and preventive measures, we’re building a foundation for healthier communities. We invite you to join us in this mission to empower the next generation of healthcare leaders. 

Through education, engagement, and technology, we are turning today’s learners into tomorrow’s lifesavers.