Are you a healthcare worker, nurse, educator or other professional working with the Khmer-speaking population? If so, you'll want to know about the newly available Khmer-language version of Stroke Heroes Act FAST. The F.A.S.T campaign is designed is to help folks remember the signs and symptoms of stroke, and to act quickly at the very first signs that someone they love might be having a stroke.
Cambodians are among the populations in Massachusetts at higher risk of stroke. This new cultural adaptation of the F.A.S.T. campaign will help Khmer speakers remember the signs of stroke, and remind them that calling 9-1-1 is the only response to any sign of stroke.
This is important because the sooner a 9-1-1 call is made – and the sooner an ambulance brings a patient to a hospital specializing in stroke care – the better.
The centerpiece is a 4-minute video, suitable for all ages, which uses animated characters and a catchy tune to help people remember the signs of stroke. The campaign also features a poster, wallet card, and brochure – and they're all available for free at the MA Health Promotion Clearinghouse.
The F.A.S.T. campaign materials are also available in English, Spanish and Portuguese. For more information about FAST education campaign and its adaptations, please visit the MDPH Stroke Prevention and Control Program.
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