The Stroke Belt (shown in lavender) refers to the eleven southeastern states distinguished by a higher prevalence of stroke than found in other states. Within this region, the indigo highlighted counties represent locations having the highest stroke mortality … or the “buckle of the belt.”
The Stroke Buckle, comprised of the coastal plains of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, as well as the northern counties of Florida, aligns perfectly with the geography of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor. This highlighted region has the highest stroke mortality in America.
Gullah Geechee Cultural Context
Gullah Geechee are direct descendants of West African slaves who were brought to the coastal plantations from North Carolina to Florida during the 1700’s.
Today, they are arguably the most culturally connected African American community. Championed by Congressman James E. Clyburn of South Carolina, the Corridor received congressional designation in 2006. For more information, visit The Gullah Geechee Heritage Corridor’s Website.
Our YoungStroke 2015 event examines stroke within this cultural context on its first day. Discussions will explore social determinants of health within this region. Additionally, Gullah Geechee performing arts and spoken language will lend rich context to our event experience.
Photo Courtesy of Gullah/Geechee Nation. It shows dancers performing at the 2012 Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™ in Hilton Head, SC.
Map image source: National Institutes of Health
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