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Banner Brain & Spine offering free neurological screening to community at Día de Los Muertos event

Community education is key in preventing deaths from neurological conditions

PHOENIX (Oct. 24, 2023) – Banner Brain & Spine will be taking part once again at the Día de los Muertos event at Steele Indian School Park on Oct. 29 to offer information about neurological health, free neurological screening to raise awareness about stroke, and provide vital information to the Hispanic community.

According to the American Heart Association, strokes are the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States. However, Hispanic individuals face an even higher risk, with stroke being the fourth leading cause of death for Hispanic men and the third leading cause for Hispanic women. The projected increase in stroke cases among Hispanic males is particularly alarming, with a 29% increase expected by 2030.

Recognizing the need for targeted outreach, Banner Brain & Spine has dedicated a team of bilingual providers who are committed to catering to the needs of the Hispanic community. By offering care in both English and Spanish, the team ensures that patients receive essential information in the language in which they are most comfortable.

"It is crucial that we focus on educating and providing resources to the Hispanic population regarding stroke prevention and treatment options," said Dr. Peter Nakaji, executive director of the Banner – University Medicine Neuroscience Institute.

Dr. Nakaji emphasized the significance of continuing to work on increasing awareness about stroke and neurological conditions within the Hispanic community. "With the Hispanic population expected to double by 2050, outreach efforts to this community are more important than ever," he said.  “Stroke is one of the most common disabling conditions, and this community deserves to benefit from the rapid treatment advancements occurring in this field.”

As Arizona is home to the second-largest Hispanic population in the country, the importance of reaching out and providing resources to this community cannot be overstated. While the Hispanic population continues to grow, it is crucial to prioritize efforts that promote neurological health and educate individuals about stroke prevention and treatment options.

About Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix

Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix is a large teaching hospital that has provided medical care to Arizona and the Southwest since 1911. It is part of Banner – University Medicine, a premier academic medical network. The institution, which has trained thousands of doctors over decades as a teaching hospital, is the academic medical center for The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. The hospital, recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation’s best hospitals, specializes in heart care, cancer care, high-risk obstetrics, neurosciences, organ transplants, medical toxicology and emergency care, including a Level I trauma center. Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix is part of Banner Health, a nonprofit health care system with 30 hospitals in six states. For more information, visit

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