The Effect of Education Level and Income Level on the Diagnosis of Stroke in Mississippi

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Mississippi has one of the nation's highest heart attack and stroke mortality rates (Mississippi Department of Health, 2019). Mississippi's educational opportunity and education levels are below the national average (Center, E. W. R. 2021). Meanwhile, Mississippi continues to have one of the nation's highest rates of poverty and income inequality (Nave & Nave, 2017). However, few studies have investigated the relationship between stroke diagnosis, income, and education level in the Mississippi population. This study aimed to examine the association between self-reported stroke diagnoses and education and income levels in the Mississippi population aged 18 years and older. This study used a questionnaire from the 2020 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) as a survey tool to collect and analyze participants' secondary data information on stroke diagnosis, education level, and income level. Both research questions passed the chi-square test of independence to determine the relationship between variables. The findings showed that education and income levels were significantly associated with self-reported stroke diagnoses in Mississippi people 18 years of age and older.
A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Master of Public Health
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