Stress Vitals institute LLC is funded by reports we generate from our studies and that are purchased from those who are interested in our research findings. We have two ongoing studies for Alzheimer’s Disease and those in social services who have deficits outlined by the social determinants of health (financial, education, social, relationships, or health)
Stroke and Stress
Worldwide, stroke is the second most common cause of death. It affects low-income communities to a high extent. While stress is a risk factor for stroke, there is no acceptable standard measure of stress. Determining if a person is at high risk from stress is problematic. Research has determined that clinical practice at the local and community level does not monitor high-risk stroke patients for high stress due to an unmet need for an appropriate science-based stress measure. Stress measurement often proceeds by two primary modalities, subjective, which include self-assessed subjective measures
including the perceived stress scale (PSS). Objective measures include the current widespread use of wearable devices to
assess stress through physiological or neurological modalities.
Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. An estimated 5.7 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease. Stress Vitals institute’s goal is to advance the understanding and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease through research, clinical studies, and providing resources. Emphasis will be on the translational development of research findings into therapeutic benefit. The Center will provide reports that can be purchased to further our research, we also share our published studies in peer-reviewed journals.
Social Determinants of Health
The “social determinants” of health are the nonmedical factors that influence health outcomes. They are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age that shape health. The following list provides examples of the social determinants of health, which can influence health equity in positive and negative ways:
- Income and social protection
- Unemployment and job insecurity
- Working life conditions
- Food insecurity
- Housing, basic amenities and the environment
- Early childhood development
- Social inclusion and non-discrimination
- Structural conflict
- Access to affordable health services of decent quality.
Addressing social determinants of health is important for improving health and reducing longstanding disparities in health and health care.
Stress Vitals institute researchers have focused attention on stress management interventions to identify and ease basic resource stressors about clients’ needs (food insecurity, housing instability, and inability to pay for transportation, energy/utilities, and medical costs). Once identified, we collaborate with Christian faith leaders to conduct evaluations and research on the effectiveness of faith-based practices in improving a wide array of their client’s health outcomes.