Challenging ourselves to elevate the vital topic of stroke throughout the Founders Affiliate, a staff stroke workgroup was convened in May 2016. Comprised of AHA/ASA staff leaders from communications, advocacy, quality improvement and development group is focused on executing on the 2020 goal of reducing the burden of heart disease and stroke by 20% while improving the health of all Americans by 20%. The workgroup quickly identified regional success and challenges around stroke with the short term goal of sharing existing resources, developing solutions and empowering all staff to increase their working knowledge of stroke prevention, treatment and survivorship issues. A top priority for the group is identifying appropriate volunteer opportunities for stroke survivors.
Look for a staff roll-out of improved stroke resources in mid-September 2016.