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Stroke Advocacy Network Policy Agenda

Through the Stroke Advocacy Network, National Stroke Association works side-by-side with stroke survivors, caregivers and other stroke partners to speak out to decision makers on stroke-related policies.

While we are not able to address each individual need, the Stroke Advocacy Network is organized around the most common stroke-related issues and challenges. By doing this, we are able to put or resources toward policy areas where we can make the biggest difference for the stroke community.

Our policy work is focused on the following core areas. The audiences for these messages include policymakers, the general public (especially people at risk for stroke) and members of the stroke community. By stroke community, we mean stroke patients, survivors, caregivers, family members, healthcare professionals and anyone else touched by stroke.

1. Awareness and Prevention

Increase awareness of:

  • Stroke risk factors, warning signs and symptoms
  • Existing stroke treatments and the need to act FAST once symptoms occur in order to reduce the long-term impact of stroke

Assist stroke prevention efforts by:

  • Supporting stroke-related medical research, including research related to stroke risk factors and the issues of long-term stroke survivorship

2. Access to Quality Care

Support policies that:

  • Ensure access to treatments for conditions related to stroke risk, including high blood pressure, atrial fibrillation, high cholesterol, diabetes and tobacco use  
  • Ensure access to stroke treatments sufficient to enable a stroke survivor to recover to their fullest potential, including:
    • Acute care designed to reduce the impact of stroke
    • Rehabilitation and therapy services
    • Medications
    • Mental healthcare services
    • Home healthcare
    • Long-term care
  • Increase the number of healthcare professionals trained specifically in the diagnosis and treatment of stroke
  • Expand access to specialists in stroke care, including through technology (e.g., telemedicine)
  • Address disparities in stroke care based on geography, ethnicity and other demographic factors
  • Strengthen the coordination of care during transitions from one healthcare setting to another

3. Caregiver and Family Support

Support policies that:

  • Maintain existing programs, such as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), that provide basic support for stroke survivors who cannot return to work

4. Return to Work

Support policies that:

  • Help stroke survivors return to work and help caregivers manage the challenges involved with working while serving as a caregiver
  • Educate employers about the challenges faced by stroke survivors and their needs as they return to work
  • Improve vocational and educational rehabilitation and therapy options and accommodations
  • Maintain existing policies, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), that help people with disabilities return to work

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