About the Stroke Advocacy Network
The Stroke Advocacy Network helps stroke survivors, caregivers and other stroke partners share their experiences, challenges and needs with decision makers. Sharing this information helps elected officials have a better understanding of how changes in healthcare and other public policies can help prevent strokes and help members of the stroke community.
Why is this important? In the United States alone:
- There are approximately 7 million adult stroke survivors.
- About 795,000 people will have a stroke this year.
- Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death, killing about 137,000 people each year.
- Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability.
- The estimated direct and indirect cost of stroke was $73.7 billion in 2010.
Join National Stroke Association to advocate in Washington, D.C., and in your state capitol for the needs of stroke survivors, caregivers and their families and for policies that can help prevent strokes. More information about the federal issues the Stroke Advocacy Network is following can be found here. State-level issues can be found here (organized by state).
Add your voice to this important cause—become a stroke advocate today. The Stroke Advocacy Network is a true grassroots advocacy initiative, which is dependent on involvement from individuals like you to succeed. Stroke Advocacy Network members receive:
- E-newsletters containing information about current stroke-related legislation
- Opportunities to attend online advocacy training (i.e., webinars) about the legislative process and other advocacy topics
- Tools that enable members to easily send messages to their elected officials
- Other resources designed to help make communications with elected officials more effective
The Stroke Advocacy Network will provide you with information about stroke-related legislation, the legislative process, your elected officials and tips on how to communicate with them effectively. All you need to bring is a desire to help and a willingness to take action.