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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 educational 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.

Contact Your Congressman

We need your help. We traveled to Washington, D.C. from May 21-23, 2001 to attend the Senate Appropriations Committee Hearings. We need you to contact your Congressman and tell them you would like something to be done about the lack of research on aphasia. Two Senators involved with this campaign are Trent Lott and Thad Cochran, both from Mississippi. Representative Jim Ryun from Kansas can also be a contact point. You may visit the Senate’s web site or the House’s web site to send your Congressmen an email. If you wish to phone, the switchboard number is (202) 224-3121.

Please pass this along to everyone as this is a “grass roots” movement. We need you!!

The STOP Stroke Act (H.R. 3431) will help ensure that stroke is more widely recognized by the public and treated more effectively by health care providers.

Here’s what you can do:

1.) CALL the toll-free National STOP Stroke Hotline at 1-800-810-6559. When prompted, enter your home zip code. Before you are connected with your Member of Congress’ office, you will be informed if your Member of Congress is a co-sponsor of the STOP Stroke Act and will be provided a sample phone script.

2.) Contact your friends, family & colleagues and ask them to join this important effort!

If you have any further questions, email advocacydc@heart.org, or call (202) 785-7900.