Stroke Council Committee Involvement

Updated:Oct 22,2013

Let us know how you want to get involved with the Stroke Council.
Becoming more involved is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

  1. Review the committee options listed below.
  2. Complete the Council Committee Involvement Form.
  3. Send us your form.

Stroke Council Mission Statement
The mission of the Stroke Council is to provide science-based leadership and support to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association programs to accomplish the goal of reducing death and disability from stroke.

Leadership Committee

  • Drive execution of strategies of the Stroke Council.
  • Proactively address issues of importance to the Stroke Council.
  • Drive integration of science professionals with organizational activities.
  • Strive for diversity of participants (cultural diversity as well as a variety of specialty involvement).
  • Identify and encourage future leaders to take action.
  • Ensure Stroke Council representation throughout AHA/ASA science.

Long-Range Planning Committee

  • Conduct the council's self-assessment and strategic planning processes and monitor progress towards achieving its overall goals and objectives.
  • Develop and forward to the Science Advisory and Coordinating Committee, through the Committee on Scientific Councils, an annual projection (forecast) of recommendations in the areas of science, medicine and research interests that the council believes the association should address over the next three to five years.
  • Develop and oversee implementation of the council's strategies for leadership development and succession planning.
  • Annually prepare and present to the Executive Committee recommendations for council officers, at-large members, two delegates and two alternates to the AHA Delegate Assembly.
  • Make recommendations for AHA officers (president-elect, chairman of the board), committee positions and awards (Gold Heart Award, AHA Award of Merit, AHA Physician of the Year Award, Chairman's Award, the Louis B. Russell Jr. Memorial Award, Eugene Braunwald Mentor Award).

Membership and Marketing Committee

  • Increase membership in the Stroke Council.
  • Meet the diverse needs of the members (e.g., the rehabilitation and emergency medicine constituencies).
  • Increase awareness and enhance member communications.
  • Develop a systematic approach to identifying future leadership and more deeply engaging members.
  • Promote specialization in stroke among nursing and rehabilitation professionals during their training.
  • Promote council member involvement with local affiliates.
  • Work with Minority Affairs, Nursing and Rehabilitation, Early Career and Stroke Conference Program committees to increase their membership in the council and participation in council activities.

Statements Oversight Committee (SOC)

  • Oversee the process of stroke-related clinical guideline and scientific statement development and maintain Stroke Council standing as source of credible science.
  • Commission scientific statements in response to programmatic needs of the ASA/AHA.
  • Nominate Stroke Council members as representatives to guideline writing groups initiated by other councils based on recommendations of Stroke Council representatives to SACC and MOC.
  • Listing of the Standing Committees:
    • Primary prevention of ischemic stroke
    • Prevention of stroke in patients with ischemic stroke or TIA
    • Early management of patients with ischemic stroke
      -Intracerebral hemorrhage
      -Subarachnoid hemorrhage
      -Poststroke rehabilitation
      -Scientific statements
      -Practice advisories

    Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee

  • To increase the involvement and visibility of emergency cardiovascular care professionals in all aspects of the Stroke Council.

Stroke ISC Conference Program Committee

  • Continue to produce premier international conference for stroke professionals.
  • Increase attendance and outreach to multiple specialties interested in stroke care.
  • Monitor relationships to other societies and industry participating in International Stroke Conference.
  • Use the International Stroke Conference as a vehicle to promote Stroke Council membership.

Scientific Sessions Program

  • Increase attendance and submit topics of interest in stroke care.

Nursing and Rehabilitation Professionals Committee

  • Develop programs and encourage the participation of nursing and rehabilitation professionals in the activities of the Stroke Council.
  • Increase abstract and symposium submission under the nursing and rehab professions category.
  • Provide a forum for interdisciplinary exchange and collaboration for nursing and rehabilitation professionals.
  • Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with other healthcare organizations with an interest in stroke.
  • Establish and maintain a relationship with the AHA National Stroke Program through nursing and rehabilitation professional participation and support.
  • Develop and contribute content of interest to nursing and rehabilitation professionals to the council’s newsletter and Web page.

Professional Education Committee

  • Work with the ASA to translate guidelines/statements for broader audiences in medical community, e.g., PCPs.
  • Advise the ASA on professional education opportunities and methods.
  • Provide scientific and professional leadership for ASA professional education programs.

Early Career Development Committee

  • Provide opportunities for mentoring for “up and coming” stroke professionals, domestically and internationally.
  • Increase number of young investigators involved in the council, in concert with the Membership Committee.

Minority Affairs Committee

  • Increase diversity in Stroke Council in cooperation with the Membership Committee and the AHA/ASA Women and Minorities Leadership Committee.
  • Provide scientific foundation for development of AHA/ASA programs targeted to diverse audiences.

Advocacy Representative

  • Provide stroke-related scientific input for the ASA/AHA’s advocacy activities.
  • Establish the “advocacy representative” as the liaison between the council and the AHA and ASA advocacy committees.

Become A Member

Become a professional member of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

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to qualify for members-only awards, and:

• Affiliate with one of 16 Scientific Councils.
• Save on AHA/ASA Scientific Sessions.
• Save on print publications.
• Apply for research funding and not pay a fee
• Enjoy many more membership benefits.

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