Mission: National Stroke Association (NSA) was formed in 1984 to fill a void as the only national voluntary health care organization focusing 100 percent of its resources and attention on stroke. The National Stroke Association and its supporters are motivated by its strategic mission: to reduce the incidence and impact of stroke. Serving as an information resource center, NSA develops and disseminates information and educational materials to health care professionals, stroke survivors and their families, and the general public. NSA also helps advance promising avenues of stroke prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.
Programs: NSA's work is directed in four primary areas: Public Education, Professional Education, Research and Rehabilitation and Support. NSA sponsors a wide range of public education programs to teach the general public and those at-risk for stroke about prevention, risk factors and treatment. NSA also works closely with physicians and other medical professionals to improve awareness and understanding of the latest advances in stroke. NSA also funds stroke-related research by young investigators who plan to dedicate their careers to cerebrovascular disease. NSA provides guidance to stroke survivors and their families through, books, support group referrals, counseling and other programs.
I am a hotline volunteer and as such I feel that this portion of the association contributes greatly to the people out there who have a multitude of questions after they or a loved one has experienced a stroke. The hotline gives a voice to the association and an ear to all who call for information. The people who are in charge of the volunteers always make you feel glad that you chose the association to give of your time as a volunteer.
Their email address at email@example.com is never answered. At one of their online web chats I asked a very simple question, ' What therapies are available for survivors and their efficacy? I got the infuriating response of ;'this question falls under our organizational guidelines as a medical inquiry and we defer to the medical community to respond.' They seem to have no intention of serving survivors like the stroke association of Australia or the UK stroke association.