Each year, about 795,000 people in the United States suffer a Stroke. It is the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability. Death rates from Stroke are substantially higher in the nation’s “Stroke Belt” — typically defined as an eight to 12-state region in the southern part of the country.
The coastal plain of North Carolina, along with South Carolina and Georgia, is part of the nation’s “Stroke Buckle,” where the death rate from Stroke is twice the national average.
The North Carolina Stroke Association’s mission is to reduce the incidence and impact of stroke in North Carolina through relationships and collaborations to facilitate screening, education, outcome assessments, and advocacy.
NCSA provides assistance with grant writing and mentoring to enable North Carolina’s community hospitals to broaden their reach through Stroke programs and protocols for the hospital and the community-at-large. NCSA addresses Stroke prevention and education, and post-Stroke services through its two transportable centerpiece programs:
These two programs are unique for North Carolina’s hospitals because they are:
- Community focused
NCSA is committed to assisting hospitals in their efforts to implement community Stroke prevention and education programs, and to create inpatient Stroke treatment protocols. By focusing on providing standardized program models and grant monies, these goals will be realized throughout North Carolina. The NC Stroke Association is a 501 (c) (3) organization.