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Pick a Platform

Who do you want to inform about stroke? Keep in mind that each community is different. Think of your community’s needs when planning a presentation. Choosing who you would like to reach will help determine how you can move forward with outreach. You can have an awareness event in almost any setting, including your:

  • Workplace. Host a lunch-and-learn.
  • Child’s or grandchild’s school. They can help you too! Make a presentation to a class or as a part of a larger school activity.
  • Place of worship. Have a table before or after the service.
  • College or college organizations/clubs. Get your fraternity or sorority or student association involved.
  • Gym. Set up a table in the lobby at your local YMCA or a gym.
  • Home owners association.  Ask about organizing a presentation and including it in the association newsletter or bulletin.
  • Service club.  Contact groups like the Lions, Rotary Club, Kiwanis, etc.
  • Senior Center. Ask about having a table during events.
  • Polling place. Have a table set up while the polls are open.

Pick a Partner

Hosting a presentation or event is easier if you have support from others in your community. Ask for help preparing the presentation, providing the location for your event, marketing to the community or volunteering with you.  Some groups to approach for help include:

  • Support Groups in your area. These potential partners already have an interest in stroke awareness, and many groups already participate in community awareness activities.
  • Stroke Center Network (SCN) members near you. Our members are recognized as leaders in stroke care and have access to resources that help educate the community.
  • Community health fairs or expos.  Search the web for events and activities going on in your community to join and represent National Stroke Association.
  • Health screening events.  An event run by healthcare professionals like nurses or pharmacists where you can get screened for stroke risk factors which you can then discuss with your healthcare provider. Use our Stroke Risk Scorecard to discuss the results of screenings.
  • Health Departments.  These facilities are dedicated to providing public health information to improve health in the community you live and are great to collaborate with.
  • Our website. Visit the How We Can Help section for information on receiving a limited amount of free materials in the Community Presentation In-A-Box.

For additional tips and helpful information about planning your event, view the webinar, Stroke Awareness Throughout the Year.

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