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National Stroke Association’s Mission is to reduce the incidence and impact of Stroke. Through education, awareness, services and support, National Stroke Association strives to reach as many stroke survivors, their families and caregivers, the at-risk population and the health care professionals that care for them, as possible.

National Stroke Association recognizes the need to seek funding from many sources to support our mission.  Among them, our corporate supporters continue to enable us to maximize our reach to those we serve in the fight against stroke.  While our relationships with our corporate supporters have always reflected the integrity of our organization, we recognize the importance of the transparency of those relationships to those we serve.   Accordingly, below we have outlined our corporate alliance policy.

Philosophy:

National Stroke Association seeks and accepts funding from corporations in support of our professional, stroke survivor/caregiver, advocacy and public education and outreach programs including general operating funds for the organization. We strive to enter into only those corporate relationships that are respectful of the rules and regulations required by those which we serve and are able to provide funding which is unbiased, ethical and consistent with our mission and goals.

Endorsements:

National Stroke Association does not endorse any medical product or treatment sold by any corporation supporting our organization.  However, National Stroke Association’s Professional Advisory Board shall freely represent us in their review and recommendations of therapies for stroke, stroke prevention and stroke recovery.

Written Agreements:

Whenever possible, the conditions of sponsorship shall be in writing between National Stroke Association and the sponsoring corporations.

Conditional Funding:

Pharmaceutical funding of public and survivor programs shall be free of any influence as it relates to content development and design.

CME (Continuing Medical Education) Funding:

National Stroke Association seeks and accepts grant funding from corporations to develop and deliver evidence-based medical education programs that are accredited for physicians and nurses, consistent with the guidelines of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the American Nurses Association (ANA).  National Stroke Association professional education programs also may target rehabilitation professionals and public health professionals.  Professional education programs are delivered live, online, and as enduring materials that meet the ACCME guidelines for valid and balanced content.   National Stroke Association also recognizes and complies with the guidelines governing medical education established by the FDA, OIG, PhRMA, and ADVAMED.  All National Stroke Association education activities and program materials disclose educational support from commercial companies.   Letters of Agreement with grantors are always required.  Post-activity financial reconciliation of program budgets is always provided.

For all professional education programs, National Stroke Association assumes full responsibility for developing a knowledge gap analysis, implementing appropriate learning strategies, recruiting faculty, developing content, and outcomes assessment.  We require all faculty/ authors in our programs to delineate any potential conflict of interest and their relationships with companies which may have a bearing on the topics being presented. 

Conflicts of Interest:

The Board of Directors, Professional Advisory Board members, staff and select volunteers and contracted grant seekers are required to disclose potential conflicts of interest with any and all of our corporate supporters.

Disclosure of Corporate Funding:

National Stroke Association discloses all corporate funding within its financial filings, which are open to the general public.

 


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