The Central Georgia Stroke Coalition
In March of 2010, a group of dedicated representatives of Central Georgia’s medical community, more specifically, public health district 5-2, convened to discuss a regional approach to improving the Stroke System of Care in middle Georgia. Under the leadership of the North Central Public Health District and Community Health Works, the Central Georgia Stroke Coalition was formed. A group of local hospital administrators and medical providers, EMS providers, rehabilitation specialists, public health leaders, academics, community health coalition leaders, stroke survivors, and family caregivers, all comprise the founding membership core of the Coalition.
This thirteen-county collaborative works together to better coordinate health resources and services across the stroke care continuum—from prevention, to acute care, to rehabilitation and sub-acute care. Along with the vision and mission, the Coalition developed several over-arching goals:
1. To carefully assess the quality and effectiveness of the current system of stroke care that is in place in central Georgia.
2. To address any existing gaps or areas in the system of stroke care that need improvement.
3. To convene stroke care experts to jointly develop a strategic plan for the Coalition, one which will be implemented and continuously updated over the next several years.
4. Finally, to develop a community awareness and education plan around health and nutrition for the prevention of stroke and the recognition of stroke symptoms and the need for immediate care.
It is the Vision of the Central Georgia Stroke Coalition that citizens of Georgia will be educated and proactive about stroke prevention and will have access to a coordinated and comprehensive regional system of care that works toward effective treatment, recovery, and high quality of life for stroke survivors.
The Mission of the Central Georgia Stroke Coalition is to provide residents of central Georgia with evidence-based prevention and education resources, and to reduce the burden and impact of stroke through improved access to a high quality, coordinated system of care.
Central Georgia Stroke Coalition Chair