Workgroups 

Worgroups: Access to CareData Support Integration & Media | Policy & Advocacy | Training & Education

The workgroups have met monthly by teleconference and have worked to develop and implement interventions and strategies to accomplish goals and objectives. The regional issues and strengths were identified at a General Meeting with partners in October 2008.

The Access to Care Workgroup

Functions and Areas of Concern

  • Major risk factor control
  • Hypertension control
  • Access to care and medication issues
  • EMS system
  • ER system
  • Delta Stroke Telemedicine Network

Priority Areas of Focus 2009-2010

  • Promote and encourage telestroke networks across the region.
  • Summarize state-level guidelines for transporting, routing, and triage of stroke patients (the process of prioritizing sick or injured people for treatment according to the seriousness of the condition or injury) and describe recommendations for regional guidelines.

Data Support Workgroup

Functions and Areas of Concern

  • Update the Burden Document including a regional profile and analysis
  • Assessment and evaluation tools
  • Regional needs assessment
  • Begin registry planning
  • Coordinate data gathering across state lines

Priority Areas of Focus 2009-2010

  • Publish updated Delta Stroke Burden Document.
  • Conduct regional needs assessment.

Integration and Media Workgroup

Functions and Areas of Concern

  • Work with State Health Officers/Commissioners, or their designees, to develop regional consensus on lines of action that all Health Departments commit to, and keep them informed of progress and activities on a regular basis
  • Work to facilitate and assure integration of work plans and projects of State Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Programs, State Task Forces, other national/regional partners and Stroke Networks
  • Develop methods of keeping DSSN stakeholders in touch with each other for the exchange of information and plans
  • Provide DSSN stakeholders with plans of DSSN and assist in integrating these plans into state level plans and actions in as uniform a manner as possible
  • Develop and execute regional media and advertising messages, in collaboration with state HDSP programs and other state agencies

Priority Areas of Focus 2009-2010

  • Research existing regionally and culturally appropriate media materials.
  • Identify or develop a set of coordinated messages.
  • Promote and coordinate stroke related activities with existing entities across the region.

Policy and Advocacy Workgroup

Focus and Areas of Concern

  • Address reimbursement issues
  • Develop model legislation for stroke related policies and issues
  • Identify or develop and promote best practice guidelines
  • Identify or develop and establish incentives and recognition programs
  • Develop a state certification program similar to the JCAHO (Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations)

Priority Areas of Focus 2009-2010

  • Develop a map of all certified primary stroke centers in the DSSN region.
  • Summarize strategies to improve systems of care at the federal and state level and describe recommendations for implementation of these strategies from a state-based perspective.

Training and Education Workgroup

Focus and Areas of Concern

  • Professional education 9-1-1, EMS, and dispatchers
  • Research and/or develop health care provider materials for possible use
  • Develop toolkit for providers

Priority Areas of Focus 2009-2010

  • Develop a toolkit to train professionals on stroke, including signs and symptoms, treatment, and rehabilitation.
  • Engage state and regional partners to disseminate the toolkits.