About Us

The Midwest Stroke Action Alliance (MSAA) is a group of healthcare professionals passionate about improving stroke care in the Chicago area. MSAA meets four times per year, with additional committee work and events throughout the year. Meetings are held in a central location in relation to the city of Chicago, with a telephone conference call as an option.

MSAA’s Mission:

MSAA’s mission is to reduce the risk and burden of stroke by utilizing evidenced based practice, increasing stroke awareness in the broader community and providing a strong united voice for stroke advocacy.

Strategic goals to carry out our mission:

  • Support quality stroke care through evidence based practice and clinical research.
  • Provide coordinated professional and community education.
  • Provide an environment that promotes professional growth and problem solving.

 

MSAA has three main committees that support our activities. These include:

QUALITY IMPROVEMENT

  • Position open to nurse or industry member.
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  • Promote evidenced-based practice.
  • Present best practices at meetings.
  • Support clinical research opportunities.
  • Collaborate with Professional Growth/Networking  chair on MSAA abstract submission
  • Bench-marking data:
    • Develop Get with the Guidelines (GWTG) aggregate data by EMS region
    • Collect and analyze data for the MSAA committee to advance the needs of the organization.
    • Utilize data to direct the efforts of MSAA towards professional education, community education and improvement of quality health care for the stroke patient population.

Chair: Paula de la Pena (paula.delapena@lumc.edu)

EDUCATION

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  • Chair annual Fall Symposium. Establish planning committee for topics, speakers, agenda, site, accreditation, vendors, publicity, registration, meals, and handouts.
  • Organize annual community program during Stroke Awareness  month (May).
  • Promote Stroke Certification.
  • Consider development of a group to assist and support in other personal certifications such as CNRN.
Chairs: Lynn Klassman (Lynn.klassman@advocatehealth.com)                  Royce Peppa  (Royce.peppa@advocatehealth.com)

PROFESSIONAL GROWTH AND NETWORKING

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  • Coordinate two dinners per year for the purpose of networking, marketing of MSAA, and educational hours (in collaboration with Education).
  • Recruit MSAA members to speak at professional conferences such as AACN, ISAPN, AHA, ASA, ISC, etc.
  • Collaborate with Quality Chair to identify a topic for  MSAA abstract submission for International Stroke Conference.
  • Submit applications to AHA for grants.
  • Facilitate MSAA involvement in Stroke Alert Day in May.
  • Assist in identification of fundraising opportunities.           

Chair: Sarah Strzalka (svela@centegra.com)

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