Background: In 2009, the Georgia Stroke Professional Alliance (GA-SPA) was established. GA-SPA success has been marked by unsurpassed transparency and collaboration among the members and their partners. GA-SPA continues to make professional stroke education and community outreach as one of their greatest priorities. A focus and commitment to improvements of stroke care is an underpinning for sustained success.
Purpose: To expand the state-wide collaboration of health care professionals committed to improving the quality of stroke care and stroke education throughout the region.
Methods: GA-SPA members meet regularly at varying locations throughout the state and participate in exchanges of professional knowledge, provide clinical expertise regarding process improvement and best practices. GA-SPA collaborates closely with key stakeholders like the AHA/ASA, the Georgia Coverdell Acute Stroke Registry, the Department of Public Heath, the State Office of EMS, and key industry supporters to provide up to date stroke education and community outreach efforts.
Results: GA-SPA serves as a subject matter resource on the delivery of stroke care and prevention for healthcare professionals across the continuum of care. Web based communication, a Facebook page and a membership list serve enhances the experience of professional collaboration and information exchange. Accomplishments: Proclamation by the Governor for a Stroke Awareness Day, FAST regional stroke awareness campaign, and annual community events with the Atlanta Braves, partnering with schools for stroke education, SCRN and CNRN review courses, promoting ASLS, ISC presentations. Mentoring amongst GA-SPA members has contributed to the successful certification and re-certification for many of the 35 certified Primary Stroke Centers and 4 Comprehensive Stroke Centers in Georgia, and 4 Remote Stroke Treatment Centers. GA-SPA consults with other states interested in these common goals, and assist with the creation of similar alliances.
Conclusion: An alliance of state wide health professionals has been an effective method to promote professional stroke education and community stroke outreach. Other states should consider creating similar professional alliances to advance stroke care.