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Power to End Stroke

In 2006, the National Pharmaceutical Association (NPhA) established a partnership with the American Stroke Association (ASA) and the ASA Power to End Stroke (PTES) campaign. The purpose of the partnership is for members of NPhA to serve as ambassadors for the Power to End Stroke Initiative and promote stroke awareness throughout the community. During a series of meetings, members of NPhA felt the PTES initiative would also be an excellent opportunity for SNPhA members. 2007-2008 marked the first year SNPhA had adopted Power to End Stroke as a nationwide initiative in collaboration with NPhA and the ASA. Since then, the Power to End Stroke campaign has started a new movement, EmPowered to Serve, which is more focus an impacting live long outreach activities in our communities.

High blood pressure can be a warning sign for chronic hypertension, which could lead to many outcomes, including stroke.  This is why the Power to End Stroke (PTES) initiative uses blood pressure checks as a screening tool in our communities.  The PTES Soup Kitchen Event is an momentous event in which chapters provide educational material as well as blood pressure screenings in areas of the community that area traditionally underserved (i.e. food pantry, food bank, homeless shelter).  Furthermore, events and campaigns such as the American Heart Association Heart Walk, Takes 2 to Save 2, Go Red for Women, National Stroke Month, and World Stroke Day help to raise awareness about the risk factors and symptoms of stroke.

Smoking cessation is an important part of stroke prevention and cardiovascular health. Racial and ethnic minorities are disproportionately affected by tobacco-related morbidities and mortalities. The Power To End Stroke (PTES) Initiative promotes events such as the Great American Smoke Out every third Thursday in November. This event encourages current smokers to set this day as their quit date. During PTES Smoking Cessation events, we encourage the use of Clinical Practice Guidelines which include the 5 R’s (relevance, risks, rewards, roadblocks, and repetition) and 5 A’s (Ask, Advice, Assess, Assist, Arrange) of smoking cessation.

Charnesa Tutwiler,
Chair
charnesatutwiler@snpha.org