2019 Virtual Convening on Stroke

Doing Our Part to Preserve Brain Health: An Urgent Call to Action

On October 8, 2019, the National Forum hosted a virtual convening to provide a platform for healthcare professionals to know what can be done to preserve brain health by preventing a stroke and seek their sharing of this information in October 2019 and throughout the year. World Stroke Day (October 29) raises awareness of the serious nature and high prevalence of stroke and how to prevent it.  The National Forum’s Virtual Convening shares stories and the latest facts members can use in their own World Stroke Day messaging, including new stroke prevention checklists for health professionals and the public. Access the materials below!

Healthcare Professionals, State & Local health departments, National Organizations, Primary Care Physicians, Million Hearts® Partners, National Forum members & stakeholders, Stroke Centers



  • Welcome and Introductions, John Clymer, Executive Director, National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention
  • A Daughter’s Story, Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, Vice President for Health Promotion, Chief Wellness Officer, Dean of Nursing, The Ohio State University
  • The State of Stroke, Betsy L. Thompson, MD, MSPH, DrPH, RADM, US Public Health Service, Director, Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
  • Key Risk Factors, Clinton Wright, MD, MS, Associate Director, National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke
  • Prevent & Beat Stroke, Stephanie Mohl, Vice-President, American Stroke Assoc., A division of the American Heart Association
  • Healthy Behaviors Reduce Risk,  Dr. Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk
    • Stroke prevention checklists for health professionals and the public
  • A Survivor’s Story, Mark McEwen, Journalist, Health Advocate, Stroke Survivor
  • Q and A, John Clymer
  • Call to Action, John Clymer