MSAA provides outreach to 3,000 people at Black Women’s Expo 2018

MSAA hosted a stroke community education booth and the Black Women’s Expo at McCormick Place on April 6th-April 8th. Our message reached a lot of people. We handed out 1600 magnets, 1600 pact cards, 280 Koozies, 150 water bottles, 300 MI/Stroke assessment tool, 200 Women and Stroke handouts, and collected 461 signatures of people who promised to call 911 when they witness someone having a stroke. It’s estimated that we touched 3000 lives. An added bonus, WV103 was broadcasting live from the Expo and one of the DJ’s invited Dinene Jenkins-West, MSAA member and organizer of our group at the expo, to speak about stroke. Overall it was an awesome day of community outreach!


Cycling to save lives!
Together, let’s start a health revolution!

MSAA is participating in the American Heart Association’s CycleNation Event. Join us at Daley Plaza on June 13 and help us ignite a health revolution in our community that will create awareness for stroke and heart disease. The Ride is from 3:30-5:30 and there is a Post Ride Celebration from 5:45-7:00pm.

We have a $2,000 fundraising goal, let’s see if we can surpass it!

 Friends, stroke and heart disease have claimed far too many of us. Almost every one of us knows someone who has been affected. Now is our chance to make a difference! 100% of the funds we raise through CycleNation will go to the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association — bringing groundbreaking research, helping people live healthier, and saving lives! CycleNation Indoor is going to be high-energy, fun — and we’re looking forward to you joining us! Join our team or support us through donation. Let’s celebrate our power to overcome stroke and heart disease!

Click here to join the team or Donate!


Don’t Forget to Wear Red on February 2nd, 2018

Heart disease is the leading killer of women, causing 1 out of every 3 deaths each year. Click here to learn more about this great national initiative to raise awareness and funds for heart disease research in women!

Does your hospital do something awesome to promote Go Red for Women? We’d love to hear what you’re doing to promote best practice and stroke awareness at your institution. Click here to let us know!


DATES: January 23 & 24 – 8 AM to 3:30 PM

LOCATION: Centegra Hospital, McHenry Classrooms C&D  4201 W Medical Center Dr, McHenry, IL 60050

AUDIENCE: Registered Nurses

PURPOSE: To prepare nurses to successfully pass the SCRN Certification Exam as offered by the ABNN.

SPEAKERS: Dr. Herren Patel, MD

Sarah Strzalka, RN, MSN, TNS, ECRN, SCRN

Mary Bentley, RN, BSN, TNS, ECRN, SCRN

Gracey Linder, RN, BSN, TNCC, SCRN

Melanie DeSlavo, BNS, SCRN

REGISTER ONLINE: To register online for this $150 course, visit or call Sarah Strzalka at 815-759-4163 for more information.