Programs & initiatives in Health Care – Minnesota Stroke System

Programs & Initiatives in Health Care
Every Second Counts
Stroke Awareness Campaign

This Minnesota Stroke Program campaign aims to raise the awareness of the signs and symptoms of stroke and promote the use of 9-1-1 when someone is having a stroke. Stroke is one of the top ten leading causes of Minnesota deaths, and the more who know what to do, the more lives can be saved.

Don’t wait. Act F.A.S.T. 

F – facial droop/numbness, A – arm weakness, S – speech difficulty, and T – time to call 9-1-1.

Supporting Minnesota’s Stroke System

Since 2014, the Stroke Program has been designating stroke-ready hospitals across the state so that all Minnesotans will ultimately live within 30 minutes of a hospital that is equipped and ready to provide the best stroke care possible.

This system works best when people know the stroke signs and can act quickly to get that person care. Calling 911 can save a life. Stroke care starts in the ambulance and Emergency Medical Services is an important part of the Acute Stroke Ready team.

Campaign Materials

To request "Every Second Counts" graphic files free of charge please complete and submit the "Every Second Counts" Stroke Awareness Order Form. We will email a link to the files once we receive your request.

The Every Second Counts campaign materials are available to any health care organization across the state, including those who serve Minnesota patients.

This Stroke Communications Toolkit is a guide to the campaign, its’ materials and how your organization can use those materials.

Help us share the campaign and raise awareness about stroke in your community. These materials are available for you to use free of charge.

For more information, email: health.stroke@state.mn.us or call:  (651) 201-4095.