- Increases the accountability and transparency of the research process.
- Provides real-world understanding of what most impacts those affected by cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases and/or disorders.
- Helps shape and influence the culture of the research agenda and strengthens its impact on the mission.
- Bridges the gap between scientists and patients to alleviate barriers in understanding the focus of why research is necessary.
- Gives voice to the issues stakeholders think are most important.
- Integrates a diverse range of views (researchers, health professionals and service-user representatives) so research becomes more effective.
- Improves understanding of the benefits and burdens of patients in research studies.
- Informs others of the human dimension of research and its outcome.
- Prompts a sense of urgency for finding cures and more effective prevention, diagnosis and treatments.
- Increased awareness and respect for the importance of the research enterprise.
- Demystify the research process for other non-scientists.
- Gain confidence in the rigor of AHA’s selection of research projects.
- Satisfaction of contributing to a cure for the prevention of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases and/or disorders.
- Awareness that real-world lay stakeholder experience can influence the direction of science.
- Clearer connection between research focus and patients.
- Respect for the patient's voice.
- Broader perspective for connecting science with patients.
- Enhances more patient-centered research.
- Minimizes scientists' intellectual biases regarding patient involvement.
- Caregiver/Advocate/Thought Leader
Lay Stakeholder Engagement is Vital to AHA Science and Research
Benefits to Lay Stakeholders:
Benefits to Scientists:
Lay Stakeholder Volunteer Requirements
The AHA strives for a demographically diverse group of qualified Lay Stakeholders who have intimate experience with cardiovascular and/or cerebrovascular disease or disorders from communities across the country. When possible, Lay Stakeholders are assigned to join review committees with which they are specifically suited and have expressed an interest.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Lay Stakeholders' Role in Science and Research
A Lay Stakeholder (non-scientist) volunteer is an individual without formal training as a scientist who has a strong interest in advancing AHA-focused science and healthcare. Engagement is usually based on intimate experience with cardiovascular or cerebrovascular disease or disorder as a survivor, family member, caregiver, or advocate.
Newsletters: Read about Lay Stakeholder in Science and Research Task Force activities, member profiles, and volunteer opportunities.
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|Issue 2 - April 2018||Issue 7 – Oct 2019|
|Issue 3 - July 2018||Issue 8 – March 2020|
|Issue 4 - Oct 2018||Issue 9 – Sept 2020|
|Issue 5 – Feb 2019||Issue 10 - June 2021|
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