Why join the community?
LINKS provides resources, support and networking opportunities that support country programs for cardiovascular health. Membership in the LINKS community is free.
Learning and capacity building
Periodic webinars and meetings (members only), short-term training courses, technical resources and annotated bibliographies
Implementation advice and tools
Access programmatic mentors (members only) and standardized tools for cardiovascular health and related monitoring, surveillance and training
Opportunistic meetings and contact with other LINKS members (members only)
Receive and share advice and consultation from/with content experts via peer-to-peer exchange (members only)
Support for eligible organizations in low- and middle income countries
Limited technical assistance or one-time grants to improve in-country progress toward improving cardiovascular health (members only)
Exclusive resources for LINKS members
Participation in webinars and other forums
Opportunity to apply for technical assistance or funding support to eligible programs
Who is eligible for membership?
Professionals associated with governments, academic institutions, civil society organizations or the private sector are welcome to apply. Your organization’s strategies should align with at least one of the following:
Hypertension control: Hypertension treatment programs that include reporting on hypertension using the WHO HEARTS technical package monitoring indicators or selecting standard hypertension treatment protocols
Salt reduction: Reduction of population salt intake through strategies outlined in the WHO SHAKE technical package and appropriate to the country’s primary sources of dietary salt
Elimination of artificial trans fat: Eliminating trans fatty acids from the food supply as described in the WHO REPLACE technical package
Restrictions to membership
LINKS membership is not available to individuals who are affiliated with or supported by the industries listed below. Failure to disclose any conflicts of interest may result in membership being revoked.
⤬ Sugary drinks
⤬ Alcoholic beverages
Applications from individuals with significant relationships to organizations that may present a potential conflict of interest (e.g., pharmaceuticals, medical devices, for-profit healthcare, health insurance, food or beverage) will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
†Data sharing and data transfers: LINKS is a program of Resolve to Save Lives, an Initiative of Vital Strategies. Vital Strategies does not sell your data to third parties or give it to third parties without your consent, with the exception of sharing or transferring your data to our international offices, Vital Strategies’ affiliate offices, or Vital Strategies’ affiliate organization The Union. Vital Strategies only shares information with our affiliates or international offices as necessary and will not share any information with an affiliate or international office until an agreement or MOU is in place between Vital Strategies and the affiliate or international office with explicit provisions to preserve confidentiality of shared data.