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)


Knowledge exchange

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

  • Peer-to-peer contact

  • 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.

     ⤬  Tobacco
     ⤬  Weapons
     ⤬  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. 


Application form

For example, Dr or Prof
For example, MD, PhD, DrPH, MPH or RN
Include country code
Focus of cardiovascular work *
Choose all that apply
Are you affiliated with or supported by any of the following industries (choose all that apply)? *
Individuals affiliated with tobacco, weapons, sugary drinks and alcoholic beverages are ineligible for membership.
Do you consent to sharing your contact information?† *
By consenting, you agree to make your contact information available to other LINKS members for the purpose of networking and peer-to-peer contact. The LINKS team may also contact you using your email address.

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.