The Foundation supports patient and clinician educational, research and community outreach activities that enhance and support the initiatives of the National Lipid Association in its efforts to reduce cardiovascular events and deaths related to abnormalities of cholesterol metabolism.
The Foundation was established from the former Florida Lipid Foundation, whose founder, Paul Ziajka, MD, created a Florida entity to serve the needs of the community of lipidologists. The National Lipid Association was interested in forming a national entity to address the issues broadly and approached the Florida Lipid Foundation to rename and broaden its scope of activities. The new board formed in December 2008 as the Foundation of the National Lipid Association and is the charitable counterpart to the National Lipid Association.
The Foundation will conduct educational activities designed to enhance and promote the key messages surrounding medical efforts to prevent cardiovascular events and death from the perspective of addressing dyslipidemia and related cardiovascular disorders.The Foundation will:
- Conduct professional educational outreach programs on lipidology.
- Create small grant opportunities for professional education in lipidology and cardiometabolic disease.
- Develop and publish statements on key issues in public health related to all therapeutic strategies, especially those issues related to patient safety or the reduction of cardiovascular risk.
- Develop solid, medically evidenced patient information and work with related foundations, government and other related organizations to inform patients and the public about the importance of:
- Screening for Genetic Lipid Disorders (FH),
- Smoking Cessation,
- Diabetes and Hypertension Control and
- Weight Management and Control.