What is NSART?
The National Sleep Awareness Roundtable (NSART) is a national coalition of governmental, professional, voluntary, and other organizations whose mission is: 1) to raise awareness about; 2) to increase the understanding of; and 3) to reduce the public health and safety impact of sleep deprivation and sleep disorders by improving communication and collaboration among local, state and federal agencies; professional organizations; and the public. Through its collective efforts, NSART will work:
1. To increase public awareness about sleep, sleep disorders, and the consequences of sleep deprivation;
2. To promote science-based public policies;
3. To advance basic, clinical, applied, and population-based research; and
4. To promote recognition of and access to care for all individuals with sleep disorders. NSART is a program of the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
NSART is a program of the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
The History of NSART
In 2004, the National Sleep Foundation began to explore partnership models with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and several institutes at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in order to bring together diverse agencies and organizations around the common goal of addressing public and professional awareness and education about sleep and sleep disorders.
After initial meetings held between NSF, CDC, and NIH, other partners were invited to attend subsequent meetings in Washington, DC and Atlanta, GA. A diverse working group formed to discuss how to achieve a sustainable partnership and maximize success.
NSART is seeking to expand its membership by reaching out to new organizations and state and federal agencies that are interested in raising awareness of sleep issues and implementing NSART’s National Action Plan.
The National Sleep Foundation is dedicated to improving sleep health and safety through education, public awareness and advocacy. It is well-known for its annual Sleep in America poll. The Foundation is a charitable, educational and scientific not-for-profit organization located in Washington, DC. Its membership includes researchers and clinicians focused on sleep medicine, professionals in the health, medical and science fields, individuals, patients, families affected by drowsy driving and more than 900 healthcare facilities throughout North America. Please visit www.sleepfoundation.org for more information.