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  • Blog Post: The 2013 State Legislative Wrap-Up is Here!

    Today’s blog post is by Mark Schoeberl, the American Heart Association’s Executive Vice President of Advocacy and Health Quality I am pleased to again this year present you with our annual report of state and local public policy progress . We take pride in the diligent efforts of our advocates...
  • Blog Post: Training the Next Generation of Lifesavers, One Student at a Time

    The following excerpt is from a blog post by American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown and AHA volunteer Tommy Watson, published on The Huffington Post's The Blog on September 3rd. It is part of a series produced by The Huffington Post and the American Heart Association addressing important, timely...
  • Blog Post: June= Summer, Fun, & CPR Awareness

    It’s finally summertime! This is the season for activities in the backyard and cookouts with neighbors. However, would you know what to do if a family member or friend experienced sudden cardiac arrest (SCA)? Eighty percent of SCAs happen outside of the hospital- and unfortunately, the majority...
  • Blog Post: Act for AEDs in More Communities

    This is a critical time in Congress, as lawmakers work to allocate Federal dollars for the coming fiscal year. Even in this difficult economy, there are several federally-funded programs that are vital to the heart and stroke community, and we need to let lawmakers know they must be made a priority....
  • Blog Post: Call your Senators TODAY!

    As Congress considers funding proposals for federal programs, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) has offered an amendment on the Senate floor that would provide very modest increases for medical research, prevention and treatment programs of interest to us, including National Institutes of Health and the Rural...
  • Blog Post: “Hello! My name is ____”

    It’s time to welcome the 113 th Congress! We all know the best welcomes are personal, so we’re asking You’re the Cure advocates to introduce themselves to their members of Congress by recording a video and uploading it to Facebook. We’re calling it the “Hello, my name...
  • Blog Post: 2012 You're the Cure Federal Recap

    As we get ready to welcome the 113 th Congress to Capitol Hill in January, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on all of the activity that took place on key heart and stroke issues this year. In a tough economic environment, You’re the Cure advocates, like you, helped play critical defense to...
  • Blog Post: AHA Supports the Cardiomyopathy HEARTS Act

    The American Heart Association is proud to support the Cardiomyopathy HEARTS Act, federal legislation which would help to identify children at risk of sudden cardiac arrest and prevent unnecessary, pre-mature deaths. Did you know that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sudden...
  • Blog Post: CPR in Schools Victory in North Carolina!

    Thanks to the tireless efforts of AHA volunteers and staff, we are pleased to announce that North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue signed House Bill 837 into law on July 26, 2012. The law requires all students to be trained in CPR before graduating from high school, helping to train our next generation...
  • Blog Post: Research Saves Lives Fly-In Profile: Joe and Olivia Quigley

    On June 6th, Joe Quigley and his daughter Olivia came to D.C. to urge their Massachusetts Members of Congress to protect NIH Funding from automatic budget cuts set for January 2013. When Olivia was just 6 years-old, she suffered a sudden cardiac arrest will in gym class and came to Capitol Hill to tell...
  • Blog Post: State Spotlight! Medical Emergency Response Plan Law Passes in MA

    Sudden cardiac arrest can strike at any age- and for the victims, every second counts. However, many schools do not have a plan in place to deal with emergency cardiac situations and the consequences can be deadly. Inspired by two students who suffered cardiac arrest on school grounds, the state of Massachusetts...
  • Blog Post: CPR in Schools Victory in Vermont!

    Hard work pays off. After 6 months of lobbying lawmakers in Vermont, 8 th grader Tommy Watson and many other AHA volunteers were successful in having Governor Shumlin sign a bill to include CPR and AED instruction in health education courses. By including both “hands-only” and AED components...
  • Blog Post: CPR in Schools Victory in Minnesota!

    On April 23, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed a law that will ensure that everyone who graduates from high school will be trained in hands-only CPR. With this bill, Minnesota students between grades 7 and 12 will receive hands-only CPR training at least once before they graduate. The training can...
  • Blog Post: CPR in Schools Victory in Tennessee!

    Aimed to prepare more Tennesseans to respond in emergency instances of sudden cardiac arrest, the American Heart Association urged the Tennessee General Assembly to add hands-on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training to the high school lifetime wellness school curriculum that already existed in...
  • Blog Post: Are you CPR Smart?

    When Derek, a high school senior, learned CPR at school, he didn’t think he’d have a chance to use it so soon, and he certainly didn’t think he’d get that chance while shopping for his prom tux. But shortly after he was trained in CPR, as one of his graduation requirements , he...
  • Blog Post: Three You’re the Cure Advocates Go to the Media to Talk about Heart Attacks in Women

    Three You’re the Cure advocates were recently highlighted in two ABC News spots talking about a recent study that showed younger women who have heart attacks do not always experience chest pain during the event and the attack can be more deadly as a result. Gail Harris-Berry was profiled on...
  • Blog Post: Health and Human Services Year in Review

    Check out this video below from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that recaps 2011. In this video, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks about the Million Hearts Campaign , which the American Heart Association is a proud member. The Campaign aims to prevent one million heart attacks and...
  • Blog Post: Rural and Community AED Program Receives Funding Increase

    Congress has restored funding to the FY 2010 level, a 1000% increase (yes, nearly a 1000% increase) for Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Rural and Community Access to Emergency Devices Program. This competitive state-based program allows rural areas to buy automated external...