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  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight! Missouri Doctor Speaks-Up for Safe Routes to School on Capitol Hill

    Dr. Jim Blaine of Springfield, MO, knows the importance of prevention. As the Medical Director of the Ozark Technical Community College Health & Wellness Clinic, he has seen cardiovascular events decrease over the last four years by helping patients focus on diet, exercise, and taking the proper...
  • Blog Post: AHA CEO Nancy Brown Joins Other Partners Supporting the Affordable Care Act During Supreme Court Hearings

    Health coverage is easy to get if you’re healthy. The problem is when you’re sick or have a history of illness. For decades, people with life-threatening chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease or stroke faced numerous barriers to getting the care they needed. Insurers...
  • Blog Post: State Spotlight! New AZ Law Helps Increase Access to Recreational Facilities

    Thanks to a new law in Arizona, fields, courts, and playgrounds at schools will soon be more accessible to communities. On March 13 th , Governor Jan Brewer signed a “shared use” bill that limits the liability of schools if they open their grounds during non-instructional hours for recreational...
  • Blog Post: Senate Includes Measure to Increase Data Pertaining to Women in Clinical Trials

    Think all prescription drugs and medical devices react the same in men and women? They don’t. However, the FDA has limited data on how drugs or devices affect the genders, and the consequences can be deadly. However, Senator Debbie Stabenow is trying to change that. Recently, the Senate passed...
  • Blog Post: AHA Statement on the 2nd Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

    Washington, D.C., March 22, 2012 — American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments today on the second anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, signed into law on March 23, 2010: “As the Affordable Care Act (ACA) turns 2, the heart health of many Americans continues...
  • Blog Post: Coming Soon: New Tool to Make Understanding Insurance Plans Easier

    Given the choice, would you rather prepare your taxes, exercise at the gym, or try and figure out your health insurance policy? If you chose one of the first two options you’re not alone! A 2008 survey found that most Americans agree with you. The good news, however, is that coming soon a new tool...
  • Blog Post: New Ads are a Compelling Weapon in the Fight Against Smoking

    Washington, D.C., Mar. 15, 2012 — American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments on the new National Tobacco Education Campaign, unveiled today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): “The CDC’s new tobacco education campaign could not come...
  • Blog Post: CEO Nancy Brown Participates in Panel Discussion on Medical Research Innovation

    On March 14, American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown joined leaders in government, industry, the media and other patient advocacy organizations for Research!America’s 9th annual National Health Research Forum in Washington, D.C. The event, “World Class to Second Class? Confronting the...
  • Blog Post: Urge Congress to Protect Women’s Heart Health

    Cardiovascular disease remains the leading killer of American women, but sadly, the life-saving WISEWOMAN program only has enough funding to reach at-risk women in 20 states with the tools they need to prevent heart disease and stroke. Meanwhile, millions of women around the country are forced to wait...
  • Blog Post: Sen. Mark Kirk's Recovery "Excellent" After Stroke

    On January 21st, Senator Mark Kirk from Illinois had a stroke at the age of 52. Only 15 weeks later, his recovery has been described as “excellent” by his doctor in an article in the Chicago Tribune . Sen. Kirk’s ongoing recovery shows how important medical research is to stroke recovery...
  • Blog Post: Our Nation Must Do More to Shut Down the Pipeline of New Smokers, Says AHA CEO Nancy Brown

    Washington, D.C., Mar. 8, 2012 — American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments on the new report, “Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults,” released today by U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, M.D.: “The Surgeon General has done her...
  • Blog Post: AHA Advocates Urge Congress to Protect Safe Routes to School

    Today, more than a dozen advocates from across the country flew in to Washington D.C. to meet with their Representatives and Senators and urge them to include Safe Routes to School program funding in the pending transportation bill. The timing of these visits could not have been more crucial, as both...
  • Blog Post: Caution: Walking to school may be hazardous to your health

    Today’s a big day in our push to help save Safe Routes to School! We’re blitzing Congress with face-to-face visits by advocates and we’re running an ad in Politico to urge our nation’s legislators to “give America’s kids the right of way to a healthy life” by...
  • Blog Post: 13 Year-Old Advocate Talks about his White House Experience

    13 year old You’re the Cure advocate Emery Miller talked to his local news station about his experience at the White House Community Leaders Briefing on Cardiovascular Health on February 24th. Emery was born with a congenital heart defect and has had four open heart surgeries since birth. He is...
  • Blog Post: White House Leaders Briefing Wrap-Up Video

    On February 24th, 70 American Heart Association volunteers descended into Washington, D.C. to meet with top Obama Administration officials to discuss cardiovascular health in their communities. This Community Leaders Briefing on Cardiovascular Health was an once-in-a-lifetime event for many advocates...
  • Blog Post: AHA CEO Nancy Brown’s Statement on Latest Court Ruling on Tobacco Warning Labels

    Washington, D.C., Feb. 29, 2012 — American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments on today’s ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon that the Food and Drug Administration’s tobacco warning labels are unconstitutional: “Today’s district...
  • Blog Post: White House Community Leaders Briefing Recap!

    The American Heart Association’s advocacy volunteers are called You’re the Cure advocates for a reason. On February 24 th , 70 outstanding volunteers brought their passion, stories, and expertise to the White House for the Community Leaders Briefing on Cardiovascular Health. This special...
  • Blog Post: Highlights from White House Town Hall

    You’re the Cure advocates and AHA volunteers have had an exciting day participating in the White House Community Leaders Briefing on Cardiovascular Health on February 24, 2012. During the town hall session led by Director of Public Engagement, Jon Carson, some very powerful stories were shared...
  • Blog Post: You’re Invited to the White House- Virtually!

    Friday, February 24th is the big day for the White House Community Leaders Briefing on Cardiovascular Health and we want you to be in on all of the action! The White House will be live streaming the event from 9:00am to 12:00pm EST and you can tune in to hear from top Administration officials about the...
  • Blog Post: Nearly 50,000 with Pre-Existing Conditions Covered Under Health Reform Law

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a new report today finding that the Pre-Exisiting Condition Insurance Plans (PCIP) created under the Affordable Care Act will enroll close to 50,000 people. These PCIPs help those Americans who are barred from private insurance do to a pre-existing...
  • Blog Post: Minnesota Volunteer Briefs Local Media before White House Visit

    Minnesota You’re the Cure advocate Stevie Nelson stopped by a local news station and told his story about surving a stroke and his upcoming trip to Washington, D.C. for the White House Community Leaders Briefing on Cardiovascular Health . After surviving a stroke, Nelson found a new life mission...
  • 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: American Heart Association Volunteers Head to the White House

    On February 24 th , 70 American Heart Association volunteers will be coming to Washington, DC to attend the White House Community Leaders Briefing on Cardiovascular Health . This special event brings Administration officials together with heart disease and stroke survivors and caregivers, medical professionals...
  • Blog Post: AHA Files Joint Amicus Brief to Supreme Court

    The nation’s leading groups representing patients and families living with cancer, diabetes, heart disease or stroke jointly filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court today in support of provisions of the Affordable Care Act that are critical for people with life-threatening chronic diseases...
  • Blog Post: All Americans Will Bear the Pain of Prevention Fund Cut, Says AHA CEO

    American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments on the payroll tax extension legislation, approved today by Congress, which includes a 30 percent cut to the Prevention and Public Health Fund: “By diverting crucial dollars away from the Prevention and Public Health Fund...