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  • Blog Post: Sharing Your Story Can Save Lives!

    There is nothing that brings about public and legislative support for an issue more than a real-life story from someone close to home. Your personal stories can make our advocacy issues real by putting a face to a cause. Please share your stories about how sugary drinks or obesity have impacted you...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island to Require Pulse Ox Screening for Newborns

    Good news for Rhode Island's tiniest hearts! The RI Department of Health recently finalized a regulation that adds critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) to the mandatory newborn screening panel in the Ocean State. The new requirement will take effect on July 1, 2015. Implementation is well underway...
  • Blog Post: Research & Advocacy = Results

    In the last decade, U.S. hospitalization and death rates for heart disease and stroke have dropped significantly! That means our research and your advocacy are paying off! Let's keep it going to reach the American Heart Association’s 2020 goal — to improve the heart health of all Americans...
  • Blog Post: 2 Days Left and So Much to Do!

    With only two days left before the legislators break for the summer we need a last push to get some critical legislations to help our kids passed. The House still needs to take action on legislation that would require all coaches to know CPR, restricting the sale and use of E-Cigarettes, and requiring...
  • Blog Post: Pulse Ox Screening for Newborns: RI Department of Health Releases Proposed Regulation

    Earlier this year, the American Heart Association, little heart heroes in red superhero capes, and families from Mended Little Hearts met with Governor Chafee to discuss the importance of screening all Rhode Island newborns for critical congenital heart defects using a simple, non-invasive and inexpensive...
  • Blog Post: Maine is one big small town....

    Scott Nevers is an amazing guy. In the past year, he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest, was laid off and started a new business venture. He also started volunteering countless hours for the American Heart Association. CPR, AEDs and a little luck saved his life and he is bound to make the best of it. I...
  • Blog Post: End of Session Wrap-up

    The NYS Session has wrapped up and we're happy to report substantial progress in many areas. Here's a quick recap. CPR in Schools bill passes both houses: Thanks to the help of our dedicated advocates and the bill sponsors, Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg and Senator Mark Grisanti, we took a...
  • Blog Post: Volunteer Named a Unsung Heroine of Massachusetts

    I am always so excited when our volunteers and advocates are recognized for their hard work! Diane Pickles was named by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (MCSW) as an Unsung Heroine. The MCSW is an independent state agency that was legislatively created in 1998 to advance woman of the...
  • Blog Post: We Need to Come Together to End Stroke in Massachusetts

    May is stroke month, which makes it the perfect time to ask our legislators to act quickly on critical legislation that would require high quality of care for stroke patients in the Commonwealth. Stroke is the nation's No. 4 killer and a leading cause of long-term disability, every year, about...
  • Blog Post: Opening Day!

    Opening Day! Apparently, only the MLB believes that spring actually started in March this year. Mother Nature does not agree. I was awoken last night by the sounds of plows. Yup. Had to scrape the car again this morning However, today is opening day. The Sox play any minute now. I firmly believe that...
  • Blog Post: New Hampshire's Lawmakers Pass Expanded Healthcare Coverage

    New Hampshire has passed a bipartisan plan to get thousands covered by health insurance! One component of the federal law to increase access to healthcare coverage for currently uninsured adults is the expansion of NH's population eligible for coverage under the Medicaid program. In March the NH...
  • Blog Post: It's Time for Rhode Island to Mandate Pulse Ox Screening

    Massachusetts recently joined the growing list of states that require newborns to be screened for critical congenital heart defects using a simple, non-invasive and inexpensive pulse oximetry (pulse ox) test. Congratulations to our fellow You’re the Cure advocates in the Bay State for making this...
  • Blog Post: Victory for Pulse Ox!

    Victory!! The Pulse Ox Bill is on the Governor’s desk! Thanks to your continued advocacy the House and Senate took final action and passed the legislation that would require newborn screening for congenital heart defects with pulse ox! This would not have been possible without our legislative champions...
  • Blog Post: Little Heart Heroes Take On the RI State House

    The American Heart Association and Mended Little Hearts recently met with Governor Chafee to raise awareness of congenital heart disease and to discuss the importance of screening all Rhode Island newborns for critical congenital heart defects using a simple, non-invasive and inexpensive pulse oximetry...
  • Blog Post: NYS Legislative session off and running...

    State legislators have returned to Albany... and there has been of flurry of activity in the first month back. Here's what's happening now: Governor's Budget - 16.2% of adults across the state still smoke. And 8.5 million adult New Yorkers are considered overweight or obese. At a time...
  • Blog Post: Prevention & Wellness Trust Grants Awarded

    This week, the Department of Public Health announced nine recipients of the first awards from the $60 million Massachusetts Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund. This funding will help Massachusetts combat health disparities and reduce preventable health conditions that are costly to our residents and...
  • Blog Post: The day has arrived...pulse ox law goes into effect!

    American Heart Association volunteers across the state are celebrating the day a critical newborn screening test officially went into effect. For nearly a year, advocates met with their legislators, hosted a press conference, and wrote letters to get the Pulse Ox bill passed and signed into law. Gov...
  • Blog Post: Patti Mahoney, New Hampshire

    December 10th is such an important date to me and my family. Not only was my daughter, Kelly, born on that date, but six hours after her birth… I went into cardiac failure. After being rushed in to the Intensive Care Unit and placed on 100% life support, my doctors diagnosed me with idiopathic...
  • Blog Post: Turning the Page to the Next Chapter in NYC

    Many New Yorkers celebrated the beginning of 2014 by watching the public inauguration of our 109th Mayor - Bill de Blasio from Brooklyn. Mayor de Blasio has a long history of public service to our city, including terms as a City Council Member and most recently as our Public Advocate. Our new Mayor has...
  • Blog Post: Help Promote Our Legislative Priorities This Coming Session!

    Vermont 2014 Public Policy Agenda Obesity Prevention – Encourage school districts to share recreational facilities with the community to promote activity. Provide greater liability protection to schools to encourage community use. Obesity Prevention - Support policy that eliminates...
  • Blog Post: Left Out in the Cold

    Ok, forget what I said yesterday. It is too cold to exercise outside today. This was the thermometer at my house at 7:30 this morning. I would hate to see what it said before then. Facebook tells me that some of my friends a bit inland from me had negative 17degree readings this morning. Although both...
  • Blog Post: Extension Under Vermont's Health Care Exchange

    Governor Shumlin's Administration announced this week that, if they chose to do so, any enrollee in Catamount Health or VHAP will be allowed to stay in these plans until March 31, 2014 to ensure a seamless transition to Vermont’s Health Care Exchange. Any out of pocket expenses Catamount...
  • Blog Post: NYS Session is just around the corner...

    NYS Legislative Session is just around the corner...Governor Cuomo will release his budget in January and lawmakers will consider hundreds, possibly thousands of bills. What are the policy priorities for the American Heart Association? Here's a quick peek: CPR for graduation. Yes, it is hard to...
  • Blog Post: Pulse Ox Screening for Newborns: What is Rhode Island waiting for?

    Illinois and Michigan have proudly joined the growing list of states in which all newborns will be screened for critical congenital heart defects (CCHD) using a pulse oximetry test. 27 states now mandate this lifesaving test – Rhode Island is NOT one of them. What is the Ocean State waiting for...
  • Blog Post: Expanded Healthcare Access Battle Continues in New Hampshire

    New Hampshire is back to the drawing board in pursuit of expanded access to healthcare for all granite-staters following the Nov 21 vote by the Senate on expanded Medicaid. A bill with a compromise proposal was narrowly defeated by just three votes. This ended the special session to accept the billions...