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  • 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: RI’s Tobacco Settlement Refinance is Now Toxic Debt

    Very interesting piece from GOLOCALProv News. ZERO dollars devoted to tobacco cessation & prevention, and now RI faces $2.8 billion in debt on capital appreciation tobacco bonds due in 2052. Tobacco Free RI weighs in on the latest development in this shameful saga… RI’s...
  • Blog Post: YOU!

    The American Heart Association recently launched its new brand “Life is Why.” We want people to experience more of life's precious moments. It's why we've made better heart and brain health our mission. And until there's a world free of heart disease and stroke, we'll...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island Has Second Lowest Youth Smoking Rate in the Nation

    The Rhode Island Department of Health recently announced that the Ocean State has the SECOND LOWEST youth smoking rate in the nation. The finding is based on national survey data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The results show that Rhode Island’s youth smoking...
  • Blog Post: Is Your Community HeartSafe?

    The Rhode Island HeartSafe Community Program is a collaborative effort between the Department of Health’s Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention Program and the American Heart Association. This initiative is based on the principle that lives can be saved by being prepared with early access to care...
  • Blog Post: Mended Little Hearts of Rhode Island

    The American Heart Association is proud to collaborate with Mended Little Hearts of Rhode Island to raise awareness of congenital heart defects. We are truly blessed to work with this amazing group of families and little heart heroes! Mended Little Hearts provides hope and support to children, families...
  • 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: RI Legislative Session Concludes

    The 2014 Legislative Session wrapped up on June 21st. It was an interesting few months at the State House following the mid-session transition in the House Leadership. We found ourselves trying to hold ground on several issues while working in a very new political dynamic. But through it all, one thing...
  • Blog Post: Lynette Lopes, Rhode Island

    I was a healthy young woman preparing to marry in three weeks. I noticed I chest tightness and slowness. A concerned doctor friend advised investigation where my primary care physician did an EKG and referred me to a cardiologist, Dr. Luttmann. On December 26, 2008, my fiancé and I visited...
  • Blog Post: Winners of Rhode Island Get Active! Poster Contest Announced

    The American Heart Association is committed to helping kids and families live heart-healthy lives. As we educate and lobby lawmakers to support policies that promote healthy and active communities in Rhode Island, we wanted to take an extra step and get students involved through the 2014 Get Active!...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island Lobby Day a Great Success!

    Rhode Island advocates rocked the State House on May 7 th during our annual Lobby Day! The focus of the day was our CPR in Schools Funding campaign. The American Heart Association is asking the General Assembly to include funding in the FY 2015 budget to purchase new CPR manikins for all high schools...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island Advocate Testifies on Funding for CPR in Schools

    Rhode Island advocate and Board member John Potvin, EMT-C, recently testified before the House Finance Committee in support of House Bill 7414, by Representative Eileen Naughton, which would appropriate $75,000 to the Department of Health in FY 2015 to purchase new cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island Lawmakers Consider Cigarette Tax Increase

    Rhode Island lawmakers recently considered testimony on whether or not to raise Rhode Island’s cigarette tax by $1.00 per pack and dedicate a portion of the new revenue to tobacco prevention and cessation services in our state (which have been slashed dramatically in recent years and remain terribly...
  • Blog Post: Kathleen Harrington, Rhode Island

    In the spring of 2004, our son Neil was a centerfielder for the Assumption College Greyhounds. During an away game he experienced shortness of breath and dizziness after running the bases. This continued to the point where he could no longer play and begrudgingly Neil alerted the coach, who in turn asked...
  • Blog Post: RI Lobby Day May 7th - Register Today!

    Please mark your calendar for May 7th and plan to join fellow You’re the Cure advocates at the State House for the American Heart Association’s Rhode Island Lobby Day. Click this link to register today: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6WZMVGX Rhode Island Lobby Day May 7, 2014 State House...
  • Blog Post: Susan Young, Rhode Island

    While attending a party celebrating the birthday of one of my closest friends, my life came to a screeching halt. As dinner was taking place, I started to feel ill and headed for the ladies room. Fortunately for me, my friend Brenda found me in the restroom where I had become violently ill. I felt as...
  • Blog Post: Protecting Rhode Island's Kids from a New Threat

    Legislation was recently heard at the Rhode Island State House that would prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) to kids under the age of 18. The bill would also require e-cigarette vendors to be licensed by the state and subject them to strong enforcement measures, including routine...
  • Blog Post: Teen Zombies Invade RI State House on Kick Butts Day

    More than 100 high school students from throughout the state recently descended on the Rhode Island State House for Kick Butts Day. This important day is an opportunity for kids to STAND UP to tobacco. And kids in Rhode Island did just that – zombie-style! Teens dressed as zombies to show the devastating...
  • 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: SAVE THE DATE: RI Lobby Day May 7

    Please plan to join us at the Rhode Island State House on May 7 from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. for our annual Lobby Day! This is a great opportunity to meet with your state senator and representative to share the American Heart Association’s policy priorities. We will determine our target issue...
  • Blog Post: Abby, Rhode Island

    Before our daughter, Abigail Grace, was born, we had never heard of a CHD, a Congenital Heart Defect. We didn’t know what it meant or just how prevalent (1/100 children) CHDs are. Everything through pregnancy and her birth had been smooth. We were filled with joy to finally meet our precious only...
  • 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: New Study Finds SSB Taxes Won't Impact Jobs

    Interesting news and tips from PreventObesity.net . While we probably won't see a sugar-sweetened beverage tax proposal in Rhode Island this year, the American Heart Association and our partners continue to educate lawmakers and build support for a future SSB tax campaign. Study: SSB Taxes Won't...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island House & Senate Recognize National Wear Red Day

    Special thanks to State Senator Donna Nesselbush and State Representative Brian Kennedy for introducing resolutions officially proclaiming February 7 as "National Wear Red Day" in the State of Rhode Island. AHA staff and volunteers Laurie Stephenson and Miriam Plitt were on hand as the Senate...
  • Blog Post: Jamie, Rhode Island

    Jamie's story...shared by his Mom, Shannan. Jamie was diagnosed with congenital heart defects 22 weeks in utero. He was born in March of 2009 and was diagnosed with Pulmonary Atresia with Intact Ventricular Septum, Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome, and coronary defects. He has endured 3 open heart...