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  • Blog Post: Look At All We've Done

    In the hustle and bustle of life, it seems there is always something that needs our attention. Maybe it’s a lunch appointment, a meeting after work – did you remember to call your mom to wish her a happy birthday? With so many things monopolizing our time, it begs the question: “Why...
  • Blog Post: Jodi Lemacks

    Jodi Lemacks, Virginia In June of 2003, my third child, Joshua, was born via c-section. Diagnosed with a Critical Congenital Birth Defect (CCHD) before birth, he was immediately whisked away to the hospital next door for his first of three open heart surgeries, without me even getting a glimpse of...
  • Blog Post: Councilmember Alexander Promotes CPR

    On February 22, Councilmember Yvette Alexander hosted a CPR training as part of her Leadership Council Meeting. Two AHA volunteers, Sergeant Michael Forrest and Dionne Bush, led the training and taught CPR, AED, and choking relief skills to community members from Ward 7. Sergeant Michael Forrest is...
  • Blog Post: Celebrating Big Win for Babies

    These are exciting times in VA! Governor McAuliffe has signed House Bill 387 and Senate Bill 183 into law, and pulse oximetry screening of all newborns will soon be the standard of care in Virginia. This new statewide policy will guarantee that each newborn in Virginia is tested for Critical Congenital...
  • Blog Post: Advocates and Legislators Support Breanna’s CPR Bill at MD Lobby Day

    The American Heart Association, the Maryland Women’s Legislative Caucus, and the American College of Cardiology hosted our 2014 Maryland Legislative Event and Lobby Day on February 6 th in the House Building in Annapolis. It was a very successful event and greatly appreciated by all those who attended...
  • Blog Post: Juddson Rupp

    Juddson Rupp, North Carolina I didn’t remember anything from my week in the hospital, but when a friend brought in a copy of the six o’clock news from October 27, 2000 I quickly realized that either that was a slow news day or that I was one lucky miracle survivor with an important story...
  • Blog Post: Heart of a Friend

    At our mid-December Advocacy Committee meeting, I got to do one of the best things about being a volunteer with the American Heart Association Advocacy Committee. I was privileged to present the AHA "Heart of a Friend" Award to North Carolina State Representative Jim Fulghum. Dr. Fulghum is...
  • Blog Post: Kendra Meiklejohn

    Kendra Meiklejohn, Virginia My husband and I were so excited at the ultrasound to find out the sex of our second child. We had our son with us. We were joking and talking with the tech. She suddenly grew quiet. When the doctor came in and viewed the ultrasound, he was also very quiet. It didn’t...
  • Blog Post: Health Insurance Guidance in DC

    If you are receiving DC Alliance, Medicaid and/or Medicare benefits, you might be wondering how the implementation of Health Care Reform (or Obamacare) affects you and your health insurance benefits. You may be receiving calls or visits from people who are trying to get you to provide money or personal...
  • Blog Post: Celebrating City Council for Work on Telehealth Act

    On November 1st, the American Heart Association (AHA) co-hosted a press conference to appauld D.C. City Council for the passage of the D.C. Telehealth Reimbursement Act of 2013. AHA strongly supported the D.C. Telehealth Reimbursement Act of 2013 introduced by Councilmember Mary Cheh. This bipartisan...
  • Blog Post: From an ICU Incubator to Washington DC

    I'm Joye Mullis. Four and a half years ago, while sitting beside my infant son’s incubator in the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Duke University Medical Center, I could have never imagined his story playing out quite like it has. Not only has Ethan endured multiple surgeries and procedures...
  • Blog Post: Funding Nabbed to Help EMS Save Heart Attack Victims

    Is your local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system ready? If the EMS vehicle responding to your 9-1-1 call has a 12-lead ECG machine on board, they can diagnose the most severe form of heart attack right on the scene. More EMS in Virginia will have this life-saving equipment because of funding You’re...
  • Blog Post: Sally Sheppard

    Sally Sheppard, South Carolina My Senior Project back at Ashley Hall High School was inspired by a traumatic event that happened to my friend in the summer of 2009. He almost lost his life, and was saved by CPR. The project revolved around making sure my senior class was certified in CPR before we...
  • Blog Post: Breanna Sudano

    Breanna Sudano, Maryland On September 27, 2011, two weeks before my 14 th birthday, while playing in a field hockey game for my high school, I collapsed and went into sudden cardiac arrest. Two coaches recognized that I was not breathing and without hesitation, immediately started CPR. I was also...
  • Blog Post: The Jones Street Heart Beat, volume 3

    For this legislative update, we have some exciting news regarding one of our top federal legislative priorities, National Institutes of Health Funding. At the state level, we have been very busy seeing positive movement on our top issues. As always, thank you for your efforts and please stay tuned to...
  • Blog Post: Tabitha Haizlip

    Tabitha Haizlip, North Carolina On August 30 th 2012 our eight day old son, Broden, suddenly stopped feeding. This was unusual as he had been a big eater until that time. We made an appointment with the pediatrician to have him examined right away. While examining Broden the doctor discovered an unusually...
  • Blog Post: You’re the Cure Advocates take AHA’s Issues to the Capitol in Annapolis

    There has been a flurry of Red in Annapolis this month celebrating AHA’s Go Red 10 th year anniversary! On February 19 th , there were two events that continued the theme of heart month at the Capitol: Maryland Go Red Legislative Event and You’re the Cure lobby day. The events were held...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Dana Powell

    Dana Powell, North Carolina On January 1, 2012, we launched the New Year with the birth of a beautiful baby boy, Asa Heard Karchmer. He brought hope, love and wonder into our lives. Those dreams and hopes were abruptly shattered on day two of Asa’s life. We came home from the hospital and very...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Joye Mullis

    Joye Mullis, North Carolina As with all children, my son’s story began well before his birth. I had a fairly easy pregnancy, tainted by a couple of scares early on, but then all appeared well at my 20-week ultrasound. I was healthy. Baby was healthy. Life was good. At 28 weeks, I had a...
  • Blog Post: DC City Council Back in the Saddle

    **An update from Jennifer Witten, your American Heart Association Government Relations Director** The DC City Council is back in session for the New Year. With new councilmembers and committee chairs, we will be urging their consideration to make our policy issues a priority. This fall we have...
  • Blog Post: Jodi Lemacks

    Jodi Lemacks, Virginia In June of 2003, my third child, Joshua, was born via c-section. Diagnosed with a Critical Congenital Birth Defect (CCHD) before birth, he was immediately whisked away to the hospital next door for his first of three open heart surgeries, without me even getting a glimpse of...
  • Blog Post: Virginia Preparing to Help Equip EMS

    Posted on behalf of Government Relations Director Christopher Ramos In an earlier post I introduced two of our 2013 policy priorities: >> Advocating for statewide policy that requires each birthing facility in Virginia to perform a pulse oximetry screening on every newborn in its care prior...
  • Blog Post: NC AHA Advocacy Hits the Ground Running

    With the elections a mere week behind us and the dust barely settled, we have wasted no time in moving forward with our 2013 state policy issues. This week several of our top priorities saw important progress, pulse oximetry screening, primary stroke center designation and tobacco control issues. The...
  • Blog Post: Virginia Policy Efforts Unfolding

    Post on behalf of Christopher Ramos: As a Director of Government Relations for the American Heart Association, my responsibility is straightforward: “…support and advocate for public policies that will help improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing...
  • Blog Post: CPR in Schools Campaign Gearing Up

    Right now, work is going on behind the scenes to prepare for our campaign to get CPR set up as a graduation requirement for high school in South Carolina. With the South Carolina General Assembly session scheduled to begin in January, much must be done to position us for success. Eighty-nine percent...