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  • Blog Post: You're Invited: Join Us to Learn More About Advocacy

    We have a special opportunity from the NC Alliance for Health (NCAH), our statewide coalition advocating for obesity prevention and tobacco control policy change. The American Heart Association is a proud member of the NCAH. NC Alliance for Health Healthy Food Access Training You are invited to an...
  • Blog Post: Joye Mullis

    Joye Mullis, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate 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...
  • Blog Post: Be One In A Million

    Million Hearts is an answer. Heart disease and stroke are the first and fourth leading causes of death in the United States. Heart disease is responsible for 1 of every 4 deaths in the country and the #1 killer of women. But effective community CVD prevention interventions have been underutilized due...
  • Blog Post: Jennifer & Joel Griffin

    Jennifer & Joel Griffin, Virginia On June 8, 2012, Gwyneth Griffin, a 7th grader at A. G. Wright Middle School, collapsed in cardiac arrest. Several critical minutes passed before her father, Joel, reached her. CPR had not been initiated. “ There was no one else taking care of my daughter...
  • Blog Post: CPR Matters

    Sometimes you just need a lifesaver. Quickly. The American Heart Association is creating a generation of lifesavers by making sure students learn CPR before they graduate from high school. The goal is to teach lifesaving CPR skills to as many teens and young adults as possible in every state to help...
  • Blog Post: The Way to Help Virginia's Uninsured Get Coverage

    Insured individuals are more likely to take their medication, more likely to control their blood pressure, and more likely to check their cholesterol levels. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s evaluation is that access to health insurance is critical to the goals of...
  • Blog Post: Spend 30 minutes Learning Hands-Only CPR to Give the Gift of a Lifetime

    A twelve year old girl learned CPR in school on a Friday, and only 8 days later she used that lesson to save her grandfather’s life. A young man was shopping in a clothing store when a gentleman near him dropped to the ground. He sprang into action using CPR skills he had learned not long before...
  • Blog Post: Celebrate CPR Training in Schools with a Big Thank You

    With your help, we made it happen. Breanna’s Law is now official law in Maryland, and will ensure that all our high school students complete a hands-only CPR course before they graduate. This is cause for celebration! Send a big thank you to your legislators ! Right now across our country...
  • 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...