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  • Blog Post: We're Thankful... For You

    It has been an incredibly exciting year in the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate, full of policy advancement and growth in our You’re the Cure network. None of our success could have happened without the work of you, our many dedicated advocates. We are thankful for you. Our DC advocates worked hard...
  • 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: We've Come So Far Because of You, South Carolina!

    The 2014 Legislative Session in South Carolina was a lively one, allowing us to advance some vital pieces of legislation while providing us room to continue in 2015. Senate Bill 1094: School Nutrition Guidelines This would have required stronger nutritional guidelines for competitive foods sold on school...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Francee Levin

    Francee Levin, South Carolina The last thing I remember of my poetry residency at Colleton County Middle School was getting an elevator key. The next thing was seeing a strange ceiling, which turned out to be in an intensive care unit, over a week later. I was told I was talking to a teacher when...
  • Blog Post: Looking Back at the 2013 Legislative Session

    The South Carolina General Assembly just adjourned its 2013 session, and it was an exciting cap off to an outstanding session. We achieved the final passage of S 341 which will require pulse ox screening for all newborns – the bill now heads to Gov. Haley for her signature. Staff, our bill sponsor...
  • Blog Post: Hands-Only CPR Training

    Did you know you can help save a life in just two easy steps? The American Heart Association teamed up with DC City Council to hold an event on Freedom Plaza to bring awareness to CPR and train community members how to save a life by learning Hands-Only CPR. Each participant was given a Family &...
  • Blog Post: 2013 Virginia General Assembly Session Review: HB 2026/SB 986 - Gwyneth's Law

    Thirteen year old Gwyneth Griffin died after suffering a cardiac arrest at school, and her parents and others have been working ever since to make sure Virginia has a growing population of citizens trained to respond to a cardiac emergency. Sudden cardiac arrest is exactly like it sounds. It's...
  • Blog Post: Sixty Seconds to Save a Life: Hands Only CPR

    Do you know the two simple steps of Hands-Only TM CPR? If so, then you are ready to save a life. It is simple: If you see a teen or adult collapse, call 9-1-1 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the Bee Gees’ disco classic “Stayin’ Alive.” This...
  • 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: 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: Look What You Helped Do; Thank Legislators for Helping Save Lives

    The 2012 North Carolina General Assembly was lively and productive, yielding some notable successes and also leaving us with more work to be done. We are excited to share with you the great news of our success with HB 837: Completion of CPR by Students Required which is currently awaiting the Governor's...
  • Blog Post: Calling All Heroes!

    Time is almost up. The NC Legislature will be wrapping up the 2012 legislative session very soon. We can't let the Senate leave without taking action to ensure a new generation of lifesavers graduates from high school each year, ready responders who can jump in and make a life-and-death difference...
  • Blog Post: Be CPR Smart

    In less than the time it takes to watch a 30 minute TV sitcom, we can give students the skills they need to help save someone’s life with CPR. Pledge your support for making CPR training a requirement for high school graduation. www.BeCPRsmart.org .