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  • Blog Post: In-District Meetings - the Golden Window?

    Could timing be everything when you want to get your legislator’s attention? When lawmakers are ‘in Session’ they are flooded with constituent requests about current legislation. This is when they are on active duty in their General Assemblies or other governing body. While these advocate...
  • Blog Post: Coming Together to Support Tobacco Control

    On July 7, You’re the Cure advocates and AHA’s coalition partners converged on the John A. Wilson Building to support strengthening tobacco control in the District of Columbia. The afternoon began with a press conference led by Councilmember Yvette Alexander to promote the Sporting Events...
  • Blog Post: Tobacco Policies Coming to DC Council

    Tobacco control policies are heating up at the DC Council, with two bills set for hearings in early July. You’re the Cure advocates can influence policy that will further strengthen the District’s smoke-free environment. The Prohibition Against Selling Tobacco Products to Individuals Under...
  • Blog Post: Neil Dorsey

    NEIL DORSEY, MID-ATLANTIC AFFILIATE Why am I an advocate? What got me started down this path? I have always felt the need to speak up about issues that impact on our lives. I once heard at a meeting that we advocate for those folks who cannot speak or do not have a voice in decisions being made about...
  • Blog Post: CPR Training Coming to DC Schools!!

    After years of hard work by You’re the Cure advocates and American Heart Association (AHA) volunteers, the District of Columbia is on the verge of joining 34 other states by ensuring all students receive hands-only CPR training in high school! On May 31, the DC Council unanimously approved the...
  • Blog Post: Honoring Friends at the Ambassador Reception

    Friends and American Heart Association ambassadors came together on June 9 at the Bank of America Building in Washington, DC for the 5 th annual Greater Washington Volunteer Leadership Reception to enjoy good food, engaging company, and to be honored for the hard work and enthusiasm put into AHA mission...
  • Blog Post: Stakeholders Gather to Discuss Food Access in NC

    The American Heart Association joined other health advocates, NC lawmakers, airmen, and members of the faith community at the North Carolina Museum of History on June 1 to pray, eat, and discuss improving access to healthy food across the state through the healthy corner store initiative. A diverse...
  • Blog Post: We Met At The Capitol

    It has been a busy spring in the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate! Across the affiliate we have been hosting Lobby Days to bring advocates together to meet with their lawmakers, so join us to learn what your neighbors have been busily working on this session. South Carolina’s inaugural Lobby Day in March...
  • Blog Post: Take Action for Corner Stores Today

    We would all like the option to make a healthy choice, right? We need your help now to speak up for the Healthy Corner Store Initiative. Legislative session is moving fast and the NC House will be debating the state budget next week. It is important that the $1 million appropriation for Healthy Corner...
  • Blog Post: Weighty Tobacco Issues Brought Before DC Council

    The tone was set…as heavy rain pelted against the windows, over 30 members of the DC Tobacco Free Coalition gathered at the John A. Wilson Building on April 28 to discuss a weighty tobacco control agenda. The plan was simple - to march to the DC Council and advocate for fully funding the DC Tobacco...
  • Blog Post: Let's Get Mobile!

    We’re keeping up with the times, and now you can advocate by text, in addition to the emails you might be used to. You can get on our mobile list and lend your voice to a policy issue at the same time – just be sure you reply to the ‘auto-response’ after you send your first...
  • Blog Post: You’re the Cure at the Capitol State Lobby Day: Issues At A Glance

    State Lobby Day is almost here! These are the issues that we will be discussing with our lawmakers.  We will have two asks this year, and have included talking points for each issue below. We know that State Lobby Day this year will be as successful as all of our other years, and we cannot wait for...
  • Blog Post: Yolanda Dickerson

    Yolanda Dickerson, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate I am the product of my village. When I received the AHA Survivor Advocate of the Year award in DC three years ago, I knew it was really not about me. The award is a culmination of those who invested in me and what I’ve learned up to this point. For more...
  • Blog Post: State Lobby Day: A Day to Remember

    We are excited that you are joining us May 10th for the 2016 NC AHA You’re the Cure at the Capitol State Lobby Day. To help you feel ready, we want to provide some important information about Lobby Day. Lobby Day Schedule : Registration check-in will open at 8:30 am at the Legislative...
  • Blog Post: Governor Haley Signs Lifesaving Hands-On CPR in Schools Bill into Law

    Governor Nikki Haley signed House Bill 3265 into law on Thursday, April 21, requiring all South Carolina students to learn hands-on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). This essential life skill will be incorporated into the already required high school health education curriculum and will ultimately...
  • Blog Post: Fresh Food for Strong Kids

    Why do we need a Healthy Corner Store Initiative? This week, Valerie King, from Yadkinville, shares her thoughts. Help us bring healthy foods to all NC communities this year – tell your lawmaker today. " My little diva was born with a congenital heart defect. She has had 5 open heart...
  • Blog Post: We Want You... To Come To State Lobby Day

    Don’t worry! There is still time to register for NC AHA You're the Cure State Lobby Day on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. But if you haven't already signed up - don't delay! Sign up here . The event will begin promptly at 9am with an issues overview and advocacy training at the legislative...
  • Blog Post: Psst ... We Want To Tell You Something Big!

    Throughout the year, we reach out with a "THANK YOU!" message to our advocates because we want you to know that your efforts are making a difference and saving lives. We appreciate you every moment of every day. We value those times when you rush through dinner with your family to make to...
  • Blog Post: Being a Mom is Hard Work. Finding Healthy Food Doesn’t Have to Be.

    Over the coming weeks, our advocates will be sharing why they believe North Carolina needs healthy corner stores. Help us bring healthy corner stores to our state in 2016 – tell your lawmaker today. Anmarie Wyrick, from Matthews, says: "Sometimes it’s just so hard to be the...
  • Blog Post: Shared Use Still a Challenge

    District Sports, a DC non-profit soccer league that started in 2004 and has since grown to more than 5,000 participants, attributes its growth and success to its ability to rely on DC public schools for recreational space. But they still face challenges in sharing space, as do many sports organizations...
  • Blog Post: Your Advocacy Team is Hitting the Road in 2016!

    Mark your calendars to join us in 2016! The North Carolina AHA Government Relations Team: Betsy Vetter, Sarah Jacobson and Kim Chidester will be traveling across the state (from Asheville to Wilmington!) to offer two additional in-person Advocacy Training Sessions. In these workshops, we will offer...
  • Blog Post: Your Story Can Help Us Close the Gap!

    At some point in our lives, we all need access to healthcare. In a perfect world, everyone would have access to health insurance, allowing them to seek out care as needed. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for everyone. For more than 300,000 North Carolinians health insurance is simply out of...
  • Blog Post: If You Build It, They Will Become

    How do you get your lawmakers to become allies for our mission and policy efforts? In truth some may never, but many will if you take the time to employ a few basic strategies to build your relationship with them, and thereby strengthen the power of your constituent voice. Connect. Write, call...
  • Blog Post: Work, Kids, Snacks: I Need Healthy Corner Stores!

    Over the next several posts, advocates will be sharing why they believe North Carolina needs healthy corner stores. Help us bring healthy corner stores to our state in 2016 – tell your lawmaker today. Dana Blake, from Arden, tells us: “As a single mom who has raised four kiddos with...
  • Blog Post: Update: Raleigh BikeShare

    The City of Raleigh is considering a BikeShare program. On February 16, Eric Lamb, the City’s Transportation Planner presented an update to the City Council on the feasibility of BikeShare. Members of the public were on hand to provide input as well as leaders from Citrix and Rex Healthcare. The...