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  • Blog Post: August Recess

    Participate in your local August Recess! We are looking for volunteers to take a meeting with their member of Congress while they are back in their district offices this August. Important federal advocacy goals for Congress this year include: CR (Cardiac Rehab) – changing a key Medicare...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Dr. Karen Larimer

    What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association?  My focused, unrelenting desire to see the "healthy choice as the default choice". I strongly believe that evidence-based public policy makes the biggest difference in health. What issues or policies are you most...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Rae O'Neill

    What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association? My grandfather died of a heart attack when I was five years old. Several years later my mother started working for the American Heart Association. I’ve been volunteering for American Heart Association for as long as I can...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: JR Dietl

    What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association? In 1969 my father suffered a cardiac arrest and nobody was able to perform CPR on him. I was devastated. After becoming an EMT/Paramedic in Iowa I wanted to help so that other kids my age at the time would not have to go through...
  • Blog Post: Illinois Legislature End of Year Wrap-up

    The General Assembly met throughout the Memorial Day weekend, but little progress was made. Budget talks are ongoing with no real indication that an agreement can be reached. The House is scheduled to convene every Wednesday this June. However, this means that several of our policy priorities remain...
  • Blog Post: Illinois Advocacy Committee Springfield Meeting

    Last week, on May 3rd-4th the Illinois Advocacy Committee held their quarterly meeting in Springfield, Illinois. The two-day meeting started with a tour of Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation, where committee members were shown the latest technology and teaching techniques. The Memorial Center...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Rosemary Jaffe

    What is your why? Being a survivor also means learning how to survive by being your own advocate and advocating for healthcare to help others. What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association? After my bypass surgery, I couldn't get past the feeling that I survived for...
  • Blog Post: Spring Volunteer Opportunities

    Advocacy Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Events in Your Area The Advocacy department needs 2-3 volunteers for each of the upcoming 2016 American Heart Association events. Be our hero by taking action in your community AND earn points which will allow you to move up in the You’re the Cure ranks...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Lyzeth Mondragon

    What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association? I was brought to the American Heart Association's website because my grandmother had just passed away. Both my grandmother and grandfather had suffered strokes so I felt a need to learn more about this topic. As I read about...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News from Chicago: Tobacco 21 Passes!

    On March 16, Chicago’s City Council passed the tobacco ordinance which included raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21! Each day, nearly 2,500 kids in this country try their first cigarette. By raising the minimum age to buy tobacco to 21, Chicago has taken a necessary step to...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Kathleen O'Neill

    What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association? Almost 11 years ago, I applied for the Illinois Director of Quality Improvement position at the American Heart Association - Midwest Affiliate. I had worked in health care for many years and I knew that promoting compliance with...
  • Blog Post: Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity Webinar

    On Tuesday, March 22nd from 2:00pm-3:30pm CST, Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity (IAPO) will be hosting a webinar: Tackling the Health Equity Challenges to Healthy Eating and Active Living: New Research and Action Strategies. On this webinar, IAPO will provide the opportunity to hear and share updates...
  • Blog Post: Illinois State University Day at the Capitol

    On March 2 nd , the American Heart Association held the second Illinois State University Day at the Capitol in Springfield, Illinois. 50 students from the exercise physiology program at ISU, led by You’re the Cure volunteers Karen Dennis and Dale Brown, attended a morning training and an afternoon...
  • Blog Post: Children's Hospital of Illinois Tour

    Our Senior Director of Government Relations, Mark Peysakhovich, was honored to join Congressman Darin LaHood for a tour of the Children's Hospital of Illinois in Peoria on Monday. He got to see some of their youngest patients at the hospital’s amazing Pediatric Congenital Heart Defects clinic...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: PJ Jones

    What is your why? Education What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association? I am currently a member of The Multiculture Committee and I wanted to branch out with AHA and see what other volunteer opportunities were out there. So here I am and it is very educational as far...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Karen Dennis

    What is your why? My WHY started off more as a "work thing." I am a RN and I worked in Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation/Cardiology. Working with the AHA was just something that someone from my department did. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it, I just didn’t have much intrinsic...
  • Blog Post: Pump Up P.E. Webinar

    On Monday, January 25, 2016 join us from 12:30pm-2pm for a webinar on how physical educators can better engage parents as champions of physical education and school health. Hosted by the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity’s workgroup on Childhood Nutrition & Physical Activity in Educational...
  • Blog Post: IAHPERD Convention

    On November 19th and 20th, hundreds of Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (IAHPERD) members gathered at the IAHPERD Convention in Saint Charles, Illinois to hear the latest on Physical Education (P.E.) in Illinois schools. 248 attendees helped protect P.E. in Illinois...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Tawanda Johnson-Gray

    What is your WHY? My WHY is my children and future generations. What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association? In 2008, I had my fourth stroke, which was misdiagnosed originally, until I refused to leave the hospital. Further testing was conducted due to the refusal to...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Dr. Timothy Sanborn

    What is your why? While I work with patients daily on a one to one basis to reduce their cardiovascular risk, prevention of smoking and obesity as well as emergency treatment of heart attacks can be more effective when addressed locally and statewide through the efforts of the AHA. What brought...
  • Blog Post: Illinois You're the Cure Advocacy Summit

    On Saturday, November 7th, the second annual You're the Cure Advocacy Summit kicked off in Chicago for our insider advocates, those who reached Champion and Hero rank in the previous fiscal year. Our insiders started the day sharing what inspires them to be advocates for the American Heart Association...
  • Blog Post: You're the Cure Hero: Bob Biggins

    What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association? I had my stroke in 2003 while serving in the Illinois legislature. I'd already been working with the American Heart Association on health care issues so after I was able, I became a visible advocate for heart healthy issues...
  • Blog Post: Successful You're the Cure Recruitment at Illinois Heart Walks

    This year, You're the Cure volunteers collected petitions in support of the sugary drink tax and in defense of Physical Education in Illinois schools. The You're the Cure presence at each of the Heart Walks around the state was a success adding hundreds of new voices to our fight against heart...
  • Blog Post: Should Illinois Raise the Age to Buy Tobacco to 21?

    Check out this Letter to the Editor below, which was published in the Chicago Tribune by Dr. Timothy Sanborn, chairman-elect of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s Illinois Advocacy Committee. We thank the Tribune for its recent editorial in support of raising the...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Kirk Disrude

    What brought you to be an advocate for the AHA? At 38 years old my wife was 20 weeks pregnant with our first son when she saved my life by reacting FAST. I had a ischemic stroke that turned my day to day functioning upside down. After three days of no memory or consciousness, I "came to"...