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  • Idaho Lobby Day

    Please join us for our Idaho state Lobby Day.
  • Virtual Tour of New Website

    The newly redesigned website was designed with you, our advocates, in mind. Now we’d like to show you how to make the most of it! Please join us for a virtual tour of the new site Tuesday, November 13 at 12:00pm-12:30pm PST . (Note: Please adjust meeting start time according to your time zone...
  • Advocate in Website Wonderland: A Site Tour

    Please join us for a virtual tour of the new site You're the Cure website, Monday December 10th at 6:00pm-6:30pm PST. (Note: Please adjust meeting start time according to your time zone.) Taking action online is one of the quickest ways to make a difference. It’s important to us that you feel...
  • Advocate in Website Wonderland: A Site Tour

    Please join us for a virtual tour of the new site You're the Cure website, Tuesday December 11th at 12:00pm-12:30pm PST. (Note: Please adjust meeting start time according to your time zone.) Taking action online is one of the quickest ways to make a difference. It’s important to us that you...
  • Idaho Youth Lobby Day

    Join us as we lobby for heart healthy policies.
  • Blog Post: October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month

    Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when electrical impulses in the heart become rapid or chaotic, which causes the heart to suddenly stop beating. Every year in the United States, emergency medical personnel treat almost 383,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests – that’s more than 1,000 a...
  • Blog Post: What a Good System of Care Looks Like

    Guest Blogger: Adrean Cavener, Government Relations Director For the last few months, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has teamed up with emergency medical service (EMS) providers, hospitals, healthcare providers, public health, health insurers, legislators, community members...
  • Blog Post: Michael Goes to Washington

    On September 18th, I joined survivors and doctors from health organizations across the country to storm Capitol Hill as an advocate for National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding . It was a wonderful experience for me personally and while I am on the Board for the American Heart Association in Idaho...
  • Blog Post: Cody's Story

    Written By Jami Fitzpatrick, Idaho On June 1 st , 2009 my son, Cody, was found at the bottom of a swimming pool while visiting the local community pool with family members. He was quickly pulled from the pool. He was not breathing and his heart had stopped beating. Unfortunately, the present adult...
  • Blog Post: Have a Heart-Healthy Holiday

    This Holiday Season I would like to take this moment to thank you for being an engaged member of our You’re the Cure Network. Thanks to advocates like you, we’ve made a tremendous difference on important legislation at the local, state and national levels. The holiday season is fast approaching...
  • Blog Post: Happy Holidays from Your Advocacy Team!

    Thank you for partnering with us to promote heart and brain health in 2013. Because of you we’re increasing opportunities for our children to be physically active, improving nutrition standards, creating stroke systems of care, and finding better outcomes for heart patients. We’re excited...
  • Blog Post: Ready for the New Year?

    As you know, the AHA and ASA aims to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20% while reducing the deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20% by 2020. Thanks to advocates like you, we’ve made a tremendous progress towards our goals, but we still have a lot of work to do...
  • Idaho State Lobby Day Dinner

    Join us for dinner and issue training in preparation for Idaho State Lobby Day.
  • Idaho State Lobby Day

    Join us as we meet with state lawmakers to discuss the very important issues of PE requirements and CPR training in our schools. In addition we will also be advocating for the establishment of STEMI and Stroke systems of care to ensure Idaho stroke victims receive the very best care possible.
  • Blog Post: Learn & Share Your Post-Stroke Tips

    After a stroke, even the simplest tasks can be very challenging. Survivors often face limb weakness, numbness or paralysis, communication challenges, and difficulty with their vision. However, we know stroke survivors and caregivers across the country are persevering and discovering new, creative ways...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Kami Sutton

    Guest Blogger: Kami Sutton, Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator, Western States Affiliate Hi there YTC Advocates! I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself, my name is Kami Sutton and I am the new Grassroots Coordinator for the Western States Affiliate of the American Heart Association. As someone...
  • Blog Post: A Look Back at Idaho Youth Lobby Day 2014

    On January 7th over 50 American Heart Association volunteers hit the Idaho Capitol Building for Idaho Youth Lobby Day. That morning they received training on the importance of physical education and CPR as a high school graduation requirement. We also trained them to become “lobbying ninjas,”...
  • Blog Post: Why CPR Training Matters to Me

    Guest Blogger: Jami Fitzpatrick June 1 st , 2009 my son Cody’s life was saved, after he had stopped breathing, by a bystander that performed CPR. The bystander learned CPR while she was in high school. After this event I became a CPR Instructor and passionately shared the knowledge and advocacy...
  • Blog Post: A Heartfelt Thanks

    Each year, we like to pause and give thanks during National Volunteer Week (April 6 th -12 th ) for the amazing contributions of volunteers like you. We know you have a choice when deciding which organization to dedicate your time and talents to and we’re honored you’ve chosen to contribute...
  • Blog Post: Looking Back at the 2014 Idaho Legislative Session

    Guest Blogger: Adrean Cavener, Idaho Government Relations Director The 2014 Idaho Legislative Session was a very successful one for the American Heart Association. We passed three major pieces of legislation that will build lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. First, the Legislature...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Highlight: Idaho-AHPERD

    In association with the American Heart Association, Idaho-AHPERD has been working diligently for the past two years to strengthen Physical Education (PE) requirements in the state of Idaho. Meetings were conducted to poll the top priorities for PE requirements and included physical education teachers...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Highlight: Mark Dunham

    Mark Dunham, Idaho I have been a lobbyist in Idaho since 1984. I was the CEO of the Idaho Association of REALTORS for almost 20 years, BSU’s lobbyist for 3 years, the Vice President of IACI, and starting in November of 2007, I was the Executive Director of the Idaho Associated General Contractors...
  • Blog Post: Smokefree Efforts are Gaining Ground Around the State

    Guest Blogger: Adrean Cavener, Idaho Government Relations Director The smokefree efforts are really gaining momentum in Idaho! After the recent passage of the state’s most comprehensive smokefree ordinance in Ketchum, other cities have been taking notice and looking at ordinances of their own...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight - Cody Fitzpatrick

    Cody Fitzpatrick, Idaho Cody Fitzpatrick is one of our newest volunteers at the American Heart Association in Idaho. When Cody was just 5 years old, he was found at the bottom of the community pool he was visiting with family. A bystander, Jennifer, or Cody’s “angel” as the Fitzpatrick...
  • Blog Post: What Could Be More Important?

    Guest Blogger: Pat Tucker I have met two people in my entire life who have been saved by CPR. Both of them beautiful young boys who understood at their tender ages that they would not be alive today without someone bringing them back to life with CPR. They both seem to have a special sense of their...