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  • 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...
  • Capitol Goes Red

    Join us to celebrate Wear Red Day at the California State Capitol. Capitol Goes Red is an event to raise crucial awareness of the fight against heart disease in women by encouraging legislators and their staff to wear red and attend our health screenings at the Capitol. Activities include: Blood...
  • California State Lobby Day

    Join us as we lobby for heart healthy policies.
  • Blog Post: Update on AB 1731 (Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Defects in Newborns)

    Guest Blogger: Terry Mock, California Senior Health Systems Policy Director On July 1, California began implementing Pulse Oximetry screening on every newborn in a birthing facility. Pulse Oximetry—an inexpensive, painless test which screens for critical congenital heart defects (CCHD)—is...
  • Blog Post: Senate Bill 768 Update

    In California, the American Heart Association continues our campaign to pass Senate Bill 768. If passed, SB 768 would increase the tax on a pack of cigarettes by $2 to fund critical smoking prevention/cessation and other health care programs. Currently at 87-cents-per-pack, California has the 33 rd lowest...
  • Blog Post: How Did We Get Here?

    Guest Blogger - Erica Phung, Sr. Government Relations Director Growing up, most kids don’t tell their parents, “when I grow up I want to be a health advocate!” And if a child did say that to a parent, the parent might be a bit baffled. For the most part, the general public at large...
  • Blog Post: Back to School: ABC's and an F

    The school year is just starting and already our nation has a failing grade. According to " F as in Fat," a report issued by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 41 states have adult obesity rates over 25%. Obesity is a leading risk factor for chronic disease...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Jacob's Heart

    Jacob's Heart, California Nicole Dinubilo-Wells is the mother of twins—Julianna and Jacob—who were born five weeks early on June 3, 2004. Jacob Ryan Wells was born with a critical congenital heart defect (CCHD) called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome . With this CCHD, the left side...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Marisol Ferrante

    Marisol Ferrante, California On August 19 th , 2011 Marisol Ferrante was happily at work when she suddenly began experiencing painful headaches. Thinking it was a normal stress-related headache; she took some pain killers and tried to resume working. However, even hours later, an intense pain shot...
  • Blog Post: California: World Stroke Day is October 29th

    Guest Blogger: Josh Brown, Grassroots Advocacy Director October 29th is World Stroke Day, a day to raise awareness about stroke, America’s fourth leading cause of death. World Stroke Day is a global campaign aimed at reducing the incidence of stroke around the world by educating communities...
  • 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: A Day in the Life – Rally for Medical Research, 2013

    Written By Marcy Shugert, California The Rally for Medical Research met on September 17-18, 2013 to ask Congress to stop the sequestration of National Institutes of Health (NIH); and I was one of the people chosen to go - it was an unforgettable experience! From beginning to end, I was under the feverish...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Brittni Chicuata

    Guest Blogger: Brittni Chicuata, Government Relations Director for Advocacy, Greater Bay Area, California I am delighted to write this post as the new Government Relations Director for Advocacy in the Greater Bay Area. As a San Francisco native, I am thrilled to be working in a familiar region, furthering...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Drew Sperling

    Drew Sperling, California Drew Sperling was a college student in good health when he suffered a hemorrhagic stroke. He had no family history, blood pressure was normal and no other signs or symptoms – other than a minor headache. “I was 21 years old -- I had a small headache, but didn’t...
  • Blog Post: My Motivation

    Guest Blogger: Jacqueline Hernandez The most rewarding aspect about my job has to be working on influential legislation that often saves the lives of many including the amazing staff and volunteers I have the privilege of working with on a daily basis. For example, when our Advocacy Team took on the...
  • 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: Share Your Story: Erica Ralston

    Erica Ralston, Business Development Director, California My Grandfather passed away at the age of 40 after three heart attacks. My mom was 11 and I was not in the picture. But his absence in my life has already been felt. I know it is genetic for my family. I do my best every day to make the choices...
  • Blog Post: Stephanie Goes to Washington DC

    Stephanie L'Archuleta, California This year I was pleased to join other AHA advocates across the U.S. and rally on the Capitol steps in support of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). My trip to Washington DC was amazing! The weather was perfect (in the 70's) and Washington was beautiful...
  • Blog Post: Meeting the Mission at the Local Level

    Guest Blogger: Brittni Chicuata, Government Relations Director Advocacy, Bay Area With the holiday season upon us and the end of the year fast approaching, it feels only natural to take the time to reflect on the things for which I am thankful. This year has been quite remarkable, and I must say that...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Join Us for California's Lobby Day

    RSVP for California’s State Lobby Day! On Wednesday, April 23rd dedicated advocates from across the state will meet with state legislators to encourage them to adopt policies that will make California a healthier place to live, including obesity prevention and tobacco control policies. Please...
  • Capitol Goes Red

    Join us in celebration of American Heart Month by wearing red on National Wear Red Day, Friday February 7 th . It's a simple, yet powerful way to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke. There are a number of volunteer opportunities associated with the event including preparing materials and...