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  • Blog Post: Calling on the Feds to do More to Discourage Young People from Getting Hooked on E-Cigs

    The American Heart Association’s John Bailey, State Director of Government Relations, participated in a press conference with U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal and Connecticut Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Jewel Mullen calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to expedite implementation...
  • Blog Post: Bill Signing for Sudden Cardiac Arrest Education Legislation

    The American Heart Association recently attended the bill signing ceremony for Senate Bill 229 “An Act Concerning Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention”. Advocacy worked closely with State Senators Senator Carlo Leone and Bob Duff, along with the Pena Family whose son died of a SCA, in passing...
  • Blog Post: State Board of Ed Votes to Support CPR Training for CT Students

    American Heart Association Advocacy Volunteer Bruce Hoffman, along with members of the Ellington Rescuer Post 512, presented a CPR / Chain of Survival demonstration at the July meeting of the State Board of Education before board members passed a resolution including CPR training to the Health Curriculum...
  • Blog Post: Little PALs Learn Hands Only CPR

    Staff from the American Heart Association's Advocacy, Development, ECC Departments partnered with Yale New Haven Hospital at this year’s New Haven Police Athletic League Camp. AHA’s staff led a Hands Only CPR demonstration at the recent safety day. Approximately 160 kids ranging from...
  • Blog Post: The Start of Summer Brings New Board Members to CT AHA

    The American Heart Association of Connecticut has a new board of directors who have already committed to helping move AHA’s legislative agenda at the State Capitol. The new crop of board members have all been touched in one way or another by heart disease and stroke and are committed in assisting...
  • Blog Post: A Star Comes to Connecticut

    The American Heart Association recently held its Fairfield County Go Red for Women luncheon, which was attended by more than 400 guest learning how to combat heart disease and stroke, the number one and three killers among women. The guests were treated to Star Jones, who was the key note speaker and...
  • Blog Post: Rocky Supports CPR in Schools

    The American Heart Association collected signatures for a petition calling for CPR training in Connecticut schools at a recent New Britain Rock Cat’s game. As part of National EMS Week, members of the EMS community and American Heart’s Mission Lifeline project were recognized during the night...
  • Blog Post: Important SCA Legislation Passed in the CT General Assembly

    In the final days of the 2014 Connecticut General Assembly, law makers passed important legislation aimed at reducing the number of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) deaths during youth athletic events. SCA is the leading cause of death in young athletes. Most often, the death occurs during athletic training...
  • Blog Post: Three Young Ladies Who Know the Importance of CPR training in Schools

    Gabriela, Julia, and Megan, who serve in the Ellington Rescue Post 512, made a trip to the State Capitol to demonstrate CPR and advocate for CPR training in schools. The three demonstrated their skills and discussed with legislators the importance of learning CPR during the American Heart Association’s...
  • Blog Post: Stroke Advocacy Group Pushes State System of Care Bill

    Members of the Connecticut Stroke Task Force have been working with legislators to pass a bill that would create the framework for a coordinated statewide Stroke System of Care, improving the odds of survival for stroke victims. The proposed legislation would improve outcomes for thousands of people...
  • Blog Post: AHA Stands with Legislators Calling for E-Cig Regulations

    American Heart Association’s own David Day, Vice President of Advocacy for the Founders Affiliate, stood with U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty calling for new regulations on electronic cigarettes during a recent press conference at the Connecticut State Legislative...
  • Blog Post: Lieutenant Governor Is Honored at the GRFW Luncheon

    Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman was presented with a very special award at the recently held 2014 Hartford Go Red for Women Luncheon in honor of her participation in the luncheon since its inception and her contributions to women’s health in Connecticut. Known for her signature platform heels,...
  • Blog Post: Kristen Hickey, Connecticut

    I have always tried to make a difference in a patient’s life, but thanks to the American Heart Association, I can make a difference in lives of patient’s throughout Connecticut. I have been a Stroke Coordinator for the last 7 years and have a passion to improve stroke care for all of my patients...
  • Blog Post: State Comptroller Kevin Lembo Goes Red

    State Comptroller Kevin Lembo recently stopped by the Hartford Steam Building to show support for the Go Red Day health fair, where the American Heart Association provided attendees with Healthy Heart information and St. Francis Hospital offered free health screening. Comptroller Lembo reminded folks...
  • Blog Post: U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal & American Heart Stand Together in Support of CVS Caremark Decision

    The American Heart Association, along with staff from the Connecticut Chapter of the American Lung Association recently participated in a press conference with U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal heralding the decision made by CVS Pharmacy to discontinue the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products...
  • Blog Post: Dr. Seth Lapuk, Connecticut

    I was raised in a family committed to volunteerism. The American Heart Association has given me a home to continue this tradition. I have been a member of the North Central Connecticut Board of The American Heart Association for 4 years and have had the honor of being the Board President for the last...
  • Blog Post: Karen Christensen, Connecticut

    Karen Christensen was born with a hole in her heart but that didn’t stop her from achieving her dream of skating in the Ice Capades. Christensen shared her story as an honoree for Fairfield County Heart Walk helping raise heart disease awareness and funds for the American Heart Association. She...
  • Blog Post: AHA Educating Task Force Members on the Impact of Childhood Obesity

    At the December meeting of Connecticut’s Childhood Obesity Task force, American Heart’s own, Dr. Sally Wong, presented to members an assessment of the causes of childhood obesity, the impact the crisis is having on our communities, and strategies to reverse the disturbing trend. Dr. Wong...
  • Blog Post: Where did 2013 go?

    Wow! Where did 2013 go? As we celebrate all we did this year, I find myself once again thinking about New Year resolutions. The perennial favorites are there….eat better, get more exercise, save more money…but these goals are all centered on making my life better. What if for 2014 we all...
  • Blog Post: Happiest of Holidays to the World's Best Volunteers!

    I am truly lucky. I get to work on policies that will make our communities healthier every, single day. But the greatest part of my job is that I get to do that work with the best volunteers in the world. As the holidays are upon us, I wanted to take a moment to say thank you. And to let you know how...
  • Blog Post: Cutting through the Social Media Cutler with the help of Advocacy Volunteers

    State Representative Betsy Ritter, Bob Connors from NBC Connecticut, along with You’re the Cure Volunteer, Bruce Hoffman, participated on a panel at the American Heart Association’s Founders Affiliate Health Strategies Department retreat. The panel discussion allowed members from the government...
  • Blog Post: Closing the Loop on Pulse Ox Screening

    The successful "Go Red for Women Luncheon" Leadership meeting offered a great opportunity for “You're the Cure” volunteer Shari Cantor to discuss with Department of Public Health Commissioner Jewell Mullen the closing of the loop on the Connecticut Pulse Ox Screening campaign...
  • Blog Post: AHA Connecticut Participates in The Rally for Medical Research Lobby Day

    Connecticut Advocacy participated in the 2013 Rally for Medical Research lobby day. Nearly 300 people form 40 states convened on Capitol Hill meeting with elected officials and their staff in 250 Congressional offices to urge congress to invest in the National Institute of Health (NIH) for the health...
  • Blog Post: Connecticut's "You're the Cure" has a New Hero...Charlie

    Connecticut advocacy took part in the highly successful “Little Heart Hero” day, which was attended by children with CCHD and their families. One of the tables that the children and their parents toured was the “You’re the Cure” table, where kids drew pictures on petitions...
  • Blog Post: Karen Christensen, Connecticut

    I am a volunteer with the American Heart Association and a true believer in its mission. I have participated as a Team Captain for the Heart Walk in West Haven, am looking to expand my activity in the “You’re the Cure” network, and am examining ways I can assist in the Fairfield Walk...