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  • Blog Post: Presentation: Communicating with Congress

    View the slides from the recent presentation entitled Communicating with Congress: How to turn a 10-Minute Meeting with a Legislator into a Life-Long Relationship .
  • Blog Post: Show Congress the Face of Medical Research

    When Congress cuts funding for medical research, as it did in March, we all feel the impact. Many research labs that rely on funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have been forced to delay or abandon promising projects and to fire staff. The end result: patients will wait longer for new...
  • Blog Post: Research Without Funding

    A car without an engine, a bicycle without tires... they just don't work. Neither does research without funding. In order to make discoveries that lead to treatments and cures for our nation's most devastating diseases, researchers need test tubes and other equipment, lab staff to conduct research...
  • Blog Post: Bringing Stroke Awareness to the Hill

    Today, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill to share the latest stroke data with congressional staff and to educate them about important research underway to better understand the human brain. Dr. Bruce Ovbiagele, professor and chairman of the...
  • Blog Post: Funding Cuts Continue to Threaten Medical Research

    Across-the-board federal budget cuts that took effect in March, known as the sequester, eliminated $1.5 billion or 5% from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget. These devastating cuts are already causing the cancellation or delay of promising research projects throughout the country, slowing...
  • Blog Post: Many Hearts, One Voice on Capitol Hill

    Against the backdrop of Washington, DC’s famous cherry blossoms, 300 You’re the Cure advocates joined together in our nation’s capital in April to deliver a strong message to Congress: Invest in our health! Here are just a few of the highlights of You’re the Cure on the Hill 2013...
  • Blog Post: Mixed News in President's Budget Proposal

    American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comment today on President Obama’s proposed fiscal year 2014 federal budget: “While President Obama’s budget moves in the right direction by restoring the National Institutes of Health funding cut by the sequester, the...
  • Blog Post: You're the Cure Heads to Capitol Hill

    More than 300 American Heart Association volunteers came to Washington, D.C. today to urge Congress to restore federal funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and to support a Million Hearts campaign to attack the growing problem of high blood pressure – public health enemy No. 2 behind...
  • Blog Post: Watch the Rally for Medical Research LIVE

    We’re less than a week away from the Rally for Medical Research- a unified call to our nation’s policymakers about the critical need for a sustained investment in the National Institutes of Health to improve health, drive innovation, and support jobs! This significant event will bring together...
  • Blog Post: Be Part of the Rally for Medical Research!

    There’s something big about to happen in Washington, DC, that you need to be a part of! On April 8th, thousands of patients and researchers, including hundreds of our You’re the Cure advocates, will join together in our nation’s capital to deliver a strong, unified message to Congress...
  • Blog Post: Call your Senators TODAY!

    As Congress considers funding proposals for federal programs, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) has offered an amendment on the Senate floor that would provide very modest increases for medical research, prevention and treatment programs of interest to us, including National Institutes of Health and the Rural...
  • Blog Post: Sequester Cuts Will Put America’s Heart Health at Risk

    Washington, D.C., March 1, 2013 — American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following statement today on how the sequester cuts will endanger the nation’s heart health: “The sequester cuts pose a serious threat to the extraordinary progress we have made in the fight against...
  • Blog Post: Facts: January 2013 AHA Policy Report

    Find all of AHA's Policy Position statements on various issues with this "at-a-glance" report entitled the Policy Report.
  • Blog Post: “Hello! My name is ____”

    It’s time to welcome the 113 th Congress! We all know the best welcomes are personal, so we’re asking You’re the Cure advocates to introduce themselves to their members of Congress by recording a video and uploading it to Facebook. We’re calling it the “Hello, my name...
  • Blog Post: Update:NIH funding cuts delayed, but not yet avoided

    A financial crisis was averted by Congress this week, but the solution is temporary with regards to funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Funding cuts for NIH and other federal programs have been delayed, but are not off the table as Congress continues to seek ways to steer our nation...
  • Blog Post: Facts: 2013 NIH Funding Letter

    See which Members of Congress put their support in writing by urging Congressional leadership to protect the National Institutes of Health from budget cuts.
  • Blog Post: Heart Association Officials Welcome New Key NIH Official

    On December 12th, American Heart Association President Dr. Donna Arnett, Chair of the Advocacy Coordinating Committee Dr. Elliot Antman, and AHA staff welcomed the new Director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Gary Gibbons at a reception on Capitol...
  • Blog Post: The Countdown is on to Save NIH Funding!

    It’s almost the end of year, which means you are likely counting the days to festive holiday celebrations and the start of the New Year! But there is another countdown that needs our immediate attention. In just two weeks, medical research funding will be cut by about $2.5 billion, if Congress...
  • Blog Post: 2012 You're the Cure Federal Recap

    As we get ready to welcome the 113 th Congress to Capitol Hill in January, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on all of the activity that took place on key heart and stroke issues this year. In a tough economic environment, You’re the Cure advocates, like you, helped play critical defense to...
  • Blog Post: Take Action to Save Medical Research!

    Congress is considering drastic measures in order to reduce the deficit, including “sequestration,” which means arbitrary, across-the-board cuts to most federal programs. Medical research funding is slated to be cut by more than 8%, about $2.5 billion, which would halt heart and stroke research...
  • Blog Post: National Effort to Establish Patient-Centered Research Methods Underway

    On October 27 th and 28 th , patient-advocates gathered in Washington, DC for a workshop hosted by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to begin a dialogue about the inclusion and engagement of patients at every step of the research process. PCORI, created under the Affordable Care...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Gail Harris-Berry

    Gail Harris-Berry Maryland In June of 2011, I had near-death heart episode that doctors declared “I wouldn’t survive.” My family was called in allowed to say “good-bye.” Having had a cardio-catherization, released from the hospital 6 hrs. later. While resting at home...
  • Blog Post: Election Season and Heart & Stroke Research

    Tonight is the last Presidential debate, marking the home stretch of the campaign season. I bet you've seen your fair share of candidate ads, news features, and campaign literature this season. But at the end of the day, when you sift through all the information, the one thing most voters are looking...
  • Blog Post: AHA Advocate Acts to Protect NIH Funding

    You’re the Cure advocate Ravi Balijepalli, Ph.D , recently hosted Manny Vasquez , Regional Director for U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), at the Cardiovascular Research Center at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine. Dr. Balijepalli, Assistant Professor of Medicine, and his colleagues...
  • Blog Post: Survey for Patients: What Health Care Questions are You Facing?

    Every day, heart disease and stroke patients and caregivers must make health care decisions. They may have to choose between two or more options for preventing, diagnosing or treating their conditions. Or, they might need to decide whether or not a treatment is right for them. For these situations, the...