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  • Blog Post: Lobby Day MVPs in the Spotlight

    There were SO many amazing stories surrounding this year’s Hill Day that it was hard to narrow down our annual lobby day award winners. Not a bad problem to have! Please join us in congratulating these You’re the Cure MVPs, and then learn more about their stories in this video. Science...
  • Blog Post: Pulse Oximetry is Two Years Old!

    While to some, May 8 may just seem like any other day – to North Carolina advocates, this is a day to celebrate an anniversary. On May 8, 2013, the Pulse Oximetry bill was signed into law by Governor McCrory. Even though the policy journey is never easy, knowing that lives will be saved make...
  • Blog Post: Thank You for Everything You Do!

    It’s National Volunteer Appreciation Week this week (April 12 – 16) – and with that thought on our minds, we wanted to tell you how much we appreciate you, and all that you do for You’re the Cure initiatives all across the East Coast. We appreciate every single alert response...
  • Blog Post: You're the Cure at the Capitol: A Sea of Red Arrives at the State House

    On March 30 and 31, over 60 You’re the Cure advocates from across North Carolina met at the American Heart Association’s office for our annual State Lobby Day. Advocates participated in advocacy training on Monday. We reviewed the AHA state lobby day issues, learned the components of an effective...
  • Blog Post: If You Build It, They Will Come: Relationships with Lawmakers

    There’s a saying often used when referencing the act of sales which can also be applied to advocacy: It all comes down to relationships. As an advocate, building relationships with elected officials is the number one way you can ensure that lawmakers across your state are educated on the issues...
  • Blog Post: Dr. Amie Hsia

    Dr. Amie Hsia, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate How do you build a passion for stroke? Dr. Amie Hsia is absolutely driven to reduce the gap in knowledge about stroke awareness. As a stroke fellow at Stanford University, Hsia was asked to work on stroke issues in the community. She was staggered by the lack...
  • Blog Post: Seventy Percent of NC Voters Support Funding a Healthy Corner Store Initiative

    On February 24, the NC Alliance for Health (North Carolina’s statewide coalition working on obesity and tobacco use prevention) released a statewide survey that shows that North Carolina registered voters (70 percent) support the creation of a Healthy Corner Store Initiative as a way of tackling...
  • Blog Post: It's Nice to Share

    Sharing is nice, we learned in kindergarten, and here’s where it can really count. It’s super-easy to share our grassroots network with your friends and family, so their voices can help support CVD legislation too. We seriously need to reach the people who understand something about cardiovascular...
  • Blog Post: Juddson Rupp

    Juddson Rupp, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate I didn’t remember anything from my week in the hospital, but when a friend brought in a copy of the six o’clock news from October 27, 2000 I quickly realized that either that was a slow news day or that I was one lucky miracle survivor with an important...
  • Blog Post: Diana Cook, North Carolina

    Diana Cook, North Carolina As a veteran volunteer with the American Heart Association, Diana Cook has been involved in a myriad of ways with the organization over the years. As a Charlotte Heart Walk team leader, she led her work team several years in a row – and every year provided countless...
  • Blog Post: Imagine!

    Christina Bryan, You’re the Cure advocate, recently shared some words of wisdom with us, "My parents, life-long chain smokers, died prematurely as a direct result of their smoking addiction.  As a heart attack survivor, I have never smoked and advise current smokers to quit immediately and...
  • Blog Post: Pulse Oximetry Screening Rules - Closer to Reality

    Many of you helped us in 2013 pass SB 98, Require Newborn Pulse Oximetry Screening. The Governor’s signature of the law was a big step forward to ensuring all newborns were screened but the work isn’t done yet. The law required rules to be written to implement screening all newborns with...
  • Blog Post: When The Surgeon General Comes To Town…

    A special thanks to our guest writer, Dr.Sandra Burke of Charlotte, for her contributions to this story! Recently, the American Heart Association in the Greater Charlotte Region had an excellent opportunity to share its Health Priorities with the newly named U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy...
  • Blog Post: Stroke Center Designation Rules Approved!

    On January 15, 2015 the NC Rules Review Commission approved new stroke center designation rules by unanimous vote. These rules were developed as the result of Session Law 2013-44 Designate Primary Stroke Centers that was signed into law on May 8, 2013. The rules include designation for acute stroke ready...
  • Blog Post: Update from Raleigh: Representative Becky Carney Urges Lawmakers to Go Red for Women

    On Thursday February 5, 2015 Representative Becky Carney (D-Mecklenburg) called on her colleagues in the NC House of Representatives to take action to fight cardiovascular diseases in women. She challenged her fellow lawmakers to show their support by wearing red on Wear Red Day Friday February 6, 2015...
  • Blog Post: Join us for 2015 State Lobby Day at the Capitol!

    It’s that time of year: Registration for the 2015 NC AHA You’re the Cure at the Capitol State Lobby Day has opened! Plan to help us turn the halls of the General Assembly red, and discuss important heart health issues with our lawmakers. This year the event will be on Monday, March...
  • Blog Post: Want To Make A Difference? Here's How!

    With 2015 legislative sessions underway, it’s a wonderful opportunity to reflect on ways that advocates can make a difference. How Can You Make an Impact? Here are some examples: Take Action (and make it personal) : When you receive an action alert quickly take action! It’s important...
  • Blog Post: Gail Mates

    Gail Mates, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate I spent most of my life watching heart disease strike family members. Both grandfathers died of heart attacks, my father suffered from several and even my mother had an enlarged heart and hypertension that made her susceptible. When my father had a stroke, I witnessed...
  • Blog Post: Dr.Bob Blackburn, North Carolina

    Dr. Bob Blackburn, North Carolina Dr. Blackburn started his career as a volunteer with the American Heart Association in 1973. In a nutshell, why did he get involved? He was working with students and saw the impact tobacco was taking on their lives. The tremendous need for our youth to have better...
  • Blog Post: We Are Making Things Happen in NC!

    We hope you’re as ready as we are to begin our 2015 session! On January 14 th, our state legislators were sworn in – and our full legislative session starts on January 28 th. We are so excited to begin a new year with our North Carolina advocates as we work to build a healthier NC. Here are...
  • Blog Post: Kendra Meiklejohn

    Kendra Meiklejohn, Mid-Atlantic My husband and I were so excited at the ultrasound to find out the sex of our second child. We had our son with us. We were joking and talking with the tech. She suddenly grew quiet. When the doctor came in and viewed the ultrasound, he was also very quiet. It didn’t...
  • Blog Post: Paul Kearns

    Paul Kearns, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate Over twenty five years ago, I was working as a boat captain on the Long Island Sound. It was a beautiful summer day around dusk when someone collapsed near me on the dock I was operating. This man was turning blue, and after being frozen with fear I did the only...
  • Blog Post: Advocates Shine in North Carolina

    On November 15th, the NC Advocacy Coordinating Committee held its fall/winter meeting. The committee undertook strategic planning for the 2015 session, heard presentations on healthy corner store initiatives and closing the coverage gap in our state, and set the calendar for upcoming advocacy events...
  • Blog Post: Your Special Power Moves Mountains

    Do you know about your special power? Advocacy is the use of your power to influence someone who can give you what you want. As an American Heart Association You’re the Cure advocate you use the special power of your voice to influence lawmakers, and move mountains for thousands upon thousands...
  • Blog Post: We're Thankful... For You

    It has been an incredibly exciting year in the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate, full of policy advancement and growth in our You’re the Cure network. None of our success could have happened without the work of you, our many dedicated advocates. We are thankful for you. Our DC advocates worked hard...