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  • Blog Post: Your Advocacy Team is Hitting the Road in 2016!

    Mark your calendars to join us in 2016! The North Carolina AHA Government Relations Team: Betsy Vetter, Sarah Jacobson and Kim Chidester will be traveling across the state (from Asheville to Wilmington!) to offer two additional in-person Advocacy Training Sessions. In these workshops, we will offer...
  • Blog Post: Being a Mom is Hard Work. Finding Healthy Food Doesn’t Have to Be.

    Over the coming weeks, our advocates will be sharing why they believe North Carolina needs healthy corner stores. Help us bring healthy corner stores to our state in 2016 – tell your lawmaker today. Anmarie Wyrick, from Matthews, says: "Sometimes it’s just so hard to be the...
  • Blog Post: A Win for Access to Healthcare in New Hampshire

    Last month the Legislature voted to continue the NH Health Protection Program for another two years! The American Heart Association knows providing low wage workers access to affordable healthcare is key to the prevention of heart disease and stroke. For the past two years, nearly 47,000 Granite Staters...
  • Blog Post: Tessa Daniels Urges Lawmakers to Require a Test that Saved Her Son

    Springfield mom Tessa Daniels, with 2 ½ year old son Sawyer and family in tow, urged House Health Care Committee members recently to pass legislation that would require all birthing facilities in Vermont to require a test that helped save her son’s life right after he was born. Tessa...
  • Blog Post: Together We Can End Stroke in Massachusetts

    When someone has a stroke, time and type of care are the two most important factors to their survival and quality of life. A person experiencing a stroke needs to be sent to a hospital that is properly equipped to handle their particular type and severity of stroke. And the sooner, the better, as time...
  • Blog Post: Jennifer & Joel Griffin

    Jennifer & Joel Griffin, Virginia On June 8, 2012, Gwyneth Griffin, a 7th grader at A. G. Wright Middle School, collapsed in cardiac arrest. Several critical minutes passed before her father, Joel, reached her. CPR had not been initiated. “ There was no one else taking care of my daughter...
  • Blog Post: Falling on Deaf Ears

    All winter and spring, volunteers from the American Heart Association have been meeting with legislators, writing letters to the editor, making calls and sending email. Why? Because one of the most lifesaving bills in the past decade is being debated in the state house. LD633 would accept the federal...
  • Blog Post: 2016 Legislative Session Wrap Up

    Guest Blogger: Marc Watterson, Utah Government Relations Director The 2016 Legislative Session has finally come to end and while there are important issues that have yet to be resolved, we can be proud of the efforts we have engaged in and the results we were able to see. This year the Utah State...
  • Blog Post: Healthcare Expansion - What Almost Was

    The 63 rd Idaho State Legislature adjourned on March 25 th , 2016. This means most legislators will go back to their districts to begin campaigning, and to discuss their accomplishments this session. However, the accomplishments for the session are tempered by the major issue they failed to address –...
  • Blog Post: We Want You... To Come To State Lobby Day

    Don’t worry! There is still time to register for NC AHA You're the Cure State Lobby Day on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. But if you haven't already signed up - don't delay! Sign up here . The event will begin promptly at 9am with an issues overview and advocacy training at the legislative...
  • Blog Post: Fresh Food for Strong Kids

    Why do we need a Healthy Corner Store Initiative? This week, Valerie King, from Yadkinville, shares her thoughts. Help us bring healthy foods to all NC communities this year – tell your lawmaker today. " My little diva was born with a congenital heart defect. She has had 5 open heart...
  • Blog Post: Governor Haley Signs Lifesaving Hands-On CPR in Schools Bill into Law

    Governor Nikki Haley signed House Bill 3265 into law on Thursday, April 21, requiring all South Carolina students to learn hands-on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). This essential life skill will be incorporated into the already required high school health education curriculum and will ultimately...
  • Blog Post: State Lobby Day: A Day to Remember

    We are excited that you are joining us May 10th for the 2016 NC AHA You’re the Cure at the Capitol State Lobby Day. To help you feel ready, we want to provide some important information about Lobby Day. Lobby Day Schedule : Registration check-in will open at 8:30 am at the Legislative...
  • Blog Post: MN STEMI System of Care Signed into Law!

    On Friday April 29, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed into law HF2613 – to launch an official Minnesota STEMI System of Care and prioritize the highest quality treatment for anyone who suffers a heart attack, regardless of where they live in Minnesota! The new legislation authorizes the MN...
  • Blog Post: You’re the Cure at the Capitol State Lobby Day: Issues At A Glance

    State Lobby Day is almost here! These are the issues that we will be discussing with our lawmakers.  We will have two asks this year, and have included talking points for each issue below. We know that State Lobby Day this year will be as successful as all of our other years, and we cannot wait for...
  • Blog Post: They Want to Hear From You!

    Even though Connecticut is indeed a small state, it still consists of no fewer than 169 towns and cities. Within those towns and cities are 151 state representatives and 36 state senators, all of whom are re-elected every two years. You are a constituent to one particular state representative and state...
  • Blog Post: Take Action for Corner Stores Today

    We would all like the option to make a healthy choice, right? We need your help now to speak up for the Healthy Corner Store Initiative. Legislative session is moving fast and the NC House will be debating the state budget next week. It is important that the $1 million appropriation for Healthy Corner...
  • Blog Post: The Legislative Session is a Wrap!

    New Hampshire state lawmakers have finished session and bills now move on to the Governor’s office for signing into law. Two of the American Heart Association’s priority bills have succeeded. The Reauthorization of NH’s Medicaid Expansion program, continues healthcare coverage for 47...
  • Blog Post: MA Budget Success

    Last week when the Senate took up their budget we had some success and some losses. We did not get any additional funding for MA Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program. We also did not secure funding for CPR in Schools Grants or the AED Trust Fund which is disappointing but we will continue to work...
  • Blog Post: You Can Detect a Stroke

    I grew up worshipping Nancy Drew. Now, my daughter loves her as well. My daughter has a notebook that she fills with mysteries that she is trying to solve—it is really cool. Everyone knows that Nancy Drew is someone you want to have around in a pinch (or if you are held hostage by evil inn owners...
  • Blog Post: Legislative Session is Over, How Did We Do?

    The legislature has adjourned for the 2016 session and as you likely have heard they worked right down to the deadline. The heart-health policies we have been working on celebrated some big wins and a few disappointments. Take a minute to read our recap below. Stay tuned for possible special session...
  • Blog Post: We Met At The Capitol

    It has been a busy spring in the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate! Across the affiliate we have been hosting Lobby Days to bring advocates together to meet with their lawmakers, so join us to learn what your neighbors have been busily working on this session. South Carolina’s inaugural Lobby Day in March...
  • Blog Post: Advocacy Victories in the Commonwealth

    We are excited that with the end of our fiscal year that we have a lot of advocacy wins to celebrate. This was a true team effort that could not be achieved without your support of our work, taking action on alerts, being part of lobby day, and you, our dedicated volunteers being tireless advocates throughout...
  • Blog Post: Helping Us Fight the Silent Killer

    High blood pressure is called The Silent Killer for a reason. It has no symptoms, so you may not be aware that it's damaging your arteries, heart and other organs. When left untreated, possible health consequences can include heart disease, heart attack, stroke and congestive heart failure. But...
  • Blog Post: Participate in your local August Recess!

    We are looking for volunteers to take a meeting with their member of Congress while they are in town this August. Important federal advocacy goals for Congress this year include: CR (Cardiac Rehab) – changing a key Medicare provision so that those who have survived a coronary event can...