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  • YTC Training Webinar - Wowed by the Web: How to Make the You're the Cure Community Website Work for You

    Come on a visual tour of the new You're the Cure community web pages and see all the ways you can be a vital part of the journey to drive policy change. Webinar - access information will be sent to registrants before event
  • YTC Training Webinar - Swaying Your Legislator: How to Make Your Communications with Legislators Come Alive

    REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED, PLEASE CONTACT KELTCIE.DELAMAR@HEART.ORG FOR MORE INFORMATION. Learn to pull off visits and calls to your legislators' offices that are compelling, influential, and impossible to ignore. Webinar - access information will be sent to registrants before event
  • YTC Training Webinar - You're the Cure Advocacy Crash Course: How to Advocate with You're the Cure both Online and Off

    REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT HAS NOW CLOSED. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT KELTCIE DELAMAR, keltcie.delamar@heart.org. Whether you're new or have been with us for a while, tune in to learn the many ways you can actively engage in American Heart Association efforts to advance policies that...
  • 2013 North Carolina Session Planning Call

    REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT HAS CLOSED. PLEASE CONTACT BETSY.VETTER@HEART.ORG FOR MORE INFORMATION. Join Betsy Vetter, NC Director of Government Relations, on Wednesday, January 23rd from 6:30 to 7:30 pm for a one-hour teleconference that will give you a preview of what you can expect during session...
  • Blog Post: Larry Calhoun

    Larry Calhoun, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate Several years ago, I completed a 75 mile charity bike ride--a proud achievement and testimony to my level of fitness to complete the ride. About a week later, I went to bed early not feeling well. I awoke at 3:00 a.m. with a pain in my chest that felt like someone...
  • Blog Post: Your Story Can Help Us Close the Gap!

    At some point in our lives, we all need access to healthcare. In a perfect world, everyone would have access to health insurance, allowing them to seek out care as needed. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for everyone. For more than 300,000 North Carolinians health insurance is simply out of...
  • 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: 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: Psst ... We Want To Tell You Something Big!

    Throughout the year, we reach out with a "THANK YOU!" message to our advocates because we want you to know that your efforts are making a difference and saving lives. We appreciate you every moment of every day. We value those times when you rush through dinner with your family to make to...
  • 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: 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: Yolanda Dickerson

    Yolanda Dickerson, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate I am the product of my village. When I received the AHA Survivor Advocate of the Year award in DC three years ago, I knew it was really not about me. The award is a culmination of those who invested in me and what I’ve learned up to this point. For more...
  • 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: Let's Get Mobile!

    We’re keeping up with the times, and now you can advocate by text, in addition to the emails you might be used to. You can get on our mobile list and lend your voice to a policy issue at the same time – just be sure you reply to the ‘auto-response’ after you send your first...
  • Blog Post: Will you help influence scientific research?

    We need to hear from consumers like you as the American Heart Association (AHA) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) partner together on the future of research. Your experience could lead to the next research study to improve heart disease and stroke treatment. As an advocate...
  • 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: Debra Wells

    Debra Wells, District of Columbia Don’t ever let yourself wind up like Debra Wells. Doctors confirm her heart stopped for almost 20 seconds. Today she’s alive to tell about it, and it was a rough road. Before her heart problems, Debra was a successful business woman, working as Vice...
  • 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: Help Protect PE for Kids Like Me!

    Guest post from Reagan Spomer, 6th grader Alliance for a Healthier Generation Youth Advisory Board Member & You’re the Cure Advocate I have two words for you… scooter hockey. Sounds fun, doesn’t it? That’s because it is! Scooter hockey, along with cage ball and 3-way soccer...
  • Blog Post: Stakeholders Gather to Discuss Food Access in NC

    The American Heart Association joined other health advocates, NC lawmakers, airmen, and members of the faith community at the North Carolina Museum of History on June 1 to pray, eat, and discuss improving access to healthy food across the state through the healthy corner store initiative. A diverse...
  • Blog Post: Neil Dorsey

    NEIL DORSEY, MID-ATLANTIC AFFILIATE Why am I an advocate? What got me started down this path? I have always felt the need to speak up about issues that impact on our lives. I once heard at a meeting that we advocate for those folks who cannot speak or do not have a voice in decisions being made about...
  • Blog Post: In-District Meetings - the Golden Window?

    Could timing be everything when you want to get your legislator’s attention? When lawmakers are ‘in Session’ they are flooded with constituent requests about current legislation. This is when they are on active duty in their General Assemblies or other governing body. While these advocate...
  • Blog Post: Find the Heart Walk Near You

    The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association’s premier community event, helping to save lives from heart disease and stroke. More than 300 walks across America raise funds to support valuable health research, education and advocacy programs of the American Heart Association in every state....