Although August is usually a time for vacations and trips to the pool, it’s also an ideal time to meet with your federal lawmakers. Members of Congress will be traveling back home, which means for the entire month they will be closer to their constituents and interested in hearing from you!
As You’re the Cure advocates, we want to meet with as many lawmakers as possible and urge them to take action on important issues that affect heart disease and stroke patients in your hometown and across the country.
Are you up for it? If so, here’s the plan!
1. Pick one (or more!) of the following issues
Click on each issue below to learn more information on the latest developments before meeting with your lawmaker:
2. Get in contact with local AHA staff
Fill out this simple form to tell us a little bit about yourself, where you live, your contact information, and which issue or issues you’d like to bring up with your lawmakers. Then AHA staff will take it from there and get in touch with you about scheduling a meeting.
3. Prepare for your meeting
Members of Congress want to hear how the policies we support affect their districts & constituents, and they want to know why it's important to YOU! AHA staff can help with the local information, but only you can share your personal story!
- Think about how these policies would impact your life or the life of someone close to you. Would your experience with heart disease or stroke have been different if we had more research funding or better access to telestroke care or cardiac rehab? Do you rely on schools to deliver nutritious foods to your children? Do you see patients who would benefit from these policies? Is there another reason these policies are important to you?
- Write your story down and practice sharing it, being sure to make the connection to the policy issue you will be discussing.
That's it- You're ready to help us make a difference this August!