American Heart Association - You’re the Cure

LoginLogin with Facebook

Remember me Forgot Password

Be the Cure, Join Today!

  • Learn about heart-health issues
  • Meet other likeminded advocates
  • Take action and be heard

More Wyoming leaders are beginning to support state-level plans to receive Medicaid expansion dollars. Michigan, Ohio and Indiana are among 10 states with Republican governors that have already expanded Medicaid in recent years. Some states have used innovative policy solutions to do so. Indiana and Iowa used Medicaid dollars to pay premiums for private health plans for poor people, an approach that requires federal approval, and under federal rules must be budget neutral and offer comprehensive coverage.

In another western state, the Governor of Nevada, Brian Sandavol (R), was the first to start the trend in 2012 and his state has seen billions of dollars that have helped balance the state budget. Governor Sandavol’s plan has helped an additional 78,000 Nevadans access health care.

Although many Republican Governor’s oppose Obamacare, they know that it is currently a reality and provides federal funding that their states could use. Governor of Wyoming Matt Mead (R) is supporting an innovative solution to expand health care coverage for the residents of his state.

“The legal challenge has been done and I think the legal challenges were appropriate,” he said. “But now it’s with us. And it is so intertwined with so many people across the country. We’re hopeful it can get better, but I just don’t see much chance that this is going to be wiped off the books when a new president comes in. So now I have to say, 'What do we do for our citizens who don’t have health care? What do we do for our budget? What do we do that is the best for Wyoming citizens?' understanding it is the law of the land.” #DemandAPlanforWY

Read More

Wyoming, We Can Do More to Save Newborn Lives

Congenital heart disease is among the most common birth defects and is the leading cause of birth defect-related deaths. A simple, low-cost, test can detect critical congenital heart defects and save the lives of newborn children.  Every state in the country, except Wyoming, has some form of pulse oximetry testing requirement or statewide program because the data is clear: It saves lives.

A study from the Colorado School of Public Health found that over 50% of the new born children who had critical congenital heart defects died if they were not given the test and were sent home.

Wyoming, we can do something about that. If you're interested in learning more, please reach out to Kristen Waters, Government Relations Director for Wyoming, at

Read More

The Air Has Been Cleared in Casper

After a full day of voting in Casper on Tuesday, November 3rd, residents have chosen to protect all workers and citizens from the adverse health effects of second hand smoke!

Thank you to all the volunteers for the American Heart Association and our partners in health for making this happen! The city will now reinstate a full smoke free workplace law. The Casper City Council made it official during a special session at Casper City Hall.

Together, our voices and votes made an impact in reducing heart disease and stroke and saving lives in Casper. Working together, I believe we can take the will of the voters statewide so that everyone in Wyoming can breathe smoke-free air. If you’re interested in volunteering and helping to save lives through advocacy, please email Kristen Waters, Government Relations Director Wyoming, at


Read More

Keep Casper 100% Smoke-Free

Public health professionals know that preventable deaths and diseases will increase in Casper if the smoke-free ordinance is repealed. Secondhand smoke causes 75,000 heart disease deaths and around 3,000 lung cancer deaths in nonsmokers in the U.S. every year. Extended exposure to secondhand smoke is also correlated with a 20-30% increased chance of heart attack. Still, anyone who has lost a friend or relative to one of these diseases knows that numbers can’t possibly begin to account for those people’s lives.

Casper residents and workers have the right to breathe clean air and to be healthier because of it. Casper residents also have the right to not lose their friends, family, coworkers and neighbors to diseases caused by secondhand smoke. Don't approve several loopholes that mean residents and workers aren’t fully protected. By keeping the current comprehensive smoke-free ordinance, Casper can keep residents and workers protected.

Secondhand smoke kills. It’s as simple as that. We support a Smoke-Free Casper because Wyoming will be a better place for all without the diseases and deaths caused by secondhand smoke. Casper residents shouldn’t have to sacrifice their health to earn a paycheck or to visit their favorite restaurant or bar. Let’s KEEP Casper 100% smoke free!

Read More

Sing to End Stroke

One in three Americans can’t recall any stroke warning signs. What if singing a song could help people recognize a stroke and give someone the power to save a life?

On World Stroke Day, October 29th, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is using music to help people remember the common warning signs of stroke, F.A.S.T. (Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, Time to call 9-1-1).

Why learn the F.A.S.T song? The quicker you recognize the stroke warning signs and call 9-1-1 for stroke, the better the chances of recovery. 

Here is how you can participate:

So get your vocal cords ready and let's sing to end stroke!


Read More

Dr. Daniela Gerard Helps to Reduce Wait Times for Heart Patients

Daniela Gerard, MD, PhD, is busy both giving care in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) in Gillette, Wyoming and taking care of her dogs, donkeys, horses and a ‘few’ bobcats. Having lived in Wyoming with her husband for the last 10 years, she knows about the geographical barriers to giving care. But when she was looking to make impacts in her community, she looked towards the American Heart Association.


“The American Heart Association gave us all the support and framework that could help our state,” said Dr. Gerard. “Some of our providers didn’t have the tools needed to reduce the times to get care for cardiac patients, and with the funds we received with the help of the American Heart Association, we were able to get these tools out there.”


Dr. Gerard and other American Heart Association volunteers for Mission: Lifeline were so successful in reducing barriers for heart attack victims that Dr. Gerard was asked to present a poster at the Mediterranean Emergency Medicine Congress in Rome, Italy last week.


“The collaboration between the hospitals, providers and all of the partners was really amazing,” said Dr. Gerard. “But there’s more work to do.”


As a board certified emergency medicine physician, Dr. Gerard understands that reducing time to get care, by even minutes or seconds, can have long-term impacts on victims of cardiac arrest.


“In those minutes, it’s all about life. For me, My Life is Why. Every living person has a beating heart,” said Dr. Gerard. “Volunteering at the American Heart Association, through Mission: Lifeline, was such a great way to make an impact.”

Read More

CPR Training in US High School Spreads to 25 States

A grassroots movement of constituents and volunteers have spread CPR training to US high schools. The number of U.S. states teaching cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for high school students has now reached 25 states and more than one million high school students annually.

Alabama was the first state to require CPR training before high school graduations back in 1984. The second state, Iowa, wouldn’t come until 24 years later in 2008. From 2008 to 2015, the movement began to spread quickly. From Texas to Washington to Vermont and many states in between, the non-partisan movement has built support from all sides because policymakers know it will save lives.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a leading cause of death in the U.S.—but when ordinary people, not just doctors and EMTs, are equipped with the skills to perform CPR, the survival rate can double, or even triple. A bystander trained in CPR is the strongest predictor of a victim receiving CPR. Bystanders trained in CPR are more likely to act and act competently.

There is a growing trend as more and more states are recognizing CPR as a valuable skill that should be taught to students in high school to empower them to save lives.

Read More

Volunteers Urge Their Elected Officials: “Step Up to the Plate!”

Volunteers for the American Heart Association and constituents in Albuquerque, NM, Denver and Fort Collins, CO, Jackson, Casper and Cheyenne, WY, urged their elected officials to “Step Up to the Plate” for Healthy School Meals. In December 2010, the bipartisan Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) was passed and signed to update the national nutrition standards for school meals. Now, 100% of schools in Colorado and New Mexico, and 99% in Wyoming, have stepped up to the plate and rejected meals loaded with salt, fat, and sugar.

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) of 2010 represents a major step forward in our nation’s effort to provide children with healthy and nutritious food in schools. Over 31 million children receive meals through the school lunch program, and many children receive most of their meals at school. With one out of every three children in America now considered overweight or obese, schools often are on the front lines in combating childhood obesity and improving children’s overall health.


The HHFKA has several noteworthy provisions:


  • Strengthened local wellness policies by creating more accountability and better implementation.


  • Gave USDA the authority to establish national nutrition standards for all foods sold on the school campus throughout the school day.


  • Provided additional funding to schools who meet the new guidelines.


  • Created Smart Snacks standards, which states that all snack foods outside the meal programs meet nutrition standards.


Together, volunteer advocates are working across the country to reach out their representatives. This reauthorization presents an important opportunity to show how the new programs more effectively address the nutritional needs of children.


Read More

Meet Your New Grassroots Advocacy Director

With $50 in their pockets and hope, my parents brought my sister and I from India to the United States when we were young. 4 years later, after studying at a Red Rocks Community College at night and working minimum wage jobs, they bought a house, two cars and 'a white picket fence'. Our story is like millions of others, a story of creating life, a future, from nothing but a dream. The immigrant’s life truly is art in its purest form. In that same vein, for the last 5 years I’ve been working on creating a strong, diverse advocacy and communications portfolio. With my background in health policy in Colorado, I'm eager to start making impacts at the American Heart Association.

For the last two years, I’ve worked as the Communications and Public Policy Director of the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP). As a registered professional lobbyist advocating and monitoring over 80 bills at the Colorado State Legislature, I was the in-house government relations manager for 2,200 Family Physicians giving care to 2 million Coloradans. I monitored all health related bills in Colorado and Washington DC, wrote messaging for editorials, designed all CAFP materials for events, and organized physicians for legislative action at the Colorado State Legislature and the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing.

I started my advocacy career working for Majority Leader and State Representative Crisanta Duran at the Colorado State Legislature. Soon after, I became the Communications Director for Daniel Kagan for HD3 – the largest house race in Colorado history. For the 2013 legislative session, I served as a communications fellow for Senator Mike Johnston and supported his efforts to pass SB213, a bill to change the school finance structure in Colorado. During my time at the State Legislature, I supported the mission and visions of my elected official offices with policy and communications like press releases, website support, writing and editing newsletters, and developing factsheets. 

I graduated two years ago from the University of Denver with a cum laude honors degree in Economics and Communications. At DU, I was the Managing Editor of the DU Clarion – a 47 employee staffed newspaper, ranking 13th for overall quality in the nation by peers. I created the DU Clarion website, managed a large budget and worked with colleagues to deliver a 36 page paper. I copyedited every article and wrote many of the major and minor pieces.

I serve on the Board of Directors for health advocacy organizations across the Denver metro area. I am active in the community and aim to serve

Read More

Colleen Rodgers Making Impacts in Wyoming

Colleen Rodgers is from Wyoming. She went to school in Cheyenne. She met her husband in Laramie. And she went to the University of Wyoming. Her two girls? Born in Wyoming. So when she decided to give back her time, she wanted to make sure she was having an impact in Wyoming.

As a Clinical Educator for RN and BSN students at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, she teaches the next generation of health care providers on giving appropriate care.  As a volunteer for the Mission Lifeline program in Wyoming, she co-chaired the protocols and quality improvement committee in order make sure that everyone in her community – no matter how far they live from Cheyenne or a town center – get appropriate care.

“Mission Lifeline is simple if you think about what we are trying to do. If we improve treatment times, we reduce deaths and significant injury from heart attack,” said Colleen. “Mission Lifeline helps to prevent sudden death in Wyoming.”

Colleen believes that the Mission Lifeline Program is crucial in rural communities in Wyoming.

“Because of the unique barriers in Wyoming, because of time, distance and resources, having good protocols is important to make sure that rural communities are acting in time to save lives,” said Colleen, “I’ve been in cardiac nursing for the last twelve years. My community is important to me and I want to make sure that everyone is always receiving high quality care.”

Colleen is most excited about getting Mission Lifeline funded in Wyoming.

“We were a little disappointed last year about not getting Mission Lifeline into the budget so I’m really excited to work on it at the State Legislature this year,” said Colleen. “With more support from the AHA with Kirstin [new AHA Community Integration and Advocacy Director], we are looking forward to other legislative priorities like CPR in schools and screening newborns for congenial heart disease.”


Read More

[+] Blogs[-] Collapse