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  • Blog Post: Bob Elling, New York

    Bob Elling is a career paramedic, but has many other “jobs,” including educator, author, and four decades of service as a very passionate American Heart Association volunteer. Bob has served in a number of capacities: Founder’s Affiliate board member, Albany Regional Board of Directors...
  • Blog Post: Jane Kolodinsky - Good food sells!

    Telling legislators that french fries are the most common vegetable served to toddlers, AHA volunteer Jane Kolodinsky urged Senate Health and Welfare Committee members at a recent hearing to implement nutrition standards for restaurant kids meals. Jane, the chair of UVM’s Department of Community...
  • Blog Post: Dr. Jan Carney - Educating About the Dangers of E-cigs

    Strong clean indoor air laws are the most effective way to prevent second hand smoke exposure. In addition to conventional tobacco products, exposure to aerosol from electronic cigarettes presents a potential threat to public health while normalizing smoking behavior. Dr. Jan Carney will be joining...
  • Blog Post: Yvonne Heredia, Rhode Island

    On May 14, 2015, I was awakened with sudden chest heaviness and difficulty breathing. I took an aspirin and then woke up my 16-year-old daughter to go outside my home with me so that I could get fresh air.While I was outside; I said a quick prayer and realized that something just was not right. I decided...
  • Blog Post: Martha Auster, New York

    My name is Martha Auster and I am thrilled to join Kristin Salvi and Robin Vitale to complete the expanded government relations team for New York State! I first witnessed the extraordinary reach of American Heart Association volunteers and staff early in my public affairs career when I was a staff...
  • Blog Post: Karin Wetherill, Rhode Island

    Meet Karin Wetherill, Wellness Coordinator for the Rhode Island Healthy Schools Coalition (RIHSC). Since 2002, Karin has been active in making schools healthier places for all Rhode Island children. She’s worked with Kids First, the Rhode Island Department of Education, the Rhode Island Department...
  • Blog Post: Dr. Carol Gill, New Jersey

    Dr. Gill is Chair of the Department of Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders at the Veterans Administration New Jersey Health Care System. She is currently serving as President of the Northern New Jersey Board of Directors for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and is a dedicated "You're...
  • Blog Post: Kristin Salvi, New York

    My name is Kristin Salvi and I am the newest member of the Government Relations team in New York! I look forward to the opportunity to champion our policy goals related to the prevention of heart disease and stroke. Coming from doing advocacy work for the New York State Nurses Association, and most recently...
  • Blog Post: Jennifer Wall, Rhode Island

    Tobacco Free RI is a coordinating network that brings together the people and organizations working on tobacco control in RI. We are excited to introduce Jennifer Wall, the new coordinator for Tobacco Free RI (TFRI). Jennifer works closely with the TFRI Chair, the Network Council and the Local Policy...
  • Blog Post: Patty Lang, New Jersey

    Patty Lang is a two time stroke survivor and a passionate You're the Cure advocate. She is also very involved in the Go Red for Women movement as a survivor ambassador as well as volunteering at numerous Heart Walks. She was recognized for her efforts when she was awarded the American Heart Association...
  • Blog Post: Paul Russo-Vineland, NJ

    Paul Russo is a heart disease survivor and has been a dedicated “You’re the Cure” advocate for many years. His main areas of interest are tobacco prevention and promoting CPR training. In 2011, Paul’s quick action and willingness to perform CPR saved his father’s life...
  • Blog Post: Advocacy Volunteers Rock the Walk

    Thanks to our advocates who turned out to talk about the need for healthy restaurant kids meals to walkers at our Vermont Heart Walk on Saturday, September 26th. Members of our board and advocacy committee including Jane Kolodinsky, Kim Evans, Mary Cushman, Jennifer Nachbur, Michelle Johnston and Christina...
  • Blog Post: Charles Wira MD, Connecticut

    We’re fortunate to have Dr. Charles Wira as the Chairman of our Stroke Task Force. Dr. Wira brings a wealth of knowledge to the group that will help them produce the best recommendations possible for improving stroke systems of care in Connecticut. Dr. Wira is board certified in Internal Medicine...
  • Blog Post: Little Heart Heroes, Rhode Island

    More than 50 families affected by congenital heart defects joined the American Heart Association on Saturday, September 20, 2015 for a day of learning, networking, and fun at Goddard Park in Warwick. It was a great opportunity to talk with the families about our policy priorities and ways that they can...
  • Blog Post: Lew Panzo, Connecticut

    I’m proud to introduce one of our newest advocates, Lew Panzo. Lew will be attending our Rally for Medical Research Hill Day on September 17 th in Washington DC. He was 47 years old when he had a Myocardial Infraction. One year later, he was admitted with chest pains and had to undergo a Quadruple...
  • Blog Post: Larry Sadwin, Rhode Island

    In 1964, Larry Sadwin was a senior at the University of Rhode Island. Early one Sunday morning, his mother called. Larry’s dad had suffered another heart attack. This time, he couldn't be saved. They buried him that afternoon, about eight years after burying his father, Louis, another victim...
  • Blog Post: Payton Jones is Helping Other Kids Get a Healthy Start

    There’s more to Payton Jones than meets the eye! This vibrant 14 year old is a survivor. After suffering a cardiac arrest at a swim meet three years ago as a result of an undiagnosed rare disease, Payton has been committed to helping fight heart disease. She has formed a walk team and walked...
  • Blog Post: Dr. Mitchell S. Elkind, New York

    Dr. Mitchell S. V. Elkind, a member of the American Heart Association’s Board of Directors, is gravely concerned about the high rates of hypertension in New York City. And he’s pushing the city to do something about it. Dr. Elkind recently submitted testimony to the New York City Board...
  • Blog Post: Stroke Task Force Moves Quickly and Gov. Malloy Holds Formal Signing For CPR Bill

    Summer may be seen a slower time in in the legislature, but that’s not the case with the Department of Health Task Force to Study Stroke. The group has begun meeting regularly and it’s clear that everyone in the group is dedicated to improving stroke systems of care in Connecticut. The group...
  • Blog Post: Amre Nouh, Connecticut

    Dr. Amre Nouh is a stroke specialist at Hartford Hospital and he has been appointed as the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association representative to the Department of Public Health Task Force to Study Stroke. Dr. Nouh brings a wealth of experience to the table and has held a variety...
  • Blog Post: Candace Pierce, Rhode Island

    The American Heart Association’s National Office was recently awarded a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to reduce chronic diseases and health disparities in low-income communities across the country. The National Office selected 15 markets to receive funding for...
  • Blog Post: Sarah Porter

    When I had a stroke four years ago, I was a healthy, happy student at the University of Maine. One minute I'm sitting in class, and the next my face started seizing up. And then I couldn't understand what people were saying. Concerned family members took me to the ER, where I was accused of faking...
  • Blog Post: Steve Goulet, Rhode Island

    We recently had the pleasure of meeting an amazing new advocate! Steve Goulet is a cardiac arrest survivor - and now he's on a personal mission to save lives with CPR. Check out his incredible story in The Providence Journal: Photo credit: The Providence Journal http://www.providencejournal...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island GET HEALTHY! Poster Contest Award Recipients

    The American Heart Association and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island hosted the 2015 GET HEALTHY! Poster Contest Award Ceremony at the Rhode Island State House on May 20th. The award ceremony recognized eleven outstanding students in grades K-8. Winning students demonstrated how physical activity...
  • Blog Post: Liz Seth, New Jersey

    A former athlete, Liz Seth was diagnosed with heart block in her twenties and had a pacemaker implanted—but that didn’t slow her down! Since then she has given birth to twin boys, traveled the world, and recently joined the American Heart Association in Washington, DC to participate in her...