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  • Blog Post: Leigh Pechillo, Connecticut

    Leigh Pechillo brings an extraordinary level of commitment and passion to her work as a volunteer for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Leigh suffered a massive heart attack on Mother’s Day in 2014 and was saved by her husband, Tom, who performed necessary lifesaving CPR...
  • Blog Post: Dedicated Advocates Save CPR Training!

    During the 2015 legislative session, AHA advocates worked hard to pass legislation making CT the 24 th state to require CPR training in the public school curriculum. At the same time, a High School Graduation Task Force was formed to review recent changes to the state’s high school graduation requirements...
  • Blog Post: NYS Passes Final Budget Agreement, But What's in it for Heart Health?

    On Friday, April 1, Governor Cuomo and Legislative Leaders announced an agreement on a final state budget totaling approximately $147 billion dollars. Built-in to the agreement were several hot ticket items including Paid Family Leave, $15 minimum wage, and an increase in school aid. Not included, however...
  • Blog Post: Update to the NH CPR Training in Schools Policy Efforts

    The AHA in New Hampshire supported legislation this year to add CPR compressions practice to the high school health class curriculum. While many school districts in NH offer all students hands on CPR training, most do not go beyond a basic learning about CPR as part of the First Aid component of their...
  • Blog Post: New York State Lobby Day on the State Budget was a great success!

    American Heart Month was kicked off on February 1 st by our advocates descending on the New York State Capitol to lobby state legislators in support of funding to make New York more heart-healthy. This year, we are supporting funding for the Healthy Food Financing Initiative, the Healthy Corner Store...
  • Blog Post: Springfield to Train Students in Life Saving CPR

    All sophomores in Springfield High Schools will be trained with the lifesaving skills of CPR after a policy was passed successfully by the School Committee on Thursday February 4, 2016. More than 326,000 people experience cardiac arrest outside of a hospital each year, and about 90 percent of those victims...
  • Blog Post: Governor Cuomo's 2016 budget proposal doesn't do enough!

    On January 13, Governor Cuomo laid out his 2016 agenda in a combined State of the State and budget address in Albany. While my colleague Martha and I sat in the Convention Center and anxiously waited to hear how Governor Cuomo would be supporting programs that protect New Yorkers from heart disease...
  • Blog Post: Support Heart Healthy Policies in New Hampshire this New Year

    January kicks off the 2016 legislative session in New Hampshire. Hearings will begin soon on hundreds of bills including the American Heart Association’s policy priorities. Each year the AHA presents a robust policy agenda for our lawmakers to support that will focus on building healthier lives...
  • Blog Post: A New Year in Massachusetts

    As we start 2016, we have a busy legislative session ahead of us. We are making progress on many of our issues, quality physical education, stroke systems of care, healthy food financing, healthy vending, shared use, tobacco, and our local CPR in schools efforts. I look forward to working together with...
  • Blog Post: Investing in Good Health

    Now that we have a full team in place to help lead the AHA's advocacy in Albany, we are full steam ahead! This past week, Kristin, Martha and Robin met with key staff members from Governor Cuomo's office who are helping to craft his focus for the upcoming state budget. With so many important...
  • Blog Post: Thank you for all you do!

    Now that we are officially in the throes of the Holidays, I wanted to stop and take a moment to thank you. Many lives throughout Vermont and across the country have been saved thanks to your passion, commitment and action on important health issues. Because of advocates like YOU, countless families are...
  • 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: Marc Kutler - Saving Lives with CPR and AED Awareness

    If there is one thing Marc Kutler does well, its saving lives. And he thinks more people should too. Marc, an ER doc at Northwestern Medical Center, has a passion for encouraging a strong chain of survival. He oversaw the CPR and AED training at The Edge fitness centers that led to five lives saved...
  • Blog Post: It's a CPR Celebration!

    We did it! After more than 16 years of effort, New York will finally require every student be trained in Hands-Only CPR before graduation! Thanks to all of you - our You're the Cure advocates - New York is the 26th state to make this training a requirement for our students. As a result, our nation's...
  • 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: How Can NH Graduates Be CPR Smart?

    There are now 27 states that require students receive training on how to properly administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation! Many high schools in NH teach students CPR, but not ALL students are receiving hands-on training in schools across the state. The AHA wants New Hampshire to adopt the requirement...
  • Blog Post: Legislative Agenda Summary

    It’s an exciting time in the Connecticut General Assembly and the advocacy world. We have begun to finalize our legislative agenda and the legislature is beginning to shift gears for the start of the 2016 session. We have an ambitious agenda full of great proposals that will help save lives...
  • 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: Options for CPR and AED Instruction in Schools

    Thank you for your interest in training the next generation of lifesavers! With your leadership, we can save more lives from the dangers of cardiac arrest in New York. There are several low or no cost options for your school to consider for CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and AED (automated external...
  • Blog Post: My 'Why' - Kayla Bashe

    Here's the latest blog post from our summer intern, Kayla Bashe - During my gap year, I wanted to learn something useful, so I received training in first aid and CPR. Our instructor, a full-time EMT, told us about people whose lives could have been saved if only someone on the scene knew what...
  • Blog Post: Students in Connecticut Will Learn CPR before they Graduate

    Thanks to our advocates hard work and dedication Governor Malloy signed a bill on June 23rd requiring all schools to include CPR as part of the health and safety curriculum. Connecticut students will now have direct access to sensible and affordable training that will equip them with the lifesaving skills...
  • Blog Post: Vermont Heart Walk to Highlight the Team Effort that Saved a Local Coach!

    Vermont advocates pushed for passage of legislation in 2012 that required schools to teach students Hands-only CPR and the importance of an AED (automated external defibrillator). Its efforts like these that have raised awareness to the need for public access to defibrillation and a strong chain of survival...
  • Blog Post: Maine Celebrates #NationalCPRWeek with a Huge Victory

    Maine celebrates National CPR Week with huge vote! Well, the Governor did it again. He vetoed another lifesaving bill. The Governor vetoed LD556, a bill that requires that all high school students spend 20 minutes out of 4 years of school learning Hands-Only CPR. That is the bad news. The fantastic...
  • Blog Post: A New World Record!

    The American Heart Association took over Times Square in New York City to set a new Guinness World Record - for the longest running set of consecutive chest compressions in a CPR Relay. It was a powerful day highlighting the real reasons why CPR training matters. The designation as a new Guinness World...
  • Blog Post: We Are One Step Closer to Creating a Generation of Lifesavers in CT!

    We have made it to the final step to requiring all students in Connecticut to know CPR before the graduate! The Senate and the House both passed the bill in late May and now it goes to the Governor! Your advocacy has truly made a difference! Effective CPR training takes less than the amount of time to...