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GSA-Greater Southeast Affiliate - Blog

Fighting heart disease and stroke in the southeastern part of the nation through advocacy.
  • Meet Mark, Our Senior Government Relations Director

    You're the Cure alerts for Florida will soon come from Mark Landreth, our Senior Government Relations Director in the state. If you haven't met Mark yet, we'd like to introduce you today.
  • Alabama's #IAmMedicaid Campaign

    With the State Legislature cutting Medicaid funds, the American Heart Association has joined forced with Children’s First and Alabama Arise to kick off the #IamMedicaid campaign.
  • Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Soup

    If, like most people, you have a hectic schedule and can’t spend a lot of time in the kitchen, but you want to feed your family a nutritious meal at dinner, then this recipe is for you.
  • Timothy Jacobs, Murfreesboro

    As Timothy’s legislative internship with the American Heart Association comes to an end, he reflects on his experiences and lessons learned.
  • Kimby Jagnandan, Florida

    Two years ago, while recovering from emergency gall bladder surgery in the hospital, Kimby awoke from the anesthesia to the most excruciating pain she had ever felt. She knew something was dreadfully wrong.
  • West Jasper Elementary Health Day

    Recently, the American Heart Association and dietetic interns from Samford University held a mock Farmer’s Market at West Jasper Elementary. Students visited different stations to learn about healthy food and beverage choices.
  • Alison & Vera Kathryn Biggers, Jackson

    On February 16, 2016, we welcomed our daughter, Vera Kathryn. She had a great first day of life and we were wrapped in joy with our firstborn’s arrival. While still in the hospital, the nursery kept a close eye on Vera Kate because they discovered...
  • Murfreesboro Complete Street Rally

    The American Heart Association hosted a rally at the Campus Recreation Center at Middle Tennessee State University on April 22 to educate students and volunteers on the importance of a local comprehensive Complete Streets policy.
  • Thank Gov. Deal for Signing the Stroke Bill Into Law

    Thanks to the support of advocates across Georgia, Gov. Nathan Deal signed our stroke bill, House Bill 853, into law on April 28!
  • Jessica James, Mobile

    Our 2015-16 Alabama Advocacy Committee is composed of 10 individuals from across the state with different occupations, who have a great interest in advocating for policy change for heart-health issues. Throughout the year, we will introduce some of our...
  • Louisiana Medicaid Expansion Update

    On June 1, Louisianans ages 19-64 with household incomes less than $16,105 (individual) or $32,913 (family of four) who currently are not eligible for Medicaid or Medicare will be able to apply for Medicaid under the expansion.
  • Mississippi Wraps Up Legislative Session

    On April 20, the Mississippi State Senate adjourned Sine Die followed by the House of Representatives the next day. This was a particularly rough year for state budgets as revenue projections were not met.
  • The Latest News on #SmokefreeEBR

    Yesterday, the East Baton Rouge Parish councilmembers were expected to vote on a smoke free ordinance that will add East Baton Rouge to the list of communities that have strong smoke free laws. Click below to see what happened.
  • Kimberly Goodloe, Atlanta

    This month, state advocacy committee member Kimberly Goodloe has been working hard to raise awareness of heart disease in women across the state. Find out why she’s passionate about encouraging people to take care of their hearts.
  • Tina Lakey, Madison

    This month our Advocate Spotlight story features Tina Lakey of Madison. Tina currently serves as the chairwoman for the Circle of Red Committee in the Metro Jackson area.
  • Georgia Legislative Session Wrap-Up

    The 2016 Legislative Session has ended and we are happy to report that we finished strong! We were able to pass legislation that will create a new level of Comprehensive Stroke Hospital Designation to protect and serve our citizens who suffer a stroke...
  • Funding Medicaid in Alabama

    Recently, Alabama legislators passed a budget that does not fully fund the state's Medicaid program. In fact, it's $85 million less than the amount recommended by the commissioner.
  • Welcome New Louisiana Gov. Relations Director

    The American Heart Association is happy to announce that Ashley Bridges is the new Louisiana Government Relations Director.
  • National Walking Day Proclamations Across Mississippi

    Three cities in Mississippi signed a National Walking Day proclamation this year in support of bringing awareness to the importance of daily physical activity among their residents. These cities included: Pascagoula, Ocean Springs, and Pass Christian...
  • Predist "Ron" Walker, Florida

    I finished my running career, went into the Army for two years, and then joined my local Police Department in Newport News, Virginia where I became a member of the SWAT Team and a Field Training Officer.
  • 2016 Legislative Session Wrap Up

    The 2016 Legislative Session has ended and we are happy to report that we finished strong! We were able to pass a Healthy Food Financing bill, protect mandatory PE in schools, and ensure biomedical research and tobacco prevention and education were fully...
  • Dr. Rakhee Urankar, Nashville

    Meet one of our 2015-2016 Tennessee Advocacy Subcommittee members, Dr. Rakhee Urankar.
  • AHA Hosts Lobby Day in Nashville

    In March the American Heart Association held two very successful Lobby Days in Tennessee.
  • Strengthening Physical Education Press Conference in Tennessee

    Recently, we had the pleasure of taking part in a press conference pushing the State of Tennessee for Quality Physical Education.
  • Gov. Edwards Approves Tobacco Tax

    Earlier this week, Gov. Edwards signed House Bill 14 into law, increasing the state tobacco tax by 22-cents on April 1.