Public Funding

Updated:Apr 11,2011

advocacy doctors laboratory researchThe American Heart Association covers many areas when it comes to heart disease and stroke (see list at right). The current priority is for public funding for research and prevention efforts, essential to achieve our health impact goal of improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent by 2020.

Promote Public Funding for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Programs

  • Secure and protect dedicated state appropriations for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Programs in state health departments. 
  • In those states without Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Programs, secure the establishment of new programs, which have priorities consistent with the priorities of the CDC’s National Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program, and secure dedicated state appropriations to support program implementation. 
  • Explore opportunities to generate and direct additional fiscal resources for these programs and initiatives and support efforts to leverage new and existing federal funds and grant opportunities to supplement these efforts.
  • Support other public health initiatives and evaluation targeted at heart disease, stroke and related risk factors, and the disparities that exist in these areas.

For more information about the policies on this page, please contact Ashley Bell, 214.706.1241


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Advocacy Contacts

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association advocates for sound public policy strategies aimed at reducing heart disease and stroke. We have government relations teams in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. Learn who your federal and state staff contacts are and how to reach them about policy issues.