Advocacy in Kansas

Updated:Jun 12,2014

KS Capitol BuildingOur advocacy volunteers and staff work with lawmakers year-round to change public policies that affect the cardiovascular health of Kansas residents. 

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Kansas Allliance for Wellness
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Pulse Oximetry Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Defects
The American Heart Association has been leading an effort to have pulse oximetry screening conducted on newborns before they leave the hospital.  Mounting evidence shows that this non-invasive, low-cost test can help determine if a newborn has been born with a critical congenital heart defect.

Making this determination before the newborn leaves the hospital means that diagnosis and treatment can be addressed sooner and lessening the chance that an emergency might occur outside the hospital should the newborn be discharged with a critical congenital heart defect lurking undiagnosed.

Thank You
The American Heart Association could not exist without the support of its volunteers.  The advocacy team is eternally grateful for the support that our volunteer advocates provide.  Your combined voices as evidenced through action alerts, phone calls and meetings are an invaluable tool in helping our advocacy program to be so successful.   On behalf of the Kansas advocacy team let me say “Thank You” for your support.  We could never do it without you and we are honored to work on your behalf in Topeka.

For more information about advocacy in Kansas, please contact:

Kevin Walker
Advocacy Regional Vice President
(913) 652-1906     

American Heart Association                                  
6800 W. 93rd St.
Overland Park, KS  66212

Christy Dreiling
Regional Grassroots Network Director - Iowa, Kansas and Missouri
(913) 652-1918




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