American Heart Association Advocacy in Alabama

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Influencing public policy through advocacy is an essential strategy used by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association to achieve its health impact goals and programmatic objectives, which include helping all Americans lead healthier lives and reducing the incidence and consequences of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association works across the public policy continuum to influence public policy, including planning, stakeholder and coalition development, policy research and analysis, a comprehensive legislative and regulatory agenda, the creation of media advocacy and grassroots strategies, implementing policy change, and then following through with effective evaluation to assess implementation and the ultimate impact of the law or regulation.

Check out our webpage to learn what we’ve accomplished in Alabama and how you can help us continue building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

For local information, contact:
Chasitity Mitchell GSA Satff PicChastity Mitchell, Regional Vice President
Phone: 615-340-4114

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Alabama Advocacy Successes

HB 325 and SB 331 called for the provision of substitutions for physical education in grades K-8. The legislation would have made allowances for dance class, marching band, JROTC, or other activity as approved. In the state of Alabama we were successful in stopping the erosion of physical education in schools by blocking passage of both bills in the Alabama Legislature.

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What's happening in Alabama Advocacy? 
Read our state agenda to see what we're working on this year. 

Lobby Day 2013

Advocates Rally in D.C.


You're the Cure on the Hill 2013 brought 300 advocates to Washington, D.C. on April 9 to urge Congress to restore and protect funding for National Institutes of Health and support a Million Hearts high blood pressure campaign. The diverse group of advocates included survivors, researchers, caregivers, young people, and medical professional representing 43 states.

Additionally, the American Heart Association was proud to participate in the National Rally for Medical Research held in Washington, D.C. on April 8. An estimated 3,000 researchers, patients and medical professionals took part in the rally to show their support for a continued investment in National Institutes of Health research. The event program featured two You're the Cure survivor advocates as speakers.

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