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.


For local information, contact:
Britney Garner, Government Relations Director
Phone:205-510-1503
Email: britney.garner@heart.org

Advocate Resources:

Alabama Advocacy Successes

HB 325/SB 331

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.

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.

The Alabama Department of Public Health adopted new regulations to revise current Emergency Medical Services rules in order to bring them in accordance with national Emergency Medical Services requirements and the recently approved Alabama Emergency Medical Services statute.

This bill establishes a statewide trauma system to be administered by the State Board of Health.  It also establishes the Statewide Trauma Advisory Council and provide for its membership and responsibilities.  It creates a statewide trauma registry, and would provide for regional trauma advisory councils.  It would provide funding through the State Board of Health.  It is the first step in implementing a stroke system of care in Alabama.

The education budget contained funds for additional PE teachers are needed to insure all school districts in Alabama have adequate staff to have 30 minutes of PE in grades K-8.  Goal was to add 109 new PE teachers to the 2008 education budget.  HB213 passed the legislature on 5/29/07.  It contains funds to add new teachers, with legislative intent language that these teachers must be for PE, math, science and special education.  The exact number of PE teachers added will be determined by Local school districts.

The education budget also contains funds to provide anti-smoking education to middle school students.  The program will be administered by the Alabama Department of Public Health.  Schools must apply to ADPH to participate in the program.  To date, 102 schools have signed up. 

Creates the Health Information Technology Joint Interim Legislative Oversight Committee.

The City of Fultondale, Alabama passed and implemented a 100% comprehensive smokefree policy which covers all workplaces, including restaurants and bars. The ordinance is free from exemptions, protecting all citizens equally.