American Heart Association Advocacy in Mississippi

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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.

Katherine Bryant GSA Satff PicFor local information, contact:
Katherine Bryant, Government Relations Director
Phone: 601-321-1205

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Mississippi Advocacy Successes

Along with regular exercise, weight management, and not smoking, a healthy diet is proven to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and other chronic diseases and conditions. However, access to healthy foods is a problem for those living in low income urban areas where supermarkets have closed, and in so-called “food desert” communities that are far from larger stores offering affordable fruits and vegetables. In 2011, the American Heart Association worked to create an advisory committee that will study food deserts in Mississippi. (House Bill 1170)