Who We Are - Chicago

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These dedicated volunteers are healthcare professionals and business and ocmmunity leaders who guide the many activities in our six-county region in Illinois (Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will). More about the Metropolitan Chicago Board

sharing their stories; passing on hope and knowledge; all who make healthy lifestyle choices; research advances as well as heart disease and stroke risk reduction mean that more people will be seated at the table for the next family holiday dinner.

often family and friends of survivors who are concerned about what the future holds; our events could not occur without the energy and hours spent by our volunteers; sharing information to promote health and wellness

our lifesaving work is funded by events such as Start! Heart Walks, Heart Balls, Go Red For Women Luncheons, Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart; by memorial gifts and donations to our workplace giving and mail campaigns. Individuals, corporations and foundations support our work with generous donations. Planned giving vehicles include wills, trusts, gift annuities and gifts of appreciated assets.
advancing surgical techniques, developing the artifical valve, pacemakers and cardiac stents; sharing results with the research community.
hospitals implementing Get With the Guidelines to improve cardiac and stroke patient outcomes. Get With the Guidelines has impacted the lives of 2 million patients and counting; continuing education for physicians, nurses and other caregivers
CPR Trainers; Health Alliances, parish nurses and churches

We are very grateful to all of the corporate and foundation sponsors of our events and programs.
STAFF...Local, state, affiliate-wide and national dedicated individuals committed to improving the heart health of our community

The American Heart Association is building healthier lives free from cardiovascular disease and stroke every day in Chicago. 
This is a summary of many of our local activities with contact information.

Mark E. Peysakhovich, Senior Director, Government Relations
312-476-6644 or mep@heart.org

Anne Simaytis, Regional Grassroots Advocacy Director, IL, IN & MN
414-227-1410 or anne.simaytis@heart.org

The Illinois Government Relations Team advocates with various units of government in support of policies which further the mission of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. We work at all levels of government, maintaining relationships with officials at the local, municipal, county, state and federal levels.

Issues we address include everything from working with federal officials to increase biomedical research funding, to passing - and then protecting - a state law requiring smoke free public places, to working with lawmakers and paramedics alike to build better systems of emergency cardiac and stroke care. 

Because elected officials pay the most attention to their constituents, it is imperative for every volunteer leader to be actively engaged in advocacy. Please talk with our government relations staff about conducting in-district constituent visits with your elected officials and other ways you can make a difference.

The easiest way to get involved is by joining our You’re The Cure Advocacy Network. You don't have to be a doctor, nurse, or paramedic to save lives - be an advocate with the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. In just a few moments, you can make a huge difference.

All you have to do is respond to the issues and action alerts that you feel are important. We'll make it easy for you to email, fax, phone or even visit your legislators. And we'll keep you informed on the progress you're making as one of the very important voices for the cure. Please join the network online at www.yourethecure.org.  Once you join, you will receive actions alerts by email from Regional Grassroots Advocacy Director Anne Simaytis.

Thank you for your support!

Together, We are Saving Lives...