American Heart Association Advocacy in Louisiana

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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:
Chastity Mitchell, Regional Vice President, Advocacy
Phone: 615-340-4114

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Louisiana Advocacy Successes

On June 6, 2014 Louisiana became the 17th state to pass CPR in Schools legislation when Governor Bobby Jindal signed House Bill 542, the Burke Cobb Act, into law, ensuring that all high school students will learn CPR with hands-on practice prior to graduation. As a result, over 35,000 potential lifesavers will enter our communities each year.