State and Community Advocacy
Our Advocacy Efforts
Public policy advocacy is an essential strategy used by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to affect necessary and sustainable policy, system and environmental change. Our efforts in states and communities are focused on five major policy areas. These are: Tobacco Free, Quality Systems of Care, Healthy Eating, Active Living, and Access to Care.
Smoke-free, Cessation & Prevention
Increasing the cigarette tax, enacting smoke-free air laws, raising the minimum legal sale age to 21, and funding tobacco prevention and cessation programs are proven ways to reduce smoking. Revenues from tobacco taxes can also help states fund critical health programs, including tobacco prevention and cessation.
Quality Systems of Care
STEMI & Stroke Facility Designation, Registries and T-CPR
By creating inclusive and coordinated STEMI and Stoke facility designations and registries and by requiring all 911 telecommunicators be trained in the delivery of high quality telephone CPR, we’re able to improve early recognition, treatment and rehabilitation of stroke, heart attack and cardiac arrest patients.
Access to Care
Medicaid, Public Funding & Preventative Benefits
Medicaid coverage of preventive benefits, Public funding for HDSP, Health Equity and Obesity Prevention programs, Public funding for initiatives aimed at improving cardiovascular health and reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke, and Medicaid expansion all help to ensure that Americans have access to healthcare that is high quality, affordable and includes the benefits needed to prevent and treat heart disease and stroke.
Voices for Healthy Kids
Learn more about our Healthy Eating work and the Voices for Healthy Kids initiative
Active Living Policy Resources and Support
AHA has state and community Government Relations staff in 50 states and many communities.