Posts Tagged ‘HEART for Women Act’

American Heart Association Honors Eliz Greene, Advocate and Hero

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Ten years ago today, Eliz Greene survived a massive heart attack and the miracle cesarean birth of her twin daughters. Since that time, Eliz made it her mission to advocate for the American Heart Association and educate women. Eliz was presented with the Heart Hero award last night in celebration of her 10th Anniversary at a Milwaukee Go Red for Women fashion show.

Watch her story.

Over the years, Eliz has embraced her passion for helping other women through her work as a national spokeswoman for the American Heart Association, super-star fundraiser, Wisconsin Advocacy Committee Chair, published author, award winning blogger, and founder of the Embrace Your Heart Wellness Initiative. In addition to the accomplishments just mentioned, she also played an important role in many state advocacy initiatives including the Smoke-Free Indoor Air Act, the Farm-to-School Act – increasing healthy foods available to school children and much more.

She certainly has had much to celebrate. But today, Eliz Greene will celebrate three very special things. She will celebrate her daughters’, Grace and Callie’s 10th birthday, she will celebrate her 10-year anniversary of being a dedicated volunteer with the American Heart Association and she will celebrate her 10-year anniversary of being a heart attack survivor. A few days ago at a speaking engagement Eliz said “I know this experience happened to me for a reason and I walked away knowing it was my duty to educate other women”. Eliz, we cannot thank you enough for making it your mission to help us in this fight.

Join You’re the Cure advocates like Eliz to ask your senators to vote for the Heart Disease Education, Analysis and Research and Treatment (HEART) for Women Act – legislation that aims for meaningful advancements in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.

Ask your senators to vote for the HEART for Women Act.

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HEART for Women Amendment Introduced!

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

One of the staples of the American Heart Association’s advocacy efforts has always centered on women and heart disease. We recognize that heart disease is the number one killer of women, but it is amazing to see how few people actually realize that and it is even more shocking to realize the right tools and supports are not in place to address this deadly killer. In the past our support has taken the form of an independent bill that we called the Heart Disease Education, Analysis Research, and Treatment (HEART) for Women Act. Many of you may know the bill and have supported its passage. As the healthcare reform debate continues to spark debate in Congress, we have learned that Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) has taken the HEART for Women Act and adapted it be an amendment to the Senate’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590).
The AHA has joined with the Society for Women’s Health Research and Women Heart, to support Senator Stabenow’s amendment. In a letter to the Senator, our organizations recognized that “health care reform provides an opportunity for Congress to reduce the cardiovascular health disparities that women face” and we thanked the Senator for stepping forward for all American women. The amendment would expand to all 50 states the CDC’s WISEWOMAN program and require the FDA to report safety and effectiveness data by gender, race, and ethnicity in order to shed new light on how drugs work among specific populations. These are exactly the kinds of advancements we need and we are urging the full Senate to support Sen. Stabenow’s amendment. You can do your part by sending a message to your Senators today!
Regardless of our Senator’s views on the overall Senate bill, we must let them know that we are counting on them to find common ground and support provisions that will have a real impact on the health of patients, such as the HEART for Women amendment.
Please help us support the HEART for Women Amendment.
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Congress Has HEART

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

What better way for Congress to honor American Heart Month than reintroduce critical cardiovascular disease legislation?

Today, the HEART for Women Act was reintroduced in the 111th Congress, taking the first step in the legislative process. The bill, sponsored by Representatives Lois Capps (D-CA) and Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) and Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), would improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease and stroke for women, and help millions live longer, healthier lives.

This crucial legislation has enjoyed wide, bi-partisan support, even passing the House of Representatives at the end of the 110th Congress. Now, it will use that momentum to try to move through the House and the Senate during this new session.

The HEART for Women Act currently has 100 cosponsors, but we need your help to get back to (and surpass!) the 281 cosponsors who had “signed on” to the bill in the 110th Congress. Urge your Members of Congress to support the HEART for Women Act today!

You can also check out the American Heart Association’s statement on reintroduction in our newsroom.

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HEART for Women Act Pass the House!

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Great news! Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed the HEART for Women Act by a 418-4 margin! Congratulations and thank you to all of our You’re the Cure advocates who have been instrumental in generating support for this important bill. To learn how your Representative voted, please visit http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2008/roll642.xml and send a quick hand-written thank-you note if they voted in favor.

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