Posts Tagged ‘You’re the Cure’

Kermit the Frog asks, “Really?”

Monday, November 21st, 2011

It seems as if Congress’ recent decision to count pizza as a vegetable has even angered a beloved American icon. Last Saturday, Kermit the Frog displayed his dismay over the unfortunate event on SNL by appearing on Weekend Update with Seth Meyers.

Watch the video below and then click here to read American Heart Association’s CEO Nancy Brown’s official statement regarding Congress’ decision. 


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Stand-Up for the Health Equity and Accountability Act

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

It is the mix of different races, ethnicities, and backgrounds that make our country unique.  But for many minority groups and women, those factors and others can also pose barriers to quality cardiovascular care.    

That’s why the AHA/ASA supports the Health Equity and Accountability Act- legislation recently introduced in the House of Representatives.  The bill includes a number of critical provisions that will help address health disparities and improve the way heart disease and stroke is prevented, diagnosed, and treated among minority populations and women, including: 

  • Expanding prevention programs and services, such as the WISEWOMAN CVD screening program.
  • Requiring the Department of Health and Human Services to submit an annual report to Congress with recommendations for eliminating cardiovascular health disparities.
  • Extending comprehensive tobacco cessation services to all Medicaid beneficiaries.
  • Ensuring drug and medical device safety data is being reported by subpopulation.   

Urge your Representative to stand-up for quality health care for all Americans by co-sponsoring the Health Equity and Accountability Act today!

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Celebrating 30 Years of Advocacy Success!

Friday, November 4th, 2011

When the American Heart Association says, “You’re the Cure”, we mean it!  Join us in celebrating 30 years of heart disease and stroke advocacy and the grassroots advocates who made it possible.  Together, we have helped build healthier communities and healthier lives through policy change. 

Over the last three decades, we have accomplished great things in the areas of tobacco control, research and public health funding, childhood obesity prevention, nutrition promotion, systems of care, CPR training and AED placement, and quality health care access.  And we’re just getting started! 

Next month, we’ll be premiering our 30th anniversary video, highlighting many of these successes and featuring some of your fellow advocates.  Here is a sneak peek trailer! 

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State Legislative Wrap-Up!

Friday, November 4th, 2011

You’re the Cure advocates are making a difference in all 50 states and the District of Columbia by advancing policies promoting heart-healthy and stroke-smart communities.  Our 2010-2011 successes are profiled in the new State Legislative Wrap-Up.

Check out the report to learn about local and state policy advances in tobacco control, nutrition, heart and stroke public funding, stroke systems of care, physical education, acute events and access to quality of care.  Congratulations to all our advocates and thank you for all your hard work!

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You’re the Cure Gets a Facelift

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Have you visited lately? Go ahead and take a look!

We have just updated our action center to help provide you with the tools you need to stay informed, get involved, and take action in the fight against heart disease and stroke. Whether you take action on our action alerts, share your story, register for an event, or recruit others to the cause, you can have an impact. Make sure to bookmark the site on your computer and check back often!

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State Outlook for 2011

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Over the past few months, American Heart Association volunteers and staff in all 50 states have been developing their legislative agendas and preparing plans on how to assure heart disease and stroke related issues are prioritized in legislatures across the country in 2011. In addition to the three states that are continuing their legislative sessions, which started in 2010, we will see 42 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, go into session in January with another four states beginning their sessions by April.

When legislatures reconvene this year, the political landscape will look significantly different in many states. As a result of the November 2010 elections, 13 state legislatures changed party majority and 29 new Governors will be place. These changes will result in many legislatures reorganizing and we are sure to see new committee structures, chairs and legislative leaders in place in 2011. These changes will make for an interesting and exciting 2011.

For 2011, states are prioritizing a variety of heart disease and stroke related issues, ranging from requiring high school students be taught CPR prior to graduation to developing telemedicine systems that will assure those in the most remote locations will be able to receive critical specialty care. The issues which are being addressed most widely are: promoting physical education programs in schools; creating or strengthening stroke system of care; securing or protecting tobacco prevention funding; and establishing strong secondhand smoke policies. Each of these policy issues are on the legislative agendas in more than 30 states.

Of special concern for states will be significant state budget deficits. According to a recent report, jointly released by the National Governor’s Association (NGA) and the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO), fiscal conditions will remain a major challenge for state budgets and state will continue to face slow revenue growth, increased spending demands and the end of the stimulus funds provided to state buy the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

State budget deficits provide an opening for staff and volunteers to establish the benefits of a tobacco tax increase. The AHA supports tobacco excise tax increases because of the many well-known health benefits however they can also provide much need fiscal resources to state coffers. At least nineteen state advocacy teams crafted strategic plans around a tobacco excise tax increase for their state. State budget deficits also make the plans our state teams carry out around increasing and protecting heart disease and stroke prevention funding even more critical.

For more information about the state policy agenda in your state please contact your local state advocacy staff.

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Smoke-free Ballot Initiative Victories = Smoke-free Communities!

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

November was the month of smoke-free ballot initiatives! Missouri, Texas, and South Dakota each saw smoke-free victories, both on the local and state levels. Congratulations to You’re the Cure advocates in each state who fought for these victories…

  1. Missouri can celebrate two hard-fought smoke-free victories this year. Voters in Fulton, MO and Jefferson City, MO made it clear that smoke-free air is important to them by passing strong ordinances in both communities. These victories are important steps in ultimately helping Missouri join the ranks of smoke-free states in the near future. The expectation is that these victories will lead to more local wins, and to eventually carry over to the state level, where advocates are focusing their efforts on educating Missouri legislators on the many benefits of smoke-free air.
  2. The city of San Angelo, Texas became the 34th city to become a smoke-free community. With over 61 percent voter approval, this city will now provide a comprehensive smoke-free work place ordinance for over 92,000 residents. You’re the Cure advocates were critical to the local campaign and many thanks go to board members, Dr. Michael Blanc for a compelling editorial to the local paper, Lisa Burger for co-chairing the local coalition, Joyce Gray for going door to door and local Corporate Market Director Frann Smith who kept the team engaged on the effort and helped guide the Coalition and You’re the Cure advocates!
  3. South Dakotans went to the polls Tuesday, November 2, and said YES to a comprehensive smoke-free law. The campaign found widespread support and You’re the Cure advocates were engaged on a Smoke-free South Dakota Facebook page, which reached thousands of supporters during the campaign. The law took effect on November 10, the day after the state’s official election canvass. You’re the Cure advocates were instrumental in both the 2009 legislative effort and during the 2010 campaign. Passage of this smoke-free law represents more than 812,000 lives protected in South Dakota.
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AHA Advocate Speaks Out for Patients with Severe CVD

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Dr. Ileana Piña, a You’re the Cure advocate from Ohio, spoke out for patients with severe forms of cardiovascular disease at a November 9th Social Security Administration (SSA) hearing. Dr. Piña represented the American Heart Association at the hearing, which focused on improving the Social Security disability process for patients with severe CVD.

During her presentation, Dr. Piña provided an overview of some of the more severe types of CVD, explained the symptoms patients with CVD may experience, and discussed the different tools that can be used to measure how CVD affects a patient’s ability to function normally. She also recommended that the SSA add several forms of severe CVD such as certain forms of advanced heart failure and certain forms of congenital heart disease to the agency’s “compassionate allowances” list. The compassionate allowances list includes medical conditions that are so severe that they prevent patients from working and performing normal day-to-day activities. The SSA uses the compassionate allowances list to quickly identify individuals with serious medical conditions who will likely qualify for disability benefits, shortening and simplifying the disability application process for these individuals.

The SSA will take the information it learned at the hearing to determine what forms of severe CVD should be added to the compassionate allowances list.

For more information about the hearing or the compassionate allowances process, see

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Advocate Spotlight! Dr. David Goff

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Dr. David Goff, a You’re the Cure advocate from North Carolina, knows the importance of fighting heart disease and stroke on a professional level and a personal one. Having watched both his father and grandfather suffer from major disabling strokes, Dr. Goff, as a young medical professional, committed his career to research focused on prevention of heart disease and stroke.

Dr. Goff has also used that commitment and passion to drive his volunteer work with the American Heart Association over the years. As an advocate, he has contributed his expertise and leadership to advance policy changes that create heart-healthy and stroke-smart communities, including passage of the Smoke-Free in NC bill through the State Assembly. “Working with other AHA volunteers, including our survivors, and the dedicated staff, especially Betsy Vetter, to get Smoke-Free in NC through the legislative process has been a high point in my advocacy work with the AHA. I am looking forward to other successes in the years ahead,” he said.
In addition to his outstanding advocacy work, Dr. Goff has served on local, state, and national AHA boards, committees, and science councils, all in addition to his job as the Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Prevention and Professor of Public Health Sciences and Internal Medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.
When asked about why he feels being a You’re the Cure advocate is important, Dr. Goff said, “Participation in You’re the Cure is how our science is translated into policies and programs that create heart healthy and stroke smart communities.” And he encourages others to make the commitment to get involved, remarking on difference we can achieve and the lifelong friends with staff and fellow advocates he has made along the way.
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“How do my donations to the American Heart Association make a difference?”

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Thinking about making a donation to the American Heart Association but you don’t know how the money is used? Your donation can make a difference! When you donate to the American Heart Association, you are joining us in the fight against our nation’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers – heart disease and stroke. Your donation will support such life-saving efforts as research, education, advocating for better health, improving patient care and reaching populations at risk.

$5 can provide resources for one of 200,000 You’re the Cure volunteers to encourage their local, state, and federal lawmakers to make changes on important issues such as menu labeling and state health programs.

$10 can make it easier for people to find AEDs in public places. This donation covers the costs of placing nine identification stickers in public places, directing people to these devices that can save someone’s life. Congress mandated the public placement of AEDs in response to AHA lobbyists.

$15 can reach 100 African-American or Hispanic individuals with heart disease and stroke prevention information, and encourages them to participate in Search Your Heart, our cultural health program.

$30 can educate two healthcare providers via webinar about Get with the Guidelines — Outpatient or any of our programs that continually improve clinical care.

$40/month for a year sends a doctor or scientist to the International Stroke Conference to learn the latest advancements in the treatment and prevention of stroke.

Every donation, big or small, helps the AHA work towards its mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

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