Yearly Archives: 2016


Guest Blogger Lisa Jones Barker: Western States’ Innovative Minds Lead the Pack

Lisa Jones Barker is the Senior Vice President of Health Strategies for the Western States Affiliate. She is incredibly proud of the work and creative thought that so many from our Health Strategies Team put into this special grant opportunity. She submitted the following guest blog post: American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown’s recently launched a "Community Innovation Challenge" for AHA staff. The [...]

WSA Staff Member Honored by Coalition

Special congratulations to our Hawaii Government Relations and Communications and Marketing Director Don Weisman! Don was recently honored at a Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaii Meeting and Awards Luncheon. Don received an Appreciation Award for Outstanding Support and Dedication. He recently completed 20 years of service on the Coalition’s Board of Directors. A founding member of the Coalition, Don won [...]

Two big advocacy wins in California!

Cheers are in order for our California volunteers and staff as they recently achieved two policy goal wins! The first victory involved our goal around Competitive Foods in Schools. We want to increase the number of states that have statewide policies for schools to implement the beverage and snack guidelines in for all foods sold in schools. California is the fourth state in the WSA to [...]

Los Angeles Communications Team receives Prism Award

 Members of the AHA Western States Affiliate Communications and Marketing Team and Union Bank received a Prism Award from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Los Angeles Chapter for outstanding public relations work in the category, Strategic Campaigns and Programs, Community Relations, Associations/Nonprofits/Education. The team's entry, Union of Hearts: Bringing a Healthy Message to the 2016 Rose Parade, was recognized [...]

An audience of 200 witnessed a cook-off between 30 teens and their parents at Latino College Prep Academy in San Jose. It was a celebration of completing two sessions of a Teens Cook With Heart program. Volunteers and staff from our Silicon Valley Division coordinated this unique competition. After sampling their healthy creations, seven judges representing the food industry and [...]

WSA Volunteer saves lives in more ways than one!

John Maa, MD, is Chair of the Western States Affiliate Advocacy Committee and also a member of the Greater Bay Area Board of Directors. In addition to being a general surgeon – he is also a steadfast advocate. After three great health wins on the ballot last week (three Bay Area local soda taxes, a state tobacco tax and tighter [...]

Building healthier communities one policy at a time!

What a great day for the Western States Affiliate. Our team of volunteers and staff have worked tirelessly for the last several months to support several ballot initiatives that will improve the health and wellness of our communities. I am happy to share that we were overwhelmingly successful! Here is a summary of some of our initial results: Proposition 56 [...]

Community training helps with outreach efforts

On October 27-28, the Phoenix Division held the first inaugural United Healthcare Conozca Su Corazón training for Community Health Workers and Promotoras in Arizona. This is the first of a three-year sponsorship and the first of its kind in our Arizona offices. The Conozca Su Corazón Community Health Worker (CHW) Training Program thrives with community empowerment. Conozca Su Corazón/ Know Your Heart CHWs [...]

Parents vs Kids Cooking Battle

It’s not unusual for teens to oppose their parents, but last week in East San Jose, it was all in the name of healthy eating. In an epic cooking battle, 30 teens competed against their parents to celebrate the culmination of the first two sessions of the Teens Cook With Heart program, at Latino College Prep Academy. Prior to the event, the [...]

Guest blogger: Eric Batch — Yes on Prop 56

Eric Batch, VP, Advocacy Eric Batch is the Vice President of Advocacy for the American Heart Association, Western States Affiliate. He has dedicated his career to helping communities create healthier lifestyles. Working on Prop. 56 is extremely personal for me. At the age of 15, I lost my grandfather, one of my heroes to a tobacco-related death. At [...]