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WSA advocates travel to Washington D.C.

The final week in June brought more than 300 American Heart Association volunteer advocates from across the country descended on Washington DC for our Heart on the Hill federal lobby day, aimed at “lifting the burden of heart disease and stroke.” More than two dozen survivors, researchers, caregivers, physicians and staff from the Western State Affiliate attended, sharing their personal stories of the [...]

Sacramento welcomes WSA Board of Directors

Last week the Western States Affiliate Board met in Sacramento. In addition to meetings with local volunteers and staff, they also visited the state Capitol to advocate for statewide policies that promote heart and brain health. The Board met with 16 key legislative offices to build support and momentum for tobacco control, obesity prevention and water access policies. Our volunteers shared [...]

Montana Governor signs STEMI Registry bill

Breaking news out of Montana – Governor Steve Bullock has signed the state’s STEMI Registry Bill! A STEMI carries a substantial risk of death and disability and calls for a quick response on many fronts. It can be quickly recognized using a 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG). In 2014, The Helmsley Charitable Trust gave the American Heart Association a $4.6 [...]

Nevada to turn out 48,000+ new lifesavers each year

Earlier this month Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed legislation that requires students in the state to learn Hands-Only CPR as part of their health education experience. Our Western States Affiliate Advocacy Team helped lead the way in securing this important win. Local volunteer leadership and countless others also played a key role. This is a huge win for the state of [...]

Advocacy Team closes four policy victories!

Our advocacy team is rocking the policy world! We recently learned that county transportation ballot measures that included Stanislaus and Monterey counties in California, Clark County in Nevada and Salt Lake City, Utah, have been confirmed as FOUR additional policy goal wins for the team! Combined, the measures that were on the November 2016 ballot represent tens of millions of [...]

Advocacy Victory in the Silicon Valley

Another great triumph for our Silicon Valley Division and Advocacy Teams! The region recently received a “Bicycle/Pedestrian” policy goal win with the passage of Measure B in Santa Clara County, California. Over the next 30 years, Measure B will generate an estimated $6.3 billion through a sales tax increase. It will allocate funds to extend the BART commuter train, provide support [...]

Measure M victory!

Exciting news from Los Angeles! Policy Measure M, also known as the “Bicycle/Pedestrian” measure, has passed thanks in part to efforts of American Heart Association volunteers, advocates and staff. Measure M will levy a half-cent sales tax increase, and will generate an estimated $860 million a year to expand transportation and mobility options in LA County. It is intended to help improve the health [...]

“Heart on the Hill” is a hit

National Wear Red Day also coincided with our annual “Heart on the Hill” Lobby Day in Salt Lake City, Utah. Volunteers from across the state had a chance to learn lobbying tips from former legislators as well as receive training about polices like Tobacco to 21 and Safe Routes to Schools directly from Legislators and fellow volunteer advocates! Special thanks [...]

WSA secures $100,000 Community Innovation Grant!

Big news this week in the WSA -- a proposal by our very own Eric Batch, Vice President of Advocacy, along with Administrative Coordinator Alisha Castro and Affiliate Development Officer Shawn Casey-White, has been named the winner of the $100,000 AHA Community Innovation Challenge! The WSA continues to lead the country is many ways and this is just another great [...]

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 [...]