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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 [...]

Riding for a cause that is close to the heart

Nice work, Greater Bay Area Team! With nearly 150 riders, the CycleNation tour pedaled its way through the region offering participants a 25, 50 or 100-mile route in and around the Livermore, California area. The hope is that this new fundraising event will become an AHA staple, much like a Heart Walk, but for cycle enthusiasts. There is a $25 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

WSA Kids With Heart — a great program for young Heart Heroes!

Kids With Heart is a special WSA-only program designed to recognize some of our youngest survivors and volunteers. WSA Kids With Heart appoints young heart disease and stroke survivors to be ambassadors for the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. These kiddos help our mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke by inspiring others with their [...]

2015-2016 Western States Affiliate Award Winners

I am excited to announce the winners of the Western States Affiliate Awards for 2015-2016. After going through all of the nominations, I can share that the winners were selected from a field of outstanding candidates. It was so hard to just select a few! The awards were presented last week at the Board Reception and Awards dinner. Affiliate Premier [...]

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National Walking Day in the WSA

It was another fantastic National Walking Day in the Western States Affiliate. From engaging new walkers to celebrating with seasoned ones – it was a day to celebrate health and activity in our affiliate and across the country. Inland Empire - In the Inland Empire, more than 30 public and private organizations observed National Walking Day, among them the [...]