American Heart Association Advocacy in Tennessee

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Influencing public policy through advocacy is an essential strategy used by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association to achieve its health impact goals and programmatic objectives, which include helping all Americans lead healthier lives and reducing the incidence and consequences of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association works across the public policy continuum to influence public policy, including planning, stakeholder and coalition development, policy research and analysis, a comprehensive legislative and regulatory agenda, the creation of media advocacy and grassroots strategies, implementing policy change, and then following through with effective evaluation to assess implementation and the ultimate impact of the law or regulation.

Check out our webpage to learn what we’ve accomplished in Tennessee and how you can help us continue building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Bernard Reynolds, Government Relations Director
Phone: 615-340-4129

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Tennessee Advocacy Successes

In 2011, legislation passed which encourages schools to open up their facilities like gymnasiums and tracks to the community as sources of physical activity. This new law clarifies that liability rests with the user not the school system, if the school chooses to open up their facilities after hours a community partner.

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What's happening in Tennessee Advocacy? 
Read our state agenda to see what we're working on this year.

Lobby Day 2013

Advocates Rally in D.C.


You're the Cure on the Hill 2013 brought 300 advocates to Washington, D.C. on April 9 to urge Congress to restore and protect funding for National Institutes of Health and support a Million Hearts high blood pressure campaign. The diverse group of advocates included survivors, researchers, caregivers, young people, and medical professional representing 43 states.

Additionally, the American Heart Association was proud to participate in the National Rally for Medical Research held in Washington, D.C. on April 8. An estimated 3,000 researchers, patients and medical professionals took part in the rally to show their support for a continued investment in National Institutes of Health research. The event program featured two You're the Cure survivor advocates as speakers.

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