The American Heart Association’s Hawaii Division Board of Directors set the standard for all state and community boards across the AHA’s 10-state Western States Affiliate in their engagement in the organization’s health advocacy issues.
Their efforts helped the Hawaii Board to achieve Gold Standard, the highest level of achievement for AHA volunteer boards.
Hawaii Division Board members registered 233 advocacy actions versus their goal of 20 actions, smashing the goal by 1165 percent! Hawaii Board members also logged 49 priority actions (interactions with high level decision makers) versus their goal of 10 such actions (surpassing that goal by 490 percent).
Their commitment to the AHA’s mission helped it to score a variety of policy wins including requirements for birthing centers to screen newborns for critical congenital heart defects, establishment of a state stroke data registry, adding e-cigarettes to the state’s smoke-free air law, and increasing the age to purchase tobacco products to 21.