**An update from Jennifer Witten, your American Heart Association Government Relations Director**
The DC City Council is back in session for the New Year. With new councilmembers and committee chairs, we will be urging their consideration to make our policy issues a priority.
This fall we have worked to lay the foundation for our key issues that include stroke care standards, a District stroke quality data tool, as well as obesity prevention strategies. We will focus on introducing legislation early to ensure time to successfully pass legislation this year.
This session we will be working on:
- Designation of Primary Stroke Centers and the establishment of a stroke registry to align health services with national treatment metrics,
- Screening of newborns for Critical Congenital Heart Defects
- Health reform implementation
- Shared use agreements to promote physical activity
Be on the look-out for alerts and other opportunities to let Councilmembers know what’s important to us!