Each year, the American Heart Association's Georgia Advocacy Committee sets the organization's state public policy agenda to help improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths by coronary heart disease and stroke by 20 percent by 2020.
The committee recently voted that the AHA will advocate for the following policies aimed to improve access to care, promote active living, and create smoke-free public places:
- STEMI – Work in conjunction with internal staff and issue stakeholders in the medical community to impact recently enacted cardiac care legislation relating to STEMI within the Department of Public Health's regulatory framework.
- Telephone CPR – Advocate at the state level for the passage of legislation requiring all 911 telecommunicators that provide dispatch for emergency conditions be trained in the delivery of high quality telephone CPR.
- Early Care and Education - Advocate to incorporate nutrition, active play, and screen time standards into the state child care licensing structure for licensed child care centers and licensed home-based child care providers.
- Quality Physical Education – At the state level, advocate for the passage of physical education assessment legislation. The goal of this policy is to increase accountability reporting of schools to provide quality physical education based on specific assessment measures.
- Smoke-Free Air – Actively promote and pass comprehensive smoke-free ordinances banning smoking and e-cigarette use in all restaurants and bars in Columbus, Marietta, and Atlanta, Georgia. Advocate for maintaining current, and raising, levels of funding for state-wide cessation services.
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