On Thursday, February 4th, the American Heart Association (AHA) held the annual Go Red For Women Day at the Capitol in Oklahoma City. In attendance were thirteen volunteers, including one Grassroots Action Team member and several Passion Committee members.
The day began with breakfast before volunteers moved to the gallery in the House Chamber for presentation of the “Wear Red Day” Resolution. Representative Lee Denney, the Speaker Pro Tempore, was kind enough to serve as author the resolution, present it to the House of Representatives, and recognize AHA volunteers that the Capitol. Additionally Amy Baden, State Advocacy Committee Chair, Amanda Rowell, AHA Advocacy and Go Red volunteer and heart disease survivor, Mistie Adair, AHA Go Red volunteer and heart disease survivor, Jill Castilla, Go Red for Women Co-Chair, and Shelly Jordan, Go Red Director, were recognized from the floor of the House of Representatives.
Afterwards, the entire Women’s Caucus of the House of Representatives joined the AHA for a group photo in the Capitol Rotunda. From there, an advocacy training on how to meet with lawmakers and a review of our legislative priorities was conducted. The group was very involved and offered great questions and thoughts regarding the AHA’S public policy issues. The training was culminated by Governor Mary Fallin addressing the AHA’s group to discuss both women’s health and what health issues her office was prioritizing for the legislative session. She then joined in a group photo with AHA volunteers and staff. The volunteers then split into smaller groups to have meetings with their elected officials. Feedback from everyone pointed to very successful meetings with state representatives and senators.
We offer a big thank you to all the volunteers and staff that made this day a great success!