Guest Blogger: Sarah Higginbotham, Government Relations Director, Oregon
As the new Government Relations Director, I wanted to take a moment and introduce myself. My name is Sarah Higginbotham and it is a privilege to join the important work of the American Heart Association.
Not only do I love Oregon—our beautiful landscapes and our vibrant communities—but I am passionate about advocating to keep this a safe and healthy place to live. Most recently, I was the State Director for Environment Oregon where I developed and managed strategic campaigns to do just that.
I am looking forward to engaging Oregonians in sharing their expertise, personal stories, and passion for AHA’s mission with decision makers. Without a doubt, it is these voices—YOUR voices—that enable us to pass profoundly important policies to fight cardiovascular disease and stroke.
This month, in particular, is especially important.
First, February is American Heart Month—a month where people around the country challenge themselves to make healthy changes as we confront the scary statistic that heart disease is America’s number one killer. We’ll be working here in Oregon to amplify the changes Oregonians can make to improve their health and reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke.
February is also when our state’s decision-makers come together for Oregon’s 2014 Legislative Session. They will have the opportunity to make our state a healthier and safer place to live. I’ll be advocating in the Capitol to ensure the AHA’s data-driven strategies and grassroots voices resonate with our decision makers as they make these important decisions.
I’ll keep you posted about important opportunities to take action this month. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate shoot me a note to say hello - [email protected]. I can’t wait to meet you.