On Monday, March 20, 80 advocates from across the state came to Harrisburg to advocate for critical policy issues, including improving stroke care, training the next generation of lifesavers through CPR in Schools and clean indoor air. Early feedback from advocates was very positive from advocates.
In addition, cardiac arrest survivors participated in a morning press conference urging legislators to pass CPR in Schools. By putting a face on these stories, they hoped decision makers would better understand the critical nature of introduction and passage of CPR. Currently, there are 36 states with CPR in Schools. Pennsylvania hopes to become #37!
In addition, advocates urged the Senate to pass House Bill 23, which unanimously passed the House. This legislation would amend the state's previous stroke bill to add two new types of stroke hospitals - acute stroke ready and comprehensive stroke centers.
And, advocates asked decision makers to support removing exemptions from the state's nearly decade old Clean Indoor Air Act. Currently, there are still workers being exposed to secondhand smoke. In fact, a recent poll conducted by the American Heart Association reveals 71% of voters favor prohibiting smoking inside all workplaces, including casinos, bars and all areas of a restaurant.
To add your voices in support of these and other issues, visit our Pennsylvania Action Center!