Meet Our Louisiana Advocacy Committee

The American Heart Association is working toward improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent, and reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent, all by the year 2020. Policy change is essential for us to meet this bold goal – and our volunteers are at the heart of our efforts.


Each year, the American Heart Association invites a diverse group of volunteers to serve on the Louisiana Advocacy Committee, which is the advisory board to volunteers and staff on state public advocacy issues. With the leadership of our subcommittee, we create a state public policy agenda that impacts heart disease and stroke risk factors and protects heart disease and stroke patients. We also conduct grassroots and lobbying activities to educate the public and policymakers about the need for policy change.

This year, we are proud to announce our 2016-17 Louisiana Advocacy Subcommittee:

  • Tamara Sabine, Chair: City of Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge
  • Rachel Diresto, Vice-Chair: Center for Planning Excellence, Baton Rouge
  • Coletta Barrett: Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Baton Rouge
  • Kay Eddleman: Ochsner Healthy System AHA Community Training Center, New Orleans
  • Crystal Pichon: Lexlee’s Kids Non-Profit, Baton Rouge
  • Susan Miller: Survivor, Shreveport
  • Chad Major: Professional Firefighters Association of Louisiana, Zachary
  • Mitchell Lirtzman: Lafayette General Medical Center, Lafayette
  • Ray Castle: LSU, Baton Rouge
  • Janis Sita: East Jefferson General Hospital, New Orleans

Stay tuned as we release our 2016-17 public policy agenda for Louisiana and let you know how you can help advocate in your community!

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