Get to know Danielle Patterson, the Government Relations Director for Indiana!
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How long have you been with the American Heart Association?
I have been with the American Heart Association for 11 years.
What issues or policies are you most passionate about and why?
I am very passionate about making Indiana tobacco free. We are passed a law to make more public, work, and restaurants smokefree. We have been successful in getting smokefree bars in some communities too. My ultimate goal is to get smokefree gaming in Indiana.
What is your favorite advocacy memory or experience so far and what made it great?
I would say convening stakeholders for an advocacy summit on Healthy Food Financing Initiatives. HFFI will establish a statewide program to increase the availability of fresh and nutritious food, including fruits and vegetables, in underserved communities.
What is your favorite way to be active?
I work out with a trainer and swimming.
What is your favorite fruit or vegetable?
I like bananas and mixed greens.