The AHA Advocacy team in Nebraska extends congratulations to the Omaha Metro Board for achieving the Gold Standard for Advocacy. The board’s year-long involvement in the organization’s advocacy efforts impacts Nebraska’s public policy efforts to improve cardiovascular health.
In order to achieve the gold standard in advocacy, board Members must engage in public policy campaigns through the AHA’s You’re the Cure advocacy network. As a whole, board members must be involved in a minimum of 20 advocacy actions in support of AHA priority campaigns, with at least 10 of those actions being high-priority offline actions. High-priority actions are those activities that have the highest impact with lawmakers such as face-to-face meetings with decision-makers, phone calls to legislators, serving as a media advocacy spokesperson on our advocacy issues, writing and submitting letters to the editor, or participating in an advocacy training. Other advocacy activities that count toward the board’s goal include sending an email or letter to a lawmaker, sharing your story with other volunteers and advocates, or recruiting fellow advocates to join You’re the Cure.
The Advocacy staff applauds the Omaha Metro Board for their partnership in helping to improve the cardiovascular health of all Nebraskans!