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Why is Advocacy important to the American Heart Association?

Advocacy connects the American Heart Association’s mission to the issues, opportunities and challenges shaping the health of communities across our country.  Through the creation and implementation of public policy, the promotion of cardiovascular health is transformed into a tangible force that defines and measures our efforts to achieve the American Heart Association’s mission of building healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

How can I make an impact?

As a member of the You're the Cure Network, we make it easy to become a leader in our advocacy efforts:

  •  Serve on an Advocacy Committee

The American Heart Association is a volunteer driven organization that relies on the experiences and knowledge of volunteers from every walk of life to achieve our mission.  In order to do so, we assemble advocacy committees that help shape policies and provide leadership and support on state and local efforts.  Whether you are a medical professional, business person, teacher, government employee, survivor, caretaker, or just a concerned citizen you can contribute to these efforts in a meaningful way.  

  • Meet with Elected Officials

Throughout the year, American Heart Association staff visits with members of Congress and state legislative members at their local district offices to share the AHA’s legislative priorities.  During these friendly meetings, elected officials learn more about AHA’s community programs and policy priorities and how they can be of support. 

To join in these efforts and share your personal connection with AHA, please contact

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