At the American Heart Association, we know you are the key to everything we do. Every discovery, every life saved from heart disease and stroke, every improvement we make in our community is made possible because of you. Together we are giving people the tools they need to enjoy more of life’s precious moments.
And as we continue to learn how COVID is impacting some of our most vulnerable and high-risk populations – those with heart disease, high blood pressure and other underlying health conditions – the work you are doing with the American Heart Association is more important than ever before. And very much appreciated.
This Thanksgiving season, Kim VanVeen and I want to pause and reflect with you on some of the progress we've made together in recent months:
- Secured CARES funding in Alabama for the Alabama Broadband Connectivity (ABC) for Students to provide vouchers for families of students currently eligible for free and reduced-price school meals (or other income criteria), to help cover equipment and service costs for high-speed internet service
- Passed a smoke-free ordinance in Doraville, Georgia to protect workers and patrons from secondhand smoke
- Passed a Complete Streets policy in New Orleans, Louisiana to ensure roads are built to share, which will prove beneficial for health, safety, and access for generations to come
- Secured CARES funding in Mississippi in the amount of $125 M for K-12 connectivity and broadband access
- Passed a policy in Brookhaven, Mississippi to ensure water bottle filling stations are included in newly constructed and majorly renovated schools, so students, faculty and staff have access to clean drinking water
- Secured CARES funding in North Carolina - $6M investment in food banks and $9M investment in broadband access
- Defeated preemption in South Carolina
- Secured CARES funding in South Carolina to provide statewide COVID-19 testing access in rural areas and for at-risk populations, and a further investment in monitoring and surveillance statewide as well as grant programs for non-profit relief and minority and small business relief
We can be there every step of the way because you are with us every step of the way. We have a lot of work ahead of us and are deeply grateful for your talents, your spirit, your gifts, and your passion as you advocate alongside us. Stay tuned for future You're the Cure alerts with the latest ways to engage in public policy campaigns, and for opportunities to grow as a You're the Cure advocate!
We sincerely thank you for your support.
Julie M. Howell and Kim VanVeen are Grassroots Managers for the American Heart Association, engaging volunteers and staff in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, in public policy campaigns to build a world of healthier, longer lives.