As a You're the Cure advocate, you've likely received encouragement from Kim VanVeen and me to add your personal stories in your advocacy efforts, whether that's calling an elected official, submitting a letter to the editor, or inviting friends to join You're the Cure with you. Your personal experiences help provide people with a clearer picture of how the policy changes you're advocating for would impact lives, which is especially important for lawmakers to know within their communities. However, we understand this can be tricky to do.
To help, Kim and I kicked off a five-week series earlier this month called Heart Strong to connect you with several You're the Cure advocates, who have shared their personal experiences in support of key policy efforts in the Southeast: improve access to care; improve water access in schools; reduce tobacco and nicotine addiction; increase access to Telecommunicator CPR; protect local governments' ability to pass policies that promote public health.
We have one Heart Strong call left! Join us on Wednesday, March 3rd at 10:30 AM ET / 9:30 AM CT to hear from Lee and Amy Hughes of Georgia about preemption. The series will culminate in a one-hour storytelling workshop on March 10th at 1 PM ET / 12 PM CT. Visit our Heart Strong website to register for both calls separately.
Julie M. Howell and Kim VanVeen are Grassroots Managers for the American Heart Association, engaging volunteers and staff across Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, in public policy campaigns to build a world of healthier, longer lives.