Move More Month Volunteers at the Colorado Capitol
This month two State Advocacy Committee volunteers went to the Colorado State Capitol to encourage legislators and their staff to participate and to encourage their own communities to in being more active.
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Advocate spotlight: Kristine Brockhagen
This month, we are featuring a guest blog written by Kristine Brockhagen, a State Advocacy Committee member in Texas who has been volunteering with the American Heart Association since 1981! Here's her story in her own words:
When I was just 18 years old, my mother announced that she had signed up both me and my twin sister to learn CPR. She said it was an important skill to learn and it could possibly save someone someday. As I grew up, I continued to keep my CPR certification current each year. Little did I know that when I was 41 years old, I would use it on the love of my life.
Advocate Spotlight: Matthew Bulfer
We are excited to shine a light on an American Heart Association advocate that has a real passion for the mission of our organization. We are pleased to introduce to you our newest Denver Grassroots Action Team member, Matthew Bulfer.
We are excited to shine a light on an American Heart Association advocate that has a real passion for the mission of our organization. We are pleased to introduce you to Karla Gomez-Meyer. Karla helped run the You're the Cure booth at the 2017 Denver Go Red For Women Luncheon and again at Denver's Save-a-life CPR event this December.
Advocate Spotlight: Jammie Garcia
This month, we're spotlighting Denver Grassroots Action Team member Jammie Garcia. Jammie got involve because her dad is a heart survivor. We hope you enjoy learning more about Jammie and her advocacy efforts with the AHA!
Occupation: Independent Contractor in Marketing and AML Compliance
Hometown: Rawlins, WY
Fun fact about you: I've been to the Korean DMZ.
Favorite movie: The Accountant, Mad Max, Pearl Harbor
Hobbies: Running, hiking, charity work
Role model: My parents are great role models to me because they work hard, do what they say, and are genuinely sweet.
Greatest achievement: Earning my Masters degree in Legislative Affairs
Two celebrities or historical figures you would want to have dinner with (living or not) and why? Tory Burch because not only do I love her designs, but she helps the economic empowerment of women through her philanthropy and campaigns. The second is Warren Buffet because I think he's the most brilliant investor.
Favorite AHA event and why? My favorite AHA event this year has been the Heart Walk because it allowed us to be active while informing participants of the policy issues we were working on.
Why is advocating with the American Heart Association important to you? Advocating for the American Heart Association is special to me because my dad is a heart survivor. I believe there are many preventative measures that could be done more thoroughly by healthcare professionals and ourselves. AHA helps emphasize a variety of measures to help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Advocate Spotlight: Karly Christensen
Volunteers are the lifeblood of the American Heart Association and the work that we do. We are constantly amazed by our volunteers' commitment to advocate for healthier lives and to help save lives through policy change. We are pleased to spotlight a volunteer that has passion for the health of Coloradans. Please meet Karly Christensen.
Advocate Spotlight: Kevin Kempton
Please meet our new American Heart Association volunteer and Grassroots Action Team member, Kevin Kempton.
You're the Cure on the Hill 2017: A Colorado Perspective
At the end of June, more than 330 American Heart Association volunteers and staff from 46 states, including Colorado, traveled to Washington, D.C. to advocate for federal research support and key legislation that will benefit Americans with cardiovascular disease (CVD). The advocates urged their members of Congress to prioritize National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for heart and stroke research and to support bills that would expand access to stroke telemedicine (telestroke) and cardiac rehabilitation. They also encouraged their lawmakers to oppose the American Health Care Act or any Senate substitute that reduces access to affordable and adequate health care coverage.
Advocate Spotlight: Lindsey Wright, An Advocate with Fire in Her Heart!
Volunteers are the lifeblood of the American Heart Association and the work that we do. We are constantly amazed by our volunteers' commitment to advocate for healthier lives and to help save lives through policy change. We are pleased to spotlight a volunteer that has fire in her heart for the mission of the AHA. Please meet Lindsey Wright, Mrs. Arkansas International 2017.
A Little Advocate with a Big Story to Share
Sometimes the biggest advocacy voices come in the tiniest packages. One such story comes from heart survivor, Adyson Coleman. She has inspired and moved lawmakers with her struggles and smile over the past year. We wanted to share her story and hope she inspires you as much as she has inspired us.