Newsletter Feature - TX
This December, we'd like to introduce you to one of our most dedicated advocates - Andra Casillas. Andra is a member of the Austin Grassroots Action Team and frequently volunteers at events in the Austin area. Here's her story in her own words.
Food Insecurity Panel Recap
In Austin, 25% of residents are food insecure. That is a fact many people don’t realize; in fact many people might not even be familiar with the term “food insecurity”. Food insecurity is not knowing where your next meal is coming from or lacking access to healthy and affordable food. While many in our vibrant city are thriving, a quarter of residents struggle with this issue every day.
Advocate Spotlight: Ashley Armenta
This month we are shining light on Ashley Armenta, our amazing fall intern!
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Election Day Wins in Texas
Tuesday, November 7th, was a big day for health when the voters decided to pass transportation bonds in Dallas, Houston and Travis County (Austin). These bonds will provide necessary funding to improve sidewalks, bike lanes, parks and trails in three of the biggest cities in Texas. Here's more information about each one:
Meet Myra – Advocacy Intern
Hello! I’m Myra from Dallas, Texas, and this past summer I was the advocacy intern for the Southwest Affiliate.
As a public health major at the University of Texas at Austin, I was thrilled to be a part of an organization that has advocated for heart health for almost a century. When I first came to the AHA, the first question that they asked me was “why?”, and my why is my family.
Advocacy at the Dallas Heart Walk
Saturday, September 9th, the advocacy team headed to the Dallas Heart Walk to grow the You’re the Cure network and build support for healthy policies in schools and communities by collecting healthy food access and quality physical education petition cards. The team collected over 1,100 petition cards and spoke with heart walk participants about advocacy at the AHA and talked to them about some of the policies we're working on.
SouthWest Affiliate Advocates Take Capitol Hill
On September 14th and 15th, Arkansas advocates Ashley McGarrah and her three-year-old son Jaxon, who suffers from a critical congenital heart disease, along with Misty Hsieh, a family medicine physician and American Heart Association Oklahoma City Board President, gathered in Washington D.C for the Rally for Medical Research Lobby Day on the Hill. The Rally was attended by over 400 organizations, including the AHA. The day brought together advocates from across the nation to speak directly with their lawmakers about the importance of medical research.
Volunteer at Your Local Heart Walk!
Have you been looking for a way to get involved? We have the perfect opportunity for you, as we work to grow our You're the Cure network in Texas! Read on for more information.
Meet Megan - Senior Grassroots Director
Hi -- I'm Megan Klein from Austin, Texas, and I've been the new Senior Grassroots Director for the SouthWest Affiliate for three months now. Vanessa Fuentes (who you probably know from action alert emails) has been promoted, so she's still around, but you'll be hearing more from me now.
I'm excited to join the AHA for many reasons. After working for many years in the political sphere, it's a breath of fresh air to spend my days advocating for heart-healthy policies and engaging volunteers for a nonpartisan cause. At the AHA, we're often asked about our "Why," and mine is my Uncle Jeff.
You're the Cure on the Hill 2017: A Texas Perspective
At the end of June, more than 330 American Heart Association volunteers and staff from 46 states, including Texas, 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.