On August 22, 2017, the American Heart Association's Tennessee Advocacy Committee approved the 2017-18 policy agenda for the state.
This year, the AHA will advocate for the following policies in Tennessee:
- Tobacco Preemption Removal – Promote and support statewide legislation that removes barriers for local government to increase smoke-free environments. Explore adding in-person counseling to TennCare tobacco cessation coverage to ensure we are able to provide comprehensive coverage to people.
- Quality Physical Education – Promote and support statewide legislation to increase the number of minutes students are offered physical education in schools across Tennessee. Work with the Department of Education to include physical education measurements in the Every Student Succeeds Act waiver.
- Stroke System of Care – Increase the quality of stroke care in Tennessee. Work with the Stroke Task Force as they recommend designation statuses and EMS transport protocols to the Department of Health.
- STEMI System of Care – Advocate for increased quality for STEMI diagnosis, transport, and treatment. This will lead to better cardiovascular disease care in Tennessee.
- Early Care and Education – Advocate to incorporate nutrition, active play, and screen time standards into the state child care licensing structure for licensed child care centers and licensed home-based child care providers.
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