Happy New Year! The DC City Council’s upcoming agenda promises to be important for DC citizens. With a number of key issues expected on the docket, You’re the Cure advocates will have opportunities to help drive significant advances critical to cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
Here’s a quick look at several policy areas already on tap:
- Shared Use Agreements - Promote policy that clarifies liability rules for the use of school-owned recreational facilities by other government and nongovernmental entities for the purpose of physical activity by protecting the school from liability for property damage and injury. The use of such standard agreements removes obstacles to community use, and allows the user to assume the liability.
This bill (# B20-0320) is about to be heard, so please take action RIGHT AWAY to urge support for shared-use agreements.
- Primary Stroke Designation - Promote policies that formally require and recognize Primary Stroke Centers within the District be based on Joint Commission/ASA certification or an equivalent process. The Stroke System of Care Act of 2013 (# B20-0327) is already moving through City Council and will help establish a comprehensive system of stroke care, including emergency response and treatment protocols.
We also anticipate working on heart defect screening in newborns, availability of healthy foods in DC government facilities, tobacco control funding, and monitoring of health reform implementation. As always, new issues could emerge that we will engage in or follow, and we’ll keep you posted about those we need your voice on.
If you would like more information about any of these issues, please feel free to contact Jennifer Witten ([email protected]). Your involvement and support are key to our success!