The State of New Mexico is gearing up for the 2013 legislative session. With just three months from the start of session, I wanted to introduce myself. My name is Erin O’Reilly and I am the new Director of Advocacy for Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming.
With just one month under my belt I am looking forward to working with all of you at the Roundhouse on issues that will improve heart disease and stroke in New Mexico. Some of those issues include the following:
- Creating statewide STEMI (the technical term for a type of major heart attack) and stroke registries. The data collected by these registries are an invaluable tool to knowing when and where heart attacks and strokes are occurring as well as knowing the type of care individuals are receiving.
- Promoting STEMI receiving centers. We want to make sure hospitals that offer the best care to patients of serious heart attacks are publicly recognized for their efforts. We will ask New Mexico lawmakers to allow these facilities to be designated as official “STEMI Receiving Centers.”
- Public funding for heart disease and stroke research and prevention. We can save a lot more lives (and money) by preventing heart disease and stroke than by treating it. That is why we will continue to support programs like tobacco and obesity prevention that will reduce common risk factors for CVD.
I will be sending out a more detailed email about our statewide agenda for the 2013 legislative session. Can you do the new girl a favor and visit the new You’re the Cure community site at www.yourethecure.org. After you register please click on “The Pulse” link and tell us what you think. The Pulse will act as our state blog so you can keep up with the latest and greatest from the American Heart Association in New Mexico.
If you have any questions around these issues or your involvement please feel free to contact me at [email protected]. I look forward to working in New Mexico to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
Director of Advocacy