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Title: Working with AHA volunteers

Working with AHA volunteers
  • Step 1 Work in partnership with the AHA State
    Health Alliance (SHA) Director and AHA Advocacy
    Director to determine best approach for your
    state in prioritizing HDSP program funding
  • Step 2 With your AHA Advocacy Director, meet
    with the AHA Volunteer Advocacy Committee this
    group determines state policy priorities (two
    each year) to assist in educating them on the
    importance of funding for the HDSP program
  • Step 3 Once HDSP program funding is identified
    as a state policy priority work with your AHA
    SHA and Advocacy Directors to meet with AHA
    volunteer groups and coalition partners to assist
    in educating them to advocate to legislators on
    the importance of HDSP program funding

Working with AHA Volunteers
  • Contact Erin McDonald Bicknell to get the names
    and phone numbers of your state AHA SHA and
    Advocacy Directors
  • AHA volunteers are the best advocates you have at
    both the state and national level, and they play
    a key role in establishing advocacy priorities
    for the AHA
  • They need to understand and value your state
    program in order to be able to make an informed
    decision about establishing HDSP program funding
    as a priority for the AHA state policy agenda and
    to speak on your behalf about the HDSP program

What you need
  • This slide show with the introductory slides
    removed and state information added
  • A one-page fact sheet about your state and
    program tailor whats been provided
  • A success story from your program tailor whats
    been provided, focusing on the vital benefits or
    strengths of the state program

Support the (Insert Your State) Heart Disease
Stroke Prevention Program

Burden of Heart Disease in (Your State)
  • ___ state residents died from heart disease in
  • ___ state residents suffered a stroke in (year)
  • In (year), heart disease and stroke cost ______
    in our state

Heart Disease Stroke Prevention Program
Priority Areas
  • Improve control of high blood pressure
  • Improve control of high cholesterol
  • Improve emergency response for heart attacks and
  • Improve quality of care
  • Increase knowledge of heart attack and stroke and
    need to call 9-1-1
  • Eliminate health disparities

Control High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol
  • Many states have worked to improve care at
    community health centers and other primary care
  • Wisconsin - increase in BP control from 54 to
  • Maine implemented the Chronic Care model with
    primary care providers
  • South Carolina American Society of Hypertension
    partnership to certify MDs as hypertension
  • Florida media campaign on HBP focused on adults
    35, Hispanics, and African Americans

What (Our State) Is Doing (or Planning)
Improve Emergency Response for Heart Attacks and
  • Louisiana Stroke Task Force to train emergency
    personnel and ER physicians stroke protocol for
    all EMS in state
  • Montana partnered with hospital system and EMS
    on pre-notification to reduce response time (rate
    up) training first responders on Stroke Scale
  • Massachusetts designated stroke center policy
    (95 hospitals)

What (Our State) Is Doing (or Planning)
Improve Quality of Care
  • Most states Partnered with AHA to standardize
    care and improve quality of care for heart
    attacks, stroke and heart failure, with Get With
    the Guidelines
  • Many states Quality Improvement programs with
    community health centers for better patient care
  • Many states Working with managed care
    organizations to improve patient care

What (Our State) Is Doing (or Planning)
Eliminate Disparities
  • South Carolina Stroke Awareness among African
    Americans TV and radio announcements
  • Alaska Alaska Native Medical Center implemented
    Get With the Guidelines-Stroke
  • Oklahoma partnered with Native American
    community to address CVD and diabetes
  • North Carolina All Regional Coordinators address
    disparity as part of the heart disease and
    stroke program

What (Our State) Is Doing (or Planning)
State Appropriations
  • At least 11 states receive state appropriations
    to support heart disease and stroke prevention
  • (Our state) receives (0) of state appropriations
    for heart disease and stroke prevention

State Programs Supported with State Funds
  • (List the other programs that have state
    appropriations here, with the amount. Include
    communicable disease control programs e.g.)
  • (HIV/AIDS 700,000)
  • (Immunizations 200,000)
  • (TB 500,000)

Now that you have the facts.
  • Prepare to meet with state legislators or their
    staff (who may be just as important!)
  • Work with your AHA state health alliance and
    advocacy staff
  • Consider taking along someone from the state
  • Understand you will have only a few minutes to
    state your case

Talking Points
  • Introduce yourself and identify yourself as a
  • Thank your legislator or staff for taking the
    time to meet with you.
  • Express concern that the CDC funds for heart
    disease stroke prevention are not adequate for
    your state, especially since heart disease
    remains, nationally, the No. 1 killer.
  • Describe the economic impact of heart disease and
    stroke in your State, and the benefits of the
    heart disease and stroke prevention program.

Continued --
  • If your state has a planning grant explain that
    planning is largely complete and funding is
    needed to implement programs to prevent heart
    disease stroke.
  • If your state does not receive funding for this
    program explain that in order for your state to
    submit a competitive application to CDC, it must
    demonstrate commitment with state funds.

Continued --
  • If your state receives implementation funding
    for this program Explain that 1 million is not
    enough to prevent and control the number 1 and
    number 3 leading causes of death and that state
    funds are also needed.
  • Thank your member for taking time to learn about
    this program.