Throughout the year, our blog will feature AHA volunteer stories of survival and hope. We know there are thousands of stories like these - thats why we want to say “Thanks” to all of you for giving your time and sharing your lives with us. You can’t spell CURE without U! Thank you for all you do to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. YOU’RE THE CURE!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Representatives Demonstrate Commitment to Women’s Heart Health!

Because of your letters to your legislators, the Women’s Heart Health Promotion Act is one step closer to becoming a reality!!!

Earlier this month, on April 6, Rep. Karen Clark included $100,000 for the Women’s Heart Health Promotion Act (HF 504/ SF 473) in the House Public Health and Housing Omnibus bill. With the budget environment this year, this is wonderful news and speaks to the importance of the prevention of heart disease for underserved women across the state!

The funding is for one year (2010) and is structured as a pilot project. Rachel Callanan, Sr. Advocacy Director, testified the next morning in Rep. Clark’s committee to thank the committee for their support and to explain the economic benefits of funding these screenings based on some great research by the Office on the Economic Status of Women.

This is a great victory for our bill given the deficit and the fact this concept is new this year. We will keep fighting for the funding on the Senate side and work to keep it in play during conference committee. Stay tuned for more updates!

Thanks for all your help!

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