MAA August Update for Volunteers

Our MAA All-Staff Meeting was held in Richmond this month, and it was a great mix of celebrating a fantastic year and planning for a successful new one. Some of our highlights in MAA this year:

  • six public policy victories, including 
    – a CPR training requirement for graduation and Medicaid prevention benefits in Maryland,
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    required pulse ox screening for newborns in South Carolina, and 
    – smoking cessation coverage through Medicaid and 12-lead funding for emergency vehicles in Virginia.
  • 20,000 fans and followers on facebook and twitter,

  • 458 MAA workplaces were recognized as Fit-Friendly,

  • 85% of MAA’s population covered by Get With The Guidelines Hospitals,

  • 95% covered through Mission-Lifeline Systems of Care,

  • 74 new research grants were awarded totaling $7.4 million, and

  • 1.24 million people were trained in CPR across the MAA.

We’ve had two great national media hits this month.  NBC Nightly News featured national Go Red For Women spokesperson and heart attack survivor Keisha Hawes from Charleston, SC. The story Heart Disease Can Be Serious, Silent in Young Women  is about the increased risk for women with Type 2 diabetes and for young African American women. Keisha, AHA spokesperson Dr. Jennifer Mieres, and our Common Thread Video were highlighted in the story.

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NBC’s Weekend Today Show featured our AHA Simple Cooking with Heart Teaching Kitchen in Baltimore.  It is a great piece featuring Chef Tia Berry, volunteer Roger Blumenthal, and local survivors learning to cook in a healthier way.

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Finally, we launched our new AHA brand August 1, including a new tagline, Life Is Why. You can learn more, and get ideas to help us promote it, at www.heart.org/lifeiswhy. We’d love to hear about your personal “why” too! View the slideshow to learn what inspires some of our staff members. 

We know we cannot accomplish our mission without our committed volunteers. Thank you for all of your support,

Jeremy Beauchamp

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