State and Community Advocacy


Public policy advocacy is an essential strategy used by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to affect necessary and sustainable policy, system and environmental change. Our efforts in states and communities are focused on five major policy areas. These are: 无烟草, 优质护理体系, 健康饮食, 积极的生活, and 获得护理.


无烟,停止 & 预防

Increasing the cigarette tax, enacting smoke-free air laws, raising the minimum legal sale age to 21, and funding tobacco prevention and cessation programs are proven ways to reduce smoking.  Revenues from tobacco taxes can also help states fund critical health programs, including tobacco prevention and cessation.


STEMI & Stroke Facility Designation, Registries and T-心肺复苏

By creating inclusive and coordinated STEMI and Stoke facility designations and registries and by requiring all 911 telecommunicators be trained in the delivery of high quality telephone 心肺复苏, we’re able to improve early recognition, treatment and rehabilitation of stroke, heart attack and cardiac arrest patients.


医疗补助,公共基金 & 预防性的好处

Medicaid coverage of preventive benefits, 为HDSP提供公共资金, Health Equity and Obesity 预防 programs, Public funding for initiatives aimed at improving cardiovascular health and reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke, and Medicaid expansion all help to ensure that Americans have access to healthcare that is high quality, affordable and includes the benefits needed to prevent and treat heart disease and stroke.


Over the past few generations, this country has changed dramatically. Unhealthy foods are being sold in larger portion sizes and at lower prices while it remains difficult for many families to buy healthy, affordable foods and beverages. Every child should have healthy foods and drinks at home and in school. 健康儿童之声, an initiative of the American Heart Association, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, makes it easier and more enticing for children to eat healthy, drink smart and move more.

Learn more about our 健康饮食 work and the 健康儿童之声 initiative


We all want and deserve to live in safe, healthy communities. People who live in neighborhoods where it is easier and safer to walk around are more active and have reduced risk of heart disease and diabetes. 完整的街道 policies improve the way communities design and build streets and roads. Instead of prioritizing motor vehicles, neighborhoods would be designed and built for the safety of everyone including those who walk, 自行车, 使用轮椅, use public transportation, 和驱动.

积极的生活 Policy Resources and Support


AHA has state and community Government Relations staff in 50 states and many communities.