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2013-2023

Voices for Healthy Kids 10-Year Progress Report

Letter from Leadership

From the American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown

This year marks a decade of Voices for Healthy Kids' unwavering commitment to building a world where every child can anticipate a lengthy, healthy life. It's been a remarkable journey and an absolute privilege to engage in this meaningful work.

Equity remains the core of our mission. Yet, comprehending and putting equity into practice is an ongoing voyage, and we've gained significant insights throughout the years. We've gained the wisdom to listen to communities, prioritize their voices and choices in our grant allocation, and collaborate with them as equal partners. And we are meeting the moment—like awarding rapid response to help meet families' needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, we are not on this journey alone. On our 10-year anniversary, let's honor the dedicated staff and volunteer advocates who, together, create an exceptional impact by collaborating tirelessly with communities for lasting change.

We extend our gratitude to our funders, Strategic Advisory Committee members and chairs, and executive directors for both their support and leadership on our path towards achieving health equity.

Together, we can create healthier and more hopeful lives for all.

With heart,  

Nancy Brown, Chief Executive Officer - American Heart Association Nancy Brown Chief Executive Officer American Heart Association

A Message from Nancy Brown

A Message from Rich Besser

By The Numbers, 2013-2023

Increasing Impact

  • 398 policy successes

  • 298,240,360 people affected by Voices for Healthy Kids policy wins* *Represents population of states and/or communities impacted by policies passed. Policies must meet American Heart Association’s guidelines, which are based on science and potential population impact 

  • $7.2 billion secured in appropriations to support mission-related programs and services that address the root causes of childhood obesity and health inequities

Building A Movement

  • 479 campaigns funded

  • 19 organizations in the Strategic Advisory Committee aligning with policy priorities and centering health equity

  • 500+ organizations participating in Voices for Healthy Kids’ advisory committees, work groups, and other collaborations

  • 72,307 online grassroots advocates

Training and Resources

  • 25 advocacy toolkits created

  • 26 national message research projects

  • 6,685 requests for skills building, planning, and consultation (technical assistance)

Policy Wins Across the U.S.

Policy Wins

Alabama Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2023

$30 million in additional funding to support quality childcare across Alabama.

American Heart Association – Alabama
Alabama Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2022

Alabama appropriated $17.8 million to incentivize childcare providers to increase their quality rating scores.

The Women's Fund of Greater Birmingham
Alabama Preemption Efforts - 2021

Advocates defeated multiple bills that would have stripped authority from local county health departments during a public health threat and the COVID-19 pandemic.

American Heart Association – Alabama
Alabama Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2015

Alabama Board of Education adopted statewide nutrition standards for competitive foods sold in schools

American Heart Association – Alabama

Funded Campaigns

Alabama Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2021 to 2021

A campaign aimed at identifying barriers to participation in school meals, P-EBT, WIC, & SNAP in immigrant, Latinx, low-income, & Black communities and growing the membership & developing the advocacy capacity of the Hunger Free Alabama coalition.

Alabama Arise
Alabama Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2021 to 2022

The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham and partners are working to secure state investment to put quality child care in reach for working families.

Women's Foundation of Alabama
Alabama Preemption Efforts - 2020 to 2021

Support for the Women's Policy Institute that focuses on women-centered public policy change to bridge the gap between the legislative process and Alabama’s diverse communities.

Women's Foundation of Alabama
Alabama Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2020 to 2021

This regional campaign seeks to increase water access in schools at the state and/or local level in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.

AHA Tennessee
Alabama Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2020 to 2020

This campaign will address and reduce barriers to participation in SNAP and free/reduced school meal programs by low-income families and children.

Alabama Arise
Alabama Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2017 to 2019

Campaign by Voices for Alabama’s Children’s campaign to improve health through the improvement of quality of child care.

Southern Institute for Public Life
Alabama Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2016 to 2018

Goal is to establish statewide nutrition, physical activity and screen time standards for all licensed early childcare providers throughout Alabama.

VOICES for Alabama's Children
Alabama Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2016 to 2016

Campaign for a sugary drink tax campaign in Alabama.

AHA Alabama
Alabama Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2016 to 2017

Secure state appropriation of $5 million to support implementation of a statewide HFFI campaign for supermarket and healthy food retail development in underserved communities in Alabama

VOICES for Alabama's Children
Alabama Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2015 to 2016

SA campaign to secure state appropriation of $5 million to support implementation of a statewide HFFI campaign for supermarket and healthy food retail development in underserved communities in Alabama

VOICES for Alabama's Children
Alabama Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2015 to 2015

Campaign to support a sugary drink tax.

AHA Alabama
Alabama Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2014 to 2015

Goal is to secure state appropriation of $5 million to support implementation of a statewide HFFI campaign for supermarket and healthy food retail development in underserved communities in Alabama

VOICES for Alabama's Children

Policy Wins

Alaska Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2023

$7.5 million secured in state budget to increase wages for childcare workers to help stabilize childcare operations in Alaska.

American Heart Association - Alaska
Alaska Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2023

$1.5 million secured in the state budget to provide additional funds to Head Start Programs in Alaska.

American Heart Association - Alaska
Alaska Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2022

Alaska passed HB 168 allowing online applications for SNAP benefits.

American Heart Association - Alaska
Alaska Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2022

Alaska approved $500,000 to fund Double Bucks for SNAP and WIC recipients to spend at farmers markets, as well as additional funding for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program.

American Heart Association - Alaska

Funded Campaigns

Alaska Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2021 to 2021

A campaign to support a proposed ordinance to raise the tax on sugary drinks in the Bethel City Council.

AHA Alaska
Alaska Active, Equitable Communities - 2016 to 2018

Alaska Trails seeks to codify the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program in Alaska state law and secure Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) allocations for both infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects for SRTS.

Alaska Trails

Policy Wins

Arizona Preemption Efforts - 2023

Successful campaign to defeat harmful preemption legislation backed by the tobacco industry to prevent local efforts on tobacco control.

American Heart Association – Arizona
Arizona Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2022

Tolleson School District passed a water access policy increasing access to no-cost, clean water, ultimately improving their environment, helping lead to better health outcomes, and ground softening for larger districts to follow suit.

American Heart Association – Arizona
Arizona Preemption Efforts - 2022

Advocates defeated a bill that would have preempted local ordinances on tobacco.

American Heart Association – Arizona
Arizona Preemption Efforts - 2021

Advocates defeated a bill that would have preempted local ordinances on tobacco.

American Heart Association – Arizona
Arizona Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2020

A special appropriation of $500,000 for SNAP incentives was included in the Arizona COVID-19 pandemic response budget to ensure increased access to fruits and vegetables.

Pinnacle Prevention
Arizona Preemption Efforts - 2020

Multiple groups joined together during the 2020 legislative session to stop almost 20 preemptive bills put forth by the Arizona legislature.

American Heart Association – Arizona
Arizona Active, Equitable Communities - 2020

Voters in Mesa approved the Mesa Moves bond program, which will help fund regional roadway improvements, projects to reconstruct arterial roads across the city, and active transportation like biking and walking.

American Heart Association – Arizona
Arizona Active, Equitable Communities - 2019

Tuscan AZ City Council unanimously adopted a Complete Streets ordinance that prioritizes equity and will improve transportation options within the community for all people.

Living Streets Alliance
Arizona Preemption Efforts - 2019

An Arizona bill that would have preempted local control of tobacco work and undone all previous tobacco control policies at the local level was stopped.

American Heart Association – Arizona
Arizona Active, Equitable Communities - 2018

In Tucson, AZ, approved a ballot measure that will create a pool of $67.1 million through the sale of bonds to implement connectivity projects in the city.

American Heart Association – Arizona
Arizona Active, Equitable Communities - 2015

Voters passed a tax ballot measure expected to generate $16.7 billion over the life of the tax, with a significant portion being spent on walking and biking infrastructure.

American Heart Association – Arizona
Arizona Active, Equitable Communities - 2014

Arizona SB 1336 passed nearly unanimously, helping schools unlock the gates and open up their facilities to the community for either leased or uncompensated use of public school grounds.

American Heart Association – Arizona

Funded Campaigns

Arizona Preemption Efforts - 2023 to 2024

Campaign to ensure the integration of efforts amongst community organizations seeking to accomplish the abolishment of preemption laws that harm our community.

Fuerte Arts Movement
Arizona Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2022 to 2024

Campaign to advance the "Campaign for Quality and Equitable Preschool" policy campaign to secure $45 million from the state to improve quality, increase equitable access to quality slots, and enhance wages for child care staff.

Children's Action Alliance
Arizona Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2020 to 2021

A campaign aiming to pass and secure at least $1 million in multi-year funding appropriations to expand the SNAP fruit and vegetable incentive program, increasing access to healthy food for food-insecure Arizonians.

Pinnacle Prevention
Arizona Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2019 to 2020

The Let’s Grow AZ campaign aims to pass and secure at least $1 million in annual multi-year funding appropriations to expand the SNAP fruit and vegetable incentive program in Arizona by May 31, 2020.

Pinnacle Prevention
Arizona Preemption Efforts - 2019 to 2021

A campaign is to educate local Arizona communities about the negative impacts of preemption and prepare them to repeal and defeat preemption that impacts local health policy.

AHA Arizona
Arizona Preemption Efforts - 2018 to 2018

Campaign to defeat a preemption bill aimed specifically at limiting the ability of local municipalities across Arizona from enacting a Sugary Drink tax and requires that all food items be taxed at the same rate.

AHA Arizona
Arizona Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2017 to 2018

A campaign to establish public-private state funding dedicated to fruit and vegetable match incentives for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients for redemption towards Arizona-grown fruits and vegetable

Pinnacle Prevention
Arizona Active, Equitable Communities - 2016 to 2019

The campaign aims to have the Mayor and City Council adopt a binding Complete Streets (CS) policy for the City of Tucson, while the process leading to its adoption builds capacity and co-powerment within the communities most impacted by poor street networks – low-income communities of color.

Living Streets Alliance (LSA)

Policy Wins

Arkansas Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2021

The Arkansas Legislative Committee authorized a request from the Arkansas Department of Human Services to allocate $1.8 million in CARES Act funds to go to Statewide Critical Direct Feeding Services for Children, Elderly, and Families

American Heart Association – Arkansas
Arkansas Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2020

The Little Rock School District was the first district in the nation to adopt a water access policy requiring all new construction and major renovation projects in schools to include water bottle filling stations.

American Heart Association – Arkansas
Arkansas Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2020

The North Little Rock School District added a water bottle filling station requirement to its district wellness policy, requiring filling stations for any new construction or school renovation.

American Heart Association – Arkansas
Arkansas Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2017

Rogers, AR, mayor issued an executive order requiring all city vending machines to comply with nutrition guidelines to ensure that healthier food and beverage options are available on local public property.

American Heart Association – Arkansas
Arkansas Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2017

The Little Rock, AR, city manager signed a healthy vending policy for all vending machines located in buildings and on property owned by the city.

American Heart Association – Arkansas
Arkansas Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2016

Fayetteville, AR, mayor signed an executive order requiring all vending machines on city property to comply with GSA/HHS nutrition standards and that all vending machines provide calorie labeling.

American Heart Association – Arkansas
Arkansas Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2016

Springdale, AR, adopted nutrition standards for vending machines on city owned and leased property.

American Heart Association – Arkansas

Funded Campaigns

Arkansas Preemption Efforts - 2023 to 2024

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, will strengthen their cross-issue coalition in preparation for the 2023 legislative session by building the public will through education and outreach to repeal a recent environmental preemption.

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families
Arkansas Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2022 to 2023

A campaign to increase SNAP incentive funding during the 2023 legislative session, tapping into the states estimated $300 million dollar budget surplus.

AHA Arkansas
Arkansas Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2021 to 2022

The Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, working with others, is supporting a campaign to build awareness of the benefits of healthy school meals for students & build support for federal & state-based policy solutions to food & nutrition insecurity.

Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance
Arkansas Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2020 to 2021

Campaign to lead a statewide water access in school campaign ensuring that students are allowed to carry water bottles and that water filling stations will be included in new school buildings and in major school renovations.

AHA Arkansas
Arkansas Preemption Efforts - 2020 to 2022

A campaign working on relationship and trust building between advocate groups working on and across Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Care Tax (CTC) and Tobacco Tax to build a more integrated advocate community for greater long-term success.

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families

Policy Wins

California Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2023

$1.4 billion in funding (over two years) was secured to supplement reimbursement rates for all childcare providers in the state improving access.

American Heart Association – California
California Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2021

Oceanside Unified School District passed legislation that all newly constructed public-school buildings and schools undergoing major renovations must be equipped with bottle filling stations

American Heart Association – California
California Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2021

Oceanside Unified School District updated their School District Wellness Policy to improve water access.

American Heart Association – California
California Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2021

California's Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved $2 million in discretionary funds from redirected federal American Rescue Plan dollars to go toward SNAP incentives, Los Angeles' Market Match program.

Hunger Action LA
California Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2021

California became the first state in the nation to permanently adopt free school meals for all K–12 students.

California Association of Food Banks and the Center for Ecoliteracy
California Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2021

California more than doubled the appropriations for the CA Nutrition Incentive program in the 2021-2022 budget with $20 million of new funding.

American Heart Association – California
California Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2021

Successful campaign for local investment in SNAP Incentive and Produce Prescription programs

American Heart Association – California
California Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2021

San Diego County Board Members unanimously approved $2 million in funding for SNAP incentives and $1 million in funding for produce prescriptions

American Heart Association – California
California Active, Equitable Communities - 2020

The San Jose City Council unanimously approved $6.78 million in funding for active transportation infrastructure improvements.

California Walks
California Active, Equitable Communities - 2019

The Los Angeles City Council allocated over $100 million to make streets accessible for everyone: $34.6 million for Vision Zero, $30.9 million for Complete Streets and $38.7 million for bike and pedestrian projects.

Investing in Place
California Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2019

California allocated over $142 million over four years to increase access to and provide support for Head Start and Early Head Start programs.

California Head Start Association
California Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2018

The city council in Daly City, CA, unanimously approved a new policy requiring the default beverage offered with kids’ meals to be water, milk or non-dairy milk-alternative

Public Health Advocates
California Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2018

California passed legislation requiring the default beverage offered with restaurant kids’ meals to be water or milk.

Public Health Advocates
California Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2018

The San Francisco fiscal year 18-19 budget included over $1 million in funding for Healthy Food Vouchers.

American Heart Association – California
California Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2018

The 2018-2019 California State Budget included $9 million in funding for the CalFresh Fruit and Vegetable EBT Pilot program to help low-income residents purchase and consume more California-grown produce.

American Heart Association – California
California Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2017

The Cathedral City, CA, city council passed an ordinance requiring healthy beverages to be the default option in restaurant kids’ meals.

Public Health Advocates
California Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2017

The Perris, CA, City Council passed an ordinance making water, milk and 100% juice the default drinks served with children’s meals in restaurants.

Public Health Advocates
California Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2017

The Santa Clara County, CA, Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance prohibiting restaurants from offering drinks other than water or milk in combination with a kids’ meals.

Public Health Advocates
California Active, Equitable Communities - 2017

The City of Los Angeles approved the 2018 budget, including $27 million to support the Vision Zero initiative, an effort to eliminate pedestrian traffic deaths by creating safer active transportation infrastructure

Investing in Place & L.A. County Bicycle Coalition
California Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2017

The Long Beach, CA, City Council unanimously passed the Kids First Choice policy, removing sugary drinks from restaurant kids’ meals.

Public Health Advocates
California Active, Equitable Communities - 2017

The Long Beach, CA, city budget was approved, including $10 million dollars for bike and pedestrian safety improvements throughout the city. Funds were available thanks to successful ballot measures that provided the necessary transportation dollars.

American Heart Association – California
California Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2017

California AB 841 restricts junk food marketing in all California schools during the school day.

American Heart Association – California
California Active, Equitable Communities - 2016

Los Angeles County, CA, voters passed Measure M, a 0.5% sales tax and 0.5% traffic relief tax, which will funnel an estimated $25 billion into active transportation projects over the coming years.

Yes on Measure M & Investing in Place
California Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2016

Stockton, CA, City Council unanimously passed an ordinance requiring the default beverage offered with kids’ meals to be water, milk or non-dairy milk-alternative.

Public Health Advocates
California Active, Equitable Communities - 2016

Monterey County, CA, voters approve Measure X, a sales tax increase, which will provide $20 million for pedestrian and bike improvements, $20 million for Safe Routes to Schools programs and $360 million to local road maintenance and safety over 30 years.

American Heart Association – California
California Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2016

Oakland, CA, voters approved a one-cent per ounce tax on sugary drinks.

American Heart Association – California
California Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2016

Albany, CA, voters passed a one-cent per ounce tax on sugary drinks.

American Heart Association – California
California Active, Equitable Communities - 2016

Santa Clara County, CA, voters approved Measure B, a 0.5% sales tax, with $250 million of the money generated by the tax dedicated to improving walking and biking infrastructure.

American Heart Association – California
California Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2016

California adopted a smart snacks competitive foods policy, ensuring that 6,314,700 students have access to healthier snacks in schools.

American Heart Association – California
California Active, Equitable Communities - 2016

Stanislaus County, CA, voters passed Measure L, a 0.5 cent sales tax, estimated to generate $960 million dollars over 25 years for local transportation investments.

American Heart Association – California
California Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2016

San Francisco, CA, voters passed a one-cent per ounce tax on sugary drinks.

American Heart Association – California
California Active, Equitable Communities - 2016

California AB 1613, an amendment to the 2016 budget, redirected $900 million in cap-and-trade funds to greenhouse gas reduction efforts, including $10 million in new funding for the Active Transportation Program.

American Heart Association – California
California Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2016

California secured $9.5 million for water filtration systems for schools in low income neighborhoods and $500,000 for technical assistance to those schools.

American Heart Association – California
California Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2016

San Francisco, CA, adopted a new ordinance that improves the nutritional quality of foods and beverages in vending machines on city and county-owned properties.

American Heart Association – California
California Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2015

Local ballot initiative passing a sugary drink tax and earmarking dollars to improved community wellness in Berkeley, CA

American Heart Association – California

Funded Campaigns

California Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2022 to 2022

Hunger Action LA is leading community members and organizations in a campaign to win permanent LA County funding for SNAP incentives.

Hunger Action Los Angeles
California Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2022 to 2023

In-Advance is working to hold Oakland City Council accountable to the vision of the 2016 Soda Tax - specifically, the promise to meaningfully intervene on the disparities linked to soda consumption through investing the tax revenue.

In-Advance
California Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2022 to 2022

A community-led campaign to win voter approval in November 2022 for the Safe, Affordable, Quality Child Care Act, a parcel tax measure to provide dedicated, locally controlled funding to increase access to child care and early learning opportunities.

Care for Monterey County Kids - Yes on Measure Q
California Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2021 to 2023

Wholesome Wave is working with partners to ensure funding for healthy fruit & vegetable prescriptions is included in the CA state budget, helping to increase access to healthy foods in a state with nearly 8 million people facing food insecurity.

Wholesome Wave
California Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2021 to 2021

California Association of Food Banks (CAFB), in partnership with many others, conducted extensive advocacy, lobbying, and public awareness campaigns resulting in the passage of healthy school meals for all students in California.

California Association of Food Banks
California Preemption Efforts - 2020 to 2021

Campaign to advance majority-vote legislation to end the preemption of local sugary drink taxes to significantly improve public health in the most highly populated and diverse state in the country.

AHA California
California Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2020 to 2020

Long-term campaign for CA to cover the cost of a wide variety of food and nutrition interventions– like fruit and vegetable prescriptions, vouchers, and medically-tailored meals – with funding from the state’s public insurance programs.

SPUR
California Preemption Efforts - 2020 to 2020

A campaign to lift the preemption of local sugary drink excise taxes in California.

AHA California
California Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2020 to 2022

A campaign to work to ensure Los Angeles County institutes a permanent funding source for SNAP incentive programs that match the value of SNAP/CalFresh benefits used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at markets.

Hunger Action Los Angeles
California Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2020 to 2020

A campaign to persuade school districts to provide school meals over the summer break, when healthy food for children is usually scarce but is particularly essential this summer given financial & other hardships stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cultiva La Salud
California Active, Equitable Communities - 2019 to 2020

The campaign aims to build community and organizational capacity to create long-lasting, committed local funding for bicycle and pedestrian improvements in the City of El Monte.

ActiveSGV, a Project of Community Partners
California Active, Equitable Communities - 2019 to 2021

This campaign will secure a permanent, dedicated Complete Streets Fund in the City of San Jose budget, including an initial annual allocation of $50 million in the 2020-2021 budget.

California Walks
California Active, Equitable Communities - 2018 to 2019

Campaign to win Complete Streets policies mandating community involvement and default inclusion of active transportation elements on state and regional transportation funding sources in California.

California Bicycle Coalition Education Fund
California Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2018 to 2019

The campaign will secure 10,000,000 annually for Early Head Start facilities, integrate Head Start and Early Head Start in the state's Preschool Development Grant, and raise awareness among eligible families of Early Head Start opportunities.

California Head Start Association
California Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2018 to 2019

A campaign to secure state resources to support the service of healthy meals in child care.

California Food Policy Advocates
California Active, Equitable Communities - 2017 to 2018

Campaign to educate and advocate among Sacramento policymakers implementation of California Department of Transportation’s Complete Streets Policy

California Bicycle Coalition Education Fund
California Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2017 to 2019

LAFPC aims to improve the health of residents and children in Los Angeles by encouraging the County Board of Supervisors to adopt a comprehensive healthy food procurement policy.

Los Angeles Food Policy Council
California Active, Equitable Communities - 2017 to 2018

A campaign is to secure a Los Angeles County Transportation Sales tax allocation of 10% of funding to active transportation.

Investing in Place
California Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2017 to 2018

The expansion of the health and wellness advocacy activities of ICS to include in-school access to clean drinking water in Eastside of Los Angeles schools and other high-need communities.

InnerCity Struggle
California Active, Equitable Communities - 2017 to 2017

A campaign to secure a Los Angeles County Transportation Sales tax allocation of 10% of funding to active transportation.

Investing in Place
California Active, Equitable Communities - 2017 to 2018

An advocacy campaign that would dedicate a percentage of Measure M local return dollars to active transportation projects in LA County.

Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC)
California Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2017 to 2018

Campaign to work on Kid’s Meals in 8 cities: (Chula Vista, Compton, Daly City, Hawthorne, Long Beach, Perris, Riverside, Stockton (passed).

Public Health Advocates
California Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2017 to 2018

A policy change campaign to incorporate AHA/VFHK nutrition, active play, and screen time standards in family child care settings in California.

AHA California
California Active, Equitable Communities - 2016 to 2017

The goal of this campaign is to secure a Los Angeles County Transportation Sales tax allocation of 10% of funding to active transportation.

Investing in Place
California Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2016 to 2017

Campaign to encourage adoption of organizational policies and practices that limit serving sugary drinks and promote serving water and other healthful beverages.

Healthy Black Families, Inc
California Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2015 to 2017

Policy change campaign at the city council level to decrease sugary drinks in all restaurant children's meals in five cities in California.

Public Health Advocates
California Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2014 to 2017

The campaign is focused on the passage of a tax of at least 1 cent per ounce on sugary drinks and ensure that a portion of the revenues raised will be dedicated to obesity prevention and control

AHA California
California Active, Equitable Communities - 2013 to 2014

A campaign in California to mandate to turn over of unclaimed bikes for underserved youth programs plus appropriation for bike and safety training; funding for the built environment from the transportation authority.

POWER
California Active, Equitable Communities - 2013 to 2013

A campaign to protect Safe Routes to School funding in California.

Bikes Belong Foundation (BBF)
California Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2013 to 2013

Passage of beverage policy in Los Angeles that removes soda and other SSBs in more than 240 parks and 73 libraries.

Public Health Advocates

Policy Wins

Colorado Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2022

A successful ballot initiative to provide no-cost, healthy school meals for all public school students in Colorado.

Hunger Free Colorado and American Heart Association – Colorado
Colorado Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2021

Innovative and community-based campaign to increase access and support to childcare in Colorado.

Small Business Majority
Colorado Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2021

The Golden City Council voted unanimously to approve a healthy kids meals ordinance that makes healthy beverage options the default on kids meals menus in restaurants throughout the city.

American Heart Association – Colorado
Colorado Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2021

Longmont, Co passed a legislation that requires all restaurants to sell children's meals with default beverages of water, dairy milk, or non-dairy milk with no added sugar.

American Heart Association – Colorado
Colorado Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2021

Successful campaign to increase SNAP incentive appropriations to increase access to healthy food.

American Heart Association – Colorado
Colorado Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2019

The Colorado legislature approved $1.1 million in physical education appropriations, prioritizing funding for high-need schools and districts.

Healthier Colorado
Colorado Preemption Efforts - 2019

A preemption law in Colorado was repealed, giving local governments more power to tax and regulate tobacco products.

American Heart Association – Colorado
Colorado Active, Equitable Communities - 2018

The Denver, CO, 2019 budget included $15 million for citywide bike and pedestrian infrastructure improvements.

American Heart Association – Colorado
Colorado Active, Equitable Communities - 2017

Denver, CO, voters voted yes on the Denver GO Bond, securing more than $115 million for walking and biking infrastructure, including $30 million just for sidewalk improvements.

American Heart Association – Colorado
Colorado Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2017

Lafayette, CO, City Council approved an ordinance requiring the default beverage offered with kids’ meals to be water, milk or non-dairy milk-alternative.

American Heart Association – Colorado
Colorado Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2016

Colorado adopted updated early care and education rules for childcare centers, improving nutrition and physical activity requirements and limiting screen time.

The Fund for a Healthier Colorado
Colorado Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2016

Boulder, CO, voters voted “yes” on measure 2H, a two-cent per ounce tax on sugary drinks.

American Heart Association – Colorado
Colorado Active, Equitable Communities - 2015

Denver, CO secured $7.1 million for bicycle and pedestrian projects, a $1 million increase from previous years’ budget allocations.

American Heart Association – Colorado
Colorado Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2015

Colorado adopted a competitive foods statewide policy to ensure the nutritional quality of foods in schools.

American Heart Association – Colorado
Colorado Active, Equitable Communities - 2015

The Colorado Transportation Commission allocated $2.5 million annually, starting in fiscal year 2016, to fund the Safe Routes to School Program that was created through legislation in 2014.

American Heart Association – Colorado

Funded Campaigns

Colorado Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2023 to 2023

A campaign to support the passage of a state ballot initiative allowing the increased tobacco tax revenue to be used to further enhance early childhood education in Colorado.

Preschool for All Coloradans
Colorado Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2021 to 2023

Hunger Free CO & partners are working to ensure school districts in CO provide no-cost healthy school meals to all students while working to allow more local sourcing, create parent & youth advisory committees, & boost wages for cafeteria workers.

Hunger Free Colorado
Colorado Family Economic Supports - 2020 to 2020

We seek to expand the definition of Emergency Medicaid to include COVID-19, increasing access to many lawfully present immigrants, people w/ temporary protected status, people who have had green cards for less than 5 years & undocumented immigrants.

Center for Health Progress
Colorado Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2020 to 2021

A campaign to increase access to early childcare and education, specifically for families with low-income and households that include undocumented individuals.

Small Business Majority Foundation Inc.
Colorado Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2019 to 2019

The Fund for a Healthier Colorado is seeking rapid response funding for a Comprehensive Physical Education Instruction bill that aims to provide financial assistance to schools to implement the model physical education (PE) policy across Colorado.

The Fund for a Healthier Colorado
Colorado Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2019 to 2021

A campaign to ensure passage and implementation of statewide early care ad education nutrition, physical activity, sugary drink, and screen time standards in Kentucky

AHA Colorado
Colorado Active, Equitable Communities - 2018 to 2019

Campaign to support the adoption of a robust Complete Streets Policy that requires all road construction and reconstruction create complete streets that are safe and convenient for all users and all modes of transportation.

Denver Streets Partnership
Colorado Active, Equitable Communities - 2018 to 2019

Campaign in support of ballot initiative to increase sales tax to fund transportation infrastructure throughout the state.

LiveWell Colorado DBA Nourish Colorado
Colorado Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2018 to 2019

The “Serve Kids Better: Denver” campaign will ensure that restaurant kids’ meals are healthier by removing sugary drinks from Denver restaurant kids’ meals.

Denver Health Foundation
Colorado Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2017 to 2019

An advocacy campaign to ensure that water is no-coat, clean and accessible in Denver Public Schools (DPS).

Stapleton Foundation DBA Foundation for Sustainable Urban Communities
Colorado Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2016 to 2016

Campaign support for a sugary drink tax effort in Boulder, CO.

AHA Colorado
Colorado Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2015 to 2016

A campaign to establish statewide nutrition, physical activity, and screen time standards for early childcare providers.

The Fund for a Healthier Colorado

Policy Wins

Connecticut Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2023

$3.5 million in ARPA funds were appropriated to increase access to affordable childcare by New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker.

American Heart Association – Connecticut
Connecticut Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2023

$35 million was appropriated for Care4Kids, a program that is part of the CT Office of Early Childhood and helps low to moderate income families pay for childcare costs.

American Heart Association – Connecticut
Connecticut Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2021

A successful campaign to place water bottle filling station in schools in CT increasing access to healthy hydration.

American Heart Association – Connecticut
Connecticut Active, Equitable Communities - 2015

Connecticut authorized bonds for construction of walkways and bikeways ultimately securing $9.8 million to build active transportation infrastructure.

American Heart Association – Connecticut

Funded Campaigns

Connecticut Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2017 to 2017

Campaign with the goal of Incorporate nutrition, active play, and screen time standards into state child care licensing structure in CT.

AHA Connecticut
Connecticut Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2015 to 2017

The goal of this campaign is to pass statewide legislation that eliminates marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages in schools in Connecticut

AHA Connecticut
Connecticut Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2015 to 2015

The goal of this campaign is to pass statewide legislation to create a penny per ounce tax on sugary drinks

AHA Connecticut

Policy Wins

Delaware Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2023

Success in securing over $12 million so more 3-and-4-year-olds can have access to Head Start programs in Delaware.

American Heart Association – Delaware
Delaware Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2023

$10.347 million in public funding was appropriated to provide wage increases to childcare workers and to address workforce shortages and workforce retention issues.  

American Heart Association – Delaware
Delaware Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2022

Delaware increased funding by $66,581,900 for the Purchase of Care Program, which provides access to childcare for vulnerable populations, and to address childcare workforce shortages and workforce re

Rodel
Delaware Active, Equitable Communities - 2020

The Delaware legislature approved over $15 million in bike and pedestrian appropriations as part of the 2021 Capital Improvements Act.

American Heart Association – Delaware
Delaware Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2019

House Bill 79 was passed by the Delaware legislature, requiring healthy drink options as the default beverages in all kids’ restaurant meals.

American Heart Association – Delaware

Funded Campaigns

Delaware Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2021 to 2022

Rodel, and its partners are leading a policy campaign to raise childcare subsidy reimbursement rates to improve access, quality, and long-term health outcomes, especially for families from low-income backgrounds and children of color.

Rodel

Policy Wins

District of Columbia Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2023

Give SNAP a Raise policy passed in DC that provides a 10% monthly bonus to District SNAP recipients to help them stretch their food budget and access more healthy food.

American Heart Association - District of Columbia
District of Columbia Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2021

The District of Columbia doubled appropriations for the Produce Rx program to $500,000, enabling more under-resourced residents, mostly in Wards 7 and 8, to better access fruits and vegetables.

DC Greens
District of Columbia Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2020

The District of Columbia Council Committee on Health recommended doubling $500,000 for the Produce Rx program

DC Greens
District of Columbia Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2014

Washington, DC, enacted a procurement policy that creates a framework for worksite wellness in the District, including adopting AHA’s Fit Friendly Worksite recommendations and creating nutrition standards aligned with the Federal General Service Guidelines for foods and beverages available in vending machines and served in city facilities in the District of Columbia.

American Heart Association – Washington, DC

Funded Campaigns

District of Columbia Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2020 to 2021

Campaign for a local sugary drink tax, intended to reduce sugar consumption and create revenue to invest in health equity programs.

AHA DC
District of Columbia Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2019 to 2020

A grant for critical grassroots support to DC's sugary drink tax campaign at a moment when the ABA is investing heavily in astroturf tactics.

DC Greens
District of Columbia Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2019 to 2019

A campaign to rewrite the playbook on sugar drink tax efforts, led by authentic community leaders, this effort will reframe the conversation away from "a regressive tax" a towards a black-led effort to stop industry from profiting off of sickness.

DC Greens
District of Columbia Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2019 to 2021

Campaign to empower community members to play leadership roles in advocacy efforts for securing and improving the Produce Plus program, as well as its linkages to SNAP.

DC Greens
District of Columbia Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2017 to 2018

Policy goal is to empower low-income community members to play leadership roles in advocacy efforts for securing and improving the Produce Plus program, as well as its linkages to SNAP.

DC Greens
District of Columbia Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2016 to 2017

Policy goal is to empower low-income community members to play leadership roles in advocacy efforts for securing and improving the Produce Plus program, as well as its linkages to SNAP

DC Greens
District of Columbia Active, Equitable Communities - 2014 to 2016

A campaign to pass the Shared Use of School Property Act in DC and secure appropriations for reporting and implementation of shared use programs as well as incentives.

AHA DC

Policy Wins

Florida Preemption Efforts - 2020

Florida advocates responded to multiple preemptive policies during the 2020 session, effectively stopping the passage of new preemption bills and paving the way for future preemption repeal.

Florida Rising Together
Florida Preemption Efforts - 2019

Florida advocates successfully stopped multiple attempts to pass tobacco preemption in the state legislature.

American Heart Association – Florida
Florida Active, Equitable Communities - 2017

Pinellas County, FL, voters voted to renew an existing 1% sales tax that generates money for capital improvements, including an estimated $412 million over ten years for transportation projects.

American Heart Association – Florida
Florida Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2016

St. Petersburg, FL, mayor signed an administrative healthy vending policy to improve foods available in all city owned and operated facilities.

American Heart Association – Florida
Florida Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2014

Florida adopted a competitive food rule in July 2014 and is working to implement the federal standards by ensuring their schools have the necessary resources and technical assistance needed for success. Florida AHA worked directly with schools to implement the new standards.

American Heart Association – Florida

Funded Campaigns

Florida Preemption Efforts - 2023 to 2023

Sustain, manage, and expand the Defenders of Local Democracy coalition table to devise strategies to sustain and defend local democracy and strengthen the voice of organizations that serve members impacted by preemptive state mandates.

Florida Rising Together (Statewide Alignment Group)
Florida Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2022 to 2023

A campaign to work with youth of color ages 12-17 and local restaurants from food insecure communities to advocate for the Healthy Restaurant Policy.

Urban Health Partnerships, Incorporated
Florida Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2022 to 2023

Florida Impact and its partners are launching a statewide policy campaign to expand the reach of Fresh Access Bucks to include additional retailers and increase the purchasing power for SNAP recipients in Florida.

Florida Impact to End Hunger
Florida Preemption Efforts - 2022 to 2022

Florida Rising Together will continue to strengthen local policies that protect and positively impact the health and well-being of children and families by working on cross-coalition building and advocacy efforts on to defend and repeal preemption.

Florida Rising Together (Statewide Alignment Group)
Florida Family Economic Supports - 2020 to 2021

Campaign working to stabilize immigrant and other vulnerable families by advocating for policies that provide a larger safety net that includes the rights and needs of immigrant families, specifically the expansion of Medicaid.

Hispanic Unity of Florida, Inc.
Florida Preemption Efforts - 2019 to 2019

We are working to defeat an immediate preemption threat in Florida that would stifle our ability to change policy locally on issue like T21, tobacco tax, and sugary beverage tax.

AHA Florida
Florida Preemption Efforts - 2019 to 2021

A campaign to expand that work in the legislature along with our local campaigns to fight the abuse of preemption.

Florida Rising Together (Statewide Alignment Group)
Florida Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2016 to 2017

Secure state appropriation of at least $5 million to support a statewide Healthy Food Financing Initiative for supermarket and healthy food retail development in underserved Florida communities.

AHA Florida
Florida Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2015 to 2016

A campaign to secure state appropriation of at least $5 million to support a statewide Healthy Food Financing Initiative for supermarket and healthy food retail development in underserved Florida communities.

AHA Florida

Policy Wins

Georgia Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2022

A community-driven campaign that resulted in the City of Atlanta funding $500k to support a SNAP incentive program, increasing access to fresh, healthy, locally grown food.

American Heart Association – Georgia
Georgia Active, Equitable Communities - 2022

Athens County, Ga., passed a complete streets policy ensuring safety for all users of sidewalks, bike lanes and crosswalks.

American Heart Association – Georgia
Georgia Active, Equitable Communities - 2021

Atlanta approved a tax district that will fund a trail system to provide a safe space for walking, biking, and other physical activity.

American Heart Association – Georgia
Georgia Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2021

Fulton County, Georgia made an administrative rule for the first time to fund Wholesome Wave Georgia to expand the SNAP Healthy Incentive program from ARPA funding to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.

American Heart Association – Georgia
Georgia Active, Equitable Communities - 2021

Augusta passed a referendum that provides at least $25 million specifically toward bike and pedestrian funding projects.

American Heart Association – Georgia
Georgia Active, Equitable Communities - 2020

Atlanta allocated over $1.4 million in transportation funding to support the Huff Road Complete Streets Project to bring equitable walking and biking to an underserved area of the city.

American Heart Association – Georgia
Georgia Preemption Efforts - 2019

Georgia advocates defeated legislation that would have prevented local governments from enacting or enforcing comprehensive smoke-free ordinances.

American Heart Association – Georgia
Georgia Active, Equitable Communities - 2018

Atlanta, GA, enacted a new Complete Streets policy, which will help shift more people from driving to other modes of transportation, expanding transportation options for all people.

American Heart Association – Georgia
Georgia Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2017

The Savannah City Council passed a resolution implementing healthy vending and healthy food service policies, ensuring that the 2,600 city employees, as well as visitors to city property, have access to healthier foods and beverages.

American Heart Association – Georgia
Georgia Active, Equitable Communities - 2016

Atlanta, GA, voters approved a five-year increase in sales tax to generate $380 million to fund active transportation projects throughout the city.

American Heart Association – Georgia
Georgia Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2015

Georgia Department of Education adopted a statewide nutrition policy to ensure healthier competitive foods are available in schools.

American Heart Association – Georgia

Funded Campaigns

Georgia Preemption Efforts - 2023 to 2024

The campaign aims to build coalition infrastructure and an organized constituency that can defend against inequitable state preemption policies that harm the health and well-being of Georgia residents.

Georgians for a Healthy Future
Georgia Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2021 to 2022

A campaign to empower the Atlanta community living in low-income/low-access areas to identify barriers and solutions to SNAP enrollment, access to healthy produce within their community, and utilization of benefits.

AHA Georgia
Georgia Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2021 to 2023

Voices for Georgia’s Children & partners will elevate community voices & leverage the longstanding relationship with the Georgia Department of Early Care & Learning to advocate for equitable, meaningful nutrition & physical activity measures.  

Voices for Georgia's Children
Georgia Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2021 to 2022

A project working to convince school officials to pass policies to install water bottle filling stations with filters to remove lead to ensure kids’ access to safe drinking water in 3 Black and Brown communities.

Environment American Research & Policy Center
Georgia Preemption Efforts - 2021 to 2022

Campaign to grow support for a state EITC among health care stakeholders, increase Georgia’s tobacco excise tax, and defend against state preemption laws that would hamper public health efforts.

Georgians for a Healthy Future
Georgia Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2020 to 2020

A campaign to work with state agencies to alleviate food insecurity by expanding eligibility and addressing access barriers experienced by federal food and benefit program participants and eligible individuals.

Voices for Georgia's Children
Georgia Active, Equitable Communities - 2016 to 2018

The goal of this campaign is to launch statewide municipal and MPO-level adoption of complete street policies in 16 targeted communities representing 1M Georgians

Georgia Bikes
Georgia Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2016 to 2018

Healthy Savannah is advocating in support of public funding to increase the amount of healthy food being offered in underserved communities by seeking local policy change via the City Council and Metropolitan Planning Commission.

Healthy Savannah
Georgia Active, Equitable Communities - 2015 to 2016

The goal of this campaign is to launch statewide municipal and MPO-level adoption of complete street policies in 16 targeted communities representing 1M Georgians

Georgia Bikes
Georgia Active, Equitable Communities - 2015 to 2015

A campaign to ensure federal transportation dollars are prioritized for biking and walking projects and seek a commitment from Georgia Department of Transportation to use 15% of Georgia’s apportioned TAP funding for Safe Routes to School projects.

Georgia Bikes
Georgia Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2014 to 2014

A campaign to change the proposed 90-day exemption to USDA guidelines for on-campus food fundraising to zero and adoption of the USDA Smart Snacks guidelines as state policy.

AHA Georgia

Policy Wins

Hawaii Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2020

After advocates acted, Hawaii SNAP participants will now have a Double Up Food Bucks (Da Bux) fruits and vegetables incentives program funded at $500,000 via state funding, with additional private funding pending.

Hawaii Appleseed
Hawaii Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2019

The state legislature in Hawaii passed a $100,000 allocation ($50,000 per year for two years) for Double Up Food Bucks, making fresh, nutritious foods more affordable for people who can’t afford to shop at high-end grocery stores.

Hawai‘i Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice
Hawaii Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2019

The Hawaii Governor signed Senate Bill 549 into law, requiring restaurant kids’ meals to have healthy beverages as the default option starting January 2020.

American Heart Association – Hawaii

Funded Campaigns

Hawaii Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2020 to 2022

A campaign to lead policy and advocacy activities to reduce sugary drink consumption and decrease health disparities in Hawai'i.

Hawai‘i Public Health Institute
Hawaii Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2020 to 2020

A campaign to develop a local food procurement system within the state government that maximizes the purchasing power of food banks, institutional kitchens, and food hubs that serve marginalized communities during COVID-19.

Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice
Hawaii Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2018 to 2020

Our SNAP Double Bucks campaign aims to secure state funding to enable SNAP recipients in Hawai'i to receive 2 dollars for every 1 dollar that they spend at farmers' markets in our state.

Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice
Hawaii Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2014 to 2015

Campaign to support a sugary drink tax with funds raised to support health programs.

Hawaii Public Health Institute (formerly Healthy Communities Hawaii)

Policy Wins

Idaho Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2023

Success in ensuring an investment of $15 million for Child Care Infrastructure Grants in FY 2024, increasing access to affordable, high-quality childcare, with focus on high-need communities across Idaho.

American Heart Association – Idaho
Idaho Preemption Efforts - 2021

Advocates defeated a bill that would have preempted local ordinances on tobacco.

American Heart Association – Idaho
Idaho Preemption Efforts - 2020

Advocates successfully defended against preemptive language in the Idaho tobacco retail licensure bill.

American Heart Association – Idaho

Funded Campaigns

Idaho Active, Equitable Communities - 2019 to 2019

Campaign to ensure Idaho appropriates state-level funds for safe routes to schools.

Idaho Walk Bike Alliance
Idaho Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2018 to 2020

Campaign to build the support for a $1 million state investment in Head Start/Early Head Start in Idaho.

Idaho Head Start Association
Idaho Active, Equitable Communities - 2018 to 2019

The Idaho Complete Streets campaign will set the foundation for a campaign to adopt statewide policy or policies for complete streets, so that roads in Idaho are built and maintained to be safe and accessible for all users and transportation modes.

Idaho Smart Growth
Idaho Active, Equitable Communities - 2017 to 2018

Seeking funding support to ensure Idaho appropriates state-level funds safe routes to schools

Idaho Walk Bike Alliance
Idaho Active, Equitable Communities - 2016 to 2017

Campaign to build Safe Routes to School policy efforts in communities across Idaho

Idaho Smart Growth
Idaho Active, Equitable Communities - 2016 to 2017

A campaign to ensure Idaho appropriates state-level funds to enhance federal appropriations by $2 to $3 million per year dedicated to safe routes to schools.

Idaho Walk Bike Alliance

Policy Wins

Illinois Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2023

A collaborative effort that secured $50 million in the FY24 budget, funding construction/renovation of early childhood facilities, increasing the number of childcare programs with priority in communities with the greatest underserved population.

American Heart Association - Illinois
Illinois Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2023

The FY24 Illinois budget included $5 million to expand home visiting programs called The Early Head Start Home-Based option, providing support for low-income pregnant people and families with children under 3.

American Heart Association - Illinois
Illinois Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2022

Cook County, Ill., passed legislation that provides $4.5 million for nutrition security initiatives, including Veggie Rx, from the American Rescue Plan Act supplemental ordinance.

American Heart Association - Illinois
Illinois Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2021

Illinois adopted policy that requires all restaurants in the state to make the default beverage choices of water, non-flavored sparkling water, and 100% apple juice.

American Heart Association - Illinois
Illinois Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2020

Chicago allocated over $550,000 in CARES Act funding to support SNAP incentives, supporting both SNAP participants and local farmers markets.

American Heart Association - Illinois
Illinois Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2020

Illinois included $500,000 in funding for SNAP incentives infrastructure in the 2020-2021 state budget.

American Heart Association - Illinois
Illinois Active, Equitable Communities - 2019

Legislators in Illinois passed a six-year transportation capital program that includes $50 million annually for bike and pedestrian projects.

American Heart Association - Illinois
Illinois Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2016

The Cook County, IL, County Board of Commissioners passed a one-cent per ounce tax on sweetened beverages.

American Heart Association - Illinois

Funded Campaigns

Illinois Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2018 to 2019

A campaign to push passage of a state law requiring enhanced PE policies and practices including minimal minutes in class.

Illinois Public Health Institute (IAPO)
Illinois Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2018 to 2019

Campaign to ensure that Chicago Public Schools (CPS) maintains its commitment to 150 minutes of PE per week in elementary grades and 225 minutes per week in middle grades.

Healthy Schools Campaign
Illinois Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2016 to 2018

CLOCC seeks to develop and implement an education and advocacy campaign to build city-wide support for comprehensive nutrition standards for restaurant meals marketed as “children’s meals.

Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC)
Illinois Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2016 to 2017

The goal of this campaign is to increase support of the blind vendors throughout the state on the demand for and return on investment of providing healthier items in vending machines.

Illinois Public Health Institute (IAPO)
Illinois Active, Equitable Communities - 2015 to 2016

Campaign to get Illinois to adopt a law that provides at least an additional $4 million/year for SRTS; improve administrative procedures to make applying easier and give additional consideration and assistance for low‐income communities.

Active Transportation Alliance
Illinois Active, Equitable Communities - 2015 to 2015

The goal of this grant is to engage high school students in the Englewood and Back of the Yards neighborhoods in Chicago to increase bicycle infrastructure in these communities and expand & reform the Safe Routes to School Program in the state.

Slow Roll Chicago
Illinois Active, Equitable Communities - 2014 to 2015

The goal is for Illinois to adopt a law/budget that provides an additional $4 million/year for SRTS; improve administrative procedures and give additional consideration and assistance for communities with low-incomes.

Active Transportation Alliance
Illinois Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2013 to 2015

A campaign to pass a one-cent-per-ounce excise tax on sugary drinks in Illinois with a significant portion of the revenue earmarked for obesity prevention efforts and Medicaid.

Illinois Public Health Institute (IAPO)

Policy Wins

Indian Country Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2020

The Navajo Nation Council voted to extend the Healthy Diné Nation Act (HDNA) of 2014, a tax on unhealthy items like: sugary drinks, candy, chips, etc.. A portion of revenue is allocated toward community wellness projects and clean water initiatives.

First Nations Development Institute
Indian Country Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2014

Navajo Nation passed a 2% price increase on sugary beverages and non-nutritious food and eliminated the 5% sales tax on water, fruits, seeds, nuts and vegetables.

First Nations Development Institute

Funded Campaigns

Indian Country Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2020 to 2021

Working to re-authorize the Healthy Dine' Nation Act of 2014, a 2% tax on sugary drinks & foods of little-to-no-nutritious value & waived the 6% sales tax on healthy foods, the first such law in the U.S. and any sovereign Tribal Nation worldwide.

Dine' Food Sovereignty Alliance
Indian Country Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2018 to 2020

Support for a regranting program to Native-led organizations to work on food security and sovereignty issues.

First Nations Development Institute
Indian Country Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2014 to 2014

A campaign to overturn a veto on the Healthy Dine Nation Act, that implements a sugary and junk food tax and reduces taxes on healthy food.

First Nations Development Institute

Policy Wins

Indiana Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2023

Passage of law that reduces the barriers to nutritional assistance for some vulnerable populations, including extending the eligibility period and streamlining the application process for the elderly and those individuals with disabilities.

American Heart Association - Indiana
Indiana Active, Equitable Communities - 2021

Evansville, IN passed a complete streets policy making it easier for people to be physically active while getting around town.

American Heart Association - Indiana

Funded Campaigns

Indiana Preemption Efforts - 2023 to 2024

This campaign will grow and develop the capacity of the Indiana Coalition for Human Services to take on preemption as a threat to healthy, equitable communities in cross-issue areas where it may arise, including health equity outcomes.

Indiana Coalition for Human Services
Indiana Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2015 to 2015

As part of a long term food access project, the focus will be to conduct surveys of Gary residents and businesses to establish baseline data regarding access and attitudes toward healthy eating and chronicle any changes

NAACP Gary Indiana

Policy Wins

Iowa Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2020

The Iowa Governor allocated $1 million in CARES Act funding to the Double Up Food Bucks program to increase SNAP participants’ purchasing power for fruits and vegetables.

American Heart Association – Iowa
Iowa Active, Equitable Communities - 2020

The Des Moines City Council built upon the success of their complete streets policy by approving nearly $60 million in streets funding, including $13 million for bike and pedestrian projects.

American Heart Association – Iowa
Iowa Active, Equitable Communities - 2018

The City Council of Des Moines, IA, voted unanimously to adopt a revised Complete Streets policy to improve the transportation network for all users within the city, with a focus on equity, prioritizing areas that have seen historical underinvestment.

American Heart Association – Iowa
Iowa Active, Equitable Communities - 2015

Iowa HB 570 unanimously passed the Senate and was signed by the governor to clarify liability allowing the use of municipal property for recreational activities.

American Heart Association – Iowa

Funded Campaigns

Iowa Active, Equitable Communities - 2015 to 2017

A campaign to create a Safe Routes to School Program in Iowa and secure for $1.5 for the program

AHA Iowa
Iowa Active, Equitable Communities - 2015 to 2015

A campaign to change state legislation to clarify liability rules for the use of school owned recreational facilities by other government and non-governmental entities for the purpose of physical activity.

AHA Iowa
Iowa Active, Equitable Communities - 2013 to 2014

A campaign to support state legislation to clarify liability rules for the use of school owned recreational facilities by other government and non-governmental entities for the purpose of physical activity

AHA Iowa

Policy Wins

Kansas Preemption Efforts - 2023

Successful defeat or harmful preemption legislation that threatened the local policy efforts regarding nutrition, tobacco, etc.

Kansas Black Leadership Council and American Heart Association - Kansas
Kansas Preemption Efforts - 2022

Advocates defeated a bill that would have preempted local ordinances on tobacco.

American Heart Association - Kansas
Kansas Active, Equitable Communities - 2020

Wyandotte County passed an equity-focused complete streets policy to make streets and sidewalks safer for walking, biking, and rolling.

American Heart Association - Kansas

Funded Campaigns

Kansas Preemption Efforts - 2023 to 2023

Campaign to protect local control by influencing vote on fast-tracked preemption bill.

AHA Kansas
Kansas Preemption Efforts - 2022 to 2023

Campaign working to pass local ordinances intended to assure equal opportunity and prevent discrimination, and stopping state legislation limiting local government's ability to enact non-discrimination ordinances.

Kansas Black Leadership Council
Kansas Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2021 to 2023

Develop policy options to increase access to water bottle filling stations in K-12 schools and then target school districts with high rates of free or reduced lunch to introduce and pass the best practice policy at the school board level.

Oral Health Kansas
Kansas Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2020 to 2021

This Youth Advocacy & Health Equity campaign includes support for the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act, food sales taxes, school ordinances regarding food programs, & SNAP work requirements, impacting a large number of Wyandotte County students.

Community Health Council of Wyandotte County
Kansas Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2014 to 2016

Campaign to increase the number of healthy food retail outlets receiving funding from food financing initiatives in underserved communities in Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas and secure an appropriation of $2.5M for each.

Kansas City Healthy Kids

Policy Wins

Kentucky Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2021

Successful campaign to pass updated standards for licensed childcare centers on healthy foods, physical activity and screen time.

American Heart Association – Kentucky
Kentucky Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2020

Kentucky established early care and education standards on nutrition, physical activity, screen time, and sugary beverages in licensed centers.

American Heart Association – Kentucky
Kentucky Active, Equitable Communities - 2019

The Louisville City Council updated the existing complete streets ordinance to focus more specifically on performance measures, transparency, accountability and equity to increase roadway safety and encourage active living.

Kentucky Youth Advocates
Kentucky Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2019

Water bottle filling stations are now required to be installed in all newly constructed schools and school modernization projects in Kentucky.

American Heart Association – Kentucky
Kentucky Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2017

Louisville, KY, mayor signed an executive order to increase healthier food and beverage offerings in vending machines on city property.

American Heart Association – Kentucky

Funded Campaigns

Kentucky Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2020 to 2023

Leading a statewide issue campaign aimed at improving the health of the most vulnerable Kentuckians, by increasing access to affordable, healthy, locally grown foods.

Community Farm Alliance
Kentucky Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2019 to 2020

AHA Kentucky
Kentucky Active, Equitable Communities - 2018 to 2019

Kentucky Youth Advocates seeks support to lead a campaign to strengthen Metro Louisville’s Complete Streets ordinance to ensure transparency and public reporting, allow for public input, and prioritize equity.

Kentucky Youth Advocates
Kentucky Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2017 to 2018

Campaign to secure a victory in the Metro Council for eliminating sugar-sweetened beverages from restaurant kids' meals in Louisville Metro (Jefferson County merged government).

AHA Kentucky
Kentucky Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2016 to 2017

The goal of this campaign is to establish healthy food and beverage vending and service standards for units of government in Louisville.

AHA Kentucky

Policy Wins

Louisiana Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2022

Louisiana allocated $889,000 to create or expand a market match SNAP program, doubling SNAP dollars available for spending at farmers markets.

Market Umbrella
Louisiana Preemption Efforts - 2022

Advocates defeated a bill that would have preempted local ordinances on tobacco.

American Heart Association – Louisiana
Louisiana Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2021

A successful campaign to increase access to healthy hydration buy ensuring water filling stations in schools in Louisiana.

American Heart Association – Louisiana
Louisiana Active, Equitable Communities - 2021

New Orleans, La., passed a bond measure that dedicates bike and pedestrian funding to the city budget, focusing on communities with low to moderate incomes.

Bike Easy
Louisiana Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2021

New Orleans' city council passed a law that makes healthy beverage options the default for all kids meals.

American Heart Association – Louisiana
Louisiana Active, Equitable Communities - 2020

New Orleans passed a city ordinance requiring planning, designing, funding, operation, and maintenance of the city's transportation system

Bike Easy
Louisiana Active, Equitable Communities - 2018

Voters in Baton Rouge, LA, approved a sales tax that will generate approximately $170 million over 30 years to improve sidewalks, connectivity, safe biking and walking routes.

American Heart Association – Louisiana
Louisiana Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2017

Louisiana Governor signed Executive Order 17-15, requiring healthy vending for all state owned and leased properties, making Louisiana the first state in the country to meet all of AHA’s policy priorities for healthy vending.

Tulane
Louisiana Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2017

Jefferson Parish, LA, president signed an executive directive requiring both healthy vending and healthy food service on all Jefferson Parish public property.

American Heart Association – Louisiana
Louisiana Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2016

New Orleans, LA, finalized a healthy food procurement vending and healthy food service procurement policy impacting over 5,500 city employees and 378,000 residents.

American Heart Association – Louisiana

Funded Campaigns

Louisiana Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2022 to 2024

As part of the EBR Advocacy Impact Pilot, this campaign will advocate for a Good Food Purchasing policy in EBR's K-12 school district, promoting locally sourced & healthy food being served directly to youth in at-risk areas.

Three O'clock Project
Louisiana Pilot Project - 2022 to 2023

Working with Mayor, the Baton Rouge Planning Commission & other stakeholders to develop & execute a campaign to strengthen the East Baton Rouge City-Parish Complete Streets Policy to include stronger measures for equity, health, & accountability.

Center for Planning Excellence
Louisiana Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2022 to 2022

Supporting efforts in New Orleans to pass a millage that would generate $21M annually to expand access to the City Seats program, a local high-quality early care and education (ECE) program for infants and toddlers in New Orleans.

Policy Institute for the Children of Louisiana
Louisiana Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2022 to 2024

BREADA, as part of the East Baton Rouge Advocacy Impact Pilot, will advocate for the expansion of WIC FMNP participation at farmers markets that supports WIC clients in purchasing fresh, local fruits and vegetables.

BREADA
Louisiana Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2021 to 2021

The Louisiana Policy Institute for Children will be exploring policy solutions to increase access to quality early care and education programs for children across the state.

Policy Institute for the Children of Louisiana
Louisiana Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2021 to 2022

Market Umbrella and partners will lead a campaign to increase the purchasing power of SNAP benefits for individuals and families with the highest need while supporting local food producers.

Market Umbrella
Louisiana Family Economic Supports - 2020 to 2020

Together Louisiana seeks funding for a campaign to bring policy change that promotes health equity to the center of the COVID-19 response in Louisiana.

Together Louisiana
Louisiana Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2020 to 2021

This regional campaign seeks to increase water access in schools at the state and/or local level in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.

AHA Tennessee
Louisiana Preemption Efforts - 2019 to 2020

A campaign to end state preemption of local minimum wage law.

Power Coalition
Louisiana Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2019 to 2021

A campaign to support the passage and implementation of a Healthy Restaurant Kids’ Meal policy.

AHA Louisiana
Louisiana Active, Equitable Communities - 2018 to 2018

Campaign to support – a half-cent sales tax to be dedicated to road improvements including bike lanes, cross walks, sidewalks, green spaces, etc.

AHA Louisiana
Louisiana Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2018 to 2018

This campaign will build the communal, the organizational, the political, the institutional and public policy infrastructure necessary to address the issue of clean water within the schools and communities connected to the Jackson Public Schools.

Southern Institute for Public Life
Louisiana Active, Equitable Communities - 2018 to 2019

A campaign seeking a revised Complete Streets Policy Memorandum--a binding policy that dictates the actions of the administrative branch of New Orleans city government, from the City of New Orleans Chief Administrative Office.

Bike Easy
Louisiana Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2018 to 2019

Campaign to win a municipal healthy food financing initiative in Baton Rouge within the next 12 months, including start-up funding of $1.5 million in its first year.

Together Louisiana
Louisiana Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2017 to 2018

A campaign to secure local funding for a Fresh Food Finance Initiative in Jackson and Hinds County and laying the groundwork for a renewed state effort.

Southern Institute for Public Life
Louisiana Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2017 to 2017

A campaign for exploratory work around the concept of sugary sweetened beverage taxes in the New Orleans market and across the state of Louisiana as a whole.

AHA Louisiana
Louisiana Active, Equitable Communities - 2016 to 2018

Coordination of a coalition campaign that will lead to a Complete Streets policy, passed by the Parish Council, that will pave the way to improved health and economic equity for the children of Jefferson Parish.

Bike Easy
Louisiana Active, Equitable Communities - 2016 to 2018

Seeking a revised Complete Streets Policy Memorandum--a binding policy that dictates the actions of the administrative branch of New Orleans city government, from the City of New Orleans Chief Administrative Office

Bike Easy
Louisiana Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2016 to 2017

Seek an appropriation of $30 million dollars to fund the Healthy Food Retail Act in Louisiana

Market Umbrella
Louisiana Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2016 to 2016

The goal of this campaign is to update the current vending policy of the New Orleans Health Department to align with the three recommended food and beverage standards for units of government.

AHA Louisiana
Louisiana Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2016 to 2018

The goal of this campaign is to secure dedicated funding at the local level for a Fresh Food Financing Initiative in East Baton Rouge

Together Louisiana
Louisiana Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2015 to 2016

A campaign to seek an appropriation of $30 million dollars to fund the Healthy Food Retail Act in Louisiana

Market Umbrella
Louisiana Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2015 to 2017

A campaign to pass a statewide bill that creates food and beverage vending machine standards within facilities operated by the Louisiana Office of State Buildings.

Tulane PRC
Louisiana Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2014 to 2015

A campaign to seek an appropriation of $30 million dollars to fund the Healthy Food Retail Act in Louisiana

Market Umbrella

Policy Wins

Maine Preemption Efforts - 2023

Successful defeated a harmful preemption bill that threatened to severely impact ongoing local tobacco work in Maine, and would have potentially restricted sugary drink work as well.

American Heart Association - Maine
Maine Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2021

Maine passed LD221, which included a Meals for Students Fund, establishing a nonlapsing, dedicated fund for free breakfast and lunch at schools for all students.

American Heart Association - Maine

Funded Campaigns

Maine Family Economic Supports - 2020 to 2020

Collaborative work to engage members of minority communities, new Mainers, and people with low income to create systemic change that will address the disproportionate barriers many face in accessing COVID -19 testing and treatment.

Maine Consumers for Affordable Health Care

Policy Wins

Maryland Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2021

Successful campaign to secure significant public dollars for early head start, head start and early care and education.

American Heart Association – Maryland
Maryland Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2020

Prince George's County Council passed the Healthy Kids’ Meals bill (CB-071-2020), legislation that would curb the number of sugary drinks and unhealthy foods sold with restaurant kids’ meals.

The Horizon Foundation
Maryland Active, Equitable Communities - 2020

The Montgomery County Council in Maryland approved nearly $30 million in funding for implementation of the 2018 Master Bike Plan, which will support active transportation and recreation.

American Heart Association – Maryland
Maryland Active, Equitable Communities - 2020

The Howard County Council appropriated $5.3 million dollars for bike and pedestrian improvements, with a focus on ADA compliance.

American Heart Association – Maryland
Maryland Active, Equitable Communities - 2019

Howard County included $1.45 million in its 2019 budget for biking projects.

American Heart Association – Maryland
Maryland Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2018

The County Executive of Baltimore County issued an executive order that improves the nutritional quality of foods and beverages in vending machines on county-owned properties.

Sugar-Free Kids MD/Horizon Foundation
Maryland Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2018

The Baltimore City Council passed an ordinance requiring the default beverage offered with kids’ meals to be water, milk, non-dairy milk-alternative or 100% juice.

Sugar-Free Kids MD/Horizon Foundation
Maryland Active, Equitable Communities - 2018

The Howard County Council approved $3 million in appropriations for biking and walking infrastructure products.

The Horizon Foundation
Maryland Active, Equitable Communities - 2018

Baltimore, MD, passed the strongest Complete Streets policy in the country to date, with a major focus on equity.

Baltimore Complete Street Coalition
Maryland Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2017

Montgomery County, MD, County Council unanimously approved Bill 1-17, requiring healthy options in vending machines on county property.

The Horizon Foundation
Maryland Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2017

Prince George’s County, MD, County Council unanimously adopted a healthy vending policy to help ensure Prince George’s County’s over 900,000 residents have access to healthier options while on public property.

The Horizon Foundation
Maryland Active, Equitable Communities - 2017

The Howard County, MD, County Council approved the fiscal year 2018 budget, which included a more than $3.5 million investment in active transportation infrastructure and improvements.

The Horizon Foundation
Maryland Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2015

Baltimore, MD, secured a long-term vending contract and procurement policy to ensure healthier choices on government properties.

The Horizon Foundation
Maryland Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2014

The Maryland Senate passed bill 716, instructing the State Superintendent to adopt rules to improve nutrition standards and limit screen time in childcare centers.

The Horizon Foundation

Funded Campaigns

Maryland Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2022 to 2022

NAACP Maryland State Conference, in collaboration with Black Veg Society and CASA, will pursue a Healthy Kids Meal policy campaign in Montgomery County. They will build on recent successful passage of a similar bill in Prince George’s County in 2021

NAACP Maryland State Conference
Maryland Preemption Efforts - 2022 to 2022

The goal is to fight preemption and pass legislation that returns authority to regulate the sale and enforcement of tobacco products to local governments and review other policies for possible repeal.

NAACP Maryland State Conference
Maryland Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2021 to 2022

A sugary drink tax and investment campaign in Baltimore City that will support the Baltimore City Equity Fund and other equity focused programs in Baltimore City. 

Maryland Medical Society - MedChi
Maryland Preemption Efforts - 2020 to 2021

The NAACP is working to harness the power of 24 local branches and partners to pass legislation that would return authority to regulate the sale and enforcement of tobacco products to local governments and review other policies for possible repeal.

NAACP Maryland State Conference
Maryland Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2020 to 2020

A healthy kids meals campaign in Prince George's County, MD, which would establish both default beverages and food nutrition standards. If passed and implemented, this would be the most comprehensive kids meals policy in the country.

AHA Maryland
Maryland Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2019 to 2019

A campaign to support a sugary drink tax proposal in Montgomery County, MD, the state's largest county, with a population over 1 million. The revenue generated from the tax would support investments in universal Pre-K for the county.

AHA Maryland
Maryland Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2019 to 2019

A campaign is to increase access to local, fresh, and nutritious food for food-insecure communities, by lobbying and advocating for $500,000 per year for state matches to SNAP purchasing power at Maryland Farmers Markets.

Fair Farms Maryland
Maryland Preemption Efforts - 2018 to 2020

Establish a process to detect preemptive language, educate/engage the public about the dangers, create a state “local control” network, & recruit a cadre of state & local elected leaders willing to help prevent the enactment of a preemptive law.

Horizon Foundation
Maryland Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2018 to 2018

A three part campaign to pass a Kids Meals Bill in Baltimore City; pass Healthier Vending Options in Public Places in Baltimore County; and Healthier Vending Options in Public Places at the State Level in Maryland.

AHA Maryland
Maryland Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2017 to 2018

AHA, The Horizon Foundation and Sugar Free Kids Maryland will work to pass a sugary beverage tax in Montgomery County Maryland in the Fall of 2017.

AHA Maryland
Maryland Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2017 to 2018

Campaign to support healthy vending and healthy kids’ meals policies.

Horizon Foundation
Maryland Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2017 to 2017

Campaigns to support a Healthier Vending Food Choices in Public Places; Removal of Sugary Beverages from Kid Meals campaign; and Healthier Vending Food Choices in Public Places.

AHA Maryland
Maryland Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2017 to 2017

An ongoing effort to support healthy vending and healthy kids’ meals campaigns in Maryland.

Horizon Foundation
Maryland Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2015 to 2016

A campaign to pass kid's meals and healthy vending policies in Baltimore City, Montgomery County, and Prince George's County

Horizon Foundation
Maryland Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2014 to 2015

The campaign goals are to pass a state law that requires child cares centers to serve children healthier drinks and introduce and pass a statewide sugary drink excise tax.

Horizon Foundation

Policy Wins

Massachusetts Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2022

Successfully advocates for $110 million appropriations for no-cost, healthy meals for all public school students.

Project Bread
Massachusetts Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2022

Successful advocated for $24 million in funding for the MA Healthy Incentive Program in the FY23 budget making the program sustainable year-round. MA is the state with the highest appropriations for SNAP incentives in the country.

Massachusetts Food System Collaborative 
Massachusetts Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2022

Working with the Common Start coalition, successfully advocated for $16.5 million for Head Start programs, as well as millions of other dollars allocated to support other early care and education programs.

American Heart Association – Massachusetts
Massachusetts Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2021

Boston passed the 2021 operating budget and the FY 21-25 capital plan, allocating funding for safe, reliable, and accessible streets and spaces and $524,724 for the expansion of the Double Up Food Bucks program to increase access to healthy foods.

American Heart Association – Massachusetts
Massachusetts Preemption Efforts - 2021

Advocates defeated a bill that would have preempted local ordinances on tobacco.

American Heart Association – Massachusetts
Massachusetts Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2020

The Boston City Council approved over $500,000 in funding for SNAP incentives infrastructure as part of the fiscal year 2021 budget.

Massachusetts Food System Collaborative 
Massachusetts Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2020

Massachusetts allocated $13 million for its Healthy Incentive Program, a SNAP incentive program that provides a one-to-one match for fresh and fruits and vegetables at farmers markets.

Massachusetts Food System Collaborative 
Massachusetts Active, Equitable Communities - 2020

The Boston City Council included $14.3 million in the fiscal year 2021 budget to fund bike and pedestrian projects in low-to-moderate income neighborhoods.

American Heart Association – Massachusetts
Massachusetts Active, Equitable Communities - 2020

The Massachusetts’ Governor issued the 2020-2024 Capital Investment Plan, which includes $11.5 million per year for the Complete Streets Funding Program.

American Heart Association – Massachusetts
Massachusetts Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2019

The Massachusetts fiscal year 2020 budget includes $6.5 million in funding for the SNAP Healthy Incentive Program, which provides SNAP recipients with $1 back on their EBT cards for each dollar spent on eligible produce.

Massachusetts Food System Collaborative 
Massachusetts Active, Equitable Communities - 2019

The Boston City Council voted unanimously to approve the 2020 budget and 2020-2024 capital budget, including $16.15 million in funding for bike and pedestrian infrastructure.

American Heart Association – Massachusetts
Massachusetts Active, Equitable Communities - 2019

The Massachusetts fiscal year 2020 budget includes $6.5 million in funding for the SNAP Healthy Incentive Program, which provides SNAP recipients with $1 back on their EBT cards for each dollar spent on eligible produce.

American Heart Association – Massachusetts
Massachusetts Active, Equitable Communities - 2016

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation approved more than $110 million as part of the five-year capital investment plan to fund walking and biking projects throughout the state.

American Heart Association – Massachusetts
Massachusetts Active, Equitable Communities - 2015

Massachusetts secured the release of $12.5 million in state revenue for the newly created complete streets certification program.

American Heart Association – Massachusetts

Funded Campaigns

Massachusetts Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2022 to 2023

Project Bread - The Walk for Hunger, Inc., is leading the Feed Kids Campaign in Massachusetts, working to pass a School Meals for All act, making available free breakfast and lunch to all students and reducing the stigma around school lunch programs.

Project Bread - The Walk for Hunger, Inc.
Massachusetts Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2021 to 2022

Project Bread is leading the Feed Kids coalition working to pass healthy school meals for all in Massachusetts. The bill will provide free school meals to all children and expand SNAP by requiring schools to engage in outreach activities.

Project Bread - The Walk for Hunger, Inc.
Massachusetts Family Economic Supports - 2020 to 2020

Advocating for short-term relief for welfare recipients to help them cope with the Covid 19 pandemic. The bill provides a one-time payment equal to one month’s benefit for 30,000 TAFDC recipients and 19,000 EAEDC recipients.

Coalition for Social Justice Ed Fund
Massachusetts Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2019 to 2020

A campaign to pass a tiered sugary drink tax as part of a large comprehensive health care bill in Massachusetts.

AHA Massachusetts
Massachusetts Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2018 to 2020

Seek adequate funding for the Massachusetts’ Healthy Incentives Program doubles SNAP purchases at farmstands, farmers markets, mobile markets, and CSAs to meet demand year-round, and to codify the program in statute.

MA Food System Collaborative
Massachusetts Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2017 to 2019

A campaign to support tax proposals in both the Senate and House that would put in place a tiered excise tax on sugary drinks.

AHA Massachusetts
Massachusetts Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2017 to 2018

Pursue a state level regulatory change to the Department of Early Education's (EEC) Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) standards

Massachusetts YMCAs Inc
Massachusetts Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2017 to 2018

The goal of this campaign is to secure $10 million in state funding dedicated to the Massachusetts Food Trust Program.

Massachusetts Public Health Association
Massachusetts Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2016 to 2017

The goal of this campaign is to secure $10 million in state funding dedicated to the Massachusetts Food Trust Program through the release of authorized bond funding.

Massachusetts Public Health Association
Massachusetts Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2016 to 2017

Pursue a state level regulatory change to the Department of Early Education's (EEC) Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) standards

Massachusetts YMCAs Inc
Massachusetts Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2015 to 2015

A campaign to get the City of Boston to implement procurement policies related to vending, contracts, and institutions so items comply with appropriate nutritional standards and build to changing the full Massachusetts statute.

AHA Massachusetts
Massachusetts Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2015 to 2016

The goal of this campaign is to secure $10 million in state funding dedicated to the Massachusetts Food Trust Program.

Massachusetts Public Health Association
Massachusetts Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2015 to 2017

A campaign to support the passage of statewide procurement policies related to vending and for the city of Boston to implement procurement policies related to vending and contracts.

AHA Massachusetts
Massachusetts Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2015 to 2015

The goal of this campaign is to secure $10 million in state funding dedicated to the Massachusetts Food Trust Program.

Massachusetts Public Health Association

Policy Wins

Michigan Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2023

Successful campaign to ensure all public school students in Michigan will have access to co-cost, healthy school meals.

American Heart Association – Michigan
Michigan Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2023

Successful campaign to increase access to SNAP benefits for those who need it in Michigan.

ACCESS
Michigan Preemption Efforts - 2020

A coalition of advocates defeated a six-bill package that would have prohibited local bans on flavored e-cigarette products.

Keep Michigan Tobacco Free Alliance
Michigan Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2020

Michigan passed SB 690, a mid-year supplemental bill that allows the state to spend funding from the CARES Act, and allocated a one-time appropriation of $1 million to the Double Up Food Bucks program.

Fair Food Network
Michigan Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2017

Michigan lawmakers allocated 5% of annually appropriated funds from the Community Revitalization Program to support healthy food access, totaling an estimated $12-$15 million over that five-year period.

American Heart Association – Michigan

Funded Campaigns

Michigan Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2022 to 2024

Access Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services and partners are advocating for improved eligibility standards for SNAP benefits, improving access and reducing barriers to those who qualify for SNAP.

ACCESS Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services
Michigan Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2020 to 2021

Campaign that aims to inform MI lawmakers of the importance of implementing a COVID-19 Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver. The demonstration will expand Medicaid coverage to low-income children and pregnant women who were impacted by COVID-19.

ACCESS Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services
Michigan Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2020 to 2022

A campaign to advance 10 Cents a Meal for Michigan's Kids & Farms a program that supports schools in serving fresh fruits & vegetables, and a local school wellness policy in Flint with broader nutrition goals & culture of health for Flint's children.

Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities
Michigan Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2020 to 2022

Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatric is working to advocate with community partners, stakeholders and legislators, to improve children’s access to healthy alternative food options in public schools in Wayne County.

Michigan Chapter American Academy of Pediatric
Michigan Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2018 to 2019

Campaign to secure recurring appropriations for Double Up Food Bucks program in the Michigan budget improving access to healthy food – especially in underserved communities - while supporting farmers, and strengthening local economies.

Fair Food Network
Michigan Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2017 to 2018

Campaign is to secure recurring appropriations for Double Up Food Bucks program in the MI budget to improve access to healthy food – especially in our most underserved communities - while also supporting farmers, and strengthening local economies.

Fair Food Network
Michigan Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2014 to 2016

Campaign for new state appropriation of $10 million for the first year for a Healthy Food Financing initiative focused on increasing access in low and moderate-income communities.

AHA Michigan

Policy Wins

Minnesota Family Economic Supports - 2023

MN HB 2 was passed and signed by the governor, bringing PFML benefits to public and private sector employees across the state. The program will ramp up over the next 2.5 years, and workers will be able to begin taking leave and receiving benefits on January 1, 2026.

American Heart Association - Minnesota
Minnesota Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2023

Secured $10 million in increased funding by MN legislature for Head Start programs, with a special set aside of 10.72% specifically for Tribal Head Start programs.

American Heart Association - Minnesota
Minnesota Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2023

Successfully passing of legislation ensuring that starting with the 2023/2024 school year, all students have access to a no-cost breakfast and lunch.

American Heart Association - Minnesota
Minnesota Active, Equitable Communities - 2014

A coalition of nearly 40 organizations secured funding for $1 million annually for Safe Routes to School infrastructure

American Heart Association - Minnesota

Funded Campaigns

Minnesota Pilot Project - 2021 to 2024

Voices for Racial Justice will advance structural racial and health equity in public health and governance across sectors.

Voices for Racial Justice
Minnesota Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2020 to 2021

A healthy kids' meal campaign, seeking to pass a statewide law requiring water or milk to be served as the default beverage in kids' meals served at restaurants. This campaign is being pursued as ground softening for a sugary drink tax campaign.

AHA Minnesota
Minnesota Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2018 to 2019

Grantee will award mini-grants under a program called Fertile Ground, providing funding to Native American led projects that advance new policies or innovative approaches to policy-making that benefit Native American nutrition and health.

Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
Minnesota Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2017 to 2018

Support for the Fertile Ground grants program goals to encourage Native-led planning and convening efforts to work on new policies or innovative approaches to policymaking that benefit Native American nutrition and health.

American Indian Cancer Foundation
Minnesota Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2017 to 2018

Secure $10 million in state appropriations to support expanding access to healthy food in underserved, low/moderate income communities

AHA Minnesota (Good Food Access Fund Minnesota)
Minnesota Active, Equitable Communities - 2017 to 2017

A campaign to increase the Hennepin County transportation budget for active transportation from approximately 1.2% to at least 5%.

AHA Minnesota
Minnesota Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2016 to 2017

Secure $10 million in state appropriations to support expanding access to healthy food in underserved, low/moderate income communities

AHA Minnesota (Good Food Access Fund Minnesota)
Minnesota Active, Equitable Communities - 2016 to 2016

A state campaign to support appropriation of $6 million for SRTS infrastructure and 10% of a new metro sales tax for investment in bike/ped street scale improvements, including SRTS.

AHA Minnesota
Minnesota Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2015 to 2016

A campaign to secure $10 million in state appropriations to support expanding access to healthy food in underserved, low/moderate income communities

AHA Minnesota (Good Food Access Fund Minnesota)
Minnesota Active, Equitable Communities - 2013 to 2014

A campaign to support the state appropriation of $6 million for SRTS infrastructure and 10% of a new metro sales tax for investment in bike/ped street scale improvements, including SRTS

AHA Minnesota
Minnesota Active, Equitable Communities - 2013 to 2015

A campaign to support the appropriation of $6 million for SRTS infrastructure and 10% of a new metro sales tax for investment in bike/ped street scale improvements, including SRTS.

AHA Minnesota

Policy Wins

Mississippi Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2023

American Heart Association - fought back against serious efforts to zero out the budget for the Healthy Food and Families SNAP Incentive Program, threatening access to healthy foods for SNAP participants in Mississippi.

American Heart Association – Mississippi
Mississippi Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2022

Mississippi passed SB 2077 and SB 3015 creating the Mississippi Healthy Food and Families Program, with $400,00 to make produce-matching grants to eligible nonprofits administering SNAP incentive prog

American Heart Association – Mississippi
Mississippi Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2020

The Brookhaven School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved a measure that will allow students and staff to carry refillable water bottles at schools.

American Heart Association – Mississippi
Mississippi Active, Equitable Communities - 2017

The Jackson, MS, mayor signed an executive order that strengthened the city’s existing complete streets ordinance, adding equity components that were missing from the original ordinance.

American Heart Association – Mississippi
Mississippi Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2017

Mississippi State Department of Healthy adopted updated licensing standards for both center-based and home-based child care, improving physical activity requirements to complement their strong nutrition and screen time rules.

American Heart Association – Mississippi
Mississippi Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2017

Jackson, MS, mayor signed an executive order implementing nutrition standards for all vending machines and food service operations on city property.

American Heart Association – Mississippi
Mississippi Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2016

Mississippi adopted Smart Snacks Standards for all foods and beverages sold in Mississippi schools, going above and beyond by not allowing nutrition standard exemptions for fundraisers.

American Heart Association – Mississippi

Funded Campaigns

Mississippi Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2022 to 2024

Teen Health Mississippi is working to develop policy that provides access to mental health support for students.

Teen Health Mississippi
Mississippi Active, Equitable Communities - 2022 to 2024

CLIMB CDC is working on policies to improve public transportation options to farmers markets to increase access to healthy foods for Gulfport residents.

CLIMB CDC
Mississippi Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2022 to 2023

Morning Star Baptist Church is working to increase understanding and access to healthy foods and snacks in the Harris County and Gulfport School districts through policies supporting school garden programs.

Morning Star Baptist Church
Mississippi Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2020 to 2020

A campaign to advocate to use Covid-19 resources and regulatory flexibility to shore up our state’s childcare centers through this public health emergency so they can continue to serve our state’s low-income families.

Mississippi Low Income Child Care Initiative
Mississippi Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2020 to 2021

A campaign to eliminate the state regulatory requirement in the state Child Care Development Fund program that deters single moms who have the greatest need for help paying for child care, from obtaining the early education her children need.

Mississippi Low Income Child Care Initiative
Mississippi Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2020 to 2022

A policy campaign to increase equitable access to healthy food through state appropriations for SNAP benefits when used on fruits and vegetables; specifically, funding for SNAP authorized-retailer incentive programs.

AHA Mississippi
Mississippi Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2020 to 2021

This regional campaign seeks to increase water access in schools at the state and/or local level in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.

AHA Tennessee
Mississippi Active, Equitable Communities - 2015 to 2015

Campaign to support shared use legislation in the state.

NAACP Mississippi
Mississippi Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2014 to 2015

Campaign to support Healthy Food Financing policy initiatives in Mississippi.

AHA Mississippi
Mississippi Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2014 to 2015

A campaign increase the number of healthy food retail outlets receiving funding from food financing initiatives in underserved communities through a HFFI legislation at the state level.

The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi
Mississippi Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2014 to 2014

Campaign to increase the number of healthy food retail outlets receiving funding from food financing initiatives in underserved communities through a HFFI legislation at the state level.

AHA Mississippi
Mississippi Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2013 to 2014

A campaign to increase the number of healthy food retail outlets receiving funding from food financing initiatives in underserved communities through HFFI legislation at the state level

The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi

Policy Wins

Missouri Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2023

Successful campaign to increase access to SNAP for recipients as their incomes increase and simplification of the SNAP application process.

American Heart Association – Missouri
Missouri Preemption Efforts - 2023

American Heart Association - worked side by side with the Kansas City Chamber and Missouri Realtors to defend against harmful preemption legislation, protecting local tobacco regulatory control.

American Heart Association – Missouri
Missouri Preemption Efforts - 2022

Advocates defeated a bill that would have preempted local ordinances on tobacco.

American Heart Association – Missouri
Missouri Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2022

St. Louis, Mo., passed legislation that requires the default beverages at food service operations to be healthy options for kids.

American Heart Association – Missouri
Missouri Preemption Efforts - 2021

Advocates defeated a bill that would have preempted local ordinances on tobacco.

American Heart Association – Missouri
Missouri Family Economic Supports - 2020

Voters in St. Louis approved Proposition R, which will raise $2.3 million annually for Early Childhood programs and services each year.

WEPOWER
Missouri Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2020

Missouri voted to expand Medicaid to cover an additional 230,000 adults.

Beyond Housing
Missouri Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2018

The Kansas City, MO, Board of Education adopted an updated school wellness policy to promote student health and help facilitate student learning of lifelong healthy habits around nutrition and physical activity.

Communities Creating Opportunity
Missouri Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2018

The City Council in Kansas City, MO, passed an ordinance requiring new transportation infrastructure projects to include Complete Streets components, with a priority on ensuring successful implementation of Complete Streets in low and moderate-income neighborhoods.

American Heart Association – Missouri
Missouri Active, Equitable Communities - 2017

St. Louis mayor signed an executive order implementing nutrition standards for all vending machines and food service operations on city property.

American Heart Association – Missouri
Missouri Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2017

Kansas City, MO, improved their 2014 vending policy to bring it up to date with modern nutritional standards. Residents, city employees and visitors will have access to healthier options while on city property.

American Heart Association – Missouri

Funded Campaigns

Missouri Preemption Efforts - 2023 to 2023

Leading a statewide table of faith, labor, and community organizations to advocate for policy solutions returning local control of wages, working conditions, terms of employment, and rent control to municipal & county elected leaders.

Missouri Workers Center
Missouri Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2023 to 2024

Kids Win Missouri and WEPOWER are collaborating to secure both state and local investment in early care and education, working to secure a state appropriation that can help match local funds secured by WEPOWER in St. Louis City and County.

Kids Win Missouri
Missouri Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2022 to 2022

A coalition of childcare workers and allies are leading a campaign to secure ~$25m to supplement wages & subsidize continued education, as well as build momentum for a more transformative campaign to secure dedicated, annual public funding for ECE.

WEPOWER
Missouri Preemption Efforts - 2021 to 2021

Funding needed to defend against multiple pieces of state-preemption legislation that: 1) strips local public health authority and 2) disallows local governments from tobacco regulation.

AHA Missouri
Missouri Family Economic Supports - 2020 to 2020

Expand eligibility for Medicaid to 138% of the federal poverty level so that Missouri can take full advantage of federal funds available to meet the health needs of low-income, uninsured Missourians.

Beyond Housing
Missouri Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2020 to 2020

"Yes on Prop R" is a community-led campaign to raise approximately $2.3 million annually for early childhood services benefitting 0-5 year olds in St. Louis, MO via a modest increase in our Mental Health Board’s current property tax.

WEPOWER
Missouri Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2017 to 2018

A campaign to push a district-wide policy that restricts the extent to which unhealthy foods can be marketed, positively impacting the health of over 15,000 students.

Communities Creating Opportunity

Policy Wins

Montana Preemption Efforts - 2023

Successful coalitions came together to defeat serious preemption threats to local democracy in Montana.

American Heart Association – Montana
Montana Preemption Efforts - 2021

Advocates defeated a bill that would have preempted local ordinances on tobacco.

American Heart Association – Montana
Montana Preemption Efforts - 2019

A Montana bill that would have stripped local authority to regulate tobacco and e-cigarettes was defeated

American Heart Association – Montana

Funded Campaigns

Montana Preemption Efforts - 2021 to 2021

AHA in Montana requests funds to support a massive fight against preemption. There are more than 10 active preemption fights in MT.

AHA Montana

Policy Wins

Nebraska Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2023

$317k secured to help support the Double Up Food Bucks program which had been funded in the 2022 legislative session at $2.5 million.

American Heart Association – Nebraska
Nebraska Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2022

Nebraska's SNAP eligibility was set to go down to 135% of FPL on 10/1/23 due to a sunset provision after a previously expanded access to 165% . Worked hard to extend the sunset to keep thousands of Nebraska’s most vulnerable citizens' food secure.

American Heart Association – Nebraska
Nebraska Preemption Efforts - 2022

Advocates defeated a bill that would have preempted local ordinances on tobacco.

American Heart Association – Nebraska
Nebraska Preemption Efforts - 2020

A Nebraska bill with potential to preempt the local regulation of “consumer merchandise,” including tobacco and soda taxes, was defeated.

American Heart Association – Nebraska
Nebraska Preemption Efforts - 2019

A Nebraska bill that would have impacted the ability of local communities to regulate tobacco licensing, taxes and fees was defeated.

American Heart Association – Nebraska

Funded Campaigns

Nebraska Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2023 to 2025

Our policy goal is to fully eliminate Nebraska’s lifetime SNAP ban for people with certain drug felony convictions.

Nebraska Appleseed
Nebraska Family Economic Supports - 2020 to 2020

A campaign to push to implement state-level changes to SNAP, Medicaid, and unemployment insurance to expand benefits and streamline access to meet Nebraskans’ immediate needs amid the COVID-19 economic downturn.

Nebraska Appleseed
Nebraska Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2019 to 2020

This campaign will work to enact legislation that will require each school district to install a prescribed number of drinking fountains and bottle filling stations when constructing new school buildings or modifying an existing structure.

Center for Rural Affairs

Policy Wins

Nevada Active, Equitable Communities - 2022

Henderson, Nevada passed a complete streets policy as part of its Henderson Strong Comprehensive Plan making the community more walking, biking, and active transportation friendly.

American Heart Association – Nevada
Nevada Active, Equitable Communities - 2019

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada approved over $35 million for walking and biking projects in Las Vegas.

American Heart Association – Nevada
Nevada Active, Equitable Communities - 2019

The Regional Transportation Commission in Nevada approved budget items allocating $10.33 million and $20.83 million in bike and pedestrian infrastructure and safety funding to the City of Henderson and Clark County respectively.

American Heart Association – Nevada
Nevada Active, Equitable Communities - 2018

The City of Las Vegas funded eight active transportation projects, providing nearly $10.5 million to make the city more bike and pedestrian friendly.

American Heart Association – Nevada
Nevada Active, Equitable Communities - 2018

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada approved over $12 million in funding to support a connected and safe active transportation network in Las Vegas

American Heart Association – Nevada
Nevada Active, Equitable Communities - 2016

Clark County, NV, voters voted “yes” on Question 5, allotting approximately $43 million for Safe Routes to School projects and $119 million to biking and walking projects over the next 10 years.

American Heart Association – Nevada
Nevada Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2014

A school wellness policy has been passed in Nevada to support overall student wellness.

American Heart Association – Nevada
Nevada Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2014

Nevada passed a law to prevent unhealthy foods from being marketed in schools.

American Heart Association – Nevada

Funded Campaigns

Nevada Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2022 to 2023

Make the Road Nevada & Guinn Center for Policy Priorities are working to increase access to water for students & families by ensuring that all schools, new & old, have water bottle filling stations & clean, functioning drinking fountains in schools.

Make the Road Nevada, a project of Make the Road States, Inc.
Nevada Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2019 to 2020

This campaign for state-level appropriation & policies to support training, TA & grants for childcare providers in low-income communities or serving families with low-incomes to incorporate nutrition, active play, & screen time standards.

Children's Advocacy Alliance

Policy Wins

New Hampshire Preemption Efforts - 2022

Advocates defeated a bill that would have preempted the authority of towns and cities to pass regulations or ordinances on public health issues.

American Heart Association - New Hampshire
New Hampshire Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2022

New Hampshire passed legislation requiring all new buildings and substantial renovations of schools to include free, safe and appealing water that is accessible to all children through water bottle fi

American Heart Association - New Hampshire

Funded Campaigns

New Hampshire Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2016 to 2017

The goal of this campaign is pass a bill create a policy prohibiting marketing of unhealthy food and beverages to students on school property by the end of the legislative session.

AHA New Hampshire

Policy Wins

New Jersey Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2023

$3.5 million was appropriated for SNAP participants to purchase produce, and receive a credit for an equal amount to be used on additional produce, doubling purchasing power for fruits and vegetables.

American Heart Association - New Jersey
New Jersey Active, Equitable Communities - 2022

Trenton passed a city ordinance updating the Complete Streets policy making the city more friendly to active transportation.

American Heart Association - New Jersey

Funded Campaigns

New Jersey Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2021 to 2022

A project working to convince school officials to pass policies to install water bottle filling stations with filters to remove lead to ensure kids’ access to safe drinking water in 3 Black and Brown communities.

Environment American Research & Policy Center
New Jersey Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2015 to 2016

A campaign to ensure the state of New Jersey will appropriate $1 million to provide grants and loans to corner stores and bodegas in low-income and underserved communities for local access to healthy foods.

AHA New Jersey
New Jersey Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2014 to 2015

The goal is for the State of New Jersey to appropriate $1 million to provide grants and loans to corner stores and bodegas in low income and underserved communities for local access to healthy foods.

AHA New Jersey

Policy Wins

New Mexico Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2023

Successful passage of legislation ensuring all students across New Mexico have access to a no-cost, high-quality, breakfast and lunch at school.

American Heart Association – New Mexico
New Mexico Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2022

Enshrined funding for early childhood education in the state constitution through a ballot measure, resulting in $150 million in recurring appropriations to fund ECE programs in New Mexico.

New Mexico Voices for Children
New Mexico Active, Equitable Communities - 2022

Las Cruces, NM, passed a complete streets policy that will create a complete, connected network for all transportation users, build multimodal roadways, and improve efficiency for all travelers, inc.

American Heart Association – New Mexico
New Mexico Preemption Efforts - 2020

Advocates in New Mexico ensured an amendment that would have preempted any and all local regulation of tobacco usage and sales was not included in SB 131.

American Heart Association – New Mexico
New Mexico Active, Equitable Communities - 2019

The Albuquerque City Council passed an ordinance to amend the existing complete streets policy to ensure equity, transparency, accountability and community involvement are integral parts of the City’s road and street construction process.

American Heart Association – New Mexico
New Mexico Preemption Efforts - 2017

During New Mexico’s 53rd legislative session, advocates worked to defeat three bills that would have prevented local governments from taxing foods and beverages.

American Heart Association – New Mexico
New Mexico Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2016

Albuquerque, NM, City Council passed a resolution to provide access to healthier food options in city owned and operated facilities.

American Heart Association – New Mexico
New Mexico Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2014

New Mexico Public Education Department adopted rules requiring all foods served in schools meet quality nutrition guidelines ensuring that all students receive the best school foods available.

American Heart Association – New Mexico

Funded Campaigns

New Mexico Family Economic Supports - 2023 to 2024

Work on passing paid family and medical leave in New Mexico during the 2024 Legislative Session.

Southwest Women's Law Center
New Mexico Family Economic Supports - 2023 to 2023

Campaign in New Mexico to support Paid Family and Medical Leave bill.

AHA New Mexico
New Mexico Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2021 to 2022

New Mexico Voices for Children and partners are working to ensure the passage of a ballot initiative creating a constitutional amendment allowing for increased funding for critical early childhood education and care and K-12 education.

New Mexico Voices for Children
New Mexico Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2021 to 2021

This is a comprehensive campaign to enact legislation in New Mexico that requires restaurants to offer healthy beverages as the default in kids' meals.

American Diabetes Association
New Mexico Family Economic Supports - 2020 to 2021

The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty will focus on advancing state-level policies to ensure that communities who are hardest hit by the pandemic can access critical food and income assistance. 

New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty
New Mexico Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2018 to 2019

The goal of this campaign is to achieve binding commitments from the City of Las Cruces and Dona Ana County to utilize existing investment funds to create a Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI).

La Semilla Food Center
New Mexico Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2017 to 2017

Campaign in support of the Santa Fe, NM sugary drink tax ballot initiative.

AHA New Mexico
New Mexico Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2016 to 2017

Campaign to establish a School Wellness Committee and promote the creation and adoption of a Local Wellness Policy at Navajo Preparatory School, with the goal of reducing access to unhealthy foods currently available in on-campus vending machines.

Capacity Builders, Inc.
New Mexico Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2016 to 2018

The goal of this campaign is to achieve binding commitments from the City of Las Cruces and Dona Ana County to utilize existing investment funds to create a Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI).

La Semilla Food Center
New Mexico Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2016 to 2017

The goal of this campaign is to reduce access to unhealthy foods currently available on the campuses of the six Central Consolidated School District

Capacity Builders, Inc.

Policy Wins

New York Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2023

The coalition successfully secured $134.6M to fully fund healthy school meals for all CEP schools on an ongoing basis vastly increasing access to no-cost, healthy school meals in New York State.

American Heart Association – New York
New York Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2022

New York dedicated $2 million to the Double Up Food Bucks program in its 2022-23 budget.

American Heart Association – New York
New York Family Economic Supports - 2021

The New York State Legislature included $2.1 billion for the Fund for Excluded Workers as part of the state's budget

Make the Road NY
New York Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2021

New York City received a $5.5 million Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP) grant and committed to matching that amount for a total $11 million investment in SNAP incentive programs.

American Heart Association – New York
New York Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2019

Physical education assessment and accountability measurements were approved by the New York City Council to determine where more resources are needed to ensure every child has access to effective physical education.

American Heart Association – New York
New York Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2019

New York City became the first city in the northeast to pass legislation requiring restaurants to automatically serve kids’ meals with healthy drink option.

American Heart Association – New York
New York Active, Equitable Communities - 2019

Street Design Checklist bill was passed by the New York City Council, making the city’s Complete Streets policy official.

American Heart Association – New York
New York Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2018

New York City secured an additional $39.8 million in physical education appropriations to help hire additional certified physical education teachers.

American Heart Association – New York
New York Active, Equitable Communities - 2018

New York City allocated an additional $101 million to expand the city’s greenway through East Harlem.

American Heart Association – New York
New York Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2017

New York City allocated additional funding to physical education, investing approximately $385 million over four years to support capital improvements for physical education programs.

American Heart Association – New York
New York Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2017

New York City allocated $21 million to support physical education programs for the city’s 1.16 million students.

American Heart Association – New York
New York Active, Equitable Communities - 2017

New York AB 3009C, an appropriations bill, allocated $200 million to fund the Empire State Trail system throughout the state.

American Heart Association – New York
New York Active, Equitable Communities - 2017

New York City Capital Budget was approved, including $100 million of initial funding to create a seamless greenway along the waterfront of the East Side of Manhattan.

American Heart Association – New York
New York Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2016

New York City, NY, secured $9 million in physical education appropriations.

American Heart Association – New York

Funded Campaigns

New York Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2023 to 2025

Our campaign will advocate for a $20 million allocation in New York City’s FY 25 budget for childcare providers - including Head Start programs - to serve low income immigrant families who have long been shut out from affordable childcare in New York City.

New York Immigration Coalition
New York Family Economic Supports - 2020 to 2020

MRNY will organize for a $3.5B New York State Excluded Worker Fund for immigrant workers who lost their jobs during the Covid-19 pandemic but who were excluded from federal benefits under the Cares act.

Make the Road New York
New York Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2019 to 2020

A campaign to secure a comprehensive state procurement policy that increases access to healthier food on public property and through public programs in New York State in 2020.

AHA New York
New York Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2018 to 2020

Work to amend NYS law to require school districts to have LWPs; establish a model LWP in law; promote health equity through resources and supports for struggling schools; and build in transparency and accountability throughout implementation.

Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy, Teachers College Columbia University
New York Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2017 to 2019

Campaign to accelerate work already underway in support of improved access to healthy foods for all New Yorkers.

AHA New York City
New York Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2016 to 2018

This campaign is seeking policy change via legislation pending in front of New York City Council which would currently restrict the use of toy-like incentives if children’s meals do not meet prescribed nutritional standards.

AHA New York City
New York Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2015 to 2017

Policy change campaign via legislation pending in front of New York City Council to require an annual report by NYC Department of Education on a series of quality indicators for physical education.

AHA New York City
New York Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2014 to 2017

A campaign to secure $15 million in state funding for the NYS Healthy Food & Healthy Communities Funds in order to increase access to healthy foods and markets in underserved areas.

AHA New York

Policy Wins

North Carolina Active, Equitable Communities - 2018

Charlotte, NC, voters approved a general obligation bond that will provide $30 million for investments to improve sidewalk and active space infrastructure in the city.

American Heart Association – North Carolina
North Carolina Active, Equitable Communities - 2018

Voters in Wake County, NC, passed a bond measure that includes $120 million for walking and biking infrastructure.

American Heart Association – North Carolina
North Carolina Active, Equitable Communities - 2017

The Mecklenburg County, NC, Board of Commissioners approved the fiscal year 2018 Parks and Recreation Project Ordinance, which allocated $4 million for the Little Sugar Creek greenway near downtown Charlotte.

American Heart Association – North Carolina
North Carolina Active, Equitable Communities - 2017

The Raleigh, NC, fiscal 2018 budget and fiscal 2018-2022 Capital Improvement Plan were approved, allocating approximately $9 million to fund bicycle and pedestrian improvements, invest in greenways and fund the City’s BikeShare program.

American Heart Association – North Carolina
North Carolina Active, Equitable Communities - 2017

The Mecklenburg County, NC, Board of Commissioners agreed to direct $49 million from a 2008 bond package funding source to support the greenway trail system throughout the county

American Heart Association – North Carolina
North Carolina Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2017

The North Carolina Child Care Commission voted to updated licensing standards for both center-based and home-based child care, strengthening physical activity, nutrition, screen time, tobacco and CPR requirements.

American Heart Association – North Carolina
North Carolina Active, Equitable Communities - 2017

The Durham, NC, city budget was approved, including $7.87 million dollars for sidewalk infrastructure.

American Heart Association – North Carolina
North Carolina Active, Equitable Communities - 2017

Raleigh, NC, voters passed a transportation bond that dedicated $35 million to improving the walking and biking infrastructure throughout the city.

American Heart Association – North Carolina
North Carolina Active, Equitable Communities - 2016

Charlotte, NC, voters passed a transportation bond that dedicated $42 million to improving the walking and biking infrastructure throughout the city.

Sustain Charlotte & Transportation Choices Alliance.
North Carolina Active, Equitable Communities - 2016

Greensboro, NC, voters approved a $28 million transportation bond that earmarked $5 million for sidewalks, bike lanes and intersection improvements.

American Heart Association – North Carolina
North Carolina Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2015

Mecklenburg County, NC, adopted a healthy food procurement vending policy to ensure healthier choices on county properties.

American Heart Association – North Carolina

Funded Campaigns

North Carolina Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2023 to 2023

Right now, early education makes up just 1% of North Carolina’s state budget. This campaign is asking our state legislators to double that investment by passing these 5 bills and appropriating state funding to support them.

NC Early Education Coalition
North Carolina Family Economic Supports - 2020 to 2020

The campaign will use a combination of polling and direct mail in targeted areas of the state to show the impact of COVID-19 on perceptions of Medicaid expansion & build support for policy solutions to close the health insurance coverage gap.

Rural Economic Development Center, Inc.
North Carolina Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2019 to 2020

A statewide advocacy campaign to increase SNAP incentives in North Carolina

Reinvestment Partners
North Carolina Preemption Efforts - 2019 to 2020

A campaign to remove existing laws that preempt the development of municipal broadband networks, allowing communities to better invest in essential networks needed to improve health care access, education, civic participation, & job opportunities.

Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR)
North Carolina Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2018 to 2018

This is a statewide campaign to address standards-based physical education curriculum, appropriate professional development for teachers, teacher certification/licensing, waivers/substitution, student assessment, and accountability.

North Carolina Alliance for Health
North Carolina Active, Equitable Communities - 2018 to 2020

North Carolina PTA will mobilize parent leaders and community organizations to codify Safe Routes to School in state-level policy and advocate for infrastructure and non-infrastructure appropriations for Safe Routes to School.

North Carolina PTA
North Carolina Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2018 to 2019

The Food Trust is pursuing recapitalization of the Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative (FFFI) to be included in Pennsylvania’s FY 18-19 budget.

Reinvestment Partners
North Carolina Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2017 to 2018

Campaign to advocate for stronger wellness policies and School Health Advisory Councils at the state level in North Carolina.

North Carolina PTA
North Carolina Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2016 to 2017

A campaign to support Healthy food financing state legislation in North Carolina with 5 million in appropriations.

North Carolina Alliance for Health
North Carolina Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2016 to 2017

A campaign to secure minimum state requirements for PE in elementary and middle schools.

North Carolina Alliance for Health
North Carolina Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2014 to 2016

A campaign to pass food financing state legislation and secure $5 million in state appropriations.

North Carolina Alliance for Health
North Carolina Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2013 to 2014

A campaign to support healthy food financing state legislation in North Carolina with at least 5 million in supporting appropriations.

North Carolina Alliance for Health

Policy Wins

North Dakota Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2023

$65.6 million in state funding secured to reduce copays for working families with low incomes, increase childcare assistance to more families, increase CCAP for quality infant/toddler care, provide additional training stipends for childcare workers, and increased efficient and speed of child-care background checks.

American Heart Association - North Dakota

Funded Campaigns

North Dakota Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2018 to 2020

The North Dakota Head Start Association will implement a public policy campaign to increase the availability of Head Start model services to children and families whose incomes are above the poverty income guidelines.

North Dakota Head Start Association
North Dakota Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2018 to 2019

Work to establish statewide early care and education licensing standards that meet the guidelines for USDA CACFP nutrition requirements, YMCA physical activity and screen time recommendations for all licensed early childcare provider settings.

AHA North Dakota
North Dakota Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2017 to 2018

A campaign to establishing statewide early care and education licensing standards that meet the guidelines for nutrition requirements, physical activity and screen time.

AHA North Dakota

Policy Wins

Ohio Preemption Efforts - 2023

Equality Ohio fought to defend against harmful legislation that would have removed access to healthcare for young people and prohibited school personnel from supporting trans youth.

Equality Ohio
Ohio Preemption Efforts - 2023

Successfully rallied for a Governor veto of harmful preemption that prohibited local regulation of tobacco and alternative nicotine products, stopping future policies, and rolling back any existing local laws.

American Heart Association – Ohio
Ohio Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2023

Successful campaign to double the state investment to $1 million dollars to support the SNAP produce incentive program in Ohio.

American Heart Association – Ohio
Ohio Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2021

Toledo passed an ordinance to make healthy drinks, such as water, low-fat milk, or 100% juice, the first option to kids and families when they dine out.

American Heart Association – Ohio
Ohio Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2021

The Ohio General Assembly passed legislation to modernize water access requirements for school buildings by ensuring that newly built schools include water bottle filling stations.

American Heart Association – Ohio
Ohio Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2021

Youngstown, OH's city council passed legislation that would make healthy beverage options the default for all kids meals.

American Heart Association – Ohio
Ohio Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2021

Ohio increased funding to the Produce Perks (Double Up Food Bucks program) from $250,000 per year to $500,000 per year.

American Heart Association – Ohio
Ohio Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2020

Columbus adopted a default beverage policy to make healthy drink options the default for kids and families when they dine out.

American Heart Association – Ohio
Ohio Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2020

Cleveland passed a healthy default drinks policy for restaurant kids’ meals in the city, making water, nonfat or 1% milk, or 100% fruit juice in a serving size of no more than 6 ounces the default beverage in meals for children.

American Heart Association - Cleveland & Neighborhood Leadership Institute
Ohio Active, Equitable Communities - 2014

The Ohio legislature passed HB290, making it easier for schools to open their gymnasiums, pools, playgrounds, running track, athletic fields and other facilities to public use during non-school hours.

American Heart Association – Ohio

Funded Campaigns

Ohio Preemption Efforts - 2023 to 2023

Rapid response grant to defeat harmful preemption legislation that came up suddenly in Ohio.

AHA Ohio
Ohio Preemption Efforts - 2023 to 2024

A campaign to elevate the importance of Ohio's constitutional right to home rule through strategic communications and legislative advocacy that will include formally establishing in state law an "Ohio Home Rule Commission."

Ohio Mayors Alliance Foundation
Ohio Preemption Efforts - 2020 to 2022

Equality Ohio and Kaleidoscope Youth Center are working to co-create an advocacy and education campaign that will defend against two bills that would preempt existing protections for LGBTQ+ youth.

Equality Ohio Education Fund
Ohio Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2019 to 2021

Campaign to expand engagement of priority populations in support of passage of a Healthy Kids’ Meal policy.

AHA Ohio
Ohio Active, Equitable Communities - 2014 to 2014

A campaign to support legislation to clarify liability around shared use.

AHA Ohio
Ohio Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2014 to 2016

A campaign to seek $10 million for a combined Healthy Food Financing initiative in Ohio.

AHA Ohio
Ohio Active, Equitable Communities - 2013 to 2014

A campaign to support passage of state legislation in Ohio to clarify liability around shared use.

AHA Ohio

Policy Wins

Oklahoma Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2022

Oklahoma allocated $1.1 million for nutrition incentive programs that helps low-income families purchase fresh fruits and vegetables.

Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy
Oklahoma Preemption Efforts - 2021

Advocates defeated a bill that would have preempted local ordinances on tobacco.

American Heart Association – Oklahoma
Oklahoma Family Economic Supports - 2020

Oklahoma voted to expand Medicaid in the state and prevent state lawmakers from limiting or reversing expansion.

Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy
Oklahoma Active, Equitable Communities - 2019

A temporary penny sales tax was approved by 71.7% of Oklahoma City voters to raise a projected $978 million over eight years, with $87 million allocated for sidewalks, bike lanes, trails and streetlights to support safe active transportation.

American Heart Association – Oklahoma
Oklahoma Active, Equitable Communities - 2018

The City Council in Oklahoma City, OK, unanimously approved an updated comprehensive plan that implements Complete Street standards, ensuring transportation infrastructure is designed to enable safe access and use for all people.

American Heart Association – Oklahoma
Oklahoma Active, Equitable Communities - 2017

Oklahoma City voters approved a $967 million bond package and a temporary continuation of a penny sales tax, to provide funding for infrastructure and public safety investments, including active transportation projects and improvements.

American Heart Association – Oklahoma
Oklahoma Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2017

Oklahoma City, OK, City Council unanimously passed a resolution implementing a healthy vending policy, followed by a policy memorandum from the City Manager detailing the policy requirements.

American Heart Association – Oklahoma
Oklahoma Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2015

Tulsa, OK, adopted a healthy food procurement vending policy to ensure there are healthy food and beverage options served on city owned and leased properties.

American Heart Association – Oklahoma

Funded Campaigns

Oklahoma Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2022 to 2024

Harrison Hope is working on policy to embed mental health training and development education into professional development requirements for educators to improve the mental health outcomes of children in Charleston.

HARRISON HOPE
Oklahoma Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2022 to 2024

Healthy Minds Policy Initiative is working on policy change that would increase youth access to high-quality mental health services in Tulsa Public Schools .

Healthy Minds Policy Initiative
Oklahoma Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2022 to 2024

Teach Not Punish is working on mental health policies in schools to reduce expulsion rates and improve practices in early childhood.

Teach Not Punish Family Resource Center, Inc
Oklahoma Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2022 to 2023

Hunger Free Oklahoma is working on policy to support Breakfast After the Bell to grow the School Breakfast Program in Tulsa Public Schools.

Hunger Free Oklahoma, a fund of Tulsa Community Foundation
Oklahoma Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2021 to 2022

A policy campaign to increase SNAP appropriations & create a single application for SNAP, Free & Reduced School Lunch (FRSL), & Medicaid benefits & ensuring the front-end of this application & hub are culturally appropriate & user-friendly.

Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy
Oklahoma Family Economic Supports - 2020 to 2020

The campaign will educate Oklahomans on the benefits of this Medicaid expansion proposal before the voters, and educate low-income families about Medicaid benefits and the enrollment process for families who would qualify.

Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy
Oklahoma Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2019 to 2019

A statewide policy campaign for early care and education in Oklahoma.

AHA Oklahoma
Oklahoma Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2016 to 2018

Healthy Food Financing Initiative and Procurement campaign work in Oklahoma.

AHA Oklahoma
Oklahoma Active, Equitable Communities - 2016 to 2018

A campaign to pursue the adoption of a Complete Streets policy through City Council

AHA Oklahoma
Oklahoma Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2015 to 2016

Campaign to establish a Healthy Corner Store initiative as a funded program ($1,000,000) that sets specific standards for healthy corner store designation.

AHA Oklahoma
Oklahoma Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2014 to 2014

Campaign to establish a Healthy Corner Store initiative as a funded program ($1,000,000) that sets specific standards for healthy corner store designation.

AHA Oklahoma

Policy Wins

Oregon Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2023

Successfully passed legislation and appropriations that significantly increased access to healthy school meals covering 76% of schools.

Healthy School Meals for All Coalition and American Heart Association – Oregon
Oregon Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2023

Secured $4.168 million to support the Double Up Food Bucks program to support increase access to fruits and vegetables for SNAP participants.

Double Up Food Bucks Coalition and AHA-Oregon
Oregon Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2021

Oregon included $4 million earmarked for SNAP incentives, nearly tripling the allocation for Double Up Food Bucks for SNAP participants to double their dollar to purchase fruits & vegetables at farmers markets, farm shares and participating markets.

Double Up Food Bucks Coalition and American Heart Association – Oregon
Oregon Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2020

Multnomah County established a "Preschool for All" program (universal preschool). The program prioritizes the community’s children who currently have the least access, children who speak languages other than English, & children experiencing poverty.

American Heart Association – Oregon
Oregon Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2019

The Oregon legislature appropriated $1.5 million to support infrastructure development and expand access to the Oregon SNAP incentives program.

American Heart Association – Oregon
Oregon Preemption Efforts - 2018

Oregon voters protected the right of local governments to pass local sugary drink taxes by voting against a beverage industry led constitutional ballot initiative.

American Heart Association – Oregon
Oregon Active, Equitable Communities - 2017

Oregon HB 2017 was passed, allocating $125 million in funding over ten years to the Safe Routes to School fund.

American Heart Association – Oregon
Oregon Active, Equitable Communities - 2016

Portland, OR, voters passed a motor fuels tax, Portland’s first local funding source dedicated to active transportation infrastructure, estimated to generate $64 million over four years.

Fix Our Streets Portland Campaign
Oregon Active, Equitable Communities - 2016

Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties, OR, secured $3.5 million for Safe Routes to School, including $1.5 million for a regional Safe Routes to School program and $2 million for street improvements near low-income schools and trails.

Bicycle Transportation Alliance
Oregon Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2015

Oregon passed a competitive foods policy to ensure the nutritional quality of foods available in schools.

Upstream Public Health

Funded Campaigns

Oregon Active, Equitable Communities - 2016 to 2017

A project to advance policy levers in complete streets, safe routes to school, and bike and pedestrian appropriations at both the state level and the neighborhood level.

Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO)
Oregon Active, Equitable Communities - 2016 to 2016

Create a new Safe Routes to School program for the Portland Metro Region and secure $2-11 million per two-year funding cycle.

BTA Oregon
Oregon Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2016 to 2017

Goal is to implement a bill requiring a minimum of 150 minutes of PE for elementary schools and 225 minutes for middle schools.

AHA Oregon
Oregon Active, Equitable Communities - 2016 to 2017

Campaign to pursue state and regional funding for infrastructure to make travel to and from school safer, with a focus on equitable investments made in schools with higher populations of low-income youth and youth of color.

OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon
Oregon Active, Equitable Communities - 2015 to 2015

Campaign to support the ongoing Safe Routes to School Campaign in Portland.

Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO)
Oregon Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2014 to 2015

A campaign to pass legislation to prohibit advertising in all public schools and daycare facilities for foods and beverages that don’t meet state nutrition standards.

Upstream Public Health
Oregon Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2014 to 2014

A campaign to pass statewide legislation to prohibit advertising in all public schools and daycare facilities for foods and beverages that don’t meet state nutrition standards.

Upstream Public Health
Oregon Active, Equitable Communities - 2014 to 2015

The goal is to create a new Safe Routes to School program for the Portland Metro Region and secure $2-11 million per two-year funding cycle.

BTA Oregon
Oregon Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2013 to 2013

A campaign to expand Oregon's vending standards legislation to address additional public places.

Oregon Public Health

Policy Wins

Pennsylvania Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2022

Philadelphia, Pa., passed legislation ensuring all schools have at least one bottle filling station per hundred students and one per floor by 2025.

PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center, Inc.
Pennsylvania Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2022

Philadelphia, Pa., approved funding for 2,000 hydration stations at schools to ensure that all students have access to safe, clean drinking water.

PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center, Inc.
Pennsylvania Active, Equitable Communities - 2022

Chester County, PA passed a complete streets policy increasing safety and efficiency while enhancing the social equity needs of the transportation system.

American Heart Association – Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2022

Successfully advocated for the appropriation of over $4 million invested by county commissioners into early childhood education.

American Heart Association – Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2021

The Philadelphia City Council approved an increase in subsidy reimbursement rates for child care programs, which will increase the number of early child care spots for eligible children.

American Heart Association – Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Preemption Efforts - 2020

Advocates defeated a preemption bill that would have jeopardized sugary drink taxes in the state.

American Heart Association – Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Active, Equitable Communities - 2020

The Philadelphia fiscal year 2021 budget includes $20 million in funding for safe and equitable bike and pedestrian projects.

American Heart Association – Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2019

The Philadelphia City Council approved an ordinance to make the default drink in kids’ restaurant meals a healthy option, like water, milk or 100% juice.

American Heart Association – Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Active, Equitable Communities - 2019

The Philadelphia City Council approved the city’s budget, which included $15 million in bike and pedestrian funding.

American Heart Association – Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2019

Advocates in Philadelphia successfully opposed legislation to repeal the existing sugary drink tax.

American Heart Association – Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Preemption Efforts - 2018

A bill preempting sugary drink taxes was successfully defeated in the Pennsylvania legislature.

American Heart Association – Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2016

Philadelphia, PA, City Council passed a 1.5 cent per ounce sweetened beverage tax with a 13-4 vote.

American Heart Association – Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2016

Philadelphia adopted nutrition standards for vending machines on city owned and leased property.

American Heart Association – Pennsylvania

Funded Campaigns

Pennsylvania Family Economic Supports - 2023 to 2024

A campaign to establish a state-administered paid family leave program in Pennsylvania.

Children First PA (formerly PCCY)
Pennsylvania Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2023 to 2023

Campaign working with PA's largest school districts to follow Philadelphia's lead and enact policies to fund the installation of water bottle filling stations throughout the district's school buildings.

PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center, Inc.
Pennsylvania Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2021 to 2022

PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center, Inc. in collaboration with the Black Church Center for Justice & Equality is working to pass policy & secure funding to ensure access to safe drinking water by Philadelphia School District students.

PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center, Inc.
Pennsylvania Preemption Efforts - 2019 to 2020

The goal is to soundly defeat and any and all attempts to preempt local municipalities from freely enacting food and beverage policies that will improve the health of their communities.

AHA Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2019 to 2021

Statewide advocacy campaign to secure a $2 million annual appropriation that would fund a statewide SNAP fruit and vegetable incentive program and provide funding and TA to enable more rural farmers' markets and farm stands to accept SNAP benefits.

The Food Trust
Pennsylvania Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2018 to 2019

A campaign to establish statewide nutrition, active play, sugary drink, and screen time standards for Pennsylvania early care and education (ECE) providers by targeting PA’s quality rating and improvement system, Keystone STARS.

The Food Trust
Pennsylvania Preemption Efforts - 2017 to 2019

Campaign to defeat a proposed preemptive legislation aimed at sugary drink taxes in Pennsylvania.

AHA Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2016 to 2017

Pushing for the establishment of a district-wide student-faculty maintenance/evaluation program to ensure students provide input about faulty or non-functioning water outlets in Philadelphia.

Youth United for Change (YUC)
Pennsylvania Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2016 to 2018

The goal of this campaign is to secure a $5 million appropriation in the State of Pennsylvania for healthy food financing for Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative (PA FFFI).

The Food Trust
Pennsylvania Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2015 to 2016

The goal of this campaign is to secure a $5 million appropriation in the State of Pennsylvania for healthy food financing for Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative (PA FFFI)

The Food Trust
Pennsylvania Active, Equitable Communities - 2013 to 2013

A campaign to establish a bicycle and pedestrian project fund as well as a bicycle and pedestrian office within the PA state Department of Transportation.

Mission Readiness

Policy Wins

Funded Campaigns

Puerto Rico Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2021 to 2022

Partners will lead a campaign to ensure that all children in Puerto Rico who are living in or near poverty have access to the Nutritional Assistance Program (NAP).

Youth Development Institute
Puerto Rico Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2020 to 2020

A campaign working to advocate in Congress for Puerto Rico to have access to Pandemic EBT funds and 2) to advocate at the Puerto Rico level for the effective and speedy implementation of a Pandemic EBT program.

Youth Development Institute

Policy Wins

Rhode Island Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2023

Secured $3 million in state appropriations for Head Start and Early Head Start classrooms in FY24 that will be used to reopen/maintain much-needed Head Start and Early Head Start classrooms in Rhode Island.

American Heart Association – Rhode Island
Rhode Island Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2023

Rhode Island appropriated $11 million to preserve pre-k seats at risk due to expiring federal grant and to address the ECE staffing crisis by investing in childcare educators and staff.

American Heart Association - Rhode Island, Parents Leading for Educational Equity, RI Kids Count, Right from the Start
Rhode Island Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2022

Rhode Island approved an $11.5 appropriation to fund a Retail SNAP Incentives Pilot Program that will provide a discount on fresh fruits and vegetables at grocery stores.

American Heart Association – Rhode Island
Rhode Island Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2021

Rhode Island passed S459 and H5738, which requires water bottle filling stations in new constructions and major renovations in schools so kids have increased access to free, easily accessible, safe and good-tasting

American Heart Association – Rhode Island
Rhode Island Active, Equitable Communities - 2021

Providence passed a complete streets policy to create safe, more accessible and more equitable streets for everyone.

American Heart Association – Rhode Island
Rhode Island Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2021

Rhode Island allocated $15 million for physical improvements to and development of licensed Early Childhood care and education facilities.

American Heart Association – Rhode Island
Rhode Island Active, Equitable Communities - 2018

More than 78% of Rhode Island voters approved a bond referendum to allocate $10 million to bike and recreation projects.

American Heart Association – Rhode Island
Rhode Island Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2018

The Rhode Island Governor signed Senate Bill 2350A/House Bill 7419A into law, prohibiting advertising and marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages on school property.

American Heart Association – Rhode Island
Rhode Island Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2017

Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families updated licensing rules for child care centers, improving nutrition, physical activity and screen time standard.

American Heart Association – Rhode Island
Rhode Island Active, Equitable Communities - 2016

Rhode Island voters approved the $35 million Green Economy Bonds, which included $10 million for the State Bikeway Development Program to design and construct bikeways throughout the state.

Yes on 6 Coalition
Rhode Island Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2016

Rhode Island now has a smart snacks competitive foods policy in all schools to ensure the nutritional quality of foods in schools.

American Heart Association – Rhode Island

Funded Campaigns

Rhode Island Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2022 to 2024

Parents Leading for Educational Equity and Rhode Island KIDS COUNT is working to increase access to affordable, high-quality childcare programs for children in communities with families with low-incomes.

Parents Leading for Educational Equity
Rhode Island Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2021 to 2021

A campaign to bolster community support for a sugary drinks tax as a funding mechanism for the Retail SNAP Incentive Program.

Rhode Island Public Health Institute
Rhode Island Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2019 to 2020

Campaign to secure a $1M state appropriation to support a state SNAP incentive program.

Rhode Island Public Health Institute
Rhode Island Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2017 to 2018

Campaign to increase policies that promote health in Rhode Island schools including a healthy school marketing bill and PE appropriations.

AHA Rhode Island
Rhode Island Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2016 to 2018

Campaign to pursue Healthy School Marketing in Rhode Island.

AHA Rhode Island
Rhode Island Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2016 to 2020

PE policy campaign in Rhode Island.

AHA Rhode Island
Rhode Island Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2016 to 2018

A campaign to elevate the profile of physical education in the community and improve quality PE for all students, and lay a foundation and build an advocate base for future policy campaigns related to quality PE in Rhode Island

AHA Rhode Island
Rhode Island Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2015 to 2017

The goal of this campaign is to align Rhode Island Nutrition Requirements (RINR) with the USDA Standards for Competitive Foods and Beverages in schools.

AHA Rhode Island

Policy Wins

South Carolina Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2023

Successful campaign to secure funding supporting a SNAP incentive program increasing access to healthy food.

American Heart Association – South Carolina
South Carolina Preemption Efforts - 2022

Advocates defeated a bill that would have preempted local ordinances on tobacco.

American Heart Association – South Carolina
South Carolina Preemption Efforts - 2021

Success campaign to defeat harmful preemption legislation.

American Heart Association – South Carolina
South Carolina Preemption Efforts - 2020

Advocates defeated preemption proposals that would have effectively prevented any local flavored tobacco ordinances and any local tobacco retail licensure ordinances.

American Heart Association – South Carolina
South Carolina Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2018

Spartanburg County, SC, enacted a binding administrative policy that requires healthy vending options on all county owned property.

Eat Smart Move More South Carolina
South Carolina Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2018

The mayor of Charleston, SC, signed a healthy vending policy covering all city owned and leased properties.

Eat Smart Move More South Carolina
South Carolina Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2017

Columbia, SC, City Council passed a healthy vending and food service resolution to ensure that healthier food and beverage options are available on local public property.

Eat Smart Move More South Carolina
South Carolina Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2016

South Carolina adopted a competitive foods statewide policy to ensure the nutritional quality of foods in schools.

Eat Smart Move More South Carolina

Funded Campaigns

South Carolina Preemption Efforts - 2023 to 2023

Defend against legislation that would prohibit local SC cities and counties from enacting local laws that address tobacco licensure, flavors or ingredients.

AHA South Carolina
South Carolina Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2022 to 2024

This campaign working to pass mental health policies at the Charleston County School District including requiring all pre-K teachers to participate in mental health, trauma-informed care and implicit bias training.

The Beloved Early Education and Care Collective (BEE)
South Carolina Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2022 to 2024

E3 Foundation will build upon the Cultural Competency Policy passed by the Charleston County School District Board and expand the impact by creating an equity framework directing the Superintendent to factor equity into district decision-making.

E3 Foundation (Educate, Empower, Elevate)
South Carolina Preemption Efforts - 2022 to 2022

AHA South Carolina will defend against H 3681-- a preemptive bill prohibiting local regulations pertaining to flavors, licensure and ingredients of tobacco products.

AHA South Carolina
South Carolina Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2022 to 2024

Charleston Hope is working to pass a policy by the Charleston County School Board to require all employees, district-wide, to receive trauma-informed training.

Charleston Hope
South Carolina Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2020 to 2020

This Youth Advocacy & Health Equity campaign will work on the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act, food sales taxes, school ordinances regarding food programs, & SNAP work requirements, which is impacting a large number of Wyandotte County students.

Wholespire
South Carolina Active, Equitable Communities - 2018 to 2020

A campaign to advance a state complete streets policy in South Carolina.

Palmetto Cycling Coalition
South Carolina Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2018 to 2019

This campaign will center around the legislative budget provision for Health Bucks, the previously allocated yet restricted and uneasily accessed SNAP incentive program, with a current budget of over 1.8 million dollars.

Wholespire
South Carolina Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2018 to 2019

A statewide initiative to pursue policy changes that require Out of School Time programs to integrate national healthy eating and physical activity standards into a statewide recognition program.

South Carolina Alliance of YMCAs
South Carolina Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2017 to 2018

A campaign to enact food and beverage vending standards in Richland County and the City of Columbia, the largest county and city in SC.

Wholespire
South Carolina Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2017 to 2018

A statewide initiative to pursue policy changes that require Out of School Time programs to integrate national healthy eating and physical activity standards into a statewide recognition program.

South Carolina Alliance of YMCAs
South Carolina Active, Equitable Communities - 2017 to 2018

A campaign to advance a state complete streets policy in South Carolina.

Palmetto Cycling Coalition
South Carolina Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2016 to 2017

Will lead a campaign to enact food and beverage vending standards in Richland County and the City of Columbia, the largest county and city in SC

Wholespire
South Carolina Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2016 to 2017

Goal is to lead a statewide initiative to pursue policy changes that require Out of School Time programs to integrate national healthy eating and physical activity standards.

South Carolina Alliance of YMCAs
South Carolina Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2014 to 2014

A campaign to pass state legislation to extend Students Health and Fitness Act to middle and high schools.

Wholespire
South Carolina Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2014 to 2016

The goal is to pass state legislation to extend the Students Health and Fitness Act to middle and high schools.

Wholespire

Policy Wins

Tennessee Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2023

Successfully passed legislation creating the childcare improvement fund and then established $15 million in funding over three years to allocate grants to nonprofit organizations for establishing new childcare programs or making improvements to existing programs, increasing access to quality childcare in Tennessee.

American Heart Association – Tennessee
Tennessee Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2022

Rutherford County School Board officially passed a policy ensuring all newly constructed schools, as well as those undergoing major renovations, will be equipped with adequate water bottle filling stations.

American Heart Association – Tennessee
Tennessee Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2021

The Board of Education in Hamilton County approved the installation of water bottle filling stations in all newly constructed or majorly renovated schools.

American Heart Association – Tennessee
Tennessee Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2018

The child care licensing regulations were streamlined to cover both centers and home-based care, establishing strong statewide nutrition, physical activity and screen time standards.

American Heart Association – Tennessee
Tennessee Active, Equitable Communities - 2016

The Nashville, TN, mayor amended an executive order (passed by her predecessor) to strengthen the city’s Complete Streets policy, expanding access to all modes of transportation for all users and promoting equity and transparency.

American Heart Association – Tennessee

Funded Campaigns

Tennessee Preemption Efforts - 2023 to 2024

TIRRC and our partners will use a strategy involving base building, test legislation, legislative advocacy, and strategic communications to push against rampant state preemption tactics and advocate for the capacity of local governments.

Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC)
Tennessee Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2023 to 2025

This campaign seeks to leverage relationships and rally public opinion across the state to influence Tennessee state policymakers to pass a no-cost, healthy school meals for all bill in 2024.

Tennessee Justice Center
Tennessee Preemption Efforts - 2021 to 2021

A rapid response grant to fight against harmful preemption legislation in Tennessee.

AHA Tennessee
Tennessee Preemption Efforts - 2020 to 2020

The purpose of this campaign is to fight harmful preemption proposals at the state level in Tennessee.

Stand Up Nashville
Tennessee Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2020 to 2021

This regional campaign seeks to increase water access in schools at the state and/or local level in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.

AHA Tennessee
Tennessee Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2013 to 2014

A campaign to support Healthy food financing state legislation in Tennessee with at least 10 million in supporting appropriations.

Tennessee Obesity Taskforce

Policy Wins

Texas Preemption Efforts - 2023

Successfully fought harmful preemption threat to local authority that could have prevented local work on tobacco regulation, and potentially impacted other American Heart Association - policy areas as well.

American Heart Association - Texas and Every Texan
Texas Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2023

Worked to pass legislation that will make it easier for people to access SNAP .

American Heart Association – Texas
Texas Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2023

Secured $6 million in funding for a SNAP incentive program ensuring SNAP participants will have more access to fruits and vegetables.

American Heart Association – Texas
Texas Active, Equitable Communities - 2022

On July 19th, 2022, the El Paso City Council unanimously approved a Complete Streets policy to improve the safety, health and quality of life for all who use El Paso streets

American Heart Association – Texas
Texas Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2021

The Austin Independent School District updated its Project Development Manual to include at least one bottle filling station on each floor, wing, or other building section of a school building

American Heart Association – Texas
Texas Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2021

Texas passed a bill to simplify the certification and recertification requirements for Texas seniors and people with disabilities accessing SNAP benefits

American Heart Association – Texas
Texas Preemption Efforts - 2021

Advocates defeated a bill that would have preempted local ordinances on tobacco.

American Heart Association – Texas
Texas Active, Equitable Communities - 2020

Dallas County approved $7 million for bike and pedestrian projects, with much of the funding targeting two of the most underserved zip codes in the county.

American Heart Association – Texas
Texas Active, Equitable Communities - 2020

Voters in Austin, TX, approved two ballot measures that will provide $38 million for sidewalk rehabilitation, Vision Zero/pedestrian safety and urban trails, and $5 million for parks and recreation projects in the city.

American Heart Association – Texas
Texas Preemption Efforts - 2019

Texas advocates worked diligently to stop a broad preemption bill that would have limited local lawmaking power and nullified many existing laws, including 104 comprehensive smoke-free ordinances.

Faith in Texas
Texas Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2019

The Texas legislature passed Senate Bill 952 into law, requiring child care licensing regulations be updated to improve nutrition, physical activity and screen time standards for both center-based and home-based childcare programs.

American Heart Association – Texas
Texas Active, Equitable Communities - 2019

Dallas allocated over $8 million to bike and pedestrian projects in city to make streets, sidewalks, and pathways safer for all.

American Heart Association – Texas
Texas Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2019

Dallas County, TX incorporated healthy vending standards into their contracting process for food vending service providers, ensuring access to healthy food and beverage options on all county property.

American Heart Association – Texas
Texas Active, Equitable Communities - 2018

The San Antonio, TX, 2019 budget included $9 million for sidewalks and $1 million for bike lanes and other pedestrian safety measures.

American Heart Association – Texas
Texas Active, Equitable Communities - 2018

Voters in Austin, TX, approved two ballot measures that will provide $38 million for sidewalk rehabilitation, Vision Zero/pedestrian safety and urban trails, and $5 million for parks and recreation projects in the city.

American Heart Association – Texas
Texas Active, Equitable Communities - 2017

Voters in Dallas, TX, supported the 2017 Dallas Capital Bond program, securing tens of millions of dollars for walking and biking infrastructure throughout the city.

American Heart Association – Texas
Texas Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2017

Texas SB 1873 requires physical education quality reporting as part of the existing School Health Survey.

American Heart Association – Texas
Texas Active, Equitable Communities - 2017

Travis County, TX, voters approved a transportation bond that allocate approximately $65 million to walking and biking projects over the life of the bond.

American Heart Association – Texas
Texas Active, Equitable Communities - 2016

Austin, TX, voters approved a transportation bond that included more than $110 million to support a Safe Routes to School program, as well as sidewalk, bikeway and urban trail construction and maintenance.

Bike Austin
Texas Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2016

Austin, TX, approved a budget that had $800,000 earmarked to expand access to nutritious food, including $500,000 for healthy food retail and $300,000 to expand SNAP outreach efforts.

American Heart Association – Texas
Texas Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2015

Austin, TX, secured funding to establish a healthy corner stores program to increase the availability of healthy food options in Austin.

American Heart Association – Texas

Funded Campaigns

Texas Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2023 to 2023

Texas campaign to secure statewide funding to support expansion of SNAP Incentive Programs.

AHA Texas
Texas Preemption Efforts - 2022 to 2024

Every Texan is working on a campaign that will build public awareness, provide messaging and narrative change, and mobilize everyday Texans proactively against harmful state mandates.

Every Texan (formerly Center for Public Policy Priorities)
Texas Preemption Efforts - 2021 to 2021

Working to protect the ability of local governments to enact strong health policies, including those that may be more stringent than state law like local smoke-free ordinances or measures deemed necessary during a public health emergency.

AHA Texas
Texas Preemption Efforts - 2021 to 2021

Every Texan is focusing on protecting local policies from preemption during and beyond the 2021 Texas legislative session in addition to offensive strategies, working to repeal existing harmful preemption.

Every Texan (formerly Center for Public Policy Priorities)
Texas Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2021 to 2022

A project working to convince school officials to pass policies to install water bottle filling stations with filters to remove lead to ensure kids’ access to safe drinking water in 3 Black and Brown communities.

Environment American Research & Policy Center
Texas Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2020 to 2021

The American Heart Association in Texas is working with community partners to enact and implement a healthy kid's meal policy making healthier drinks the default choice in Austin, Texas.

AHA Texas
Texas Family Economic Supports - 2020 to 2020

TOPEF is maximizing a new window of opportunity during the COVID pandemic to push for Medicaid expansion and to ensure that the healthcare needs of Texas’ communities of color are assessed, elevated, and addressed by policy makers.

Texas Organizing Project Education Fund
Texas Preemption Efforts - 2020 to 2020

This campaign focuses on building a defensive strategy to protect local policies from preemption during the 2021 Texas legislative session (the next session in Texas’s biennial legislative cycle).

Every Texan (formerly Center for Public Policy Priorities)
Texas Preemption Efforts - 2019 to 2019

This campaign is aimed at defeating a preemption bill that would eliminate the ability of local governments to regulate most business activity or pass any ordinance that impacts businesses in Texas.

AHA Texas
Texas Preemption Efforts - 2018 to 2019

In the 2017 Texas Legislature, Faith in Texas experimented with a promising strategy to destabilize preemption efforts in the Texas Legislature. We want to scale up this strategy and go on offense against preemption in the 2019 Legislative Session.

Faith in Texas
Texas Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2017 to 2019

A campaign to support efforts to enact a policy and secure funding for a Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) – including a corner store initiative – in the City of Houston and Harris County.

AHA Texas
Texas Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2016 to 2017

Seeking funding to implement a statewide PE Quality campaign in TX.

AHA Texas
Texas Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2016 to 2017

A campaign to develop a healthy food option for children at local restaurants by expanding the Healthy Food Choices program by designating new menu items in restaurants in Brownsville, T

Healthy Communities of Brownsville
Texas Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2016 to 2017

A campaign that will generate a policy to support a Healthy Corner Store Program that will facilitate sustainable and relevant healthy food financing initiatives to improve access to quality, affordable, and healthier food options in communities with low incomes in Houston

Can Do Houston
Texas Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2016 to 2019

A policy campaign with the goal of enacting and funding a Healthy Food Financing (HFFI) policy in the city of El Paso, Texas.

AHA Texas
Texas Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2016 to 2017

A campaign to increase the number of healthy food retail outlets receiving funding from healthy food financing initiatives in underserved communities in the City of Dallas.

Children at Risk
Texas Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2016 to 2017

A campaign to establish a recognition program for out-of-school time providers that implement physical activity and healthy nutrition standards.

YMCA Austin
Texas Active, Equitable Communities - 2016 to 2018

Campaign to educate community leaders to advocate for local financing mechanisms to create long-term funding for bicycling and walking trails and for creation and maintenance of local park facilities

La Union del Pueblo Entero
Texas Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2015 to 2016

Healthy Food Financing campaign in Texas.

AHA Texas
Texas Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2014 to 2015

Campaign to support legislative appropriations between $5-10 million and create a Healthy Food Financing initiative to increase the number of healthy food retail outlets in underserved communities.

AHA Texas
Texas Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2014 to 2015

A campaign to increase the number of healthy food retail outlets receiving funding from healthy food financing initiatives in underserved communities in the City of Dallas

Children at Risk

Policy Wins

Utah Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2021

Advocates prevented $400,000 in SNAP funding from being cut from the state budget, protecting the state's SNAP Double Up Food Bucks program.

American Heart Association – Utah
Utah Preemption Efforts - 2021

Advocates mobilized to prevent a bill that would have preempted the state health department from protecting public health with regard to tobacco.

American Heart Association – Utah
Utah Active, Equitable Communities - 2019

The Salt Lake City Council approved their Capital Improvement Program Projects, which included over $13 million for bike and pedestrian infrastructure, with 82% of the funding dedicated to projects in low income communities.

American Heart Association – Utah
Utah Active, Equitable Communities - 2019

Utah Governor signed House Bill 208 into law, codifying the state’s Safe Routes to School program with a priority to fund projects in low-income communities.

American Heart Association – Utah
Utah Preemption Efforts - 2019

Advocates successfully worked with legislators to remove tobacco preemption language out of House Bill 324.

American Heart Association – Utah
Utah Active, Equitable Communities - 2018

The Salt Lake City Council approved a $25 million sales tax initiative to fund improvements to the city’s active transportation system.

American Heart Association – Utah
Utah Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2017

The child care licensing standards for both centers and home-based care were updated to require more nutritious food service, increased physical activity opportunities and limited screen time to promote a healthier child care environment.

American Heart Association – Utah
Utah Active, Equitable Communities - 2016

Salt Lake County, UT, voters passed a parks and recreation bond measure that included several million dollars in funding for sidewalks, bikeways and walking paths throughout the community.

American Heart Association – Utah
Utah Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2014

Utah Board of Education adopted standards for selling foods outside of meals in schools ensuring that foods meet nutritional quality standards.

American Heart Association – Utah

Funded Campaigns

Utah Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2019 to 2019

A campaign is to garner state-appropriated dollars to continue funding the infrastructure development & technical assistance needs of expanding SNAP incentive programs and to build out our system so these incentive programs can be utilized in stores.

AHA Utah

Policy Wins

Vermont Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2023

Collaborative work to secure $76.1 million in FY24, including overriding the Governor's veto, to support access to early care and education in Vermont.

Let's Grow Kids and American Heart Association - Vermont
Vermont Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2022

Vermont approved $6 million in appropriations over three years for early childhood education reforms including expanding eligibility & reducing copays, stabilizing & strengthening the workforce and upgrading failing information technology systems.

American Heart Association – Vermont
Vermont Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2022

Vermont passed legislation that will provide universal free school meals, giving all kids a chance to thrive and succeed and increasing equity in schools.

American Heart Association – Vermont
Vermont Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2016

Vermont Department for Children and Families adopted updated licensing standards for center-based and family-based care centers, improving nutrition and physical activity requirements and limiting screen time.

American Heart Association - Vermont

Funded Campaigns

Vermont Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2018 to 2020

To support the Vermont State Legislature in enacting legislation to establish nutrition standards for restaurant kids’ meals in Vermont, including the elimination of sugary drinks from kids meals.

AHA Vermont
Vermont Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2018 to 2019

A campaign to support wellness policy initiatives and support the RiseVT Wellness Specialist, who are embedded community members championing healthy behavior changes in local communities.

Northwestern Medical Center
Vermont Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2017 to 2018

RiseVT engage school communities in supporting and strengthening school wellness policies and committees across Franklin and Grand Isle Counties of Vermont.

Northwestern Medical Center
Vermont Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2017 to 2018

Campaign to pass legislation to establish nutrition standards for restaurant kids’ meals in Vermont and to support the Health in All Policies Task Force in identifying strategies to promote better health outcomes, including Procurement

AHA Vermont
Vermont Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2016 to 2017

Campaign to support the VT State Legislature in enacting legislation to establish nutrition standards for restaurant kids’ meals in Vermont and to support the Health in All Policies Task Force in prioritizing policies, including Procurement.

AHA Vermont
Vermont Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2014 to 2015

Goal is to pass a penny-per-ounce excise tax on sugary drinks in VT and use revenues to provide affordable health care to residents with low-incomes and fund an evaluated obesity education campaign that would highlight the dangers of sugary drinks.

AHA Vermont

Policy Wins

Virginia Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2022

For the first time, the Commonwealth of Virginia is funding SNAP incentives with $2 million over two years to improve nutritional access through farmers markets and community food retailers.

American Heart Association – Virginia
Virginia Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2021

Richmond Public Schools updated its school wellness policy to make water access in schools a priority for the district.

American Heart Association – Virginia
Virginia Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2021

Advocates worked to pass SNAP "Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility," which will result in over $8 million in new SNAP benefits coming into the state.

American Heart Association – Virginia
Virginia Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2020

The Virginia legislature included a $1.25 million appropriation for SNAP incentives in the 2020-2022 biennium budget.

American Heart Association – Virginia
Virginia Active, Equitable Communities - 2018

The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority is creating a six-year transportation plan that will support bicycle and pedestrian projects that will create or increase multimodal regional access for residents in low to moderate income communities.

American Heart Association – Virginia
Virginia Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2017

The Chesterfield County, VA, School Board adopted an update to the school wellness policy, bringing the school’s competitive food policy into full alignment with USDA standards for school foods.

American Heart Association – Virginia

Funded Campaigns

Virginia Family Economic Supports - 2020 to 2020

A campaign to gain access to adequate COVID-19 testing & healthcare, and to provide income support & stability for our economically burdened community by preventing the eviction of low-income people of color during and after this pandemic.

Tenants and Workers United
Virginia Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2016 to 2017

Campaign to improve awareness and visibility of existing availability; and help shift the Virginia retail environment to be a force for building healthier communities and neighborhoods.

Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth (VFHY)
Virginia Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2016 to 2017

Healthy Food Financing campaign work in Virginia.

AHA Virginia
Virginia Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2015 to 2016

The goal of this campaign is to secure $5 million in public funding to create or expand Healthy Food Financing initiatives to increase the number of healthy food retail outlets (grocery stores) in underserved communities.

AHA Virginia

Policy Wins

Washington Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2023

$7.5 million in public funding secured for Tribal Early Learning, increasing access to quality, culturally competent childcare for tribal communities in Washington.

The Suquamish Foundation
Washington Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2022

Washington passed HB 1878 which would expand free meals to over 92,000 students and cover the excess cost for implementing the program.

American Heart Association – Washington
Washington Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2021

Advocates worked for multiple years to develop an Early Head Start pilot program that grew into $18.7-million-funded Early Head Start program, as well as to codify the program into state law.

Washington State Association of Head Start and ECEAP
Washington Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2021

Advocates helped secure additional state investment in the statewide Fruit and Vegetable Incentive Program (FVIP), which provides a match to SNAP shoppers to purchase additional fruits and vegetables

American Heart Association – Washington
Washington Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2021

Seattle, Wash., approved $308,000 of American Rescue Plan Act funds to support the Produce Prescription pilot program through the Seattle Indian Health Board.

American Heart Association – Washington
Washington Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2019

The Seattle 2020 budget included a $2.7 million investment in the City’s Fresh Bucks program, which offers a match to SNAP participants purchasing fruits and vegetables at authorized retailers.

Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition
Washington Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2018

The Washington child care licensing rules were updated for family-home and center-based childcare settings throughout the state, improving nutrition, physical activity and screen time standards.

Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition
Washington Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2017

The Seattle City Council approved the mayor’s 2018 budget, which includes $2.4 million for the city’s Fresh Bucks SNAP incentive program. The money is available thanks to the newly enacted sugary drink tax, which generated an estimate $14 million in 2018.

Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition
Washington Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2017

Washington HB 1235 requires physical education quality reporting at the school, district and state levels, assessing key factors of quality PE to help strengthen physical education programs throughout the state.

Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition
Washington Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2017

The Seattle, WA, City Council approved a 1.75 cent per ounce excise tax on sugary drinks, with generated funds used to support public health initiatives.

American Heart Association – Washington
Washington Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2015

Washington secured $5 million in funding for a “Healthy Kids Healthy Schools” grant program that can fund projects such as water bottle filling stations.

American Heart Association – Washington
Washington Active, Equitable Communities - 2015

Washington SB 5988 secured $75 million for the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Grant Program, $89 million for the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Project List and $56 million for Safe Routes to School as part of a 16-year transportation package.

Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition
Washington Active, Equitable Communities - 2015

Washington HB 1299 secured $15.3 million for walking and biking infrastructure to support active transportation across the state.

Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition

Funded Campaigns

Washington Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2021 to 2023

The Suquamish Foundation and Washington State Association of Head Start and ECEAP are working to establish a $5 million tribal early learning fund to support families gaining access to critical Head Start and ECEAP programs.

The Suquamish Foundation
Washington Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2020 to 2021

A policy campaign to help establish a state-funded Early Head Start program for Washington State's most at-risk pregnant moms, infants, and toddlers. 

Washington State Association of Head Start and ECEAP
Washington Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2020 to 2020

By Tribal Resolution, we are proposing to adopt a sugary food and beverage tax that would place on all tribal enterprise business' within the boundaries of the Lummi Nation.

Lhaqtemish Foundation
Washington Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2020 to 2021

A campaign working to pass a statewide sugary drink tax to decrease sales and consumption and support solutions in communities most burdened by health inequity. This funding is supporting campaign management and execution.

Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition (COPC)
Washington Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2019 to 2019

Campaign to support a sugary drink tax in Washington State.

AHA Washington
Washington Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2019 to 2019

A campaign aimed at securing $146 - $208 million in funding for technical assistance, dedicated equipment, student instruction, & facilities improvement for PE programs in high-needs schools in the two largest counties in Washington state.

IAF Northwest
Washington Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2019 to 2020

COPC seeks to further our health equity work to push for lasting system changes to create healthier food and beverage choices and increase access for the general public.

Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition (COPC)
Washington Active, Equitable Communities - 2019 to 2019

A legislative campaign that seeks to both protect and expand our previous policy wins in two related policy levers: 1) bike and pedestrian appropriations; and 2) safe routes to school appropriations.

Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition (COPC)
Washington Preemption Efforts - 2018 to 2018

I-1634 is a statewide ballot measure that will appear before Washington State voters in less than two weeks. With polling holding around 50%, an investment by the AHA in social media could be a game changer for this campaign.

AHA Washington
Washington Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2018 to 2019

We will advocate for a new state budget appropriation to enable a systemwide EBT processing approach to capture all SNAP nutrition incentives for shoppers with the ultimate goal of providing greater access to affordable healthy food.

Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition (COPC)
Washington Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2018 to 2020

A campaign in Washington State to establish state Early Head Start funding for our most at-risk pregnant moms, infants, and toddlers.

Washington State Association of Head Start and ECEAP
Washington Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2018 to 2019

A campaign aimed at securing $146 - $208 million in funding for technical assistance, dedicated equipment, student instruction, & facilities improvement to enhance PE programs in high-needs schools in the two largest counties in Washington state.

IAF Northwest
Washington Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2017 to 2017

Pass a tax of at least one penny per ounce on sugary drinks in Seattle, WA.

AHA Washington
Washington Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2016 to 2018

To strengthen policies in all state licensed early learning settings to get child care population to eat healthier and move more for all children in WA state served by state-licensed child care providers.

Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition (COPC)
Washington Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2016 to 2017

Looking at enacting a statewide bill that supports Physical Education Assessment.

Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition (COPC)
Washington Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2016 to 2017

Seeking funding to implement a multi-phase strategy to get Washington state to adopt and actually implement a 150 minute per week standard for elementary school physical education.

IAF Northwest
Washington Active, Equitable Communities - 2014 to 2016

A campaign to increase state funding for Safe Routes to Schools through the passage of a new statewide transportation revenue package, funded by an increase in gas tax.

Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition (COPC)

Policy Wins

West Virginia Preemption Efforts - 2023

Defeat of a dangerous preemption bill, written by an attorney for Reynolds American (tobacco company) that would have negatively impacted local authority over tobacco products

American Heart Association – West Virginia
West Virginia Preemption Efforts - 2022

Advocates defeated a bill that would have preempted local ordinances on tobacco and other commercial products.

American Heart Association – West Virginia
West Virginia Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2022

West Virginia passed a water bottle filling station policy that requires new buildings and major renovations to include filling stations providing kids access to fresh water.

American Heart Association – West Virginia
West Virginia Preemption Efforts - 2020

Advocates in West Virginia defended against several preemptive bills to protect the rights of local governments.

The American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation
West Virginia Preemption Efforts - 2019

Preemptive language was successfully removed from a West Virginia bill, preserving the rights of local governments to regulate the sale, marketing and use of tobacco products.

American Heart Association – West Virginia
West Virginia Active, Equitable Communities - 2015

West Virginia passed SB 238, allowing members of the community to use school property for recreational use outside of school hours.

American Heart Association – West Virginia

Funded Campaigns

West Virginia Preemption Efforts - 2022 to 2024

Coalition for Tobacco-Free West Virginia is strengthening cross-issue coordination through a proactive approach by identifying diverse champions, partners, and stakeholders, and educating local communities on the dangers of preemption.

Coalition for Tobacco-Free West Virginia
West Virginia Preemption Efforts - 2021 to 2021

By activating an established, cross-sectional statewide coalition, the coalition will implement funds to monitor and respond to legislative activity including threats to preempt local action across public health issues, smoke-free air in particular.

Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights
West Virginia Preemption Efforts - 2019 to 2020

A campaign to educate the public & policy makers about the health benefits associated with local public health policies & the consequences of industry-supported preemption laws designed to restrict innovative local policy making & preserve profits.

Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights
West Virginia Preemption Efforts - 2019 to 2019

The WV Tobacco Coalition is diligently working to defeat preemption on two fronts: preemption on local-smoke-free regulations and preemption on the retail sale and distribution of tobacco products.

AHA West Virginia
West Virginia Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2017 to 2018

A grant to support and strengthen lobbying efforts on our sugary drinks tax campaign

AHA West Virginia
West Virginia Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2016 to 2017

A campaign to increase West Virginia's sugary drink excise tax by at least 1 cent per ounce.

AHA West Virginia
West Virginia Active, Equitable Communities - 2015 to 2016

A campaign to secure $300,000 of state appropriated funding to assist in implementing shared use legislation.

West Virginia Healthy Kids

Policy Wins

Wisconsin Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2023

A successful campaign for an appropriation of $27 million in the state budget, allowing for eligibility expansion for the WI Shares Child Care Subsidy program.

Kids Forward and American Heart Assoication - Wisconsin
Wisconsin Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2023

Over $235k of funding in Dane County, Wisconsin went to support a SNAP incentive program, increasing access to healthy foods.

American Heart Association – Wisconsin
Wisconsin Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2022

Milwaukee County, Wis., allocated $1.1 million of American Rescue Plan Act funds to the Milwaukee Market Match program, which provides matching dollars to participants in the Food Share for purchasing fruits and vegetables at farmers markets.

American Heart Association – Wisconsin
Wisconsin Healthy, Equitable Schools - 2022

School Wellness Policy in Madison, Wisconsin was updated to require all new and renovated school buildings to include adequate water bottle filling stations, increasing access to no-cost, clean drinking water.

American Heart Association – Wisconsin
Wisconsin Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2021

Advocates worked to ensure the state did not lose its eligibility for enhanced SNAP funding of $50 million.

American Heart Association – Wisconsin
Wisconsin Healthy, Accessible Food and Drinks - 2019

The mayor of Madison, WI, signed an executive order implementing nutrition standards for vending machines on all city-owned or managed properties, helping ensure nutritious foods are available to employees and the public.

American Heart Association – Wisconsin
Wisconsin Active, Equitable Communities - 2018

The Milwaukee, WI, City Council adopted a new Complete Streets policy, which will expand transportation options for all users regardless of age, race, ethnicity, income or ability

Wisconsin Bike Fed

Funded Campaigns

Wisconsin Infants, Toddlers and Early Childhood - 2020 to 2021

A campaign working to increase access and affordability to quality early care and education programs in WI as a way to address racial equity, connect families and children to healthy eating and mental health supports, & grow healthier, happier kids.

Kids Forward (formerly Wisconsin Council on Children and Families)
Wisconsin Active, Equitable Communities - 2017 to 2018

Using both a central coordinator and 5 community groups, Connect MKE will pass a complete streets ordinance that focuses on equity and implementation

Wisconsin Bike Fed
Wisconsin Active, Equitable Communities - 2015 to 2015

The goal of this campaign is to defend the existing Complete Streets law and at the same time, defend the dollars that are going to Wisconsin Transportation Alternatives Program.

AHA Wisconsin

Policy Wins

Wyoming Preemption Efforts - 2020

There was a successful campaign in Wyoming to defend against preemptive language in the tobacco tax bill, stopping the legislature from removing local authority on tobacco control.

American Heart Association – Wyoming

Funded Campaigns

Voices for Healthy Kids Timeline

In 2012, the American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation joined together to fund Voices for Healthy Kids, which officially launched in 2013. This is a timeline of significant events along our journey.

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