The Advocacy Ambassador description was approved by the Council Operations Committee (COC) on June 20, 2005, as an additional volunteer position for each Leadership or Steering Committee. This position was added to facilitate the involvement of AHA members in the advocacy efforts of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
The Advocacy Ambassador will facilitate conversations with the Council Leadership Committee regarding the advocacy initiatives for each Council, including the Councils’ funding allocations for survivors at Lobby Day, Council members’ Lobby Day participation, and other initiatives to increase funding for NIH, CDC, etc.
AHA Advocacy staff will provide regular training and updates to the 16 Advocacy Ambassadors. The Chair of COC will continue to serve on the AHA/ASA Advocacy Coordinating Committee and will serve as the liaison between the Ambassadors and the Advocacy Coordinating Committee. The Ambassadors will not be expected to serve on the Coordinating Committee.