Office of Health Equity

利用多样性, equity and inclusion to drive the AHA's mission to be a relentless force for a world of longer, 更健康的生活.

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About the Office of Health Equity

的 American Heart Association created the Office of Health Equity in 2018 following an 18-month in depth review by a volunteer-driven task force. 的 Office of Health Equity houses the following:

  • 我们的 社会影响基金, which invests in local entrepreneurs, small 企业 and organizations that are breaking down the social and economic barriers to healthy lives.
  • 伯纳德J. 泰森基金, which powers the AHA’s goal to reduce health disparities and address social determinants of health so all people have the opportunity to live longer, 更健康的生活.

我们也支持 授权服务™ initiatives which include 授权的学者,地方和国家的 EmPOWERED to Serve ™Business Accelerator, Interactive Virtual Health Lessons 和我们的 Community Innovation Exchange™.



This Black History Month let's reclaim control of our well-being.

我们的方式. 心. Body. 精神.

Get information and resources to reclaim control of your 心 health and mental well-being at reclaimyourrhythm.心.org

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Scholarship and Mentoring Opportunities 


EmPOWERED to Serve™ offers college scholarships to students who are passionate about public health, health equity and community engagement, especially those in communities with fewer resources to help students manage financial aid and debt. Currently enrolled freshmen, sophomores and juniors in a U.S. college or university who are working to improve community well-being and have a 2.0 GPA or higher are eligible to apply.

HBCU Scholars Program

的 AHA partners with Historically Black Colleges and Universities to help students working toward professional degrees in the biomedical and health sciences. HBCU Scholars learn about the health of their communities, participate in research projects and explore varied career paths. Currently enrolled Black or African sophomores, juniors and seniors at select HBCUs who are highly motivated to seek careers in biomedical or health sciences and have a 3.2 GPA in the sciences are eligible to apply.


的 AHA partners with Hispanic Serving Institutions of Higher Education and their students to create a pipeline for diverse researchers and health care professionals. Scholars are provided academic and career-enriching resources, including scholarships and mentoring. Currently enrolled sophomores, juniors and seniors at select HSIs who are highly motivated to seek careers in biomedical or health sciences and have a 3.0 GPA in the sciences are eligible to apply.

Health Equity in the Workplace

的 American Heart Association’s CEO Roundtable is working to eliminate workplace inequities that harm the health and well-being of employees, 企业 and communities. 的 Roundtable’s new report, developed by business leaders and health experts, provides actionable strategies and principles employers can use to build toward health equity.

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Committing to equity and a full, healthy life for everyone

的 American Heart Association is investing over $230 million in a sweeping effort to ensure equitable health for all. 通过研究, community solutions and other substantial work, the AHA is addressing barriers to health equity including structural racism, social factors that hurt people’s health and threats to rural health.

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的 American Heart Association issues statements and advisories on health equity, social justice and structural racism. Here are some of our recent position statements.

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的 American Heart Association is a science-based organization whose core research programs have launched or furthered the work of many of this country’s brightest researchers. We have scientific statements and conference proceedings that address health equity-related issues. 在这里找到了.

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的 AHA has published policy positions on many issues related to health equity, including affordable, accessible healthcare, social determinants of health, access to healthy affordable foods, children’s health and others. A full set of our policy positions is here.


的 American Heart Association is working with researchers, 医学专家, 社区领袖, 企业, families and more to reduce the impact of the coronavirus. 的 following are some ways we’re dedicating our resources to make a difference.

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多样性 Leadership Committee

的 多样性 Leadership Committee comprises of volunteer leaders who advise the AHA 和我们的 Board of Directors on issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion. 


 Help us fight health disparities. Become involved in one of our initiatives today.

Invest in Health Equity

健康的生态系统: Housing Security and Heart Health

的 American Heart Association is a national leader in addressing health equity and social determinants of health. Housing security is an essential element of community health and well-being. Studies show that living in lower socio-economic areas is associated with a 30% to 90% higher risk of coronary 心 disease, independent of individual characteristics including age  and economic status.

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