Health Equity

Updated:Apr 7,2014

The American Heart Association covers many areas when it comes to heart disease and stroke (see list at right). The current priority is to ensure efforts to eliminate healthcare disparities, including racial, ethnic and gender disparities, in order to improve health equity.

Offices of Minority and Multicultural Health

  • Support the creation of and sustain existing offices of minority health (or multicultural health) and offices of health equity in state health departments.

Promote Public Funding to Address Health Disparities and Improve Health Equity

  • Secure and protect public funding and state appropriations that support eliminating health disparities initiatives.


  • Secure state-level public funding for WISEWOMAN (or similar programs). WISEWOMAN provides low-income, underinsured or uninsured women between the ages of 40 and 64 with knowledge, skills and opportunities. They learn to improve their diets, increase physical activity and other life habits to prevent, delay or control cardiovascular and other chronic diseases.

Increase Awareness of Health Disparities

  • Support efforts to educate lawmakers through awareness activities related to Go Red for Women, a national movement founded by the American Heart Association to help women fight back against heart disease -- the No. 1 killer of American women. 
  • Support efforts to educate lawmakers through awareness activities related to Power To End Stroke, an American Heart Association/American Stroke Association educational and awareness campaign that embraces and celebrates African-Americans' culture, energy, creativity and lifestyles. Power To End Stroke unites African-Americans to help make an impact on the high incidence of stroke within the community.

For more information about the policies on this page, please contact Ashley Bell, 214.706.1241

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Advocacy Contacts

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association advocates for sound public policy strategies aimed at reducing heart disease and stroke. We have government relations teams in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. Learn who your federal and state staff contacts are and how to reach them about policy issues.