Diversity and Inclusion

Our mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke for all, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, language, sexual orientation, national origin, and physical or cognitive abilities. We're committed to ensuring that our workforce, workplace and mission impacts America's diverse populations.

We rely on volunteers, staff, donors and partners to help foster a smart, collaborative environment. Successful organizations make the most of diversity and inclusion to deliver programs, events and educational opportunities that support a culturally competent workforce that delivers on its mission.



Volunteers and staff in physical and virtual workplaces around the nation and across the globe come together to address many challenges to overcome health inequities related to cardiovascular disease and stroke. We aim to create workplaces that support the work of all peoples — regardless of their diverse backgrounds — to narrow the gap of heath disparities and bridge the gap to better health. Read our 2015-16 Health Equity and Inclusion Report to learn more.

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The American Heart Association is committed to ensuring that our mission makes an impact on America’s diverse populations — from consumers to partners to suppliers, in healthcare settings, restaurants and retail stores and in communities around the nation.

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American Heart Association Recognizes National Minority Health Month
Working to Drive Collective Impact for Health Equity

During April, National Minority Health Month, the American Heart Association is elevating awareness of the health status of racial and ethnic minority populations and working with unconventional partners to drive collective impact for health equity.

Throughout the month, we will highlight some of our partners who are removing barriers to well-being in communities and others who are sharing their personal inspirational health journeys.

We will launch the EmPOWERED To Serve Urban Health AcceleratorTM, a grant-based initiative that identifies innovative, urban business solutions that can be implemented in communities to remove barriers to healthy living. We will be seeking participants and nominations beginning April 16.

There are many opportunities for you to join the conversation through several social media activations. Become an EmPOWERED To ServeTM, volunteer ambassador and work with us on reducing death and disability from heart disease and stroke in underserved communities. Visit empoweredtoserve.org to learn more.


 Supplier Diversity

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association are committed to fostering a business environment that values a diverse supplier base. We seek providers that align with our mission and provide quality services at competitive prices. Our database of current and potential providers is shared organization-wide.

Are you interested in being considered as a provider? We work with minority- and women-owned businesses as well as veterans, people with disabilities and LGBT-owned businesses.