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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Honoring the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
AHA works to overcome Health Inequities

When we celebrate Martin Luther King Day, we honor the legacy of a leader who changed the course of world history. "Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhuman," Dr. King said. These poignant words reminds us how important our work is to overcome health inequities and improve the cardiovascular health of ALL Americans. That's why we at the American Heart Association are heavily focused on helping to remove economic, social, racial and ethnic barriers to healthy living so everyone has a fair opportunity to live a long and healthy life.

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Together We'll Act on Diversity and Inclusion

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 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.