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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About Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender at Heart

The American Heart Association takes pride in addressing the heart and brain health needs of all Americans, as one of its prominent goals. In fact, our hard work in advancing health equity would not be holistic without the contributions of our LGBTI leaders, volunteers, employees, communities and individuals.

At “heart” we continually strive to foster an inclusive workplace where everyone can be themselves by offering a number of means such as our Hearts With Pride Employee Resource Group, which helps provide key insights and education.

Tobacco use, stress and obesity are common risk factors for heart disease and stroke among sexual and gender minorities. In helping to address the health disparities gap among sexual and gender minorities, the AHA develops inclusive campaigns that feature unique assets and content, critical to raising awareness and impacting the health outcomes of our LGBTI communities and individuals across America.

AHA is committed to health equity and to leveraging every stakeholder’s talent and creativity in eradicating the health of LGBTI communities.

Read More (PDF) (about pride at heart)
 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 support 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.