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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Community Highlights

May Is Asian American and Pacific Islander Month

In Los Angeles County, the rate of developing diabetes has increased 170% from 1997 to 2011 for Asian Pacific Islanders. Because Asian Americans are 60% more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes than the general population, we must shed light on efforts like "Rethink Your Asian Drink" to raise awareness and help reduce the alarming statistics.

There's a misconception that skinny means healthy which often times results in leaving Asian Americans out of the conversation. However, the alarming statistics tell us that API communities deserve our attention. Sugar intake problems are coming from more than mainstream sodas and drinks.

May is Asian American Pacific Islander Month, and we invite you to learn more about what's in Asian American cultural drinks and about healthier, affordable options that can prevent obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

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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 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.