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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AHA President-elect named to Savoy's Most Influential Black Corporate Directors
Bertram Scott joins prestigious list of board leaders

Congratulations to American Heart Association's Chairman-elect Bertram Scott for being named one of Savoy magazine's 2017 Most Influential Black Corporate Directors. This prestigious honor recognizes 300 executives and business leaders who serve on the boards of the world's leading corporations and who have exemplary records of achievement and influence within their companies and communities.

Scott is the senior vice president of Population Health Management at Novant Health, Inc., and is highly regarded for his unwavering dedication to improving health outcomes for ALL Americans. He has served on the American Heart Association's National Board since 2012, is a 2015 recipient of the American Heart Association's Award of Meritorious Achievement and is the upcoming President elect.

The American Heart Association is proud of Bert's achievements and grateful for his commitment throughout the years as a national volunteer. We are looking forward to him bringing exceptional leadership as our next Chairman.

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Together We'll Act on Diversity and Inclusion

Bertram Scott,
American Heart Association Chairman-elect

 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.