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 Named one of the Best Companies for Diversity
Ranked No. 6 on DiversityInc’s Top 10 Regional Companies List

Diversity and Inclusion is as important to the American Heart Association as the core business of fighting heart disease and stroke. That’s why it came as no surprise when the Association ranked No. 6 on DiversityInc’s Top 10 Regional Companies list. The criteria for selection included demonstrating best practices in talent pipeline and development, leadership accountability and supplier diversity.

This is the second time that the Association has earned a ranking on DiversityInc’s Top 10 Regional Companies list. Last year, the ranking was No. 9. Since then, the Association has made rapid improvements in areas that were lacking and is proud to be one of the 1,800 competing companies to get a place on this list, and even more proud to be three rungs higher than last year.

This success is credited to our staff and volunteers whose commitment to ensuring that we operate in a fully diverse and inclusive environment, where our collective passions, talents, sameness and differences work together harmoniously to reach our goals of increasing health and wellness for all Americans. Join us!


 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.