Life at the American Heart Association

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Cardiovascular diseases and stroke afflict people of all races, ethnicities, genders, religions, ages, sexual orientations, national origins and disabilities.  The American Heart Association is committed to ensuring that our workforce and volunteers reflect America’s diverse population.  We know that such diversity will enrich us with the talent, energy, perspective and inspiration we need to achieve our mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

The American Heart Association continually works to integrate diversity into daily business operations with initiatives such as:

CEO Diversity Advisory Cabinet, chaired by our CEO, this group is a cross section of American Heart Association staff who make recommendations on ways to change or improve programs focused on developing a culturally competent workforce. This group continually recognizes Diversity Champions throughout the organization.  

AHA Affinity Groups — AHA has several affinity groups that include employees with common perspectives, interests or backgrounds that gather regularly to interact and exchange ideas.

Health Equity — a business initiative to focus on reducing health disparities related to heart disease and stroke among  racial and ethnic populations.

Equal Employment Opportunity The American Heart Association prohibits any and all types of harassment or discrimination of our Employees by other Employees or outside parties. Harassment or discrimination based on race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, marital status, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other legally protected status, is inappropriate, offensive, and will not be tolerated. All Employees are responsible for maintaining a positive working environment, free of discrimination and harassment, and free of hostile, threatening, or intimidating behavior.

Our collective success at the American Heart Association depends on individual commitment to core organizational values.  These values not only help define our organizational culture but they also guide our daily business decisions and activities — driving us to the highest standards of ethical conduct.
Our Core Values:

  • Integrity — We pursue our mission with honor, fairness and respect for the individual, ever mindful that there is no “right way” to do the “wrong thing.”
  • Inclusiveness — We serve responsibly as members of all the communities in which we live and work, fueled by diversity of thought and action.
  • Dedication — We remain dedicated to our Customers and our cause, and committed to discovery and continuous improvement.
  • Excellence — We strive to be the best in our work, our relationships, our ideas and our service is the greatest demonstration of our pledge to Customer satisfaction.
  • Sensitivity — We operate in a climate of openness and trust in which each of us fully grants others respect and cooperation.
  • Vision — We are willing to take prudent risks as we strive to be proactive, innovative and creative in all we do.
American Heart Association Ethics Policy.


Professional development and personal fulfillment — that’s what working at the American Heart Association is all about.   You can get satisfaction in knowing your work is helping to save and improve the lives of millions of people and take comfort in knowing that you can build the career you want, your way.  The opportunity to move and grow within our organization is boundless.

We work hard to hire talented, dedicated people with an unrelenting passion for what they do.  Then, we work even harder to nurture their long-term professional growth with challenging opportunities, technical and leadership training, cross-functional exposure, mentoring and more.

In return, we simply ask our employees and volunteers to continually strive to perform at the highest level and deliver total satisfaction to the diverse people and communities we serve – our Customers.

Visit the links below for more information about what we do and how we do it daily:

Corporate Development and Fund Raising

  • Start! Heart Walk  —  an initiative that calls on Americans and their employers to create a culture of health and physical activity.  This is the American Heart Association’s signature fund-raising event 
  • Jump Rope For Heart — elementary-age students jump rope and secure sponsors to raise money for the fight against heart disease and stroke, while learning about the benefits of physical activity 

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