Health Equity in the Northeast

Updated:Apr 12,2013

Welcome to the Founders Affiliate's Health Equity Site!

Our Mission
The Health Equities mission of the American Heart Association is to build programs and work within systems to reduce cardiovascular disease and stroke disparities for minority populations and the medically underserved.

Our Goal
By 2020, improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent.

Our Method
The initiative intends to accomplish this goal through programs, messaging, media, and partnerships that reduce risk factors and empower individuals to live healthier lifestyles.  Additionally, Health Equity supports tools that improve heart disease and stroke treatment and care for minorities.

Our Initiatives:

Power To End Stroke is an exciting national cause campaign that raises awareness about stroke -- while embracing and celebrating the culture, creativity and energy of African Americans.  The campaign mobilizes opinion leaders to become Ambassadors and inspire African Americans to reduce stroke in their community.  Power To End Stroke is for African Americans ages 30 to 64.  Besides involving opinion leaders, we're mobilizing media and healthcare professionals, and forming strategic alliances with corporations and foundations.

Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association's nationwide movement that celebrates the energy, passion and power we have as women to band together and wipe out heart disease.  The movement gives women tips and information on healthy eating, exercise, and risk factor reduction -- such as smoking cessation, weight maintenance, blood pressure control and blood cholesterol management.

Childhood obesity is one of the most critical public health problems today and threatens to reverse the last half century's gains in reducing cardiovascular (CVD) disease and death.  "Our nation needs immediate action to prevent excess weight gain in all our children and to treat children and adolescents who are already overweight or at risk of developing obesity," said the statement's lead author Stephen R. Daniels, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pediatrics and environmental health at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.  "In African Americans and Hispanics, the prevalence of overweight children is as high as 20 percent," Daniels said The American Heart Association has developed a multi-pronged approach to impacting the childhood obesity prevalence.  Find out more:


CPR ANYTIME for Friends and Family

If a cardiac arrest happened to your loved one or a close friend, would you know how to perform lifesaving CPR, which can double a victim's chance of survival?  Surprisingly, the vast majority of Americans don't.  That's why the American Heart Association, in collaboration with Laerdal, has developed the Family & FriendsTM CPR AnytimeTM Personal Learning Program, bringing CPR training into the homes of families everywhere.

CPR Anytime for Family and Friends kits may be purchased now by visiting online or calling 1-877-AHA-4CPR.

You're the Cure when you speak up for vital research funding.  Or when you advocate for public policies that advance the fight against heart disease and stroke.  That's why You're the Cure, a nationwide network of people dedicated to finding a cure for heart disease and stroke, needs your talent and time -- now!  Join us today!

Health Equities in Your Local Community:

  • Central New York State
  • Connecticut
  • Greater Boston
  • Manhattan, Brooklyn & Bronx
  • New Jersey
  • Queens & Long Island
  • Rhode Island
  • Massachusetts
  • Western New York State

Founders Affiliate Research Saves Lives
When we fund the best science-based research projects, we're funding the fight against heart disease and stroke. See (PDF) how the grant money has been allocated throughout the affiliate. Also see Founders Research Facts 2015 (PDF).

Childhood Obesity Resources

CHO Sourcebook - horizontal imageUnderstanding Childhood Obesity is an American Heart Association sourcebook on child nutrition and physical activity. Both the full and condensed downloadable PDF versions are an update of the 2005 version, A Nation At Risk. It’s a great resource for media, policymakers, health professionals, school officials and other stakeholders to begin meaningful dialogue toward concrete solutions to the obesity epidemic.