Bertram “Bert” L. Scott
Charlotte, North Carolina | Pulse Circle, Paul Dudley White Legacy Society
Bert Scott’s deep connection to the American Heart Association began more than 25 years ago, and his impact continues today as chairman-elect of the National Board of Directors.
As senior vice president of population health and value-based care at Novant Health, Bert is focused on achieving health equity and preventing stroke, particularly in his hometown of Charlotte. North Carolina is one of 11 states with the highest mortality rates of stroke in the country, also known as the “stroke belt.”
Bert takes stroke personally: He lost his first wife, Kathleen, to a stroke in her early 50s — leaving him to care for their four young children. Because of the higher prevalence of stroke among minorities, he’s engaging more African-Americans in the work of the Association.
“I have a significant passion for making healthcare equitable for all — not just urban communities, but all communities,” Bert said.
His passion for advocating for healthier communities extends to his five children, ages 13 through 43. Twenty-eight-year-old son Sean previously worked for the American Heart Association in New York City as the grassroots advocacy director and is currently a member of the AHA’s Young Professionals group in Washington, D.C.
Bert is also a member of the National Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine Executive Committee, 2018 co-chairman for Charlotte’s Go Red For Women luncheon and a member of Circle of Red.
A longtime member of the Cor Vitae Society, Bert joined the Paul Dudley White Legacy Society in 2018 by making a generous bequest to the American Heart Association.