Diversity & Inclusion

Strengthening all of us as individuals, as an organization and as one world.

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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 have a shared impact across America's diverse populations.

Investment solutions to Social Determinants of Health

In Dallas, on the city’s east side, Lakewood residents live an average 83 years. But just 5 miles south in the Fair Park area, life expectancy is only 65. Called Social Determinants of Health (SDOH), socioeconomic factors like ZIP code, income, education and race can influence how you live and when you die. April marks National Minority Health Month, a time to promote wellness in communities of color, and a time to acknowledge and address health disparities like those in Dallas. Studies show that focused investments can improve the health of vulnerable communities. Recently, I sat down with Raymond Guthrie, managing director of the AHA’s Social Impact Fund who shared how the AHA is putting its money where its mission is by investing in local businesses, non-government organizations and individuals to counter the effects of SDOH. 

The Universal Language of Saving Lives

The American Heart Association is a proud catalyst for Hands-Only CPR certification in the Gulf Countries(link opens in new window). During March, more than 77,000 people in Saudi Arabia became certified in Hands-Only CPR, in celebration of Heart Month.

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Workforce

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.

Workplace

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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Marketplace

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.

Supplier Diversity

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.

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How can you help us help others?

With your help, we can save more lives through research, education and awareness-building efforts.

 

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