Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund
AHA’s Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund is a national fund with a local investment focus supporting and investing in evidence-based, locally led solutions that are breaking down the social and economic barriers to health equity.
Bernard J. Tyson was a visionary leader who cared passionately about the health and well-being of all. His quest for affordable, equitable health care and social justice improved and extended lives throughout the U.S. and around the world.
The American Heart Association is honored to continue his legacy through the Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund.
Bernard considered it a privilege to make a difference. He inspired us with his wisdom as a member of the American Heart Association national board and CEO Roundtable and as a trusted advisor. This fund will power the American Heart Association’s aim to reduce health disparities and address social determinants of health, so all people have the opportunity to live longer and healthier—physically and mentally.
“Don’t ask permission to help improve lives of the people and communities you’ve pledged to serve. Instead, march through the doors of red tape, make bold moves and usher in access.”
Bernard J. Tyson
Breaking down social and economic barriers to
The American Heart Association’s Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund is a national fund that supports and invests in evidence-based, locally led solutions that break down the social and economic barriers to health equity in under-resourced communities.
We’re working to increase access to housing, health care, COVID-19 testing and nutritious food, and improve economic resiliency and mental health.
Atlanta Harvest is a Black-owned, family-operated, multi-generational farm and food hub operating within food insecure counties.
Urban Growers Collective, a Black women-led nonprofit, is building economic opportunities for urban farmers and increasing food access through a mobile produce market.
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We’re seeking applicants for the American Heart Association’s Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund that are addressing social determinants of health challenges impacting residents in North Philadelphia. We're looking for sustainable solutions focused on access to health care, housing, and affordable and healthy food; economic empowerment; violence prevention; or closing the educational achievement gap in under-resourced communities. Applicants may be non-profit organizations or for-profit social enterprises.
The Walmart Foundation is proud to support the American Heart Association’s Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund helping community-based entrepreneurs that are expanding access to affordable and healthy food. .
A Relentless Pursuit of Equitable Health
The Stories of the Relentless podcast series features the people and issues closest to Bernard’s heart. Listen to the episodes here.
A Visionary Leader
Scroll through the photo gallery to see special moments with Bernard J. Tyson.
Bernard and his wife, Denise, at the Heart Ball
The Dalai Lama greeting Bernard
Bernard with Nancy Brown and Henry Kravis
Posing with President Barack Obama and basketball player, Steph Curry
The Milken Institute 2019 global conference
Helping at a back to school drive
Bernard with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee