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Building a culture of health in Birmingham
Founded in 1871, Birmingham has grown from its roots as an iron and steel manufacturer to a leader in cutting-edge health care and innovation. Known as the Magic City, Birmingham is Alabama’s most populous city and home to some of the region’s most outstanding landmarks, restaurants and attractions. But like many areas of the Deep South, Birmingham faces significant health challenges, such as obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. However, Birmingham’s hearts beat together with pride, and we are united in building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Join us and let’s together create a heart-healthy Birmingham, one that truly is the Magic City.
Lifestyle Risk Factors
Jeanne Anne Love(link opens in new window) was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy at 18 months old and received a heart transplant at age 12. Today, she is a wife, mother and professional who is thriving thanks to research funded by the American Heart Association.
“The American Heart Association has shaped my life through the research they are able to do. Research didn’t stop 22 years ago when I got my heart. Every day these doctors are able to explore things that 22 years ago would have been impossible. Ultimately the research is what saved my life.”
–Jeanne Anne Love, Birmingham heart transplant survivor
Lawston State Community College held Cooking Demonstrations to teach children about healthy eating. A major health concern impacting the Birmingham community is childhood obesity and nutrition. Here, Chef Adam Elliott with Lawson State Community College helps kids at Wylam Elementary School understand the importance of healthy eating.
Power to End Stroke
At our Power to End Stroke receptions, we honor local community and civic leaders for their efforts in raising awareness of stroke. One of the 2018 honorees was Dr. Perry Ward, President of Lawson State Community College (pictured, holding the plate).
Power To End Stroke is an education and awareness campaign seeking to reduce the incidence of stroke. It celebrates and embraces the culture, energy, creativity, and lifestyles of Americans and empowers them to take charge of their health.
Check. Change. Control.
Stress on your blood vessels from high blood pressure can lead to heart attack, stroke, heart failure, and other serious health threats. Use our free Check. Change. Control.™ online tool to track your readings and maintain a healthy heart!
The AHA and AMA joined forces with the launch of Target: BP™ to support physicians and care teams. We can track and maintain blood pressure goals for our patients by offering access to the latest research, tools, and resources.
Closing Equity Gaps
EmPOWERED To Serve is a movement inspired by multicultural volunteers around the country who are passionate about driving change through health justice in their communities. These committed ambassadors are closing gaps in health equity through advocacy, policy, education, and social change.
Focus on Quality
Patient outcomes improve when medical professionals apply the most up-to-date, evidence-based treatment guidelines. That’s the simple truth behind the obsession with continuous quality improvement. Our entire suite of programs can help advance your efforts farther and faster in the quest for ever-better care.
Why Cholesterol Matters
There are few warning signs of high cholesterol, but the impact is real. By lowering your cholesterol, you'll reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. Take control today. Manage your cholesterol levels by making healthy lifestyle choices and following a sound medical treatment plan.
You are not alone. Learn from people like you, or help others who are going through an emotional time. Explore the forums, read survivor stories, seek and receive support.
Local Policy Win
Through a complete streets policy, we helped pave the way for Birmingham to ensure all people can get safely to where they need to go – work, school, the library, grocery stores, or parks.
Funding Local Researchers
Research is a pillar of the American Heart Association’s lifesaving mission. Over the past 10 years, we’ve awarded 137 grants totaling $24.8 million to Birmingham-area researchers in the ongoing quest to understand, improve, and treat cardiovascular disease and stroke. The results will assist doctors, hospitals, and other institutions to save lives in our own backyard and across the world. The UAB Strategically Focused Hypertension Research Center, led by Paul Muntner, Ph.D., is one of only four centers nationwide selected to study high blood pressure as part of the AHA’s Strategically Focused Research Network.
Current Research Spotlight
“We are assessing whether African Americans are more likely than whites to have hypertension at night, and blood pressure that does not decline between daytime and nighttime. We hope to identify modifiable factors such as stress, health behaviors, and poor sleep quality. Then, we will estimate the percentage of US adults with nighttime hypertension and whether it is cost-effective to diagnose and treat individuals with nighttime hypertension. ”
–Paul Muntner, Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham
CPR Saves Lives
Though emergencies leave us feeling helpless, they don’t have to. Take two minutes to learn Hands-Only CPR(link opens in new window) now, like the one offered at a multicultural street fair in downtown Birmingham. 70 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in homes. When a person has a cardiac arrest, immediate CPR can double or triple their chance of survival. Prepare to save a life, find a CPR course near you today.
Healthy For Good
You don’t need a guilt trip. We know you know. You want to be healthy... for good. And we’re here to help inspire you to create lasting change in your health and your life, one small step at a time. The approach is simple: Eat smart. Add color. Move more. Be well. Get Healthy For Good.
Across the Heart of Dixie, communities are building a healthier infrastructure and tackling inequities for hearts of all ages. The challenges are great, but together our future is greater.
Birmingham Heart Walk
June 15, 2019
Let's get Heartwalking, a movement to move more. Heart Walk is a festival of one million hearts in 300+ communities nationwide being healthy for good. Walk in memory of someone you love, or create a team.
Gadsden Heart Walk
March 16, 2019
Gadsden Mall - James D Martin Wildlife Trail
Birmingham Heart Ball
March 2, 2019
Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum
Business, medical, and other community leaders unite to celebrate the lifesaving mission of the American Heart Association. Don't miss this unforgettable evening of inspiration, entertainment and hope as we build a healthier Birmingham!
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Why I Support the AHA
“The work of the American Heart Association universally helps people from all walks of life and economic situations improve their daily lives. It brings me great pleasure to know that my volunteer and financial support efforts with the AHA over the past decade are helping to break the silence about the devastating impact heart disease and stroke is having on our families and our communities.”
–Martin Davis, an American Heart Association donor
Birmingham Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Dr. Andre McShan
President of the Board
President and CEO
Brookwood Baptist Health System
Executive Vice President
Dr. Andre McShan
St. Vincent’s/Honda Manufacturing
Dr. Mia Cowan
Young Leaders President
Southside Pain Management
Chief Operating Officer
Grandview Medical Center
Dr. Sumanth Prabhu
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Citizens Trust Bank
Tracey Morant Adams
Senior Vice President
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
St. Vincent’s Health System
Ernst & Young
Dr. Richard Barlow
Mountain Brook Board of Education
Chief Executive Officer
UAB Medical West
Vickie Evans Fuller
Stead & Fuller Insurance
Dr. Robert Dabal
UAB/Children’s of Alabama
Teresa Zuniga Odom
Alabama Power Company (retired)