Birmingham
American Heart Association

Birmingham

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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.

Health Measurements

Donate HeartPercent of adults with...
High Blood Pressure: 34%
High Cholesterol: 43%
Diabetes: 11.4%
Heart Disease: 4.4%

Lifestyle Risk Factors

Donate HeartPercent of adults who...
Don't exercise: 25.4%
Are overweight (BMI over 25): 65.3%
Smoke cigarettes: 22%
Don't eat enough fruits and veggies: 80.1%
     

Our Community

Jeanne Anne Love and Family

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

Cooking Demos

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.

Birmingham Cooking Demo
Power to End Stroke

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.

Arming Birmingham Healthcare Workers

Target: BP has launched in Birmingham, providing health professionals with tools to effectively manage patients' blood pressure. Find out what high blood pressure is, and arm yourself with the knowledge about this "silent killer" affecting millions of people.

Target BP
Blood Pressure Screening
Target BP
Blood Pressure Screening

Blood Pressure

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!

Target BP

For Professionals

Target: BP

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.

Multicultural

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.

Get With the Guidelines
Cholesterol

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.

Support Network™

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.

Support Network
Birmingham City Hall
Complete Streets

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.

Advocate for a Healthier Birmingham

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.

Scientist peering into microscope

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

 

Visit Professional Heart Daily, A Resource for Clinicians and Scientists

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.

Birmingham CPR Training
woman sitting on grass doing yoga

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.

Alabama
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Montgomery Fountain

Greater Together

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.

Local Events

Birmingham Heart Walk

June 15, 2019

Railroad Park

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.

Birmingham Heart Walk
Tuscaloosa Heart Walk

Tuscaloosa Heart Walk

March 2, 2019

Tuscaloosa Amphitheater

Gadsden Heart Walk

March 16, 2019

Gadsden Mall - James D Martin Wildlife Trail

Gadsden Heart Walk
Birmingham Heart Ball

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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Mission Advancement

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

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Contact Us

Birmingham Railroad Park
Vulcan Statue

1449 Medical Park Drive
Birmingham, AL 35213

Phone: (205) 510-1500

Fax: (205) 510-1501

Local Leadership

Birmingham Board of Directors

Keith Parrott

Keith Parrott

Chairman of the Board

Dr. Andre McShan

Dr. Andre McShan

President of the Board

Chair

Keith Parrott
President and CEO
Brookwood Baptist Health System

Chair-Elect

Jamie Burns
Executive Vice President
Cadence Bank

President

Dr. Andre McShan
St. Vincent’s/Honda Manufacturing

President-Elect

Dr. Mia Cowan
MiBella Wellness

Young Leaders President

Jim Carson
Southside Pain Management

Members

Tanveer Patel
Concert Care

Drew Mason
Chief Operating Officer
Grandview Medical Center

Dr. Sumanth Prabhu
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Jason Eppenger
Citizens Trust Bank

Tracey Morant Adams
Senior Vice President
Renasant Bank

Brad Rollow
Chief Executive Officer
Viva Health

Jason Alexander
Chief Executive Officer
St. Vincent’s Health System

Wim Schaffers
Partner
Ernst & Young

Dr. Richard Barlow
Superintendent
Mountain Brook Board of Education

Keith Pennington
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)

Birmingham Leadership Committees

Birmingham Heart Walk

Birmingham Go Red For Women

Birmingham Heart Ball

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