Atlanta Georgia
American Heart Association


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Building a culture of health in Atlanta

We are ATL. Our beautiful City in a Forest is the business capital of the southeast, a global hub of activity with ample green space, competitive sports, vibrant arts, and strong southern roots. We love our culture and our young, innovative appeal. Diversity is one of our greatest strengths, but it also creates challenges in health equity. While some residents are very healthy, other factors like education, income, and housing impact the health of our entire community. Low-income areas have little to no access to healthy food or walkable streets. 36 percent of our city is obese. We have high rates of high blood pressure, and the entire metro is not smoke-free. Despite these realities, five major healthcare systems make Atlanta a global hub for improving cardiac and stroke care. Join us in building a healthier Atlanta!

Local Figures

Donate HeartPercent of adults with...
High Blood Pressure: 28.4%
High Cholesterol: 34%
Diabetes: 9.2%
Heart Disease: 3.3%

Lifestyle Risk Factors

Donate HeartPercent of adults who...
Don't exercise: 19.1%
Are overweight (BMI over 25): 61.6%
Smoke cigarettes: 12.7%
Don't eat enough fruits and veggies: 72.9%

Our Community

Dr Herman Taylor

“African-Americans and other minorities suffering inordinately from heart disease and disabilities and early death really deprived America of an important part of the population that could be contributing to the economic progress, the social progress. The more we can put systems of care in place the more likely we are to produce good positive outcomes for people. With good health, anything is possible.”

Dr. Herman Taylor, Professor and Director, Cardiovascular Research Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine

Because Life is Why

We believe everyone deserves to live a healthier, longer life. Together we can educate the public about heart disease and stroke – the No. 1 and No. 5 causes of death in America.

Life is Why

Check. Change. Control. Connecting Communities and Care (C2C2)

Funded by Kaiser Permanente, C2C2 is addressing high blood pressure among African-Americans in Atlanta. The partnering clinics for this project includes Grady Health Centers (Main Campus, Asa Yancey, Kirkwood, Brookhaven, East Point & N. Fulton), Oakhurst Medical Health Centers (Stone Mountain, Decatur & Conyers), Good Samaritan Health Center Atlanta, HEALing Community Health Center, Southside Medical Center, and Morehouse Healthcare.

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.


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.

Social Determinants of Health Initiatives

The Metro-Atlanta Social Determinants of Health Taskforce consists of members affiliated with local community-based organizations, public health, non-profit, healthcare, academic research institutions, faith-based organizations, and government agencies. Its purpose is to identify key priorities based on community need assessment reports, and then develop a strategic plan. Current areas of focus are promoting tobacco cessation and addressing food insecurity.

Social Determinants of Health
PROJECT Community in Atlanta

Telling stories of the community, by the community, to the community

PROJECT: Community partners the science and grassroots of the American Heart Association with community partners to shine a light on the social determinants of health affecting our friends, families, and neighbors. With Elavon’s support, we’re empowering storytellers to capture the state of health where we live, work, learn, play and pray, and encouraging people to advocate for policies that will change the narrative.

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

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
Atlanta City Hall
Students Walking

Local Policy Win

Atlanta residents voted in favor of a $300 million transportation project to fund the BeltLine, complete streets projects, Atlanta Bike Share program, sidewalk improvements, and projects that will connect neighborhoods to all of Atlanta’s rail stations.

Advocate for a healthier Atlanta(link opens in new window)

Mariela Romero

“When I look at the Hispanic community right now I see a lot of people who are just trying to survive and not taking care of their health. The hope that I have is for them to have access to quality healthcare education information about how to take care of their health.”

Mariela Romero, Regional Community Empowerment Director, Univision 34 Atlanta

The Marcus Stroke Network

We are working with the Marcus Stroke & Neuroscience Center at Grady Hospital, Emory University and the Marcus Foundation to build the Marcus Stroke Network, the area's most advanced network of stroke care in the heart of the stroke belt. The Network leverages our proven strength in delivering science-based quality and systems improvement while using the neurological expertise of the Marcus Stroke & Neuroscience Center at Grady Hospital and Emory University.

Marcus Stroke Network

Funding Local Researchers

Research is a pillar of the American Heart Association’s life-saving mission. Over the past 10 years, we’ve awarded 218 grants totaling $29.7 million to Atlanta-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.

Scientist peering into microscope

Current Research Spotlight

“Studies have shown that the black population overall is at a higher risk for heart disease than the white population. However, there is a significant number of blacks that do not have heart disease risk even though they share the same social/environmental factors as those with increased risk. Our study wants to look at the differences in risk to determine ways to help reduce risk in the black population as a whole.”

Quyyumi Arshed, M.D., Emory University

Visit Professional Heart Daily, a resource for clinicians and scientists

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.

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David Morrison

“Only one in ten people survive cardiac arrest. What helps those one in ten people survive cardiac arrest is someone being there to do CPR. Someone being there to get an AED machine or call 9-1-1. All of those things I was fortunate enough to have happen to me that way and that's why I'm still here.”

David Morrison, Atlanta survivor

Turning Visitors Into Lifesavers

Emergencies leave us feeling helpless, but they don’t have to. 70% 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. Learn Hands-Only CPR in five minutes using one of our CPR kiosks in Hartsfield-Jackson Airport (Concourse A, between gates A11 and A15), and the Georgia World Congress Center (Building B, near the food court).

Atlanta CPR Kiosk
Ella Collier

“I almost died, I can't even believe it. Everyone was praying and holding onto faith that I would be okay. I barely remember anything. It was truly a miracle in God's hands and it changed my whole perspective on life. Without certain people being there at the right time, I wouldn't be here right now.”

Ella Collier, Atlanta survivor

Atlanta Mission: Lifeline™

When a cardiac arrest, heart attack or stroke strikes, every second matters. Patients need a seamless lifeline that offers them the best possible fighting chance for survival. In 2010, Atlanta Mission: Lifeline began as a coalition of greater metro Atlanta hospitals and EMS companies primarily focused on reducing morbidity and mortality associated with acute STEMI. In 2016, our work expanded to include NSTEMI. The initiative seeks to improve overall quality of care and patient outcomes.

Hospital Emergency Sign
Georgia Lake
Georgia Lake

Greater Together

Across the Peach State, 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

Metro Atlanta Heart Walk

Saturday, October 3, 2020

The Home Depot Backyard

Let's get Heartwalking, a movement to move more. Heart Walk is a festival of one million hearts in 300+ communities nationwide beating healthy for good. Join us in Atlanta! Walk in memory of someone you love, or create a team.

Atlanta Heart Walk
Northwest GA Heart Walk

Northwest Georgia Heart Walk and 5K Heart Run

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Marietta Square

The Heart Run is a timed, certified Peachtree Road Race Qualifier. Run through the beautiful streets of Marietta Square to defeat heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. Get your friends, family and co-workers involved and form a team or run as an individual. Make it an event for the entire family and check out the post-run festivities happening in the Square!

Atlanta Go Red For Women Luncheon

Friday, April 24, 2020

Georgia Aquarium

We "Go Red" for our mothers, daughters, sisters and friends. Heart disease and stroke cause one in three deaths among women - more than all cancers combined. Let's raise awareness that 80 percent of cardiac events are preventable!

Go Red For Women
STEAM Goes Red

STEM Goes Red

Women are more likely than men to have certain risk factors that cause heart disease and stroke, yet women are underrepresented in research and clinical trials. STEM Goes Red aims to close this gap by exposing high school girls to leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math through insightful discussions and experiences. Finding the next great medical breakthrough also means empowering more women to take a seat at the table.

Atlanta Heart Ball

Saturday, February 29, 2020

St. Regis Hotel Atlanta

Business, medical, and other community leaders unite to celebrate the lifesaving mission of the American Heart Association. Don't miss this unforgettable evening of hope, entertainment and inspiration as we build a healthier Atlanta!

Heart Ball

Atlanta CycleNation™

May 2020

CycleNation ignites a health revolution by energizing Atlanta (and the nation) to get brain and heart healthy through the power of cycling. CycleNation is an opportunity for Atlanta to unite, raise money to fund lifesaving research and support our mission to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. CycleNation Atlanta takes place at iconic Atlanta locales in a variety of high-energy cycling events.

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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 Atlanta donor

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Contact Us

Centennial Olympic Park
Piedmont Park

10 Glenlake Parkway, South Tower, Suite 400
Atlanta, GA 30328

Phone: (678) 224-2000
Toll-Free: (800) 257-6941
Fax: (678) 224-2001

Local Leadership

Metro Atlanta Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Chairman, 2019-21

Paul Jacobson (2017 - present)
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Delta Air Lines, Inc

President, 2019-20

Michael Balk, M.D. (2014-present)
Chief Quality Officer
Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta

President Elect, 2020-22

Dr. Vonda Wright (2019-present)
Chief Orthopedic Surgeon
Northside Orthopedic Sports Medicine


Jeff Bearden (2019-present)
Forsyth County Schools

Jeff Buzzelli (2019-present)
Senior Vice President
Comcast Business

Ayanna Buckner, M.D., MPH, FACPM (2019-present)
Community Health Cooperative

Candace Byrd (2016-present)
The Principal Consulting Group, LLC

Kathleen Eidbo (2019-present)
Assistant VP and General Counsel
Genuine Parts Company

Jim Fortenberry, M.D. (2018-present)
Pediatric Critical Care Physician
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Glen Jackson (2019-present)
Jackson Spalding

Jayne Morgan, M.D. (2018-present)
Director of Cardiovascular Research
Piedmont Heart Institute

Beth Reese (2019-present)
Executive Vice President
Southern Company Shared Services

Mariela Romero (2014-present)
Community Affairs Director
Univision 34 Atlanta

Andrew Webb (2016-present)
Redline Property Partners LP

Dawn Whaley (2016-present)

Metro Atlanta Leadership Committees

Atlanta Heart Walk

Metro Atlanta Go Red For Women

Metro Atlanta Heart Ball

Atlanta CycleNation

Atlanta Mission:Lifeline

View Metro Atlanta Leadership Committees