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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!
Building a culture of health in Atlanta
Lifestyle Risk Factors
“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 with Atlanta Life is Why™ sponsor Delta, we educate the public about heart disease and stroke – the No. 1 and No. 5 causes of death in America.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
“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.
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.
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
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.
“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.
“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
Founded by the American Heart Association, Mission: Lifeline is a national program dedicated to improving the care and outcomes of people suffering from acute heart attacks (both STEMI and NSTEMI).
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.
Metro Atlanta Heart Walk
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Georgia World Congress Center - Yellow Lot
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.
Northwest Georgia Heart Walk and 5K Heart Run
Saturday, November 2, 2019
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
April 26, 2019
The Fox Theatre
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!
STEAM 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. STEAM Goes Red aims to close this gap by exposing high school girls to leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) 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
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!
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
CycleBar East Cobb
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.
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
Metro Atlanta Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Henry P. "Hank" Linginfelter currently serves as the 2016 chair of the Georgia Chamber and on the boards of Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, US Chamber, Georgia Allies (Chair), Boy Scouts Atlanta Area Council (Immediate Past President), Southern Gas Association (Immediate Past Chair), The Georgia Tech Advisory Board, The Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business Advisory Board and Jekyll Island Foundation. He also serves on the Leadership Council of the American Gas Association and is a graduate of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2009.
Rhonda Scott, Ph.D., RN
President of the Board
Hank Linginfelter (2016 - present)
EVP Distribution Operations
Atlanta Gas Light
Rhonda Scott, Ph.D., RN (2016 – present)
COO, Chief Nursing Officer, EVP
Grady Health System
Immediate Past President, 2016–18
Michael Balk, M.D. (2014 - present)
Chief Quality Officer
Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta
Senior Vice President
Candace Byrd (2016 – present)
Former Chief of Staff
Atlanta Mayor’s Office
Paul L. Douglass, M.D. (2013 – present)
Immediate Past President (2014-16)
WellStar Metro Atlanta Cardiovascular Medicine
Jim Fortenberry, M.D. (2018 – present)
Pediatric Critical Care Physician
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Paul A. Jacobson (2017 – present)
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Delta Air Lines, Inc.
Chief Information Officer
Manhattan Associates, Inc.
Jayne Morgan, M.D. (2018-present)
Director of Cardiovascular Research
Piedmont Heart Institute
Pete Quinones (2018-present)
MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service
Mariela Romero (2014-present)
Regional Community Empowerment Director
Univision 34 Atlanta
Andrew Webb (2016-present)
Managing Director USA
ICM Realty Group
Dawn Whaley (2016-present)