Atlanta Georgia
American Heart Association

Join the conversation!

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 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.

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.

Social Determinants of Health Initiatives

The Metro-Atlanta Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) Taskforce, consist of members affiliated with county/local community-based organizations, public health, non-profit, healthcare, academic research institutions, faith-based organizations and government (local/state) agencies. The taskforce 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

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

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

World Stroke Day

Local American Heart Association staff and volunteers, several Georgia Stroke Professionals, and Governor Nathan Deal stand together to launch World Stroke Day. The Georgia Stroke Professional Alliance included hospital stroke managers, coordinators, directors and EMS participants.

World Stroke Day

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.

woman sitting on grass doing yoga
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 Airport 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. People from all over the world traveling through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport can take two minutes to learn Hands-Only CPR from our CPR Kiosk located in Concourse A between gates A11 and A15.

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

Mission: Lifeline™

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).

Hospital Emergency Sign
Georgia Lake
Georgia Lake


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, 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.

Atlanta Heart Walk
Northwest GA Heart Walk

Northwest Georgia Heart Walk and 5K Heart Run

Saturday, November 2, 2019

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

April 25, 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!

Go Red For Women
Heart Ball

Atlanta Heart Ball

February 23, 2019

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!


The American Heart Association presents CycleNation Atlanta, a relay-style stationary cycling event for all to participate, fundraise and get healthy! 


Get involved

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



Contact us

Centennial Olympic Park
Piedmont Park

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

Phone:(678) 224-2000 or

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

Local Leadership

Metro Atlanta Board of Directors

Hank Linginfelter

Hank Linginfelter

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

Rhonda Scott, Ph.D., RN

President of the Board

Chairman, 2018-19

Hank Linginfelter (2016 - present)
EVP Distribution Operations
Atlanta Gas Light

President, 201819

Rhonda Scott, Ph.D., RN (2016  present)
COO, Chief Nursing Officer, EVP
Grady Health System

Immediate Past President, 201618

Michael Balk, M.D. (2014 - present)

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.

Barry Mangel, M.D. (2018  present)
Chief Cardiology Officer
WellStar Health System

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)


Atlanta Leadership Committees

Atlanta Heart Walk

Metro Atlanta Go Red For Women

Metro Atlanta Heart Ball

Atlanta CycleNation

Atlanta Mission:Lifeline