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Puget Sound at Heart
Imagine a Puget Sound where healthy choices are equitable and accessible, where your freeway exit does not determine your health. Currently the average person in Auburn lives just 73 years, while someone on Mercer Island can expect to live 15 years longer. That’s not right. We’re fighting for fundamental changes in our community so that no matter where you live in the Puget Sound, you can make healthy choices.
Our Priorities in the Community
Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund
The American Heart Association's Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund invests in sustainable local solutions addressing social and economic drivers of health disparities, including food and housing insecurity.
Three Puget Sound-based organizations have been chosen to receive new funding to help tackle barriers to healthy food, affordable housing and stable employment through innovative, community-led approaches.
Making An Impact: Increasing Youth Access to Nutrition
Access to nutritious food,
especially in the early years, can have a powerful impact on positive health
outcomes later in life. Currently, 1 in 3 households in WA faces food
insecurity and 60% of those households have children. We collaborated with
youth-serving organizations to overcome barriers and expand youth access to
three healthy meals a day. Six meal distribution events were hosted at schools
and community sites, providing 600+ to-go style meals and health education
resources to families facing food insecurity.
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Congenital Heart Defects
Being told that your child has a heart defect can be frightening and overwhelming for families. There are many types of CHDs and you can learn more about them here.
Scientific Research is the Core of All Our Efforts
Breakthroughs. Innovation. Millions of lives saved. That is American Heart Association funded research. From the first successful pacemaker to new techniques saving newborns with congenital heart defects to drug-coated stents, we fund bold ideas that transform health care.