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Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund

Bernard J Tyson painting

Bernard J. Tyson was a visionary leader who cared passionately about the health and well-being of all. His quest for affordable, equitable health care and social justice improved and extended lives throughout the U.S. and around the world. The American Heart Association is honored to continue his legacy through the Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund.

Bernard considered it a privilege to make a difference. He inspired us with his wisdom as an AHA national board member, member of our CEO Roundtable and trusted advisor. This fund will power the American Heart Association's aim to reduce health disparities and address social determinants of health so all people have the opportunity to live longer, healthy lives--both physically and mentally.


“Don’t ask permission to help improve lives of the people and communities you’ve pledged to serve.
Instead, march through the doors of red tape, make bold moves and usher in access.”
Bernard J. Tyson
(1959-2019)

About the Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund

AHA’s Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund is a national fund with a local investment focus supporting and investing in evidence-based, locally led solutions that are breaking down the social and economic barriers to health equity.

Bernard J Tyson headshot by Jeff Singer Redux

New York City

Submission window: June 18 through July 29

The solution must benefit residents within New York City, preferably within The Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens.

We’re looking for sustainable solutions challenges faced by communities most impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, including such areas as: food insecurity, economic resiliency, housing and education.

San Francisco & Oakland

Submission window is now closed.

We are actively reviewing ideas for sustainable solutions to the underlying social determinants of health challenges in San Francisco and Oakland, with special interest given to solutions related to COVID-19 testing, access to health care, homelessness and food insecurity.

Celebrating the Life of Bernard J. Tyson

The legacy of the late Bernard J. Tyson can be defined by his life’s work: changing systems to support social justice and equitable health for the whole person.

Bernard Moments

Bernard J Tyson and Denise Bradley Tyson
Bernard J Tyson with Nancy Brown and Kravis
Bernard J Tyson shaking hands with the Dalai Lama
Bernard J. Tyson with Barack Obama and Stephen Curry at My Brother's Keeper in February 2019
Bernard J Tyson and the Milken Institute 2019
Bernard J Tyson speaking
Bernard J Tyson and Lee
Bernard J Tyson back to school drive