American Heart Association

Bernard J. Tyson Fund for Equitable Health and Well-Being

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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 Fund for Equitable Health and Well-Being.  

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 influencers of health so all people have the opportunity to live longer, healthy lives--both physically and mentally.

About the Bernard J. Tyson Fund for Equitable Health and Well-Being

This fund will power the American Heart Association's work in health disparities, mental health and social influencers of health as we strive to give all people their best opportunity for a long and healthy life.

On behalf of Denise Bradley-Tyson and Bernard's sons, Bernard J. Tyson, Jr., Alexander Tyson, and Charles Tyson, thank you for supporting Bernard's powerful legacy.

Bernard and Denise-Bradley Tyson

Bert Scott

Chairman, American Heart Association National Board of Directors

I am heartbroken about the passing of Bernard Tyson who dedicated his life to making healthcare more accessible for all. I will fondly remember him as a relentless champion for building healthy communities and healthy families.

Nancy Brown

Chief Executive Officer, American Heart Association

Bernard J. Tyson was a friend first. We have lost a passionate leader and an honorable man. His visionary leadership and powerful ideas allowed people in this country and around the world to live longer, healthier lives. I will miss him greatly.

Robert Harrington, M.D., FAHA

President, American Heart Association National Board of Directors

We are all reeling from this momentous loss for the healthcare community and for the people who benefited from Bernard's extraordinary vision for high quality care. He was the essence of commitment and courage to do what was right for all people.