Introducing the Social Impact Fund

The American Heart Association is investing in local entrepreneurs and organizations that are breaking down the social and economic barriers to health equity.

Forty Acres Fresh Market fights "food apartheid" in Chicago
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“I find it to be a cruel irony that the people who basically built this country, were our country’s first farmers, who were so tied to the land, now live in land where they can get nothing that comes from the land.”  Liz Abunaw, Forty Acres Fresh Market, Chicago

 

Health doesn’t begin at the doctor’s office.

When people don’t have stable homes, nutritious food, good schools or clean air and water, their health suffers. The differences among neighborhoods can be dramatic: The life expectancy of two people living just a few miles apart can differ by  20 years.

The American Heart Association’s Social Impact Fund is helping close that gap by supporting projects that can change neighborhoods — and improve the lives of everyone there. 

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If you’re making a difference in your community and could use additional funds to expand your work, we want to know.

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Social Impact Fund: Year 1

This time last year, the American Heart Association announced the Social Impact Fund to address social determinants of health, because where you live should not determine how well or how long you live.

To date, we’ve activated more than $12.8 million in new funding for 19 organizations that are breaking down social and economic barriers to health. Let’s reflect on the year with Raymond Guthrie, managing director of the Fund.