Office of Health Equity 

Leveraging diversity, equity and inclusion to drive the AHA's mission to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.

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About the Office of Health Equity

The American Heart Association created the Office of Health Equity in 2018 following an 18-month in depth review by a volunteer-driven task force. The Office of Health Equity houses the following:

  • Our Social Impact Fund, which invests in local entrepreneurs, small businesses and organizations that are breaking down the social and economic barriers to healthy lives.
  • The Bernard J. Tyson Fund, which powers the AHA’s goal to reduce health disparities and address social determinants of health so all people have the opportunity to live longer, healthier lives.

We also support our  initiatives which include , local and national and our Community Innovation Exchange™.

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Position Statements

The American Heart Association issues statements and advisories on health equity, social justice and structural racism. Here are some of our recent position statements.

Select science statements and conference presentations

The American Heart Association is a science-based organization whose core research programs have launched or furthered the work of many of this country鈥檚 brightest researchers. We have scientific statements and conference proceedings that address health equity-related issues. Find highlights here.

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Policy Positions

The AHA has published policy positions on many issues related to health equity, including affordable, accessible healthcare, social determinants of health, access to healthy affordable foods, children’s health and others. A full set of our policy positions is here.

COVID-19 

The American Heart Association is working with researchers, medical experts, community leaders, businesses, families and more to reduce the impact of the coronavirus. The following are some ways we’re dedicating our resources to make a difference. 

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Diversity Leadership Committee

The Diversity Leadership Committee comprises of volunteer leaders who advise the AHA and our Board of Directors on issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion. 

Take Action

 Help us fight health disparities. Become involved in one of our initiatives today.

Health Ecosystems: Housing Security and Heart Health

The American Heart Association is a national leader in addressing health equity and social determinants of health. Housing security is an essential element of community health and well-being. Studies show that living in lower socio-economic areas is associated with a 30% to 90% higher risk of coronary heart disease, independent of individual characteristics including age  and economic status.

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