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.

ChiFresh Kitchen image courtesy ABC Chicago Localish

ChiFresh Kitchen tackles unemployment, food disparity on South, West Side Chicago communities

ChiFresh Kitchen looks to break down barriers by providing employment opportunities and healthy foods.

Health doesn鈥檛 begin at the doctor鈥檚 office.

When people don鈥檛 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鈥檚 Social Impact Fund is helping close that gap by supporting projects that can change neighborhoods 鈥 and improve the lives of everyone there. 

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If you鈥檙e 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.