Empowered to Serve™

EmPOWERED to Serve™

The 2020 National EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator TM applications are now open through June 30, 2020. We are recruiting the next wave of social entrepreneurs and health innovators committed to improving community health.


EmPOWERED to Serve is a platform inspired by American Heart Association volunteers around the country who are passionate about driving change through health justice and empowerment in their communities.

Communities need localized solutions that will help individuals and families escalate beyond poverty and achieve improved life outcomes. No one knows the changes needed in a community as well as the members themselves.

Learn more about the ambassador program

EmPOWERED to Serve seeks to improve health outcomes and reduce the gap in health disparities among minorities in multicultural communities.

2020 EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator

If you’re dedicated to solving your community’s most complex health issues, we want to meet you! The 2020 EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator  is recruiting the next wave of social entrepreneurs and health innovators committed to improving community health. 

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Virtual Faith Community

Join our Free, Weekly Virtual Health Lessons

  • Disease Management & Prevention
  • Healthy Weight Loss
  • Spiritual and Mental Support

Saturday Mornings at 10:30 a.m. CT


Meet the 2020 EmPOWERED to Serve Scholars!

Creating stronger communities by improving health equity and social justice.

The 2020 EmPOWERED to Serve Scholars are agents of change within their communities. These college freshmen, sophomores and juniors each receive $10,000 to bring their visionary  ideas to life, helping ensure everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be healthy.

Students receive scholarships to help address health disparities (official AHA news release)

COVID 19 Resources

EmPOWERED to Serve is all about community and health justice. We want you to be safe, careful and informed during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are here to help you and will continue to share helpful information from trustworthy sources.

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Empowering headlines

News, stories and videos that impact your well being.

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Watch the town hall meeting

To learn more about the EmPOWERED and Well Virtual Faith Community, watch our town hall meeting with Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, the AHA’s chief medical officer for prevention, and Pastor Sonjia B. Dickerson of Dayspring Family Church in Irving, Texas.

Dr. Sanchez provided a COVID-19 update and discussed how you can help your community stay healthy while sheltering in place. Pastor Dickerson shared inspiring words about getting through this public health crisis together, and she offered her perspective on the Healthier Church Challenge.

EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator™- Puerto Rico 

The Business Accelerator is  designed to uplift social entrepreneurs and businesses seeking to improve the health of Puerto Rican communities. It supports innovation and community-centered solutions that get to the heart of the barriers to good health. We want to help change behaviors, expand access to resources and improve the long-term health of Puerto Rican communities.

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As a leader you have the power to shape the future. You can mobilize others to work with you, focusing on the fight against heart disease and stroke in your community.

Social Impact Fund

Currently accepting submissions of interest from social entrepreneurs interested in helping to solve health challenges caused by social inequities.

AHA Events in Your Area

Get involved. Join the movement.