American Heart Association

EmPOWERED to Serve™ Healthier Church Challenge

The American Heart Association and WW International, Inc. have joined forces to support you and your faith family on your ongoing health journey.

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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.

American Heart Association awards EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator participants

Training, financial grants fuel social entrepreneurs’ mission to address health barriers.

Learn more about additional individual candidates.
Jeremy Goss

The top candidate, Russell Fearon (left), co-founder of Sugex, a wearable device that helps people manage their diabetes, received a $50,000 grant as well as an additional $5,000 for receiving the highest number of fan votes. Second place recipient, Jeremy Goss (right), received a $20,000 grant in support of The Link Market, which addresses food insecurity and transportation barriers by providing affordable groceries at metro stations.  

Learn more about  Fearon, Goss and the additional seven social entrepreneurs who presented their business solutions designed to close health disparity gaps at the 2019 EmPOWERED to Serve   Business Accelerator (TM).

Empowered Scholar Program to award 10 Scholarships

EmPOWERED to Serve Scholars are students who have demonstrated their commitment to improving what is known as social determinants of health — the conditions in which people live and work that shape their health. 

The 2019 scholars competition is accepting applications from Nov. 1 through Jan. 20, 2020. The competition will award 10 $10,000 scholarships for 2020. 

EmPOWERED Voices: More Than Enough to Heal Video Trailer

The short film explores the extraordinary impact of black physicians on medicine over time, the significance of Historically Black Colleges, Universities and Medical Schools in strengthening the pipeline of physicians and our power to begin healing everything from health disparities to implicit physician bias.

EmPOWERED Voices: More Than Enough To Heal debuted at Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival on Wednesday, Aug. 7. Check out the short film trailer, and email EmPOWERED to Serve to receive updates about the film’s release 

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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.

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