EmPOWERED to Serve™
Structural racism is the overarching system in which public policies, institutional practices, cultural representations and other norms perpetuate racial inequity.
Real conversations about Health Justice and Community Transformation
Watch EmPOWERED to Serve livestreamed events below.
Health Justice Roundtable
Scholars from our EmPOWERED to Serve and HBCU Scholars program engage in a lively, meaningful conversation about breaking down barriers to health, structural racism and how to make the world better.
Community Transformation Roundtable
Renowned business leaders, community leaders, philanthropists and volunteers engage in a lively, meaningful discussion about transforming communities and removing health barriers through faith, finance and business.
Transforming communities through faith finance and business
Join the continued conversation on community transformation, prioritizing investments in under-resourced communities.
2020 2021 National EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator
Now more than ever, we are determined to eliminate racial and class disparities by redoubling our commitment to overcoming barriers to health, and to addressing social inequities.
Stories of the Relentless: Relentless Cities
Relentless Cities is a series of powerful stories and conversations documenting a community’s dedicated pursuit of health in the face of COVID- 19, racial injustice, system limitations and health inequities – all being met by an unyielding spirit of resilience. We begin with a three-part series in New York City.
About EmPOWERED to Serve
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.
The EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator works with social entrepreneurs and organizations improving social determinants of health in their community, which are health risk factors, especially for underserved populations. Social determinants include, but are not limited to, race bias, income, education, stress, pollution, housing availability, transportation and access to healthy foods.
This MBA-style business training program offers virtual education for all finalists and grant funding.
Topics for business accelerator program applications include (but are not limited to):
- Food access
- Affordable housing
The application window is open until Aug. 31, 2020.
EmPOWERED and Well
Your Health is Grounded in Faith. Our Approach is Grounded in Science.
The Healthier Church Challenge empowered people to improve their health in harmony with their faith. Churches in Atlanta, Charlotte, North Carolina; Dallas, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. participated.
The 12-week pilot program, which kicked off in February 2020, included science-based health education and coaching, weekly health and wellness sessions, and stipends to support the churches’ health ministries.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Healthier Church Challenge transitioned to live health lessons hosted via Zoom. The final lesson took place May 30. The 12 health lessons were recreated in Adobe Connect Learning environments for future participating churches.
Meet the 2020 EmPOWERED Scholars
COVID 19 News Room Resources
The latest COVID-19 news, information, experts and multimedia resources from the American Heart Association.
News, stories and videos that impact your well-being.Read more Health Equity Headlines
Watch EmPOWERED to Serve in Action
Videos that reflect the powerful impact EmPOWERED to Serve has in the community.Stories that transform the world in which we live.
Second Empowered and Well Virtual Town Hall | Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, Dr. Jennifer Ellis, Pastor Sonjia Dickerson and Pastor Hosea Collins convened to continue the conversation about the impact of COVID-19 on our communities and what we can do to advocate for healthier, more equitable policies.
Inaugural Virtual Faith Community 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 Dallas.
Tamela Mann Talks Health Journey as heard on Get Up! Mornings with Erica Campbell
Watch highlights of the 2019 business accelerator candidates and their business solutions for health equity, social justice and longer, healthier, more productive lives.
Listen to Jeremy Goss speaking about The Link Market, which addresses food insecurity and transportation barriers by providing affordable groceries at metro stations.
AHA Events in Your Area
Get involved. Join the movement.
- Iowa City Virtual Go Red for Women, Location: Digital Event Experience, Date: Friday, December 4, 2020 - 12:00 PM
- USC Football Alumni | American Heart Association Charity Madden Tournament, Location: Los Angeles, Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2020 - 10:00 AM
- Iowa Workplace Health Symposium: Motivate with Heart, Date: Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 11:00 AM
- Topeka Virtual Go Red for Women Event, Date: Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 12:00 PM
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EmPOWERED to Serve seeks to improve health outcomes and reduce the gap in health disparities among minorities in multicultural communities.
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