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EmPOWERED to Serve™

The 2020 Business Accelerator application is closed.  Check back in September for the top candidate announcement.

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. 

What does the life – and senseless deaths – of Black men and women mean for the health of Black Americans?

"Our hearts are with Jacob Blake, his family and our Kenosha community. The ongoing, systemic inequalities that affect the lived experience and health of African Americans have created an epidemic. Like any illness that spreads through a people, the impact is felt far beyond any single incident involving any single individual. This continues to be the reality we face as we try to process the latest senseless violence."  

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.

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Ambassador Program

If you’re an activist, community leader, healthcare professional, young professional or social entrepreneur who’s helping lead the way through community-centered and culturally relevant solutions then we invite you to become an EmPOWERED to Serve Ambassador.

Business Accelerator?

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
  • Employment
  • 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

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.

Community Education

Our tools  support you as you journey toward improving your health and the health of those in your community.
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COVID 19 News Room Resources

The latest COVID-19 news, information, experts and multimedia resources from the American Heart Association.

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News, stories and videos that impact your well-being.

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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.