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Structural racism is the overarching system in which public policies, institutional practices, cultural representations and other norms perpetuate racial inequity.

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American Heart Association crowdsources solutions in the fight against heart disease

Heart disease claimed more than 2,000 lives a day last month. It's the leading non-coronavirus cause of death in the United States. The American Heart Association is using an unusual strategy to crowdsource new treatment ideas from communities hardest hit by the disease. CNBC's Sharon Epperson reports.

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Congratulations to the 2020 EmPOWERED to Serve Business™ Accelerator Grant Recipients

Abigail Kohler, co-founder of ResusciTech, was awarded a $40,000 grant to empower people to save lives by taking action during medical emergencies. ResusciTech’s app, SMART Certification, offers convenient, smartphone-based training that provides Hands-Only CPR compression practice with real-time feedback.

Runner-up and Fan Favorite Prathamesh Prabhudesai, co-founder of SafeBVM, received a total grant of $20,000. SafeBVM focuses on preventing human error and provider-associated complications of manual ventilation that worsen patient outcomes and increase health care costs. The device helps providers deliver safe, optimal manual ventilation to people in cardiac arrest and respiratory distress.

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.

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.

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Committing to equity and a full, healthy life for everyone

The American Heart Association is investing over $230 million in a sweeping effort to ensure equitable health for all. Through research, community solutions and other substantial work, the AHA is addressing barriers to health equity including structural racism, social factors that hurt people’s health and threats to rural health.

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