Empowered to Serve

Programs addressing health equity and improving the health of communities that are often overlooked
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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.

Explore the Empowered to Serve programs and resources to boost your impact.

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Be the difference between life and death for someone experiencing a cardiac event.
EmPOWERED to Serve Mid-South Business Accelerator 2022 awardee

Business Accelerator

Providing founders making a health impact with equitable access to resources and funding

Learn About the Accelerator

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Innovation Academy

Build your resolve, readiness and skills to be an active, productive and impactful business.

Access the Innovation Academy

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AHA Scholars

EmPOWERED Scholars, HBCU and HSI opportunities for future leaders and mentors in health equity

AHA Scholars Opportunities

Community Resources

Tools to help you contribute to your neighborhood and beyond

Community Health Lessons

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18 science-based toolkits covering two essential areas: health education and community advocacy


Kenza Martin, Heart and Soul president; Sherman Wright, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Ten35;  Pamela Garmon Johnson, Vice President Health Equity and National Partnership;Ebony Smith, a.k.a ‘The Ghetto Guru’; Andrew Suggs, CEO Live Chair Health
Stories around the people, coalitions, and individuals making transformative changes to the social determinants of health

Stroke Resources

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Helpful materials to educate people on the warning signs of stroke...F.A.S.T.

Women’s Health Support

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Addressing the awareness and clinical care gaps of women’s greatest health threat, cardiovascular disease
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Teens Come Together to Learn Hands-Only CPR

More than 500 youth members from our strategic alliance Jack and Jill of America, Inc. learned the importance of CPR and how to perform hands-only CPR.
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Check In & Check Up for Your Health with Sybil Wilkes

Don’t miss this!
Host Sybil Wilkes calls on community partners to inform and empower Black Americans for better health. Watch past shows, or tune in to her livestream.
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Learn about our work in:
  • Community activism
  • Health education for you and your community, and
  • Social justice for historically under-resourced communities.