Empowered to Serve™

EmPOWERED to Serve™

EmPOWERED to Serve is all about community and health justice.  We want you to be safe, careful and informed during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We are here to help you and will continue to share helpful information from trustworthy sources.

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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.

Live EmPOWERED and Well Faith Town Hall

Topic: COVID-19 Town Hall 10:30 a.m. EST/9:30 a.m. CTL/7:30 a.m. PST, this Saturday, April 4 

We are hosting a live EmPOWERED and Well Faith Town Hall with the American Heart Association’s Chief Medical Officer for Prevention, Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, and Pastor Sonjia B. Dickerson of Dayspring Family Church at 10:30 a.m. EST/9:30 a.m. CTL/7:30 a.m. PST, this Saturday, April 4. 

Dr. Sanchez will provide the latest updates on COVID-19 and advice on what you can do to help your church congregants and community stay healthy while sheltering in place. Pastor Dickerson will share words of inspiration on how we will get through this public health crisis together and her testimony of transformation in the Healthier Church Challenge.

There is a maximum capacity of 500 participants. How to join the Town Hall on April 4.

EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator™- Puerto Rico 

The Business Accelerator is  designed to uplift social entrepreneurs and businesses seeking to improve the health of Puerto Rican communities. It supports innovation and community-centered solutions that get to the heart of the barriers to good health. We want to help change behaviors, expand access to resources and improve the long-term health of Puerto Rican communities.

The application period runs from Mar. 2 through April 2.

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2020 EmPOWERED Scholars

We will award $10,000 scholarships to 10 students each cycle. The goal is to empower young leaders to become agents of change in their communities.

The 2019-20 EmPOWERED to Serve Scholar application cycle is closed. All applicants will be notified in March, and the 2020 Scholars will be officially announced in April.

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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