Focus Areas

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Social determinants may affect your health more than DNA does

Where you live, work, play and worship – factors called social determinants of health – can affect the quality and length of your life. Social determinants of health are influenced by how money, power and resources are distributed at local, national and global levels. Under-resourced communities often face higher risks for heart disease, stroke and other major health problems because of social determinants such as limited access to affordable and safe housing, healthy food and quality health care. These factors also impact the economic stability of a community.

How we’re changing societal factors

EmPOWERED to Serve partners with social entrepreneurs and local leaders who understand the unique challenges in their communities.

Galvanizing resources and volunteers, they create and implement sustainable solutions to:

  • Increase affordable housing options
  • Provide fair wages 
  • Improve school systems
  • Develop safe streets 
  • Provide access to healthy foods

Partner with us to create longer, healthier lives 

Amplify your passion to improve health in your community — become an EmPOWERED to Serve Ambassador. You can also lend us your voice as a You’re the Cure advocate for people living in under-resourced communities.

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We Invite you to Join Us!

The American Heart Association needs ambassadors with creative, generous mindsets and leadership skills to help raise awareness about heart disease, stroke and the importance of a healthy lifestyle. 

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If you are interested in learning more about our work in community activism, community health education, and social justice for historically under-resourced communities we invite you to sign up for the EmPOWERED to Serve e-newsletter.