Help wanted: Grants available for community health innovators

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The American Heart Association will award up to $70,000 in grants to innovators who are addressing health disparities in their communities with scalable, sustainable solutions.

The organization is calling on individuals and organizations that are tackling barriers to community health to submit their business solutions to the EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator, an eight-week virtual training program. The submission deadline is July 10.  

About 50 million people in the U.S. face a higher risk for heart disease and stroke, the world’s top killers, because they lack essentials such as healthy food; clean air and drinking water; and quality education, employment and housing, according to a report from the United Way.

Factors such as income and education levels can mean that people living just a few miles apart sometimes experience dramatically different life expectancies. The American Heart Association is investing in solutions that affect economic stability, education, societal influences and neighborhoods.

The EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator is a fast-paced, MBA-style training emphasizing marketing and brand positioning, increasing scale and impact, and brand storytelling. Participants will present their business models to judges at the EmPOWERED to Serve Summit on Oct. 17 at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

“Our past work has shown that when we focus, we make a difference. These accelerators provide the framework for solutions that have great potential to expand beyond the community,” said Pamela Garmon Johnson, the AHA’s vice president of health equity.

Visit empoweredtoserve.org/accelerator for more information. You can follow Empowered to Serve on Facebook and Twitter and be part of the conversation with #EmPoweredtoServe and #EmPOWERChange.


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