EmPOWERED to Serve™ Events

Working to improve the conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, and play to affect a wide range of health risks and outcomes.


EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerators™

Formerly known as the Urban Health Accelerator  

2018 National Urban Accelerator

At the American Heart Association, we believe in the impossible. In urban communities across the country, there are amazing stories of lives being changed by folks stepping up and solving problems others thought impossible. Through the Association’s EmPOWERED To ServeTM  National Urban initiative, we are uncovering and accelerating incredible projects to improve the health and well-being of urban communities across the country.

Leah Lizarondo
Terry Gao

2018 Urban Accelerator Philadelphia 

The  American Heart Association awarded $60,000 EmPOWERED To Serve Business Accelerator™ grants to three Philadelphia participants to combat social factors that contribute to poor community health.

Urban Storytelling Competition 2017


Where it all began  

In August of 2017, the American Heart Association launched a search for the best and brightest innovators around the country at the intersection of tech and health through the EmPOWERED To Serve™ Urban Business Storytelling Competition.

2017 Urban Story Telling Winners