EmPOWERED Voices showcases stories around the people, coalitions, and individuals making transformative changes to the social determinants of health—the ways in which we live, learn, work, play and pray, in communities across the country.

Stories to transform the world you live in.

June EmPOWERED Men’s Health - Live Fierce Stand for Mental & Physical Health

Men of color experience poor health outcomes and shorter lifespans due in large measure to social and economic drivers of health, or social determinants of health.

They are strong voices in their communities and need to be engaged in the dialogue about long-term health solutions.

Watch Mathew Knowles and influencers from the African-American, LatinX and Asian American/Pacific Islander communities discuss men’s physical and mental health.

EmPOWERED Women Roundtable Series

In honor of Black History Month, EmPOWERED to Serve™ and Go Red for Women® kicked off a four-part EmPOWERED Women Roundtable Series in February.

The series aims to address structural racism and health justice to build a community of informed and empowered women of color.

Watch the completed roundtables:

  • EmPOWERED Black Women & Well-Being Roundtable (February 2021)
  • CPR and Opioid Use in Communities of Color (March 2021)

  • Building Mental Resilience for Women of Color in the Midst of COVID-19 (April, 2021)

  • Maternal Health Mortality & Why Gaps Exist (May, 2021)

Empowering the Next Generation of Young Leaders Virtual Town Hall, cohosted by National Charity League

This virtual town hall, presented by EmPOWERED to Serve and National Charity League is a conversation hosted by young leaders for young leaders.

The event included EmPOWERED Ticktockers, AHA Youth Volunteers, and EmPOWERED Scholars as they discussed key issues affecting young adults and their wellbeing including vaping/tobacco, food insecurity, mental health and other health justice issues.

Black History Month Fireside Chat: Black Americans Making History Every Day
Presented by the American Heart Association employee resource group Heart and Soul, the inspirational one-hour live discussion featured panelists Ebony Smith, a.k.a. ‘The Ghetto Guru’, founder of Yoga N Da Hood, Andrew Suggs, CEO Live Chair Health and Sherman Wright, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Ten35.

Pamela Garmon Johnson, AHA vice president of Health Equity and National Partnership, and Heart and Soul president Kenza Martin hosted the event that celebrates the achievements of Black Americans.
More than Enough to Heal : 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.

The film speaks to our ability to self-heal by raising the next generation of brilliant minds and healing hands using the power of a village over the power of one.

Power Moments

Our videos are to share and provide ideas, tips and resources and offer reassurance that we are all in this together.

EmPOWERED Voices: Take Me Home Videos

Chapter 1: Shanti Das
Chapter 2: Hernandez Brothers
Chapter 3 Teaser: Ryan Dunn
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Goals & Impact

It’s true that life expectancy in the United States has increased by about one year every decade. However, based on forecast models, healthy life expectancy has leveled off, even dropping in some states, between the years 2010-2020 . 

Learn more about becoming an ambassador for EmPOWERED to Serve and help us reach our goal to create health equity for 4.6 million Americans.
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