DALLAS, Oct. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Heart Association, the world's leading voluntary organization dedicated
According to the Association, individual behaviors aren't the only factors that affect health. Community environments play a determining role in health outcomes. People living just five miles apart can have a difference in life expectancy of more than 20 years. That's why the Association will collaborate with a variety of organizations to create solutions to our communities' most complex social issues through collective impact.
Additionally, as a part of the summit, 10 finalists in the American Heart Association's EmPOWERED To Serve Urban Business Storytelling Competition, which sought innovative solutions to remove barriers to health and wellbeing, presented innovative, urban business solutions to a judging panel. Three winners were selected to receive financial awards ranging from $10,000 to $30,000:
The competition winners will now have an opportunity to implement their business solution in their selected community, partnering with local American Heart Association offices for assistance.
"The EmPOWERED To Serve Summit and Urban Business Storytelling Competition are opportunities for companies, organizations and individuals to help influence and drive community change," said Rhonda Ford Chatmon, American Heart Association vice president of Health Initiatives, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate, which hosted the two-day event. "This event was designed to bring people together to identify solutions. When we focus and each bring our own talents and ideas to the table, we can truly make a difference. We assembled leaders this week to strengthen their alliance with the AHA, transferring what we discussed into meaningful action for the communities we are serving. Putting our thoughts and words into practice will ultimately deliver a sustainable culture of health and wellbeing."
For additional information about EmPOWERED To Serve and to learn more about the competition winners, visit empoweredtoserve.org.
About the American Heart Association The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
About the American Stroke AssociationThe American Stroke Association is devoted to saving people from stroke — the No. 2 cause of death in the world and a leading cause of serious disability. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat stroke. The Dallas-based association officially launched in 1998 as a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-888-4STROKE or visit StrokeAssociation.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association receives funding mostly from individuals. Foundations and corporations donate as well, and fund specific programs and events. Strict policies are enforced to prevent these relationships from influencing the Association's science content. Financial information for the American Heart Association, including a list of contributions from pharmaceutical companies and device manufacturers, is available at http://www.heart.org/corporatefunding.
For Media Inquiries: (214) 706-1173For Public Inquiries: (800) AHA-USA1 (242-8721) heart.org and strokeassociation.org
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