Research reports, white papers, and policy research documents related to the Center’s work

Policy Position Statements

The AHA’s policy positions in the areas of heart disease and stroke prevention and research are based on expertise from the science and policy arenas. These positions form the basis for the association’s advocacy efforts.

Our Policy Statements

Vibrant and Healthy Kids: Aligning Science, Practice, and Policy to Advance Health Equity (2019)

This report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine applies the science of prenatal and early childhood development to policy, program, and systems changes. The report outlines steps needed to move children who are at risk for negative outcomes toward positive health trajectories and reduce health disparities.

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Voices for Healthy Kids Progress Report (2019)

Voices for Healthy Kids is a multisector, multistakeholder collaboration co-created by the American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In this 2018 progress report, the initiative highlights five years of progress in the advocacy movement, including policy wins and a behind-the-scenes look at campaigns to increase health equity, improve access to healthy foods and physical activity, and improve the places where families live, learn, work, and play.

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Implementing Strategies to Enhance Public Health Surveillance of Physical Activity in the United States (2019)

This report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine discusses surveillance of physical activity as a core public health function and recommends strategies to support implementation of proposed actions to improve national physical activity surveillance.

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Mental Health: A Workplace Crisis (2019)

This report, commissioned by the American Heart Association’s CEO Roundtable and conducted by its Center for Workplace Health Research and Evaluation, illustrates the need for employers to support employee mental health and provides actionable strategies for advancing workplace mental health from CEO Roundtable companies.

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State Cardiovascular Health Programs: A Guide to Core Infrastructure, Activities and Resources (2018)

This guide provides the American Heart Association’s recommendations for state health departments and CVD prevention and control programs to improve cardiovascular health in their jurisdictions. It focuses on expanding the capacity and reach of CVD prevention and control programming at the state level and suggests possible ways to help fund these initiatives.

Download the State Cardiovascular Health Programs Report   Download the Summary Report

20 Years of Progress: American Stroke Association Progress Report (2018)

The American Stroke Association (ASA) was founded as a division of the American Heart Association in 1998. This report highlights the 20 years of progress that the ASA, working with its volunteers, researchers and many other partners, has made in preventing stroke, improving patient outcomes, and maximizing recovery.

Download the 20 Years of Progress Report

Best Practices for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Programs: A Guide to Effective Health Care System Interventions and Community-Clinical Links (2017)

This resource from the CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention provides summaries of the evidence behind 8 effective strategies, including evidence on health and economic impact and potential for reducing health disparities.

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Implementing an Integrated Approach: Weaving Worker Health, Safety, and Well-being into the Fabric of Your Organization (2017)

This manual produced by the Center for Work, Health, and Well-being at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health aims to help companies put in place policies and practices that protect and even enhance their employees’ health, safety, and well-being on the job.

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Resilience in the Workplace: An Evidence Review and Implications for Practice (2017)

The U.S. workforce continues to experience a high burden of chronic conditions, including workplace stress and poor mental health. This report explores resilience as an emerging, innovative strategy to improve employee health and productivity, and organizational performance.

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Biannual Policy Report (2017)

This report highlights the AHA’s latest policy research priorities.

AHA/ASA Policy Report

Cardiovascular Disease: A Costly Burden for America, Projections Through 2035 (2017)

The AHA commissioned this study, conducted by RTI International, to project the prevalence and medical costs of cardiovascular disease from the present through 2035. These new projections update similar ones made by the American Heart Association in 2011.

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Preview of the inequality report PDF file.Inequality Report: Heart Disease and Women (2017)

This research report measured disparities by race and ethnicity, such as awareness in heart disease risk, signs, and symptoms; acculturation; treatment; and barriers to taking preventive action. The findings indicate that discrepancies persist among white and minority women.

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Multisector Community Health Partnerships: Proceedings of a Workshop (2017)

Two products from a December 2016 workshop convened by the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are available. The workshop explored how a variety of community-based organizations create and maintain innovative and sustainable approaches to multisector community health partnerships.

Download the Partnerships Proceedings of a Workshop

Implementing Evidence-Based Prevention by Communities to Promote Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health in Children: Proceedings of a Workshop (2017)

The Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine held a workshop in June 2016 to examine the implementation of evidence-based prevention by communities.

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Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity (2017)

This report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine was authored by an expert committee tasked with considering solutions that could be identified, developed, and implemented at the local or community level to advance health equity.

Communities in Action

Employee Health Survey (2016)

Conducted by Nielsen on behalf of the AHA’s CEO Roundtable, this survey provides actionable guidance to employers to build a corporate culture of health and improve employee health and well-being in areas important to employees. The insights provide a valuable framework for companies to consider as they work to determine measureable improvement in employee health and engagement.

Employee Health Survey 2016 Full Report PDF

Assessing Prevalence and Trends in Obesity: Navigating the Evidence (2016)

This report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine examines the approaches to data collection, analysis, and interpretation that have been used in recent reports on obesity prevalence and trends at the national, state, and local level, and offers a framework for assessing these trends for policy making and program planning.

Download the Assessing Prevalence and Trends in Obesity Report

CEO Roundtable Tobacco Policy Research Paper (2015)

This resource for employers provides strategies for implementing comprehensive tobacco policies in the workplace.

Tobacco Policy Summary

Tools of the Trade for Understanding Health Statistics (2017)

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has compiled a series of special reports that present and discuss the various statistical measurements, analytical methods, graphics, and data collection and processing methods commonly used with health statistics.

Tools of the Trade