Social startups develop innovative community health solutions

Urban Health Accelerator grant recipients

The American Heart Association announces EmPOWERED To Serve Urban Health Accelerator grant recipients.

The American Heart Association is celebrating social entrepreneurs by empowering them to identify innovative health solutions to improve health and well-being in their communities.

Through a rigorous six-to-eight-week curriculum funded by the American Heart Association – the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives – entrepreneurs gained real-life knowledge in market positioning, brand development, fundraising and other functions to enhance their business models and demonstrate the viability of their projects.

“Improving the health of a community takes a village,” said Keith B. Churchwell, M.D., chair of the American Heart Association’s Health Equity Task Force and senior vice president/executive director at the Heart and Vascular Services and Transplantation and Medicine Service, Yale-New Haven Health. “What we hope to do with this program is inspire others to effect change in their own neighborhoods. The American Heart Association can only thrive by joining forces with volunteer ambassadors looking to make a difference.”

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