Communities of color bear a disproportionate burden of risks for heart disease and stroke in the U.S. For this reason, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association created EmPowered To Serve, an online mega-community of diverse individuals and organizations united in building sustainable cultures of health in communities across the country.
Through EmPowered To Serve, a free online community platform, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is uniting individuals, faith-based organizations, businesses, government and nonprofit sectors to build a “mega community” around a common goal of improving the health and well-being of multicultural communities.
“When people join EmPowered To Serve, they have the opportunity to assess their personal health, assess the health of their community or environment and work on an action plan to improve problem areas. The aim of the platform is for communities to achieve at least a 10 percent improvement in health, which is measured through a post action plan assessment,” said Clyde Yancy, M.D., Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and American Heart Association volunteer.
Anyone can become a “Change Agent” in their community. With community access to shared resources, a healthy living curriculum and community health assessment tools, people can learn how to take small steps that lead to big changes in healthy living behaviors, healthy living options and heart disease and stroke prevention and survival rates.
Join the EmPowered To Serve online community at empoweredtoserve.org.