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Causes: Childhood Obesity, Health, Heart & Circulatory System Diseases & Disorders

Mission: Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Programs: See schedule oresearch supportsince 1949, the american heart association has funded more than $3. 7 billion for projects that explore the prevention, detection and treatment of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. In 2014-15:- the aha provided more than $133 million in funding for nearly 1,000 new research awards. - the aha announced the first pathway grantees and challenge grantees for our cardiovascular genome phenome study. These are exciting steps forward for this groundbreaking initiative that is building on the strong legacies of the framingham heart study and the jackson heart study to create better-targeted, safer and more effective treatments in fighting common diseases such as atherosclerosis and hypertension. - the aha also announced two new networks for our strategically focused research platform, focused on women's health and heart failure. These two networks join previously announced networks for prevention, disparities and hypertension.

see schedule opublic healthmulticultural marketsthe american heart association is committed to improving the cardiovascular health of every member of our nation's increasingly diverse population. - the aha launched community to clinic, clinic to community, an initiative focused on hypertension in african-americans, who have an especially high risk of developing this key risk factor. The initiative is a collaboration between clinics, healthcare providers, community organizations, and volunteer health mentors. It helps patients track their blood pressure numbers and monitor them over time. - a scientific statement published in circulation: journal of the american heart association was the first comprehensive overview of cardiovascular disease in hispanics in the united states. The report emphasized the need for culturally appropriate health care to address risk among hispanics. - the aha was proud to contribute as a scientific advisor for the 2015 green communities criteria, which provide a national standard for affordable housing developers to promote health and well-being through reduced exposure to environmental pollutants, and improved connectivity to services and walkable neighborhoods. The criteria also harness the power of design to improve residents' health through new mandatory "active design" requirements including simple, cost-effective measures like improving stairwell access and visibility. - the aha began working with telemundo on a new health awareness campaign called prevenir es vivir. The campaign is designed to help consumers learn simple steps to prevent major chronic illnesses. We're serving as science advisors for campaign content focused on cardiovascular diseases and stroke. - the aha presented 16 scholarships of $2,500 each through our go red for women multicultural scholarship program. This is the fourth consecutive year of this campaign to support the careers of diverse nursing and medical students and address important gaps in treatment. Strategic alliances & partnerships- in 2014-15, the aha celebrated its 30th anniversary of its work with the american college of cardiology publishing joint guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. To mark the occasion, the aha published a special report on "the evolution and future of our guidelines. "- the aha joined forces with the children's heart foundation for a two-year collaboration that will focus on innovative research on congenital heart defects. - the aha's partnership with the national football league continued to make a strong connection with kids as we promoted the benefits of physical activity through the play 60 initiative. Also, the aha developed enhancements to the play 60 app, which became the most downloaded app among children on itunes. Consumer publications- the aha created a new online support network to address the emotional needs of patients, caregivers and family members. The network includes a monitored online community for people to ask questions, discuss their concerns, and find encouragement and inspiration. - the aha food certification program issued new, more stringent certification criteria for added sugar, sodium, total calories and dietary fiber. - the aha's teaching gardens initiative continued to reach new communities across the country, and now has been implemented in more than 330 schools. Also, we created an online garden community for gardening enthusiasts to connect and share tips. - the american heart association's ceo roundtable published an advisory in circulation: journal of the american heart association, supporting the effectiveness of workplace wellness programs to improve the health of the 155 million americans employed in our country today. Also, the ceo roundtable released the results of a nielsen survey, which found a disconnect between people's perceptions of their health and their actual health status. Three-quarters of employees report being in very good or good health, but 42% of these employees have been diagnosed with a chronic condition, including high cholesterol or high blood pressure. At the same time, the survey also revealed that ceos and senior leadership have a significant impact when it comes to getting employees engaged and reaping the benefits of workplace health programs. -in 2014-15, the american heart association added two new heart-healthy cookbooks to our portfolio of award-winning consumer publications. "grill it, braise it, broil it" and "go fresh. "

see schedule oprofessional educationemergency cardiovascular care- in 2014-15, our emergency cardiovascular care (ecc) program trained more than 17 million people across the world in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the use of automated external defibrillators and other lifesaving techniques. - in february 2015 in dallas, ecc hosted the international consensus on cpr and ecc science conference (ilcor), which brought together more than 200 of the world's leading experts in the field. Their discussions will form the basis for international cpr guidelines to be published late in 2015. - in june, aha staff and volunteers convened in new york's times square to set a new guinness world record for the most people ever 700 to take part in a cpr training relay. Quality of care/systems of carethe american heart association is constantly working to put systems in place to guarantee the best possible care for every patient, every day. - our get with the guidelines initiative, which ensures that hospitals follow the latest evidence-based treatment protocols, continued to grow, and has now been implemented in more than 2,100 hospitals, with modules focused on atrial fibrillation, heart failure, stroke, and resuscitation. - mission: lifeline, which improves coordination between hospitals and local ems systems to accelerate treatment times for heart attack patients, has been implemented in more than 800 local ems systems and now reaches more than 83% of the u. S. Population. - our professional scientific membership continued to grow, reaching its current total of more than 33,000 members representing 74 specialties and 114 countries.

community servicepublic advocacy- our office of advocacy works at the local, state and federal levels to drive public policy designed to improve cardiovascular health. In 2014-15, our efforts contributed to progress in key areas including:- the adoption in five states of legislation requiring cpr training as a prerequisite for high school graduation. - laws passed in 10 states and the district of columbia requiring the designation of hospitals certified as stroke treatment centers, which helps local ems systems rapidly identify qualified to provide optimal emergency care. - the passage of tobacco tax increases in three states, and legislation banning smoking in restaurants, bars and casinos in new orleans. - the food and drug administration's determination that partially hydrogenated oils, the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not "generally recognized as safe. " - voices for healthy kids, the american heart association's initiative with the robert wood johnson foundation, completed its second full year of work to fight childhood obesity. Through its first two years, voices for healthy kids has funded more than 50 coalitions working to open more grocery stores in low-income communities, unlock schoolyard gates so families could have a safe place to play, ensure sugary drinks were no longer served in childcare centers, and secure funding for sidewalks and bike paths in communities of need. We have also provided guidance to more than 100 campaigns across 26 states. - in september, the aha was announced as one of five recipients of grants awarded by the centers for disease control and prevention to nationally implement community-based chronic disease programs. The aha initiative, accelerating national community health outcomes through reinforcing partnerships program (anchor partnerships program), will receive $3 million annually over the next three years, for a total of $9 million. Working in targeted markets, we'll support comprehensive community-level public health plans to reduce tobacco use, improve nutrition, and increase physical activity. Global initiatives- cardiovascular diseases and stroke aren't stopped by national borders. We're sharing our knowledge and resources to contribute to solutions to help reduce suffering and mortality around the world. - we continued to open new international training cpr training centers, reaching a total of more than 660 facilities in 72 countries. And we opened new regional offices in dubai and india. - the aha implemented our get with the guidelines initiative to improve quality of care at more than 150 hospitals in china. - we expanded our online educational offerings to include content in eight languages - arabic, english, german, italian, japanese, polish, portuguese and spanish. - american heart association ceo nancy brown was a member of the u. S. Government delegation for the 2014 united nations general assembly's high-level meeting on the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases. Additionally, the following aha volunteer leaders took part in the meeting: aha 2014-15 president elliott antman, md; aha 2013-14 president mariell jessup, md; and aha 2010-11 president ralph sacco, md. To coincide with the meeting, the association published a task force statement on "sustainable development goals and the future of cardiovascular health" in circulation: journal of the american heart association. The paper urged the united nations' 193 member states to include noncommunicable diseases as a priority in the post-2015 sustainable development goals. Customer relations- the association strives to anticipate, understand, meet and exceed our customers' needs and expectations. In 2014-2015, the multi-channel national engagement center served more than 227,000 multimedia contacts and 18,000 professional customers, assisted more than 97,000 people seeking information on cpr classes, and processed more than 34,000 data entry forms, business reply cards and emails.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Cynthia N.2

Donor

Rating: 3

Please create a way for the Facebook Heart Association donate link is able to be edited to connect to the school fundraiser page for the kids heart challange. My daughter has had several donations last year and this year that do not count toward her school goal.

Review from Guidestar

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I have the same goals towards hearts beating however on the side of addiction and suicide. I beleive in the heart associations efforts and support their visions for a brighter healthier future

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23

Donor

Rating: 1

My 6 year old came home from school telling me about an all school assembly where there was a pitch to these elementary school kids to raise money for the American Heart Association through Jump Rope for Heart. He then showed me a pledge sheet and lots of toys you get for signing up online and raising money from friends and family.

After heavy lobbying on his part, I signed up online and gave $5 - which he gave to me from of his own money (about half of all he has). A few weeks later, he got two key chains made in China (by kids in slave conditions?) worth about 25 cents. He wanted more - and wanted to ask family to give so he could get more trinkets.

I wanted to know what we were giving to. So I looked online and saw that we are essentially giving to lavish executive salaries (which is what I feared). We had a good discussion and will not be giving any more.

I OBJECT to AHA using the school system and our children to collect data and donations from our social networks. I OBJECT to roping young kids into fundraising for a big national organization using cheap trinkets made in China under labor conditions that are questionable.

The whole thing feels predatory and invasive.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

Nany CEO. Close to $2 million salary per year for CEO ($1000/hr... gives one chest pain and high blood pressure just thinking about the audacity and greed) and millions more for "executive" staff. Takes a lot of families walking on weekends to feed this bloated organization.
Highly successful at announcing programs. Rarely successful at executing their announcements. Will do anything for more $ and little for their proclaimed mission. Front line poorly paid and poorly treated. Intolerant of any dissent. "Balls" to support mega rich non profit executives should be left in the 1980s. We sorely need a need a new advocate for heart disease. "Greed is not a financial issue. It's a heart issue."

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36

Former staff

Rating: 1

Donors need to be very weary of this organization. As a former employee, I was privy to the insider spending, lavish bonuses, all expense-paid trips for docs and wooing potential donors, wasteful and excessive staff travel, and much more. These monies will be buried in the 990 under program expenses. There are much better and ethical npos out there. Donors would be better off supporting their local hospitals and research institutions. AHA does very little in the communities in which they operate. They have mastered the art of branding. Investigate who is benefitting. Big pharma and fat paychecks for senior execs, for example. Do your homework before you take out your checkbook.

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7 Roger19

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am Roger Potter - I am a Volunteer Social Media Diplomate with the American Heart Association on FaceBook.

In 1952 when I was 5 I underwent Open Heart surgery that was paid for by the American Heart Association.

Now at age 66 I am keeping myself busy and very active - being a social media diplomate with the AHA allows me and the other diplomates to help, encourage, reach out and Pray for those that have either had heart attacks or heart surgery.

Being that I had open heart surgery keeping myself active is paramount - every 3 days I am in the gym progressive strength/weight training in order to keep my body and heart health & strong.,

20.8 % of money raised is spent on research
39.1 is spent on public health education
14 is spent on professional educ/training
05.1 is spent on community service
13 is spent on fundraising
07.9 is spent on salaries.

I am proud to be a member of the AHA that is dedicated to promoting heart health and education on heart health. I am now accomplishing Senior Strength.

This year the AHA won the social media award for promoting having a healthy heart that was done by US diplomates: the link

http://www.prnewsonline.com/awards/2013/03/11/2013-nonprofitprawardssocialmedia/


Review from CharityNavigator

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a nurse for over 20 years. It was not until surfing the web one day did I run across the American Heart Association and saw something astounding. Heart disease is the #1 KILLER of women. I was absolutely flabbergasted!! How did I not know this? Now my family history is as such; I've had 7 uncles and 6 aunts to not reach age 55 who have died from heart disease and 4 dear friends that have some form of cardiovascular disease. My mother-in-law had a massive MI just 2 years ago. I decided immediately that this was a cause that I needed to become a part of.

I did a lot of research before joining because I wanted to be sure that whatever I invest my energy into is one that has positive feedback and a well established background. So here I am. I am amazed by the number of Causes, such as Go Red For Women, My Heart My Life, Power to End Stroke, etc. and sites, that are available to the public. Knowledge is power. Having the mission to build healthier lives, that are free of cardiovascular disease and stroke is simply stated but very profound mission statement.

As an advocate I've written letters to my congressman and representatives letting them know my opinion on upcoming legislature, created videos and write a monthly blog. Everyone has a voice whether it's in Washington, my state's capital or city I have taken on the mindset to what I can to help. Where I decided to give monetarily or with my time and labor it will never go without thanks from all the lives that are touched.

I'm proud and honored to be a part of this association that is doing everything possible, especially for me as a female to silence one of the physical enemies of the heart, cardiovascular disease.

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4 Joel Robbins

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Aug 25, 2010, at age 44, I had a massive heart attack. I had less than a 5% chance for survival! I had what is referred to as "the widow maker" heart attack. Stress and poor eating for many years took it's toll on me and a blood clot got into my LAD. My wife performed fantastically in calling 911 and the first responders knew exactly how to diagnose and begin treating me! All due to the valuable prior research of the AHA!!! The EMTs in the ambulance continued fast action and when I hit the ER and could not feel my arms and legs...and I felt cold all over, I could not have asked for any better care than I received. Again, it was all part of the great research in everyone's fast action and life-saving decisions that night. I'm extremely grateful for the prior research. I am dedicated to helping raise more money for the further research to end heart events for people as I never wish the amount of pain I had that night on anyone. ANYONE! I thought several times I was taking my final breath. My wonderful wife and kids looked on as I struggled for my life. Yes, I am a PROUD volunteer of the AHA! I walked in my first Heart Walk 56 days after my heart attack. I had raised just under $1,000 in that short amount of time. I then helped organize it the next year and I Chair'd the event last year! In all, just three years out of fighting for my next breathe, I have raised over $10,000 for the research that just might save the life of someone close to you. Through the recommendations and the approval of my cardiologist, I have established a sodium intake of the AHA recommended 1,500 mg per day. NOT easy, but so worth it. I am now active. I've cut out stress in my life. I've cut out soda in my choice of drink. I eat sensibly now and am loving life. I have dropped 55 pounds because of my new lifestyle! I am a mentor now for others going through lifestyle changes and recovering from their heart events. And yes, I do this through and for the AHA. Hand-picked to help assist others along with some other very wonderful survivors that have become my heart family. The American Heart Association has a TON of valuable information for heart-healthy living and recovery from heart events. It is both my honor and pleasure to help deliver that information into my little section of the world. I am so thankful for the extra time I have with my children and wife. My children were 9 & 7 at the time of my heart attack - clearly too young to see one of their parents fighting for life. However, both kids and my wife have really stepped up and are helping me in giving back to the AHA and it is our mission as a family to do so. I thank God every day for putting me in some wonderful people's hands that night. People who were aware of the AHA's research which allowed me to survive and have a complete recovery. I just can't say enough about the AHA and the work they do.

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5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a heart attack survivor. I had the widow maker heart attack (5% chance of survival) a year and a half ago. I have been giving back ever since. It was because of all the great research in the past, that saved my life that nearly fateful night. The first responders, EMTs, ER nurses and doctors, the cardiologist all received training from the research and were able to diagnose quickly and respond even quicker. It is because of this quick action, that I am still on this earth. I immediately began volunteering for the AHA raising money for the local Heart Walk. The AHA has been a great resource of information for me. They have been a great partner for me along my new lease on life.

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Donor

Rating: 2

My wife and I have donated to the American Heart Association for several years. Upon discovering that over $600,000.00 of donation money is going to pay an exbortinant salary for their current CEO we stopped. For a nonprofit organization that is ABSURD! We now select charities who embrace a greater sense of fiscal responsibility.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

As someone with family members struggling with cardiovascular disease, you have been consistently disappointed with the American Heart Association. Specifically,. . .

* Stunned by the inflated salaries, exorbitant incentives and excessive benefits packages given to its executives and high ranking employees across the organization hidden the the costs of "programs" rather than disclosed properly in costs of "administration." Also, the association's compensation ratios and rates exceed those for most for-profit enterprises.

* Saddened that science positions and recommendations are altered or delayed due to the heavy influence of the association's corporate sponsors, donors and conference exhibitors, specifically Campbell Soups and the beef industry.

* Disheartened by the association's overstated claims of its contributions to scientific research and breakthroughs when really government and foundation funding have been the chief financial sources for this work.

* Put off by the association's focus on short-term, splashy events and media coverage driven by highly-compensated celebrity spokespeople.

TO REALLY FIGHT HEART DISEASE, DON'T DONATE TO THE AHA - rather support your local medical school or research hospital where the real work and family support are delivered.

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19 Mary154

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Who has the largest tent at the American Heart Association Heart Walk? The Beef Industry!

What were the AMA volunteers selling as a fundraiser? Transfat loaded donuts and muffins.

CEO salaries are out of control. The AHA is no different.

Every charity's goal should be curing themselves out of a job.

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25

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I just received a call from a man who identified himself as a professional donation solicitor for AHA. I asked him the % of each donation that is used for solicitation to which he answered 21%. I told him that I do not donate to nonprofits that use that high of a percentage and ended the call. I looked up the % on http://www.charitynavigator.org and noted that he lied by stating about 1/2 of the amount (38.5% currently). I would not recommend a donation to American Heart Association.

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16 Ronald4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

Expenses rising faster than donations. It's not the economy people. Rein in your executive salaries and donations will increase. Please understand that higher paid CEO's don't necessarily yield higher results. Being the CEO of a charity should be a calling and salaries should reflect it.

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14

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I used to work for AHA in the late 1990s/early 2000s. I was hired after a restructure, a restructure went on the three years I worked there, and another "restructure" got me booted out the door. I'm assuming the CEO and all the bogus studies/research they do needed the money more than I did. The fact that I myself have high blood pressure and was one of the people who "benefited" from what they do, didn't seem to faze them as they showed me to the door. If you don't walk their walk and talk their talk 100%, then you are expendable. I began having a hard time working to raise money for AHA when I saw where all that money was ending up--and it wasn't in my pocketbook in terms of salary. I also became concerned that, year after year, more and more money was being raised--but heart disease and stroke still weren't stamped out, nor were they going down. Now that I have "gone over" to the alternative healthcare side, I know that NUTRITION is what keeps the body healthy. Organic food, safe water, farm-raised/grass-fed meat, no pesticides, no chemicals, no toxins--THAT is what keeps the body healthy, with no issues or problems. I don't see them teaching anyone about nutrition and how naturally keeping the body healthy will keep everyone from having heart issues. And they won't, because like all of the big money-making and -promoting organizations, it's all about raising money--not finding a cure. I refuse to give money to any of them.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The American Heart Association’s mission is to support research and educational efforts directed toward reducing the incidence of cardiovascular disease. Research is the foundation for identifying interventions that reduce the morbidity and mortality of cardiovascular disease. Emphasis is placed on promoting a healthy life style, by incorporating dietary changes, cholesterol lowering measures, smoking cessation and exercise in the daily routine. The “Get with the Guidelines” initiative is committed to employing national guidelines for the care of cardiovascular disease. “Go Red for Women” directs attention to the importance of risk reduction and early recognition of cardiovascular disease in women. “Mission Lifeline” champions regional cooperation to encourage prompt intervention in the management of acute myocardial infarction.

The success of the Heart Association in achieving its goals is attested to by the decline of 28% in the death rate from cardiovascular disease and a 45% reduction in death rate from stroke over the decade from 1997-2007.

Your support of the American Heart Association is greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,
Dr. Mark Thompson