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Urban Health Accelerator


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Welcome to the HBCU Healthy Communities Challenge

The American Heart Association (AHA)/Mid-Atlantic Affiliate proudly presents the EmPOWERED To Serve Urban Health Accelerator – HBCU.

A $100,000 Grant is Now Available for Selected HBCUs

At the American Heart Association, we believe in the impossible. In urban communities across the country, there are amazing stories of lives being changed by folks stepping up and solving problems others thought impossible. Through the American Heart Association’s EmPOWERED To Serve Urban Health Accelerator – HBCU pilot, we are uncovering and accelerating incredible projects to improve the health and well-being of urban communities across the country. As the AHA builds on our “equity first” strategies, we are excited to offer this unique opportunity to Historical Black Colleges and Universities within the Mid-Atlantic territories of MD, DC, VA, NC, SC, and August, GA.

We’re inviting talented, civic-minded students and faculty from HBCUs to collaborate with community leaders and The American Heart Association, to build and launch ambitious projects designed to solve health inequities and promote social justice on campus and in local communities.

All applicant schools will be invited to send two (2) representatives to the EmPOWERED to Serve Leadership Summit on February 28TH in Charlotte, NC. Five (5) HBCUs will be selected as finalists and invited to present their concepts at the EmPOWERED to Serve HBCU Showcase, [date TBD] in [location TBD]. Based on outstanding performance and potential of their projects, up to two schools will be awarded a $50,000 per year grant for two years to implement their plans. This grant is made possible by the Barbara Houston Historically Black Colleges and Universities Legacy Award along with the support of Mr. John Houston III.

This entry program is also brought to you in collaboration with:

Community Campus Partnerships for Health

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health is a recognized leader in authentic partnership development, service-learning, Community-Based Participatory Research methods, community engagement, and leadership development for academicians in promotion and tenure. Their mission is to promote health equity and social justice through partnerships between communities and academic institutions. Health equity and social justice cannot be achieved by going it alone.  They can only be achieved through collaborative efforts.  We all need partners and lots of them in order to affect important changes. Their partners include communities, academicians, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, funders, public sector agencies, and private sector businesses.

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Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.
– Wilma Randolph, Tennessee State University

Wilma Rudolph, who was the first African-American woman to win three gold medals in track and field during the 1960s Rome games.

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