Thank you for your support of the American Heart Association as we continue our efforts to transform our communities. With a track record of helping to save and improve lives for nearly 100 years, the American Heart Association is taking bold actions to remove barriers to health and advance cardiovascular health for all. In fact, we’ve set an aggressive goal. As champions for health equity, by 2024, the American Heart Association will advance cardiovascular health for all, including identifying and removing barriers to health care access and quality.
- New data from the CDC shows that in 2020 the life expectancy for people in the U.S. fell by 1.5 years to an average of 77.3 years. This is the largest single-year decline recorded since 1943. This sharp decline was mostly a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which ranked in 2020 as the No. 3 killer of Americans.
- Heart disease remains our single greatest health threat and our No. 1 killer, and COVID-19 has increased the risk of patients and survivors fighting for a healthier life. The American Heart Association is focused on improving life expectancy for all and ensuring that those extra years are healthy ones for each and every person.
- Only 20% of a person’s health comes from the doctor’s office or hospital, with the rest coming from social determinants of health such as access to healthy food, affordable housing, and economic growth, to name a few. The American Heart Association is committed to advancing cardiovascular health for all. We believe everyone deserves the opportunity for a full, healthy life.
- Our priorities are to:
- Continue our support for affordable, accessible and quality healthcare for all
- Keep advocating for access to healthy food for everyone in our communities, especially kids
- Ensure everyone has safe places to be active
- Support partners in housing, banking, education and employment
- Invest in more research
- And continue our community transformation work
We invite you to join us in this life-changing, life saving work.
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