The Empowered To Serve and Urban Health Accelerator expands the work of American Heart Association in local communities as we seek to address social issues impacting the ability of individuals to attain the healthiest life possible.

The Barbara Houston Urban Health Accelerator HBCU Legacy Grants:

Made possible through the support of Mr. John Houston, III, the American Heart Association, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate will pilot a new accelerator designed to engage Historically Black Colleges and Universities offering:

  • Access to web-based training, coaching, and mentoring from AHA staff and volunteers.
  • Invitation to attend the February 28, 2019 Leadership Summit for enhanced coaching, more resources, and networking with other HBCU leaders.
  • Up to $100,000 to HBCUs in MD, DC, VA, NC and SC, to support development of a multi-faceted strategy and project proposal to in building a “Culture of Health” on campus and in their communities.

Urban Health Accelerator Challenge:

  • Any interested school in the Mid-Atlantic (MD, DC, VA, NC, SC) can attend the webinar series
  • Five schools will be selected to present their project proposal and will receive 6-8 weeks of intensive coaching. The selected teams and projects will be selected after review by the AHA Center for Evaluation and Metrics based on the projects ability to have high impact, is scalable/replicable and has a strong plan for sustainability, and
  • Up to two schools will be awarded a $100,000 grant ($50K a year over two years) and also receive an annual $7,500 stipend to support the member engagement.

Watch the Urban Health Accelerator – Historically Black College (HBCU) Legacy Kick Off Webinar:


Save the date for our Leadership Summit and Finalist Selection on Thursday, February 28, 2019 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts & Culture in Charlotte, NC.

For more information, please contact Shannon Emmanuel at