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American Heart Association, Inc.

AKA AHA

Dallas, TX

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Fiscal Year Starting: Jul 01, 2011
Fiscal Year Ending: Jun 30, 2012
Revenue
Total Revenue $626,004,591
Expenses
Total Expenses $595,934,019

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Basic Organization Information

American Heart Association, Inc.

Also Known As:
AHA
Physical Address:
Dallas, TX 75231 
EIN:
13-5613797
Web URL:
www.heart.org/ 
NTEE Category:
G Disease, Disorders, Medical Disciplines 
G43 Heart and Circulatory System 
E Health—General & Rehabilitative 
E03 Professional Societies & Associations 
Ruling Year:
1949 

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Mission Statement

The American Heart Association's mission is to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke, America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers. By the year 2020, our goal is to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent.The American Heart Association, founded in 1924,  is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To prevent, treat and ultimately defeat these diseases, we fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health.

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Program: Program Overview

Budget:
$471,243,724
Category:
Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines
Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

Operation Heartbeat-Chain of Survival Operation Heartbeat is a national, community-based initiative the American Heart Association has developed to improve the national sudden cardiac arrest survival rate. Of all people who suffer sudden cardiac arrest outside a hospital, only 5 percent survive. More than 600 Americans die every day from sudden cardiac arrest, amounting to a staggering annual death toll of 220,000. Operation Heartbeat focuses on a sequence of four actions that the American Heart Association calls the chain of survival, a proven method for improving sudden cardiac arrest survival. These actions include 1) Early Access, calling 9-1-1 to access Emergency Medical Services (EMS); 2) Early CPR; 3) Early Defibrillation; and 4) Early Advanced Care. Operation Heartbeat strengthens the chain of survival by mobilizing local communities and advocating that programs are implemented to strengthen each link of the chain. Operation Stroke is a community-based program of the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association – is implemented by a coalition of volunteer healthcare professionals (dispatchers, emergency transport drivers, paramedics, fire and police officers, emergency room physicians, nurses, neurologists, neurosurgeons and many others) and civic leaders. The goal of Operation Stroke is to reduce the number of people who die or become permanently disabled by stroke. The American Stroke Association is doing this by: increasing public awareness of stroke warning signs; increasing the healthcare community’s ability to transport stroke patients; increasing the number of stroke patients who arrive at the hospital in time to receive treatment; and providing access to appropriate acute care for stroke patients across America. Get With The Guidelines Get With The GuidelinesSM is a new hospital discharge program that will help reduce the risk of recurrent heart attacks and strokes in patients with coronary and other vascular diseases. The Get With The GuidelinesSM program works by mobilizing teams in acute-care hospitals to implement the American Heart Association’s secondary prevention guidelines for patients with coronary and other vascular diseases. The program advocates using quality-improvement measures such as care maps, discharge protocols, standing orders and measurement tools based on the secondary prevention guidelines, which are also endorsed by the American College of Cardiology. The guidelines address these risk factors: smoking, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, physical inactivity, obesity, diabetes, atrial fibrillation, alcohol and drug abuse. MyHeartWatch.org MyHeartWatch.org is a free online behavioral modification program that can help you lose weight, feel better, improve your health and reduce your risk for coronary heart disease and stroke. The MyHeartWatch.org interactive health management program can help, offering features such as Ask An Expert, Recipes, Health Planners including weight and nutrition calculators, exercise diaries and more. Visit this new free “caring community for preventing heart attack and stroke” at www.myheartwatch.org. Additional American Heart Association programs that help people reduce their cardiovascular and stroke risk includes: women and heart disease, cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart and stroke risk factors and warning signs, physical fitness, nutrition and CPR training for adults and school children. Special Events American Heart Walk The American Heart Walk is the premier fundraising event for the American Heart Association, with a goal to raise $75 million in the next year for cardiovascular disease and stroke research and educational programs. Over 650,000 walkers will participate non-competitively in more than 850 events nationally in the coming months. Walking distances vary, although a majority of the walk routes are between 3K and 5K. The American Heart Walk is a fun, heart-healthy activity that the whole family can enjoy, while raising critical funds for research and education. The American Heart Walk celebrates survivors and honors the memory of those inflicted by this country’s No.1 and No. 3 killers---heart disease and stroke. Train To End Stroke American Stroke Association’s Train To End Stroke Marathon Training Program and Fundraiser is for experienced and novice runners and walkers, and everyone in-between. Participants train for four months with an experienced coach to learn how to run or walk a full or half marathon, while raising funds for stroke education and research. It’s about reaching personal fitness milestones and becoming a champion for yourself and others who have experienced a stroke. Jump Rope For Heart Jump Rope For Heart teaches rope-jumping skills that are fun. It promotes the value of physical activity to students while they participate in a team or cooperative effort. The program increases understanding of the seriousness of heart disease and stroke and the lifelong health benefits of physical activity and a heart-healthy lifestyle. While teaching students to set and achieve goals, they discover that they can make a difference. Jump Rope For Heart builds character through the spirit of volunteerism and community service. Five million elementary school children in 20,000 schools nationwide participated last year in the Jump Rope For Heart program. Other American Heart Association special event programs include ‘black-tie’ galas held in local communities and Hoops for Heart, a program for junior high students that teaches basketball skills and how to live a heart-healthy life.

Program Long-Term Success:

Funded $133.5 million in cardiovascular research- bringing the American Heart Association's 10-year total research investment to over $1 billion.

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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

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Expert Assessment

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation works to improve childhood nutrition by encouraging physical activity and healthy eating habits. The organization's high profile partners have helped them influence schools and policymakers on a national scale. Read More »

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Evidence of Impact

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation works to improve childhood nutrition by encouraging physical activity and healthy eating habits. The organization's high profile partners have helped them influence schools and policymakers on a national scale.

Impact
This program is focused on changing the culture of schools to be healthier environments. Although it works to address both physical activity and nutrition, it offers technical assistance to schools and school districts to institute meaningful wellness policies and tools and resources to implement those policies. Foundation Professional
The Alliance, the partnership of the William J. Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association, has grown their initiative nationally and recently had their 2nd year of awards (bronze, silver, and gold levels) to schools across the country that are achieving high level wellness policy and program efforts. Researcher and Faculty
They have strong reach into schools across the country and an impact on policy change. Researcher and Faculty
They have clear program goals, excellent resources, and provide technical assistance to schools. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They have firsthand experience with multi-year grant supported assistance to a local school district. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Their agreement with the Beverage Association to limit availability of sweetened beverages in schools was impactful. They work with individual schools to meet standards: a new awards program that has mushroomed. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They have created strong partnerships with state and city governments, with regional and local school systems, with corporate players (Pepsi, Coca Cola). Their work is widespread and well known! They serve as a clearinghouse for best practice programs. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They are working with more than 9000 schools nationwide and have a website with resources for many more. Their coaches work specifically with schools on wellness issues, both nutrition and physical activity focused, and their environmental change strategies are broad. Nonprofit Senior Staff
I like their user friendly tools that help cafeteria providers to locate healthier products. Their school health rating system is more useful and more constructive than the CDC'S School Health Index. Alliance for a Healthier Generation has more to offer schools in regards to embracing healthier habits and not to mention links to funding sources. Nonprofit Senior Staff
The advocacy work involved in improving nutrition in the schools and relationships with industry substantiate impact. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They have an ability to engage food manufacturers and marketers that supply to schools. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They are a great resource and provide program structure for school districts beginning their wellness journey. Other

Organizational Strengths

The leadership of the Alliance receives frequent praise in terms of their staff and key figures within their major partners.

Leadership
This organization has strong leadership and an effective staff. It also has the active support of President Clinton whose foundation was a founding partner in the Alliance. Foundation Professional
Marketing
They are highly visible. Researcher and Faculty
They have great marketing and high profile leadership (Clinton). Nonprofit Senior Staff
Funding
This is a well funded organization with excellent staff at the national level and great relationship managers at the state level. Researcher and Faculty
One strength is the funding that allows them to have a lot of staff - and the staff are qualified and capable. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Their financing seems to be strong, but then again are they accepting large funds from some of the obesity promoting culprits? Beverage companies, etc?

[Alliance for a Healthier Generation confirms that they do not accept funding from the food, beverage, and health insurance industries.]
Nonprofit Senior Staff
Program Design
With support from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and others, the Alliance is working to provide technical assistance and services to schools to enable them to achieve wellness. They are also supporting policy efforts related to vending and snack foods in schools, reimbursement for obesity-related care among health care systems and identifying evidence-based resources that schools can adopt to effect change. Researcher and Faculty
They have well-organized involvement nationwide, they improve school support through award program and consultation, influencing corporate nutrition standards, promoting obesity prevention, and physical activity among children. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Staff
They have excellent staff and work well to complement, rather than duplicate state level programs. Researcher and Faculty
Leadership & Staff
The leadership by Bill Clinton = visibility. Their experienced staff in place throughout the U.S. support schools directly. They have good leadership and good funding. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They have good leadership and staff, strong funding base, and partnerships. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Resources
This organization has tremendous resources: financial backing, relationships, and authority. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Partnerships
They have strong partnerships with their founding organizations (The Clinton Foundation, and the American Heart Association, who both have significant reach and clout). Nonprofit Senior Staff
Operations
Their leadership, staff, and marketing. In addition, the founder, ex-president Bill Clinton helps get them media support. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Research
I highly-recommend their resource database. Other

Areas for Improvement

Expanding programming was the most frequently cited area for improvement. Other elements noted included capacity, funding, and communications.

Fundraising
The organization has to diversify its funding. The Johnson Foundation presently funds the core national infrastructure with local funders assisting with activity in their regions. Foundation Professional
Collaboration
Their reach is more limited than their public profile would suggest. They do not collaborate well with other groups. They have no dearth of funding. Researcher and Faculty
Expand Programming
No funds are being provided for programming in schools and this is a critical need for schools, particularly given their focus on reaching massive numbers in urban settings. Researcher and Faculty
I don't see strong enough recommendations for change from this organization. The change they create is minor and everything in moderation DOES kill. The recommendations seem to be influenced by the food industry. Nonprofit Senior Staff
I just want to make the comment that my understanding about the Alliance is that is mainly runs its program in schools but I have heard that they might be taking on more in the near future. I would hope that this organization and others would take on more policy change efforts at the national level and assist state level and local organizations with policy change efforts. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They have considerable funds but none is being provided to schools to support programs; only technical assistance which for many school districts is insufficient. Researcher and Faculty
They could link to other aspects of health - including social and emotional health - in schools. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Their school intervention is the strongest and best known. As they grow, they may want to increase their impact in their other program areas: family outreach and physicians. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They could connect efforts with empowering youth to make changes in school and community food environments. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Corporate Ties
They should reduce their ties with corporations that produce food products that negatively impact child heath and nutrition. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Alignment
There is a lot of talk about this organization but their alignment with industry hampers their effectiveness. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Program Design
In California, schools have been disappointed with the program support. Other
They should promote other healthy products in addition ones offered by large companies, perhaps look at local companies or state produced to help funnel money into state businesses while simultaneously promoting companies to provide healthy food options. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Communication
They could publicize evaluation data more. Researcher and Faculty
Organization
It has ramped up very rapidly and is primarily a virtual organization. It might need some more centralized support. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Capacity
In their work with school communities, they only take the movement so far. They have done a tremendous amount of work to build awareness. They need to push the edges a little bit as far as creating actual change. They need more human support - whether through AmeriCorps or interns or volunteerism - to serve schools on a local, intimate, holistic basis. They also could use greater promotion of publicly available materials. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Leadership
Their leadership and regional support could be improved. Other

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