OCTOBER: Diversity & Health Equity, Hispanic Heritage Month and World Stroke Day

October 01, 2018

Our mission is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. For all, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, language, sexual orientation, national origin, and physical or cognitive abilities. We're committed to ensuring that our workforce, workplace and mission have a shared impact across America's diverse populations.

Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. This requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and health care.

  • Equity is not the same as equality; those with the greatest needs and least resources require more, not equal, effort and resources to equalize opportunities.
  • Barriers to access are many and include issues involving patient beliefs, literacy, culture, language and poor geographic distribution of cardiac services.
  • About 39.4 million Americans live in food deserts more than a mile away from a grocery store in urban areas and ten miles away in rural areas. Of that group, about 19 million people have “limited access” to grocery stores because of income and transportation.


Are you at risk for a life-threatening blood clot? October 13th is World Thrombosis Day. Learn the major risk factors.


Celebrate culture!

October is Diversity Month. EmPOWERED To ServeTM is the American Heart Association’s multicultural platform creating sustainable solutions and eliminating health barriers in diverse communities across the country.

Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15th – October 15th!

Did you know, Hispanics (and African-Americans) with high blood pressure are less likely than Caucasians to get their condition under control, according to January 2017 research published in the American Heart Association’s Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes journal. Be part of the change and live a Vida Saludable.


World Stroke Day is October 29th! More than seven million Americans are stroke survivors.  

Join millions around the world in spreading the word about secondary stroke prevention and treatment. One day together can help fight stroke 365 days a year! 80 percent of strokes are preventable, and the changes you make now… may change what happens later. Learn how to minimize your risk.

While the stroke experience can feel traumatic and lonely, you're not alone. We're here to help you every step of the way. Let us help you find your path forward.

Get the facts:

  • Worldwide, stroke is the No. 2 cause of death. Someone has a stroke every two seconds.
  • In the U.S., about as many people have a stroke each year (795,000) as a heart attack (790,000). ​
  • An estimated 7.2 million U.S. adults 20 and older have had a stroke. ​Projections show that by 2030, an additional 3.4 million U.S. adults 18 and older will have had a stroke – a 20.5% increase from 2012. 
  • Stroke is a leading cause of long-term disability and it is more disabling than it is fatal.
  • While post-stroke rehabilitation is one of the most important phases of recovery, many survivors do not receive the level and amount of rehabilitation services needed to maximize recovery. 

Lung Health Day is in October

*Smoking is the most important preventable cause of premature death in the United States and it puts you at higher risk for heart disease and stroke.

*Do you know how smoking and nicotine damage your body?

*Check out these options to help you quit!

*If you don’t smoke, here are some tips for friends and family of those quitting.


Important dates in October:

  9/15 - 10/15 - Hispanic Heritage Month

  10/10 - World Mental Health Day

  10/15 - Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day

  10/15 – 10/19 National Health Education Week

  10/19 - National Mammography Day

  10/25 - Lung Health Day

  10/29 - World Stroke Day

  10/31 - Halloween