There’s nothing like a giving heart!

The American Heart Association just made a massive pledge to address social determinants as they work to improve the health of all communities — rural, suburban, and urban.

In this aggressive campaign to focus on health equity for all communities, the association will raise and invest more than $230 million of its own funds over the next four years to put this plan into action.

“In order to ensure every person has the same opportunity for a full, healthy life, the barriers that worsen the economic, social and health inequities of vulnerable communities must be dismantled,” American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown said in a press release. “It is the right thing to do, the just thing to do and the only way to improve overall health in this country. We look forward to working with like-minded organizations and supporters to be a relentless force for change that will result in longer, healthier lives for all.”

The American Heart Association isn’t just committed to investing in initiatives like hyper-local, community-led solutions to address health inequity and structural racism. It will also elevate the scientific discourse around health equity by publishing more science focused on anti-racism, health equity, disparities, and community-based participation through a suite of peer-reviewed scientific journals, including Circulation and Stroke.

For more on how the American Heart Association is championing health equity, click here.