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American Heart Association Addresses Social Injustices in Healthcare, Pledges $230M to Combat Disparities

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...

Jan 26, 2021

Meet Mary Eliza Mahoney, the First Licensed Black Nurse in the U.S.

Mary Eliza Mahoney was the first Black woman to become a licensed nurse in the United States, according to the National Women’s History Museum . After working as a janitor, cook, washwoman, and nurse’s aide at the New England Hospital for Women and Children, Mahoney was admitted into their nursing program. She became one of only four students out of a class of 42 to complete the program in 1879 making history as the only African American to do so. Born May 7, 1845 (other sources say April 16) — in Boston, MA — Mahoney was the daughter of freed slaves who moved from North Carolina to Boston to distance themselves from the heavily racist south. As a child Mahoney attended the Philips School in Boston, one of the first integrated schools in the country. After fifteen years of working several roles at the New England Hospital, Mahoney entered the nursing graduate program at the age of 33. Mahoney completed the rigorous 16-month program sealing her place in history as the first African...

Apr 9, 2020