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Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund

AHA’s Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund is a national fund with a local investment focus supporting and investing in evidence-based, locally led solutions that are breaking down the social and economic barriers to health equity.

Bernard J Tyson

Bernard J. Tyson was a visionary leader who cared passionately about the health and well-being of all. His quest for affordable, equitable health care and social justice improved and extended lives throughout the U.S. and around the world.

The American Heart Association is honored to continue his legacy through the Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund.

Bernard considered it a privilege to make a difference. He inspired us with his wisdom as a member of the American Heart Association national board and CEO Roundtable and as a trusted advisor. This fund will power the American Heart Association’s aim to reduce health disparities and address social determinants of health, so all people have the opportunity to live longer and healthier—physically and mentally.


Don’t ask permission to help improve lives of the people and communities you’ve pledged to serve. Instead, march through the doors of red tape, make bold moves and usher in access.

Bernard J. Tyson
(1959-2019)

Breaking down social and economic barriers to
health equity

The American Heart Association’s Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund is a national fund that supports and invests in evidence-based, locally led solutions that break down the social and economic barriers to health equity in under-resourced communities.

We’re working to increase access to housing, health care, COVID-19 testing and nutritious food, and improve economic resiliency and mental health.

Atlanta Harvest is a Black-owned, family-operated, multi-generational farm and food hub operating within food insecure counties.

Urban Growers Collective, a Black women-led nonprofit, is building economic opportunities for urban farmers and increasing food access through a mobile produce market.

San Francisco & Oakland

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Puget Sound

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The Walmart Foundation logoThe Walmart Foundation is proud to support the American Heart Association’s Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund helping community-based entrepreneurs that are expanding access to affordable and healthy food. .

A Visionary Leader

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