American Heart Association - NY Chapter

The American Heart Association (AHA) is the nation’s oldest, largest voluntary organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Before the American Heart Association existed, people with heart disease were considered to be doomed to complete bed rest – or worse.

But a handful of pioneering physicians and social workers believed it didn’t have to be that way. They conducted studies to learn more about heart disease, eventually leading to the founding of the American Heart Association in 1924.

“We were living in a time of almost unbelievable ignorance about heart disease,” said Paul Dudley White, one of six founding cardiologists.

The early American Heart Association enlisted help from hundreds, then thousands, of physicians and scientists. The association reorganized in 1948, transforming from a scientific society to a voluntary health organization composed of both science and lay volunteers and supported by professional staff. Since then, the American Heart Association has grown rapidly in size and influence, nationally and internationally, funding innovative research, fighting for stronger public health policies and providing lifesaving tools and information to save and improve lives.

The mission of the American Heart Association is: Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

The AHA is the nation’s leader in CPR education training, and helps people understand the importance of healthy lifestyle choices. They provide science-based treatment guidelines to healthcare professionals to help ensure the best treatment for every patient, every time and educate lawmakers, policy makers and the public as advocates for changes to protect and improve the health of our communities. 

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nycTIES Partnership Year: 2006, Our Inaugural Year

On April 25th, 2006, we hosted our inaugural event, the Spring Benefit, bringing together over 350 people to raise $10,000 for the AHA. Hosted at Coda, this tribute event featured the music of singer/songwriter Scott Little, and stand-up comedy entertainment. nycTIES founders and AHA board members electrified the crowd with stirring speeches, driving home the importance of healthy heart awareness.

Through our winning program, CPR Anytime, over 400 students in underprivileged areas of the NYC school system were trained via specialized CPR kits.

"The American Heart Association was honored to have been chosen as nycTIES' inaugural non-profit partner. We continue to enjoy a fruitful relationship with their members and watching them develop into one of the city's strongest young professional organizations." Johnny Lee, MD, Board Member, NYC Office of the American Heart Association