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American Stroke Association 2030 Goals
The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has developed the 2024 impact goal focused about removing barriers to health that are standing in the way of our ability to achieve health equity. We’re focusing on three major barriers to prevention and treatment of stroke and cardiac disease:
1. Structural racism is a system in which public policies, institutional practices, cultural representations and other norms work in various, often reinforcing ways to perpetuate racial group inequity.
2. The social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born and live. The AHA is dedicated to improving the effects of the social determinants of health. The determinants are shaped by the distribution of money, power and resources, and are mostly responsible for avoidable differences in health status. The social determinants include race bias, income instability, education level and access, access to healthy foods, transportation options, clean, healthy environments, social support, employment opportunities and job training and safety concerns. Social determinants of health are often the result of structural racism.
3. Rural communities face unique health challenges, including higher individual risk factors for chronic disease, social influences that impact health such as lack of access to a quality education and fewer economic opportunities, and the challenge of not having affordable health care services regionally and in the community.
As an organizational goal, the AHA/ASA has determined that every person deserves the opportunity for a full, healthy life. By 2024, we will advance cardiovascular and stroke health for all.