American Heart Association in Northern New England makes bold commitments to heart and brain health

The American Heart Association Founders Day begins 100th anniversary celebration on June 10, 2022.

Today commemorates the anniversary of the founding of the American Heart Association, the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Leading up to the 2024 centennial, the Association is beginning the anniversary celebration as the organization looks to build a new century of equitable health for all.

For nearly 100 years, the American Heart Association, devoted to world of healthier lives for all, has saved and improved lives, pioneered scientific discovery and advocated for healthy public policies in communities across the country. These bold moves have helped transform the nation’s health and significantly reduce heart disease and stroke death rates.

“We pledge to continue our relentless work to eliminate heart disease and stroke, optimize brain health and ensure equitable health in every community across the country,” said Brian Shankey, the Association’s Executive Director for Northern New England.  “We remain steadfast on our journey to transform health and to ensure all people have the opportunity to live longer, healthier lives.”

The American Heart Association was founded in 1924 by six cardiologists, but the distinguished achievements of the organization for the past century are the result of more than $4.8 billion in research and the passion of more than 40 million volunteers, supporters and employees.

“As we close out our first 100 years and begin the next, our work is far from complete. We are just getting started on the next chapter of our relentless work to end heart disease and stroke,” said Shankey. “We know that we can’t achieve our monumental goals alone and are grateful to all of our supporters in Northern New England for their passion and commitment to the mission of the American Heart Association”.

The American Heart Association’s centennial is a celebration of the lifesaving achievements and shared vision for a bold Second Century that will exponentially advance heart and brain health. The Association will continue to lead breakthroughs in science and technology, improve health care and advocate for federal, state and local policies drive healthier lifestyles.

To learn more about accomplishments in the first 100 years of the American Heart Association or how to participate in the second century campaign visit, or contact for more information.