The Urban Health Accelerator™ is a 6-8 week intensive designed to challenge you to apply innovation to help solve our country's biggest urban problems.

Gitanjali Rao was upset about the water crisis devastating families in Flint, Michigan. She had an idea that could help quickly and accurately monitor water for lead. With no money, sponsors or even a space, Gitanjali pushed forward. After being turned away by everyone and every lab and school in her area, she converted her small bedroom into a ‘science room, where she developed an affordable device that quickly and accurately detects lead in water. She’s been named by 3M, the leading global science company, as America’s Top Young Scientist. 

Gitanjali is 11 years-old

At the American Heart Association, we believe in the impossible. In urban communities across the country, there are many stories of folks who are making a way out of no way and changing lives. Through the Association’s EmPOWERED to Serve™ initiative, we are uncovering and accelerating incredible projects to improve the health and well-being of urban communities across the country. 

You're invited to join us.