Helen M. Beady, EdD, MEd
Senior Director of Community Impact at American Heart Association
Representing: Patients, Caregivers, and Patient Advocates
Term Ends: August 2023
Helen Beady is a Senior Community Impact Director with the American Heart Association, leading its mission advancement in Florida, Mississippi, and Tennessee. She earned her bachelor of science in psychology from Tougaloo College in 1979; a master of education in vocational rehabilitation evaluation in 1981 from Mississippi State University; and her doctor of philosophy in education, also from Mississippi State University, in 1988. Her work experiences also include founding and serving as the CEO of two female-/minority-owned businesses. Additionally, she has taught in educational settings and industry. She has worked in several Fortune 500 companies in the capacity of senior-level human resources professionals to include: Weyerhaeuser Paper Company; Amoco Oil Company; International Paper Company-Oil and Gas Division; and Uncle Ben’s Rice, a subsidiary of Mar’s Inc.
In her current role, she leads her team in the creation, growth, and strengthening of relationships between volunteers, funders, and community-based organizations to create and implement sustainable, high-value solutions on issues impacting health equity and the social determinants of health in under-resourced communities. As a trusted community partner, Beady impacts system change, conversation change, and policy change. Most recently, she was awarded the President’s Award by the Community Health Centers of Mississippi for outstanding service and support to Mississippi’s 23 federally qualified health centers.
Conflicts of Interest
As of August 24, 2020:
- American Heart Association, Employer
- Advisory Panel Member
- Advisory Panel on Clinical Effectiveness Decision Science