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  • Blog Post: Options for CPR and AED instruction in Schools

    Thank you for your interest in training the next generation of lifesavers! With your leadership, we can save more lives from the dangers of cardiac arrest in New York. There are several low or no cost options for your school to consider for CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and AED (automated external...
  • Blog Post: My 'Why' - Kayla Bashe

    Here's the latest blog post from our summer intern, Kayla Bashe - During my gap year, I wanted to learn something useful, so I received training in first aid and CPR. Our instructor, a full-time EMT, told us about people whose lives could have been saved if only someone on the scene knew what...
  • Blog Post: Students in Connecticut Will Learn CPR before they Graduate

    Thanks to our advocates hard work and dedication Governor Malloy signed a bill on June 23rd requiring all schools to include CPR as part of the health and safety curriculum. Connecticut students will now have direct access to sensible and affordable training that will equip them with the lifesaving skills...
  • Blog Post: Vermont Heart Walk to Highlight the Team Effort that Saved a Local Coach!

    Vermont advocates pushed for passage of legislation in 2012 that required schools to teach students Hands-only CPR and the importance of an AED (automated external defibrillator). Its efforts like these that have raised awareness to the need for public access to defibrillation and a strong chain of survival...
  • Blog Post: Maine Celebrates #NationalCPRWeek with a Huge Victory

    Maine celebrates National CPR Week with huge vote! Well, the Governor did it again. He vetoed another lifesaving bill. The Governor vetoed LD556, a bill that requires that all high school students spend 20 minutes out of 4 years of school learning Hands-Only CPR. That is the bad news. The fantastic...
  • Blog Post: A New World Record!

    The American Heart Association took over Times Square in New York City to set a new Guinness World Record - for the longest running set of consecutive chest compressions in a CPR Relay. It was a powerful day highlighting the real reasons why CPR training matters. The designation as a new Guinness World...
  • Blog Post: We Are One Step Closer to Creating a Generation of Lifesavers in CT!

    We have made it to the final step to requiring all students in Connecticut to know CPR before the graduate! The Senate and the House both passed the bill in late May and now it goes to the Governor! Your advocacy has truly made a difference! Effective CPR training takes less than the amount of time to...
  • Blog Post: Setting a World Record During CPR Awareness Week

    What better way to celebrate National CPR Week than to help set a world record on this life-saving skill in Times Square?! Tommy and Julie Watson of Williston, VT traveled to NYC on June 4 th to help the American Heart Association set a Guinness Word Record for Most People in a CPR Relay ! Tommy...
  • Blog Post: New Leadership in Albany

    This week we saw a major shift in leadership at the state's Capitol. Senator Dean Skelos stepped down as New York State Senate Majority Leader amidst rising pressure from lawmakers and good government groups. New York State Senator John Flanagan was selected by his colleagues as the new Senate Majority...
  • Blog Post: JJ Pesany...not your everyday hero!

    Way to go JJ !!! Just 16, he is now a CPR instructor! Why is this so important? JJ was shocked by an overhead wire & his heart stopped. JJ is alive thanks to CPR. http://www.wgrz.com/…/cpr-saved-jj-pesanys-life-h…/26892723
  • Blog Post: CPR Smart School Honor Roll

    American Heart Association's CPR Smart School Honor Roll released... Congratulations to the following districts and schools in New York State that have been recognized as "CPR Smart" thanks to their commitment to teaching CPR and AED instruction to students: North Rose...
  • Blog Post: CPR SMART Schools Take Off in NYC!

    It all started with Staten Island's Port Richmond High School back in February...they were honored as New York City's first CPR Smart school during American Heart Month. Then came the Juan Morel Campos Secondary School in Brooklyn. Not to be outdone, Manhattan achieved their first CPR Smart designation...
  • Blog Post: Hayder Hashim, M.D., New York City

    My Dad is Why. It was a Wednesday evening in June of 2006. I was in my room, studying for my final Gynecology and Obstetrics test, when I heard my mother calling me saying "your father is not looking right". He was 57 at the time, in his usual state of health when he started complaining...
  • Blog Post: How do we become a CPR SMART School?

    You've asked...and we're answering! Everyone is buzzing about how to receive AHA's CPR Smart School designation in New York. It's easy...a district just needs to implement a written policy that calls for students to learn CPR (yup, that includes performing compressions) and about AEDs...
  • Blog Post: A Great Week for CPR in Schools!

    This week, the State Education Department (SED) issued the highly anticipated CPR in Schools Report to the Board of Regents. Following the presentation, the Regents openly discussed including CPR and AED instruction in the curriculum. And the support from the Board of Regents was overwhelming! Members...
  • Blog Post: Congratulations to Shenendehowa on becoming the Capital Region's first CPR Smart School District!

    Nine out of 10 victims of sudden cardiac arrest die. If you live in the Shenendehowa Central School District, your chances of surviving sudden cardiac arrest might be higher than average, since students in that district all learn Hands-Only CPR before graduation. Teaching CPR is part of the district’s...
  • Blog Post: Urge Senators to Lift the Cap on Charitable Donations!

    Please tell Senate Finance Committee members that limiting the amount of funds non-profit organizations can raise in Vermont to fund their missions is the wrong way to raise revenue. The Vermont House has passed legislation that would cap itemized deductions at 2.5 percent of the state standard deduction...
  • Blog Post: Public Health Passes CPR in Schools

    The Public Health Committee recently voted out a bill requiring high school students learn Hands-Only CPR and AED awareness before graduating. There was overwhelming support for the legislation and committee members spoke glowingly about the bill during the comment period before the vote. This was a...
  • Blog Post: Carla Leonard Has a Second Chance...

    Thanks to Louis' Law, Carla Leonard is alive and can watch her daughter grow. As a school crisis intervention aid, Carla had grown to hate one part of her morning routine: bumping her head on the AED situated right near her desk. Ironically, CPR and that AED saved her life. She was 43 when she went...
  • Blog Post: Countdown to CPR in Schools Report

    The countdown has begun...The NYS Department of Education is required to issue a report to the NYS Board of Regents by April 19th. Many of you have taken actions to help get us where we are - we've reached out to lawmakers, the Governor; we've tweeted and posted on Facebook; we've shared...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island House Committee Considers Funding CPR in Schools

    On March 18, Dr. Brian Silver, President of the American Heart Association’s Rhode Island Board of Directors, asked the House Finance Committee to include funding in the FY 2016 Budget to purchase new CPR manikins for all public high schools in the Ocean State. Dr. Silver noted in his testimony...
  • Blog Post: Roosevelt Island Supports Community CPR Training!

    Thanks to advocates Lynne Strong-Shinozaki, Sharon Williams and a great group of volunteers, Roosevelt Island is quickly becoming the safest place to be if you suffer a cardiac arrest! Lynne and Sharon have helped implement a community training program that prepares New Yorkers to use hands-only CPR...
  • Blog Post: Protecting NJ's Littlest Athletes

    In New Jersey, there has been great progress in recent years to make sure that automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are widely available in public places and that people know how to use the devices and perform CPR. Janet's Law, which went into effect this past September, requires all schools...
  • Blog Post: Charlie and Beth Melita-Fair Haven, NJ

    Charlie and Beth Melita tragically lost their 21 year old son Robert to a sudden cardiac death in December 2012. They wanted to find a way to honor Robert's memory and give back to the community who provided support to their family.  Together with his close family friend Paul Lenskold, Charlie formed...
  • Blog Post: Be a CPR SMART champion! Be Heroic in the Commonwealth!

    Help build the next generation of lifesavers through working with your local high school to include CPR training into a currently required course that reaches all students. You can help by signing up with AHA as a champion for working with an area school(s). allyson.perron@heart.org . Others champions...