Great news from Green Bay! Cooperative Educational Service Agency #7 (CESA 7) is pleased to announce that they have received a grant from the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment to help schools statewide implement robust CPR training programs for students. The 2 year, $491,269 grant will work with educators from schools across the state to implement a CPR program, provide schools with manikins and other training materials, and connect schools with local community resources.
CESA7 will lead this project, in coordination with the American Heart Association and Medical College of Wisconsin. They have also partnered with the Office of Rural Health, WI Emergency Medical Services Association, WI Fire Chiefs Association, Professional Firefighters of WI, WI Professional Police Association, Project ADAM WI, Marshfield Clinic, Northern Highland Area Health Education Center, WI Association of School Nurses, and the WI Medical Society. Additional partners continue to be recruited.
"It is a pleasure to partner on this project," said Nicole Hudzinski with the American Heart Association. "The first few minutes of a cardiac arrest can mean the difference between life and death. In order to increase survival, we need to increase the number of laypeople trained to perform CPR. This project will do just that."
This program will ensure that at a minimum, 350 schools implement annual high-quality CPR education with state-of-the-art training materials, hands-on practice, and community involvement. Ultimately the tools and best practices will be shared with all schools in Wisconsin, creating an army of students who are ready and willing to act in the face of a cardiac emergency.
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