Our community-based CPR & First Aid initiatives would not be possible without the help of generous sponsors. At the American Heart Association, we are passionate about educating and training as many people as possible in lifesaving CPR skills, and one of the ways we strive to accomplish this is through our CPR in Schools program. Ross Stores recognized the importance of this mission and mirrored our passion for educating the next generation of heroes.
Through an in-store cash register campaign that ran in 1,132 Ross stores across the country for four weeks in January and February, the retail chain and its patrons raised a whopping $2.77 million to support CPR in Schools. One hundred percent of the money raised during these two months will be donated to benefit the national program.
Ross customers were able to get a sense of the impact this campaign would have by reading about real life CPR heroes and survivors like Tommy Watson and Caleb Tisdale that were featured on in-store promotional flyers. These brave kids give the CPR in Schools program a face and validate the need for such an important fundraiser.
We would like to thank Ross and their customers for their generosity and for recognizing the importance of creating more heroes like Tommy and Caleb.
For more information on our CPR in Schools program, please visit www.heart.org/cprinschools.
Earlier this month, I had the privilege of representing the AHA at the highly successful and productive American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) Global Healthcare Summit in Ahmedabad, India. The AAPI’s overarching mission is to assist and enable Indian American Physicians to excel in patient care, teaching and research in professional and community affairs.
While there, I participated in key leadership meetings and shared the global role and vision of AHA during the AAPI-AHA Liaison Committee at the summit. I was quite humbled to be recognized by the Health Minister of India, Mr. Ghulam Nabi Azad, and the Cabinet Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs, Mr. Vayalar Ravi, for our organization’s strategic collaboration toward the common goal of reducing mortality from heart disease and stroke.
This trip exemplifies the progress of our global efforts. We currently have International Training Centers in more than 60 countries, and we look to expand our global footprint to improve worldwide survival rates and quality of life with our lifesaving CPR programs. We stand committed to the AAPI goals and plan to roll out programs focused on India in the near future. In fact, we are considering opening an office abroad in New Delhi, and Baroda Medical College in Gujarat, India is in the process of applying to become an AHA International Training Center.
Exciting things to come in India…stay tuned!
Fun Fact: Ahmedabad, India was home to Mohandas Gandhi – considered the father of the Indian independence movement. While in India, Gandhi’s obvious virtue, simplistic lifestyle, and minimal dress endeared him to the people. Many civil rights leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr., used Gandhi’s concept of non-violent protest as a model for their own struggles.
On this 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, we at the American Heart Association send a thank you to the EMTs, First Responders and every other worker at the scene that day saving lives.
CEO Nancy Brown wrote on Huffington Post how she appreciates all the men and women who put their lives on the line every day to save others. She also shared the story of Dr. Glenn Asaeda, the chief medical director of New York’s fire department. Asaeda’s experiences on Sept. 11, remind us that FDNY was handling other emergency calls that day, as well as responding to the terrorist attacks.
While many Americans notice the significant work of first responders during historic events like Sept. 11, I want to encourage everyone to appreciate what these individuals do daily. I’m proud that our CPR & First Aid teams work directly with EMS professionals, provide them with the tools, instruction and certifications they need to continue saving lives.
Thank you, First Responders and EMS Responders. We appreciate all you do.
Amanda-Rae Garcia, left, of the DFW Airport Live Well Center, looks on as American Airlines Lead Program Nurse Cindy Contreras tries out a hands-only CPR kiosk after an American Heart Association press conference unveiling the machine at DFW Airport, gate C7, on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. (Brandon Wade/AP Images for AHA)
Now, when you’re waiting for your next flight at DFW, you can put that time to good use and learn how to save someone’s life!
The AHA and American Airlines Occupation Health Services are helping passengers learn and practice lifesaving Hands-Only CPR at Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport. The Hands-Only CPR kiosk, allowing hands-on practice with an actual CPR manikin and automated watch-while-practice CPR program, is now located in Terminal C, Gate 7 and will be there for the next six months.
The touch screen kiosk’s video program gives a brief introduction to the steps of Hands-Only CPR, followed by a practice session and a 30-second CPR test. The kiosk provides feedback about the depth, and rate of your compressions and proper hand placement.
“Every American should know the simple steps of Hands-Only CPR,” said Ahamed Idris, M.D., a spokesman for the American Heart Association and professor of Surgery and Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. “We hope the Hands-Only CPR kiosk at DFW Airport really takes off – we’d love to see other high-traffic places do the same so more people can learn this lifesaving skill.”
We’re so excited about this revolutionary new program that takes us one step closer to making sure every American knows the simple skills to save a life!
Learning Hands-Only CPR at Anthem, Waukesha, WI
This year, CPR Week (June 1-7) was immediately followed by the June 11 kick-off of the Hands-Only CPR Mobile Tour in Milwaukee, WI. Through support of the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, we are well on our way to training thousands of people in Hands-Only CPR in June and July. Last week we were joined by many special guests including Milwaukee Fire Chief Mark Rohlfing, Beth Sawant – a bystander who successfully performed CPR, “Hearty” the American Heart Association mascot, and hundreds of citizens who came out to learn CPR. Then in Cleveland we were joined by Richard Strain, a man who on May 19, 2013 collapsed while running a half marathon and was saved by prompt bystander CPR, EMS transport, and his physician Dr. Gandhi. We’ll continue to update you as the tour progresses through various cities in Ohio.