What is a HEARTSafe Community?
Our HEARTSafe Community program is a set of criteria and guidelines designed to improve outcomes to sudden cardiac arrest emergencies through a specific set of training, preparation and response protocols.
This criteria supports the cardiac arrest “chain of survival” and encourages communities to put that chain of survival into action. Activities include:
- Widespread CPR instruction
- Public access defibrillators
- Aggressive resuscitation protocols for first responders and area hospitals
Communities that strive to become “heart safe” must meet the criteria established by the Citizen CPR Foundation. Upon completion, they receive signage and official recognition as a HEARTSafe Community to demonstrate a commitment to citizen health and safety.
Well over 600 local, legacy HEARTSafe communities exist and we are adding new cities and towns as we promote the program nationwide. Our Resource and Implementation Guide will help guide you through the process.
HEARTSafe Community Application
To begin, please provide your contact information. When you click submit, you will be taken to the HEARTSafe Community Application.
This initiative is supported in part by the Foundation’s Partner Council, a collaboration of committed, mission-aligned businesses and non-profits. It includes the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross, with support from industry including Laerdal Medical, MD Solutions International, Nasco Healthcare, Prestan Products, WorldPoint, ZOLL, AED Superstore, Brayden by Innosonian, Philips, and Defibtech.
Contact us for more information and to be added to our HEARTSafe Community mailing list to receive regular updates.
Program Advisory Committee Roster
Monica Kleinman, MD
Brandon Oto, PA
Richard Shok, RN, NRP
Joshua Smith, NRP
James Suozzi, DO, NRP, FACEP
John Freese, MD
Mark Link, MD
John Pliakas, NRP, NP
Deon Vigilance, MD, MBA
Janet Trethewey, EdD, NREMT
Fiona Johnson, NRP
Konstantin Krychtiuk, MD, PhD
Tegan Hampton, MHA
Christopher Madias, MD
Saving Lives, One Community at a Time
Improving cardiac arrest survival is a communal effort. Bystanders must be trained and ready to act. And when an emergency call is made, a coordinated system that includes EMS, fire departments and first responder agencies should work together to help increase the likelihood of neurologically intact survival.