10/27/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/27/2021 09:13
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 27, 2021
CONTACT: Chelsea Wuth, 517-241-2112
LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Michigan Department of Education (MDE), American Heart Association, Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) and Michigan Alliance for Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death of the Young (MAP-SCDY) will virtually celebrate 163 schools receiving the MI HEARTSafe School designation for the 2020-2021 school year on Oct. 28. Since the program began in 2013, 649 schools have earned this honor.
With schools returning to in-person instruction, preparation for cardiac emergencies has never been more important. This year, 163 schools are being recognized for efforts to keep up with preparedness activities during the 2020-2021 school year. There are 54 schools receiving the award for the first time.
To receive a MI HEARTSafe School designation, schools must have:
"Sudden cardiac death claims the lives of more than 250 Michigan children and young adults every year," said Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, MDHHS chief medical executive. "Having schools prepared for cardiac emergencies can help decrease the number of these tragedies and prepare school employees to have the training necessary to respond in a timely manner and avert what could be a life-threatening situation."
Keeping up with the MI HEARTSafe School criteria is vital for maintaining a safe environment for schools. Resources to help meet the criteria are available on the MI HEARTSafe School website. MAP-SCDY will also be hosting a virtual workshop in January to educate schools on how to become a MI HEARTSafe School.
"We are proud to support Michigan's HEARTSafe schools," said State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice. "Ensuring schools are prepared for sudden cardiac emergencies through planning, training and life-saving AEDs is an important part of having safer learning environments for students, staff and the community."
This is MI HEARTSafe Schools program's eighth year. A HEARTSafe designation lasts for three years, and 45 schools received their third MI HEARTSafe award this year. It is encouraging and commendable to have schools continue to renew the designation every three years. A total of 477 schools are designated as MI HEARTSafe Schools.
A list of participating schools is available online.
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