Hearts In Our Hands
Our Hearts in Our Hands Program looks to provide education and American Heart Association HeartSaver CPR and BLS certifications to our program participants.
Why Is This Important? (Source: American Heart Association, 2019)
- African Americans have a much higher lifetime risk of sudden cardiac death than whites, especially among women. The lifetime risk was double overall and three times higher in African American women compared to white women.
- Disparities in income and education, as well as hypertension, diabetes, and other risk factors, accounted for much of the difference in risk.
The lack of CPR education is also negatively impacting children in African American communities. (Source: Journal of the American Heart Association, 2019).
- Research has also shown that bystander CPR is less likely for black children in disadvantaged neighborhoods.
- Black children living in majority black neighborhoods with high unemployment, low education and low median income were almost half as likely to receive bystander CPR compared to white children with rates of (59.7% versus 32.1%).
Our Hearts In Our Hands Program looks to bridge these gaps through providing CPR training and certification in areas that need it most. Obtaining these certifications will also provide our participants with a skill and certification that will help them obtain careers and jobs in areas such as childcare, healthcare, and life guarding.
A donation of $50 will provide materials and certification to one program participant.