California screening foundations have formed a coalition to engage schools in an initiative to provide preventative heart screening to our state’s youth. The California Department of Education supports this initiative and encourages LEAs to prioritize sudden cardiac arrest prevention by hosting these school-based heath events.
While sudden cardiac arrest doesn’t discriminate amongst its victims, disparities in health equity do not afford all youth the same standard of care. With diminishing health curriculum in schools, screenings help schools fulfill a critical role in promoting the health and safety of young people and establishing lifelong behavior that will impact their future workplaces, families and communities.
We support state and federal legislation that elevates sudden cardiac arrest prevention standards for youth. You can help by asking your state and federal elected representatives to support the relevant legislation, as well as promoting these bills on your social media.
Learn more about the bills listed below.
Access to AEDs Act
Cardiac Arrest Survival Act of 2023
SAFE Play Act - 2022
High School Coaching and Training
Nevaeh Youth Sports Safety Act
The Kyle J. Taylor Foundation in collaboration with UC Davis and Project Adam Sacramento, is hosting a free screening and invites area youth ages 12 to 25, including children of elected officials and state employees as well as young adults, to be part of a state-wide movement to find the 1 in 300 at risk for sudden cardiac arrest from an undetected heart condition.
Sunday, October 1, 2023
Oakmont High School
Registration opens in August.
Screenings include a cardiac risk assessment, a 12-lead ECG and, if indicated, a limited echocardiogram.
Our coalition of heart screening foundations have events scheduled across the state.
October 8 - Miramar College, Mira Mesa
December 9 - Cathedral Catholic, Carmel Valley
August 31 - The Pegasus School, Huntington Beach
October 28 - Palos Verdes High School, Palos Verdes Estates
October 1 - Oakmont High School, Roseville (Greater Sacramento)
October 28 - Campbell Community Center
CALL-PUSH-SHOCK is a national collaborative movement with a mission to motivate BYSTANDER CPR/AED action and increase sudden cardiac arrest survival.
Launched jointly by the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation and Parent Heart Watch in June 2018 and now endorsed by the CDC, the movement recognizes that immediate emergency intervention with hands-only CPR and the nearest automated external defibrillator (AED) can significantly increase survival beyond the mere 10% where it's been stuck for three decades.
CALL: Follow 911 instructions
PUSH: Hard and fast on the center of the chest 100-120 times/minute
SHOCK: Follow AED's audio/visual instructions—you can’t hurt the victim, only help