The Rhode Island HeartSafe Community Program is a collaborative effort between the Department of Health’s Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention Program and the American Heart Association. This initiative is based on the principle that lives can be saved by being prepared with early access to care, early CPR, early defibrillation, and early advanced care. The goals of the RI HeartSafe Community Program are to:
- Increase the number of community members trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR);
- Increase the number of first responders equipped with automated external defibrillators (AEDs); and
- Ensure appropriate pre-arrival instructions and optimize the prehospital care system.
The following towns have been designated as Rhode Island HeartSafe Communities and received program signs and decals to proudly display in their communities:
- Narraganset: August 2014
- Portsmouth: February 2014
- Cumberland: December 2013
- Barrington: September 2013
- Coventry: April 2013
- East Providence: April 2012
- South Kingstown: October 2010
- Warwick: January 2010
- Westerly: January 2010, renewed April 2013
Is your city/town on the list? If not, start a conversation in your community and urge your city/town leaders to become HeartSafe! For more information, visit the Department of Health’s website: http://www.health.ri.gov/programs/heartsafecommunities/index.php.