On March 23, the Michigan advocacy team hosted a very successful CPR in Schools Lobby Day in Lansing.
Over 70 advocates and AHA staff from across the state were in attendance and made over 90 contacts with their lawmakers. Attendees participated in a short training session regarding the current status of the CPR in Schools legislation which included key messages to share with their lawmakers and how to talk to lawmakers. Participants also took part in a fun Hands-Only CPR training led by AHA staffer, Cindie DeWolf. In addition, attendees were greeted and encouraged by legislative sponsors, Senator Tonya Schuitmaker (SB 647) and Representative Thomas Hooker (HB 5160) who spoke briefly about the reasons for introducing the legislation.
Both bills require that Hands-Only CPR training must be taken prior to graduation and can be offered anywhere between grades 7-12 and can be inserted into any part of the school curriculum. The training does not have to be taught by a certified instructor as long as it does not result in a "certification card." The training must also provide the opportunity for practice of psycho-motor skills and encourages partnerships with local emergency responder groups and training centers.