AHA Hawaii Division Board members and You’re The Cure advocates participated in an AHA Lobby Day at the Hawaii State Capitol on Jan. 23.
AHA Hawaii Division Board members and You’re The Cure advocates headed to the capitol for our first Hawaii lobby day to encouraged lawmakers to support a bill that would add hands-on CPR training to the state’s public high school health classes. Completion of the health class is already required under State Board of Education policy for graduation so this is the perfect place to add it.
AHA emergency cardiovascular care training volunteers also participated in the event offering legislators and their staff members the opportunity to receive free “hands-only” CPR training and to experience the type of training that would be offered in high schools if the policy is passed.
Our CPR in schools bill, Senate Bill 193, was drafted and introduced by State Senate Education Committee Chair Michelle Kidani. As a result of meetings with AHA advocates during the lobby day, House Majority Leader Scott Saiki agreed to sponsor a House companion to that bill.
An estimated 1,100 cardiac arrests occur annually in Hawaii. The state’s out of hospital cardiac arrest survival rate is approximately 10 percent. It is estimated that survival rates could double, or even triple, over time if each graduating Hawaii public high school student received CPR training.