The American Heart Association recently had the opportunity to work with Project SHINE at the Spring Institute in Denver, to train Burmese, Bhutanese, and Iraqi refugees in CPR through the Salah Foundation grant. These refugees live in some of the most underserved areas of our city and speak little to no English. However, that didn't stand in the way of learning the lifesaving skill of CPR.
AHA staff members Rene Ramon and Whitney Bell Haggard conducted the first of three trainings at the end of July in which they quickly realized that we would need to find new and creative ways to teach the CPR Anytime curriculum.
“We knew that the participants had the skills save a life at the end of the training, so we challenged them to train others in their community,” said Whitney Bell Haggard.
She continued, “We were elated to see that of the 150 people we trained during the session, 75 have turned in their sheets to show that they took their kits home and trained others. With just those 75 people we have an additional 480 people trained!”
Isn’t that amazing? One person even trained 58 individuals! We here at AHA just can’t stress enough how this is going to make Denver’s most underserved populations safer and how this also reinforces the importance of how advocates can live out our mission every day, making our communities safer and healthier.