154 schools awarded MI HEARTSafe designation
More than 500 schools honored in program's six-year history


CONTACT: Lynn Sutfin, 517-241-2112

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Departments of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Education (MDE), American Heart Association, Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) and Michigan Alliance for Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death of the Young (MAP-SCDY) are recognizing 154 schools for earning the MI HEARTSafe School designation for the 2018-19 school year.

The MI HEARTSafe School Program has recognized 569 schools for being prepared to respond to cardiac emergencies since it began in 2013. To receive a MI HEARTSafe School designation, schools must have:

  • A written medical emergency response plan and team.
  • Current CPR/AED certification of at least 10 percent of staff and 50 percent of coaches, including 100 percent of head varsity coaches and P.E. staff.
  • Accessible, properly maintained and inspected AEDs with signs identifying locations.
  • Annual cardiac emergency response drills.
  • Pre-participation sports screening of all student athletes using the current physical and history form endorsed by MHSAA.

“Sudden cardiac death claims the lives of more than 300 Michigan children and young adults annually,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “Having schools prepared for cardiac emergencies can help decrease the number of these tragedies one community at a time.”

To assist schools in achieving these requirements, MAP-SCDY is hosting a workshop Wednesday, Dec. 4 at MHSAA to educate schools on how to become a MI HEARTSafe School. This workshop will provide tips on program implementation, advice from school champions and much more. Online registration is available for this free workshop.  

“We are proud to support Michigan’s HEARTSafe schools,” said State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice. “Ensuring schools are prepared for sudden cardiac emergencies through planning, training and life-saving AEDs is an important part of having safer learning environments for students, staff and the community.”

This is MI HEARTSafe Schools program’s sixth year. The designation lasts for three years, and this year 67 schools received their second MI HEARTSafe award. Currently, 490 schools are designated as MI HEARTSafe Schools.

A list of participating schools is available online. For more information about the MI HEARTSafe Schools program, visit Migrc.org/miheartsafe or email MDHHS-MI-HEARTSafe@michigan.gov.


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