December 7-10, 2021 - San Diego, CA

Registration is open & early bird rates are available now for the Cardiac Arrest Survival Summit 2021, Dec. 7-10 in beautiful San Diego. The event promises to be an immersive learning experience that brings together a wide array of worldwide resuscitation professionals, all with a shared goal: to save more lives.

Wherever you are — or find yourself — on the chain of survival, Summit 2021 has engaging, insightful content for you. Concurrent sessions are organized in four key learning tracks. Click below to see a full schedule line-up in each track:

Visit the Summit 2021 website to explore the schedule, see photos of the relaxing and centrally located Summit 2021 venue, the Town and Country Hotel & Resort, and more. Then, register now to take advantage of early-bird rates. We hope to see you in December!

SaveMIHeart Annual Conference Friday, April 29

Western Michigan University, Homer M.D. Stryker School of Medicine, Kalamazoo

See the website for details about this day-long conference and information about how to register.

AHA Virtual Town Hall: A Conversation about Racial and Ethnic Inequities in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Outcomes

Friday, February 25, 2-4 pm ET -
register here by Friday, Feb. 18, 6 pm ET

The webinar will be a “town hall” style, two-part program. The first program will cover the critical need to collect data on race and ethnicity for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) across the various areas of resuscitation and quality improvement initiatives. This webinar will feature resuscitation and EMS research experts who will discuss the following and participate in a panel:

Epidemiological overview and health inequities in OHCA survival outcomes Discuss potential gaps in the collection and reporting of data A frontline provider’s perspective on the challenges with EMS data collection and quality assurance Explore solutions for improved data collection and reporting.

Learn CPR During Your Lunch Hour!

Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 12 pm

Join the American Heart Association for a Hands-Only CPR demonstration! When a person has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately receiving CPR from someone nearby. About 90% of people who suffer a cardiac arrest outside of the hospital die. However, receiving CPR can double or triple the victims chance of survival!

We’ll share the story of a young West Michigan resident whose life was saved by CPR. Do you have the confidence to perform CPR if needed?

Through our free Virtual CPR Demonstration, you can learn how to perform this lifesaving skill and also hear from survivors who have experienced a need for CPR first hand.

We would like to extend a special thank you to Consumers Credit Union for sponsoring this event.

This is a Friends and Family course and will not be suitable for professional training needs.

Note: You must register via the ZOOM link to get details for the event.

Nomination deadline: October 15, 2021

Bystander intervention often means the difference between life and death for victims of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). In fact, survival rates can triple when bystanders act quickly and decisively. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation’s People Saving People™ Award honors 'ordinary' people with extraordinary spirits who helped save the lives of SCA victims.

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MI HEARTSafe School Criteria

For application help, contact

  • Cardiac Emergency Response Plan (MI law 2014)

  • Cardiac Emergency Response Team

  • CPR/AED Certification

10% of all staff

50% of coaches

100% of varsity head coaches & PE staff

  • AEDs – visible, accessible, maintained

  • Cardiac Emergency Response Drills (virtual drills are acceptable this year)

  • Athletic Pre-participation Screening form– exertion can be a trigger for arrest

2020-2021 Applications

The 2020-2021 MI HEARTSafe School online applications will open in January 2021. They will be due May 15, 2021.

Plan now, work on criteria soon, apply by May 15th, and prepare to be AWARDED next year!

More info:

July 14, 2020, 4-5 p.m.

The Value of Data Collection and Analysis

Guest speakers: Bryan McNally, MD and Mike Levy, MD

Dr. McNally is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia and Visiting Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Duke National University in Singapore. Dr. McNally is the Executive Director of the CARES (Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival) a CDC founded quality improvement program to increase survival for out-of hospital cardiac arrest in the United States.

Michael Levy, MD, FACEP, FACP, FAEMS, is an EMS physician and emergency medicine physician practicing in Anchorage, Alaska with a specific practice focus on improving community outcomes in life-threatening time-critical emergencies.

February 3, 2020

In honor of AmericanHeartMonth, students of Allen Elementary School in Ann Arbor, Michigan learned hands-only CPR.

MI HeartSafe Designation Given to 111 Schools for 2019-2020 School Year During COVID-19 Epidemic

596 Schools Receive Designation Over Seven-Year History

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 111 schools for the 2019-2020 school year for keeping up with preparedness efforts.

Even though school looks different this year with virtual or hybrid instruction, preparation for cardiac emergencies is still important. Since the MI HEARTSafe School Program began in 2013, 596 school buildings have been recognized. To receive a MI HEARTSafe School designation, schools must have:

  • A written medical emergency response plan and team that can respond to an emergency during school hours and after-school activities and sports.

  • 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. “Although much of the focus this year has been on COVID-19, ensuring our schools are prepared for cardiac emergencies is still of vital importance and can save lives.

Keeping up with the MI HEARTSafe School criteria is vital for maintaining a safe environment even if school is not in session in the traditional form. Resources to help meet the criteria during the COVID-19 pandemic is available on the MI HEARTSafe School website. MAP-SCDY will also be hosting a virtual workshop to educate schools on how to become a MI HEARTSafe School including program implementation, tips on how to perform virtual drills and more.

“Whether or not students and staff are in schools or are teaching and learning at a distance, it’s essential to prepare to respond to sudden cardiac emergencies,” said State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice. “Schools that train staff so that the schools become Michigan’s HEARTSafe schools provide an extra measure of safety for their students and staff.”

This is MI HEARTSafe Schools program’s seventh year. The designation lasts for three years, and this year 10 schools received their third MI HEARTSafe award. Currently, 476 schools are designated as MI HEARTSafe Schools.

A list of participating schools is available online. For more information about the MI HEARTSafe Schools program,
or email

June 24, 2019

The LHS for OHCA Learning Community is a key partner in the University of Michigan's 'M-RISE' Research Program, which was selected as an American Heart Association Strategically Focused Research Network.

Michigan Health Lab Blog: "'M-RISE' Research Program Aims to Prevent Brain Damage Caused by Cardiac Arrest"

American Heart Association Program News: "More than $14 million awarded for new research on arrhythmias and sudden cardiac arrest"

Oakland University: "OUWB, Michigan Medicine team on research to prevent brain damage caused by cardiac arrest"

Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation News: "'M-RISE' research program aims to prevent brain damage caused by cardiac arrest"