CPR Training Can Boost Community Engagement

John Commins, November 20, 2013

Write an op-ed piece for the local paper. Get an interview on local radio or TV. Tweet it on Twitter! 'Like' it on Facebook. Post it on your Web site. All of this can be done at minimal cost. Hospitals, and other community health assets already have CPR-trained staff and organizations such as the American Heart Association, ARC and HSI can provide guidance to build CPR training programs.

"Think about it. If the county government, the major hospitals in the area and the largest businesses required all of their employees to be CPR trained we would make amazing strides," Anderson says.

Unlike other worthy and vital public health initiatives such as cancer screenings or flu shots, people undergoing CPR training are not passive recipients of services provided. They are being challenged to learn a lifesaving skill for the betterment of their families, friends, and communities.

Imparting lifesaving knowledge gives people a sense of accomplishment. It will create a bond of trust with the healthcare professionals who teach them. That is powerful stuff and it can provide that foot in the door for population health advocates to pursue other proactive healthy lifestyle choices such as diet and exercise.

John Commins

John Commins is a senior editor at HealthLeaders Media.

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