The DC AAP combined efforts with the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology to advocate for CPR & AED training in DC schools. Currently the D.C. City Council is considering Bill B21-243: The Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillator Requirements Act of 2015. DC AAP’s Advocacy Chair, Ankoor Shah, testified supporting the bill’s efforts to place an AED in every school and having a couple staff members trained in CPR. However, we at the DC AAP along with the AHA and ACC believe that all students should be CPR and AED trained before graduation. This is not a novel idea since 27 states already have this provision. The DC AAP has been interviewed by the AHA and Comcast Newsmakers to speak out about this important measure.
- Comcast Newsmakers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxEcAwJqo3k&feature=youtu.be
- AHA youtube clip: https://youtu.be/cyID2tqj2NI
- WaPo article that mentions the testimony: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/education/wp/2015/10/20/should-cpr-be-a-high-school-graduation-requirement/
- Testimony: https://youtu.be/TqkMKGkeFR8