Through local, state, and federal laws and advocacy bills, WWPF has worked alongside our partners to educate millions on the immense public health crisis that is SCA.
WWPF and our partners focus on legislation and advocacy related to:
ECG heart screenings for students and young adults
AED placement and accessibility
Cardiac emergency response plans
Cardiac risk assessment in students and young adults
SCA prevention training
Law Not Luck Collaboration: Law Not Luck is a collaborative movement with a mission of protecting young hearts and saving lives from SCA. Check out more about the Law Not Luck movement at: https://lawnotluck.org. An overview of some of the proposed legislation (as of April 2021) includes:
Florida - House Bill 157 introduced by Rep. Fred Hawkins, Jr., will empower high school students with at least one (1) hour of training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), thus creating the next generation of life-savers. And would require the pre-participation physical evaluation for interscholastic athletic competition to include an electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG), which will identify youth with heart conditions that may lead to sudden cardiac arrest and help prevent disabilities and death.
Florida - House Bill 157 school districts are encouraged to provide basic training in first aid, including CPR and use of an AED for all students in grade 6 and 8. The same training would be required for all students in grade 9 and 11.
Florida - Senate Bill 280 introduced by Sen. Dennis Baxley encourages school districts to provide basic training in first-aid including at least one (1) hour of hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for all students in grades 6 and 8. And it would require school districts to provide basic training in first-aid including at least one (1) hour of hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for all students in grades 9 and 11.
ECG Heart Screening Initiatives: WWPF is constantly pushing for advances in the number of communities that recommend and/or require ECG heart screenings.
Highlight of major legislative, policy, and advocacy achievements:
ECG Heart Screening Initiatives:
In Osceola County, Florida, every student that participates in an athletics program is required to have an ECG performed and documented by a medical professional in order to participate in sports.
Brevard School Board (Florida) members voted in April 2019, 5-0, to begin requiring ECG heart screenings for athletes in grades 7 through 12.
Orange County, Florida (the 8th largest school district in the country) is planning to require ECG heart screenings for athletes in 2021.
Florida House Bill 7011 (2020) - Beginning June 2021, an automated external defibrillator (AED) is required at all school athletic events, practices and workouts, along with a school employee or volunteer trained in its use and in the application of CPR. Prior to the law, the state only recommended the training and defibrillators were only required at state playoff and championship games.
CPR Graduation Policy (2018) – Brevard County School District now requires CPR and AED training as a graduation requirement.
Florida House Bill 7055/SB 4 (2018) – Schools districts are required to provide basic training in first aid, including CPR, for all students beginning in grade 6 and for every two years thereafter.
United States National House Resolution 35 (2018) - Encourages public schools with automated external defibrillators (AEDs), during time allocated under state law for training personnel in emergency first aid and CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), to train personnel in the use of AEDs.
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