Health & Safety

CPR Anytime™ Training in Miami-Dade County Schools

Teaching and empowering students to perform CPR is the ideal way to create the next generation of lifesavers. This project would teach and promote bystander CPR to students in Miami-Dade County Schools. Bystander response rates increase when people feel they are equipped to help and feel comfortable to step in. Interestingly, youth are excellent candidates for CPR training as they demonstrate a "no-fear" approach to intervening and have great influence convincing their parents and family members to get trained.


Family and Friends CPR Anytime is an educational program developed by the American Heart Association to teach ordinary people how to intervene and potentially save the life of someone experiencing cardiac arrest. Each kit contains a personal inflatable manikin, a CPR Anytime Skills Practice DVD, and other program accessories. The heart of the program is a self-directed, closed-captioned (for the hearing impaired) video training tool that allows individuals and groups to learn, in just twenty-two minutes, the core skills involved in administering CPR.


For every CPR Anytime kit used for training, studies have shown that, on average, 2.5 additional people learn how to perform CPR—a phenomenon we refer to as the “multiplier effect” of Family and Friends CPR Anytime. Research also has shown that users of CPR Anytime perform the core skills of CPR commensurate with students in a traditional CPR course. This finding was true whether individuals completed the kit on their own or as part of a facilitated group.


While other local agencies offer CPR training to the public, only the American Heart Association’s training program provides learners with their own Family & Friends CPR Anytime™ training kit. Precisely because the kit is reusable and designed to be shared with others, we are able to train more people in less time than traditional CPR courses.


Our program also engages audiences less likely to pursue training opportunities through conventional outreach efforts—either because of the associated cost or the more extensive time commitment involved.

Who are you?

Founded in 1924, the American Heart Association is a national, not-for-profit, voluntary health agency whose efforts at the local, state, and national level are dedicated to combating heart disease and stroke.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

One reason that only 10% of cardiac arrest victims survive today is because most people who witness a cardiac arrest have never been taught CPR. Over 80 percent of out-of-hospital (OOH) cardiac arrests today occur at home, and just 40 percent of OOH cardiac arrest victims ever receive bystander CPR. Yet, evidence shows that bystander CPR initiated promptly can double or even triple the chance of survival for OOH cardiac arrest victims.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

Miami’s quality of life depends heavily on the well-being and safety of its residents. The objective of this project is to lower the mortality rate from cardiac arrest by increasing the bystander CPR rate for citizens in Miami-Dade. Increasing the number of individuals who know bystander CPR is key to enhancing the chain of survival. Multicultural audiences are over 30 percent less likely to receive CPR in a cardiac emergency.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Thanks to the AHA’s CPR trainings, numerous lives continue to be saved. Vito saved a life just days after receiving his CPR training. Vito was on a trip when a woman stopped breathing. He administered CPR, and she began breathing again. A grandmother was able to save her granddaughters life thanks to CPR training. She saw her face was pale and she was struggling to breathe. She immediately began CPR, and the baby soon began crying.

Organization Name (or individuals name) American Heart Association-Miami


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