Support Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention in Your School Community
State Senator Brian Jones introduced SB1135 to augment the impact the Eric Paredes Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act has made to protect young hearts. Since its passage in 2017, sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) prevention protocol has continued to evolve, namely with 2022 American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines that call for all youth to get a heart screening at least every three years, and especially upon entry to middle, junior and high school.
To support the acceleration of preventative heart care for our kids, SB1135 would add to the current Education Code the framework for the California Youth Cardiac Screening Pilot, a free, voluntary screening program in school communities to collect data to support the continued evolution of these guidelines to find the 1 in 300 youth at risk from an undetected heart condition.
The concept supports the CDC’s Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model, which recognizes that education, public health and school health sectors must have greater alignment and collaboration, specifically in the areas of health education, health services, community involvement and family engagement, and above all, engaging students as active participants in their learning and health. WSCC asserts that schools play a critical role in promoting the health and safety of young people and establishing lifelong behavior, which is why this bill seeks to collaborate with schools to advance this public health initiative, as well as empower the next generation of life savers to eradicate SCA in their lifetime.
Principal Co-Author: Senator Patricia Bates
Association of California Healthcare Districts, Avive Solutions, CPR It Works, Grossmont Healthcare District, Habemotolel Pomo of Upper Lake, Heartfelt Help, Heartshield Project, Just 1 Mike Foundation, Justin Carr Wants World Peace, Kyle J. Taylor Foundation, Madison Middle School/Vista Unified School District, Parent Heart Watch, Sidelined USA, Scripps Health, Southwest Sports Wellness Foundation, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndrome Foundation (SADS), Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, Via Heart Project