School communities are wholly focused on the well-being of their youth. It’s exactly the right environment in which to provide them a service and insight that could literally save lives. SCA is the #1 killer of student athletes and the leading cause of death on school campuses. Screenings help youth learn to be their own heart health advocate and join the next generation of live savers.


While your students are the primary participants, screenings are open to the public to any youth ages 12 to 25. Participants come from across county. Parents register on our website, download and complete the Screening Packet for the youth to bring to the event. Youth with a signed packet or those age 18 do not need to have a parent present.


A screening must have school-wide support, from administration to teachers to athletics, PTA to boosters, ASB to student organizations. The school must fully promote the screening within its community. EP promotes the event within the district and countywide. We provide you with a flyer and social media messaging.


Screening events typically require use of the gym or multi-purpose room and 8 adjacent classrooms. The school waives any associated facility fees. We provide each school with a copy of our liability insurance on which the school and district will be named as co-insured. We will visit your campus for a site walk to designate needed space and review the game plan.


We require about 30 folding tables and chairs, extra trash cans and power outlets in each space. We bring our own volunteers but if there are those at your school who would like to help please let us know. We provide volunteers with breakfast and lunch refreshments.


Screenings are held on Sundays and are open to the public from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, with access to the site needed from 6:30 am to 5 pm for set-up and tear-down. We provide six screenings each year, with dates typically confirmed 6 months to a year in advance. Event planning takes place 8-12 weeks prior to the screening.

  • “Granite Hills High School had been previously affected by SCA with the unexpected loss of Ciara Horton-VanDerVliet. The free heart screenings conducted by the EP Save a Life Foundation provided such a valuable service to the families of our community. The positive attitudes and dedication of all of the volunteers was extremely impressive.”

    Shannon Foster
    Medical Pathway Coordinator, Granite Hills High School
  • “After hearing about Eric and learning more about SCA/D, I knew we had to offer screenings. The way I see it, there is no other option. We can save a life, period. But we also save a family, a school, and a community from a tragedy that is preventable.”

    Christina Scherr, MEd, ATC
    California Athletic Trainer’s Association, California Athletic Trainer’s Association
  • “The free cardiac screening held at Ramona High School was a “no brainer” for our school and community. The chance to get such a fantastic internal evaluation of a young heart insures health or offers a warning before something terrible could happen. I do not see why everyone does not do this.”

    Damon Baldwin
    Athletic Director, Ramona High School
  • “When I heard about these heart screenings, I immediately wanted this opportunity for the teens in Escondido. The tragedy of losing a child to Sudden Cardiac Arrest is unimaginable. If there is a possibility that one child is saved then there was no question that this event needed to take place. The professionalism, caring and dedication of all the volunteers that participated in this event was incredible.”

    Nancy Wallace MS RN
    Escondido Union High School District