- John H. Potvin
Chair, RI HEARTSafe Community Program Advisory Group
The Rhode Island HeartSafe Community Program is a collaborative effort between the Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention Program and the American Heart Association, Providence Affiliate. This initiative is based on the principle that lives can be saved by being prepared with prevention, early access to care, early CPR, early defibrillation, and early advanced care The goals of the RI HeartSafe Community Program are to:
Points (called HEARTBEATS) are given to a community for each activity that furthers the goal of saving lives from cardiac arrest. Examples of activities include CPR/AED classes, placement of AEDs in public places, promoting CPR/AED response through public safety officials, and developing a process to evaluate your HeartSafe program. The number of points required depends on the population of the city or town.
Towns begin the process of becoming HeartSafe Communities by completing an application package. Once designation is established, the community is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of HeartSafe status. Every three years from the date of designation, a new application must be sent in and reviewed for continued HeartSafe Community status.
The following towns have been designated as Rhode Island HeartSafe Communities and received program signs and decals to proudly display in their communities: