Advocates for Health is a certified 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 2020.
A key mission of Advocates for Health is to provide increased access to AEDs in an effort to save more live from Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Placeing AEDs in outdoor Smart Monitored Cabinets is a great way to enruse AEDs are always available day or night.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the leading cause of death in the US claiming an estimated 350,000 lives per year.
It is estimated that 95% of victims of SCA die before theyreach the hospital or other source of emergency help.
SCA kills 1,000 people per day or one person every 2 mintues.
In 2018, a pilot program was successfully executed in Sartell, MN. Early in 2018, a proposal was presented to the CentraCare Health Foundation in St. Cloud MN. The proposal was seeking a grant to fund the installation of 3 outdoor cabinets containing AED units in a weather proof, monitored cabinet in the St. Cloud area. These units would be the first outdoor installation in MN, making AEDs available to the public 24/7 and 365 days/year.
The grant was approved in 2 parts: CentraCare Health Foundation would provide an AED unit and CPR/AED training for a neighborhood group with the agreement that the neighborhood group would provide funding for the unit. The Pine Point neighborhood in Sartell, MN was the first pilot neighborhood and approximately $5,500 was raised in one month with a participation rate of 70% of the neighbors. The unit was installed in the Pine Point neighborhood in December of 2018 and CPR/AED training was provided to the neighborhood group. The CentraCare Health Foundation ultimately decided to fund 25 more AED units using the same grant pilot program format and two additional units were installed in neighborhoods in the St. Cloud area. Advocates for Health was founded to continue to spread the outdoor AED initiative.