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Fall 2015  

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Our Mission 

Parent Heart Watch is the national voice solely dedicated to protecting youth from Sudden Cardiac Arrest and  preventable Sudden Cardiac Death. 

Parent Heart Watch leads and empowers others by sharing information, educating and advocating for change.

They Said It...
"When Melody and I lost Cody three years ago, Parent Heart Watch was an invaluable resource as we launched our SCA prevention efforts in Texas.

What we learned about screenings and advocacy at our very first PHW conference allowed us to get mobilized quickly and start saving young lives right away.

As a result, the Cody Stephens Go Big or Go Home Foundation has so far tested 50,000 students in Texas."

Scott Stephens 

PHW on the Go


Parent Heart Watch will be presenting two sessions at the upcoming Emergency Cardiovascular Care Conference (ECCU) in San Diego, December 8-11, 2015.  At last year's conference, PHW received the

William H. Montgomery Excellence in Education award for a session led by Executive Director Michele Snyder. 

See You at AAP  


Will you be attending the American Academy of Pediatrics 2015 National Conference?  Please be sure to stop by and visit with PHW at Booth #1354.     

Become an Ambassador for Young Heart
 during SCA Awareness Month in October

October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month and PHW is inviting you to raise awareness by distributing updated educational posters to local schools, sports leagues and other youth serving organizations.  The YOU Make The Difference! poster campaign features one poster with the warning signs and symptoms of a heart condition, and one illustrating the Cardiac Chain of Survival.  Send an email to and we will mail you the posters at no charge!  Raising awareness saves lives. 

In addition, several Parent Heart Watch members will be holding heart screenings during the month of October. Check out our heart screening calendar.

Nominate a Hero for Young Hearts Today
 Do you know someone who deserves recognition for their commitment to raising awareness of SCA in youth in their local community?  Someone whose actions support the PHW mission of protecting youth from sudden cardiac arrest?  If so, they should be recognized! 

Nominations for the 6th Annual PHW Heroes for Young Hearts awards are now being accepted in several categories including Advocacy Champion Adult, Youth, and Medical or Allied Health Professional, and Young Survivor Champion. Nominees are not required to be PHW members.  Submit your nominations here.  The deadline for all submissions is October 30, 2015.  
PHW 11th Annual National Conference
Registration Now Open!
Register today for the 2016 PHW National Conference,  January 15-17, in Orlando, Florida. Join hundreds of parents and other advocates at the Rosen Centre Hotel to share information about heart screenings, public access defibrillation programs, legislation and more.  Plus it's Martin Luther King's Birthday weekend - so extend your visit and enjoy the sunshine.
Advocacy Groups Collaborate on
New Cardiac Emergency Response Plan
for Schools 
After almost a year of planning and work, the American Heart Association, in conjunction with Parent Heart Watch and several other advocacy organizations, has launched a webpage that provides resources and templates for a new school-based Cardiac Emergency Response Plan (CERP).  The goal is for every school to adopt a carefully orchestrated response to cardiac emergencies in school settings, which ultimately will reduce the number of deaths.  Learn more here and forward the link to the schools in your community.
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As the national voice for SCA in youth, PHW posts important news stories every day on our website.   Check in daily to find out what's happening.
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