Program mission

Achieving Project ADAM’s Heart Safe School designation means that your school is prepared to appropriately respond to sudden cardiac arrest on campus, thereby increasing potential to save the life of a student, a staff member or visitor.

What is the benefit to becoming a Project ADAM Sacramento Heart Safe School?

  • Being prepared to appropriately respond to sudden cardiac arrest on campus, thereby increasing potential to save the life of a student, a staff member or visitor.
  • Uniting with other California schools to prepare for cardiac emergencies and increase survivability of sudden cardiac arrest
  • Recognition from UC Davis Children’s Hospital for our life saving efforts, by way of a framed Heart Safe School certificate and listing on the UC Davis Children’s Hospital website.
  • A letter from UC Davis Children’s Hospital recognizing our school for its life saving efforts, for distribution to the district superintendent, students and families.
  • Contribution to statewide and national research on prevention of sudden cardiac death.

How to Become a Heart Safe School

  • Reach out to Rebecca McCormac, Project ADAM Coordinator, at hs-projectadam@ucdavis.edu to ask questions, discuss your program goals and find out how Project ADAM Sacramento can support you.
  • Review and complete the steps on the Heart Safe School checklist to make sure your school is prepared to respond to a cardiac emergency.
  • Complete and email the checklist to hs-projectadam@ucdavis.edu OR print it out and mail it to the following address:

Project ADAM Coordinator
c/o UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center
2315 Stockton Blvd. #7133
Sacramento, CA 95817

Get the Word Out! Being prepared for a sudden cardiac emergency is an amazing accomplishment that should be shared with your community. Use our resources to do the following:

  • Send a press release about your school being Heart Safe
  • Send a letter to your students and families notifying them of your CPR/AED program and Heart Safe recognition
  • Invite local media outlets to cover one of the cardiac emergency drills with your staff, to demonstrate how you practice your response and ensure everyone knows where the AED is located on your campus.

Heart Safe Schools Receive:

  • Recognition from UC Davis Children’s Hospital for the staff’s lifesaving efforts, by way of a framed Heart Safe School certificate and listing on the UC Davis Children’s Hospital website. Schools can also promote the Heart Safe School logo on official websites and social media sites.
  • A letter from UC Davis Children’s Hospital recognizing the school for its life saving efforts, for distribution to the district superintendent, students and families.
  • Contribution to statewide and national research on prevention of sudden cardiac death.

Heart Safe School recognition lasts two full years. Certification can be renewed/maintained by resubmitting your current Heart Safe School Checklist.