The Citizen CPR Foundation (CCPRF) was founded in 1987. Since its inception, CCPRF has sought to “strengthen the Chain of Survival,” a metaphor used to define the “series of actions” that improves the chance of survival for thousands of victims of sudden cardiac arrest.  Our mission starts with education for the lay rescuer and continues through the interventions provided by EMS dispatch, EMTs and paramedics, emergency department personnel, and specialists in intensive care units.

CCPRF has been meeting the educational needs of these target audiences for almost 25 years in a number of ways. One is by acting as the planning host for the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update (ECCU) conference, a biennial conference featuring current information and trends on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The conference promotes best practices, as well as innovative, effective methods for CPR/AED education. CCPRF also utilizes partnerships with the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, along with other industry partners to communicate the latest scientific finds in CPR and ECC.

Our Mission & Values

The mission of the Citizen CPR Foundation is to save lives from sudden death by stimulating citizen and community action. We plan to accomplish this by:

  1. Expanding and fostering partnerships through a Community Response Alliance, which builds on existing relationships and the formation of new ones.

  2. Transforming knowledge into coordinated action through unique methods of knowledge dissemination, including the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update (ECCU) conference

  3. Increasing lay rescuer learning and action by learning new ways to reach bystanders, simplify action and promote enthusiasm towards learning CPR.

The Citizen CPR Foundation has three core values that form the basis for our education efforts:

  • CPR saves lives;

  • Collaboration among citizens, communities and organizations is key to survival from sudden death; and

  • Action based on best practices in science, education and implementation improves outcomes.