West Virginia

Department of
Health & Human Resources

Free Training for Hands-Only CPR


The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) is partnering with the American Heart Association and UniCare Health Plan to offer a free training for Hands-Only CPR on September 28, 2016, in downtown Charleston’s Davis Park.  Hands-Only CPR utilizes compressions without mouth-to-mouth breaths, and is recommended for use by people who see a teen or adult suddenly collapse in an “out-of-hospital” setting.

Secretary Karen L. Bowling will kick off the event at 9:30 a.m. Other special guests include Mitch Collins, president and CEO of UniCare, and Caleb Tisdale, who will tell his story about performing CPR to save someone’s life. In addition to the training, food vendors and local farmers providing a pop-up market will be on hand.

“Hundreds of thousands of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur annually in the United States, and CPR can help reduce the number of casualties,” said Bowling. “With this free training, participants will be better equipped to make a difference in the life of someone they love, and ultimately create a healthier West Virginia.”

Those interested in receiving the free Hands-Only CPR training are encouraged to register at http://bit.ly/2ccJw2o. Slots are limited to 250 people, with 150 registered to date.

Contact Information

Media contact: DHHRCommunications@wv.gov or (304) 558-7899