As a student athlete in high school, I was aware of others in my community suddenly arresting - whether they were running, playing basketball, or at football practice. I had even heard of healthy children collapsing during PE or while walking to class. I soon learned that many schools, including my team's own high school, did not have AEDs of their own readily accessible, not even around sports facilities. Limited access to AEDs puts youth at huge risk of irreversible organ damage or death if they suffer from heart rhythm irregularity. Abnormal heart rate even for a few minutes can cause irreparable damage to a person's body. Kids are vulnerable. Some may not know if they are even at risk for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Many heart abnormalities in the young go undiagnosed or are not realized until a child experiences an episode.
We need to push for AED accessibility in schools. Nearly 15,000 children die every year due to sudden cardiac arrest in the U.S. Improving AED accessibility would lower the incidence of death due to SCA in children and in adults who, too, would benefit from better accessibility in schools.
I founded SHOCKS to mobilize change. We need to come together as a community to spread awareness about SCA and raise money to place AEDs in schools across California.
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About 15,000 children die every year due to sudden cardiac arrest. Many of these deaths can be prevented with AEDs.
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The SHOCKS program is a student-led, non-profit organization with two branches in California. The first branch was founded in the Bay Area and is connected with UC Berkeley, and the more recent branch is in Los Angeles and is connected with the USC Keck School of Medicine.
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Saving Hearts of California Kids
Natasha is a recent USC graduate with her Bachelor’s in Health and Humanities. She is now pursuing her Master’s in Public Health with an emphasis in health services and policy in the hope of better serving the diverse Los Angeles community. Her interest in public health and research in cardiology at USC led her to the SHOCKS team to promote heart health and safer policies.
FOUNDER & OFFICER
Anjali founded SHOCKS while pursuing her B.A. in Public Health at UC Berkeley and is a current medical student at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Anjali cares about improving cardiovascular health by making health technology accessible to all populations through public health interventions.
Terry Peng is a New Jersey native and current medical student at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. He graduated with a B.S. in biology from Boston College and an MPH from the Tulane University. He has experience working in the Recovery School District and city government of New Orleans.