Mayor Annise Parker wants to improve the lack of CPR training in low-income areas


Shirley King has been the secretary at her Sunnyside church for more than 20 years.  She's also a retired nurse, who's tried to teach some of her neighbors how to perform CPR.

"I think the big thing is just the fear factor,” King said. “Not knowing what's going to happen, not knowing how to do it and what's going to happen to you. A lot of people are afraid."

A team of experts from Rice University has seen those same tendencies in low-income minority areas all throughout Houston. Most of those areas have higher numbers of heart attacks and fewer people either willing or able to administer CPR.

Their findings were just reported in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

They convinced Houston’s mayor and other city leaders that it’s time to try something new.

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