Who can become a HeartSafe Community?

Any city, municipality, county, or organization in MN can apply for the Heart Safe designation through the MN Dept. of Health

Heart Safe Communities Overview

“Being a Heart Safe Community can save lives.”

Sudden cardiac arrest can happen anywhere, at any time, to anyone – and it is almost always fatal.

Fact: In MN, cardiovascular events (including cardiac arrest) is the second–leading cause of death and responsible for almost 20% of deaths. (MDH)

Fact: In 2010, more than 35% of deaths in MN, due to heart disease, happened prior to arriving at the hospital. (MDH)

Fact: More people die of sudden cardiac arrest than breast, lung, colon, and prostate cancer combined.

The Heart Safe program is a proactive program to decrease the annual death rate caused by sudden cardiac arrest within MN.

Friends, family, co-workers, and bystanders are more likely to witness the onset of a sudden cardiac event. Ordinary citizens trained in Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillators (AEDs) can initiate care and alert the EMS system.

Look who has already achieved their award!


Julie Trude
Email Julie Trude
Phone: 763-862-2499
Heart Safe of Andover Facebook Page

Columbia Heights

Coon Rapids & Coon Rapids HS Campus
Bryan Platz
Email Bryan Platz
Phone: 763-767-6481
Coon Rapids Heart Safe Facebook Page

East Bethel
Troy Lachinski
Email Troy Lachinski
Phone: 763-350-9060
East Bethel Heart Safe Facebook Page

Tim Hoffman
Email Tim Hoffman
Ramsey Heart Facebook Page

Cities in Progress:

Paul Schley
Email Paul Schley
Phone: 763-576-2813

Troy Lachinski
Email Troy Lachinski
Phone: 763-350-9060

Gerry Newberger
Email Gerry Newberger
Phone: 763-785-6163

Ham Lake
Wendy Renner
Email Wendy Renner
Phone: 612-716-2249
Ham Lake Heart Safe Community

St. Francis
Troy Lachinski
Email Troy Lachinski
Phone: 763-350-9060

Your city can be next!

Help make Anoka County a HeartSafe County by engaging your community in applying for this award.