b'CARES 2023 Annual ReportEverything we have learned since our founding reinforces the simple truth that change happens on a large scale by cultivating community partnerships that grow over time. The collaboration between CARES and the RA embodies what partnerships can achieve by bringing together great minds, meaningful data, and empowering communities to save more lives from cardiac arrest. Ann Doll, MPA, Executive Director, Resuscitation Academy FoundationQuality Improvement IntegrationThe second pillar of the grant is dedicated to improving the quality of resuscitation efforts across the country. CARES, in collaboration with the Resuscitation Academy (RA) and CPR LifeLinks (CPRLL), is taking steps to enhance evidence-based resuscitation strategies through the following objectives:Utilizing a "measure and improve" model, CARES data will be leveraged to identify successful implementation programs and provide continuous feedback for local, regional, and national improvement.Developing accessible education and training resources and operationalizing CPRLL to enhance telecommunicator CPR (T-CPR) implementation.Expanding the RA network to engage "Lighthouse Communities", accelerating access to resources and supporting evidence-based resuscitation programs.The implementation of these goals is anticipated to provide a means for US communities to translate scientific understanding of OHCA resuscitation into real-world best practices, potentially saving thousands of American lives and improving public health. Additionally, it seeks to serve as a model for international efforts to advance public health initiatives.Resuscitation Academy: Working to create a world where no one dies from cardiac arrestThe Resuscitation Academy is a well-established non-profit organization focused on improving survival rates from cardiac arrest by bridging the gap between resuscitation science and real-world implementation. Since its inception in 2008, the RA has collaborated with key personnel from the University of Washington, Seattle Fire Department, and King County EMS to provide educational forums translating resuscitation science into actionable practice. The RA initiative centers around a train-the-trainer model with hands-on workshops to train providers in best practices, supported by a quality improvement framework using CARES data to measure system performance. With the support of this grant, the RA, in concert with CARES and CPRLL, will accelerate its activities by engaging communities in quality improvement initiatives, hosting Resuscitation Academies, providing hands-on training experiences, and facilitating webinars featuring relevant resuscitation topics and experts. The continued establishment of Lighthouse Communities, which serve as regional hubs of expertise, will further expand access to life-saving education and resources, with the goal of establishing at least one Lighthouse Community per Health and Human Services (HHS) region by Year 5 of the grant. Efforts will focus on improving survival rates in communities at higher risk for poor OHCA outcomes, empowering them to design action plans tailored to their unique settings and cultures. The introduction of the RA Alum Mentorship program will measure the success of improvement projects and use the data to optimize support and resources for participating communities. To ensure widespread dissemination of best practices and success stories, a robust communications plan will be developed. Through this strategy, the RA aims to shine a spotlight on impactful case studies, promote scholarships and grants, with a special focus on reaching rural, low-resource, and BIPOC communities.20 21'