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Heimlich Heroes™ Education Program Receives $45,000 in Grants for School Education

Heimlich Heroes™, a non-profit program of the Deaconess Foundation which prepares and trains people to recognize and respond to a choking emergency, has been awarded $45,000 in grant monies that will go towards continued outreach within local schools throughout the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region.

Grant funding comes from The Maxwell C. Weaver Foundation, The R.C. Durr Foundation, Inc., The Wohlgemuth-Herschede Foundation, and the Robert H. Reakirt Foundation.

Heimlich Heroes™ has trained and equipped more than 10,400 children across 34 schools in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region, and more than 180,000 people have participated nationwide to date. “Thanks to these generous foundations, our local schools—where budgets might not have room for extra programs like ours—can get in on the action,” said program manager, Terri Huntington. “This grant allows critical, life-saving skills to be taught at local schools. Children will gain confidence in themselves as they learn the signs of a choking emergency and the steps needed to respond with the Heimlich Maneuver®,” said Huntington.

Specifically, the grants will allow local children to have interactive, hands-on practice with specially-made training dolls. Students will also receive other training materials, all of which will be at no cost to schools demonstrating financial need, said Huntington.

With offices located in Cincinnati, Heimlich Heroes™ was developed through a cooperative effort of Deaconess Associations, Inc. and the Heimlich Institute. The late Dr. Henry Heimlich developed the Heimlich Maneuver® more than four decades ago, and the maneuver has saved hundreds of thousands of lives since.

Heimlich Heroes™ regularly works with the YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, American Heritage Girls, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and 4-H club leaders, teaching the choking safety and response lessons to children as young as 7 years old.

“School nurses and health teachers, scout leaders and other after-school youth organizations eagerly embrace the practical, hands-on training for their staff, students, and members,” said Huntington. “Heroes really do come in all shapes, sizes, and ages. We’re pleased that this funding will help us continue to equip people to save lives right here in our region.”


About Deaconess Heimlich Heroes

With offices located in Cincinnati, Ohio, Heimlich Heroes™was developed through a cooperative effort of Deaconess Associations, Inc. and the Heimlich Institute. The Heimlich Heroes™ education-based program can be used in any classroom, club, organization, or group setting to educate people on how to recognize and respond to a choking situation. Since its inception in 2013, more than 180,000 children, teens, and adults have been trained to properly perform the Heimlich Maneuver®.

For more information about the Deaconess Heimlich Heroes™ program or to register a school, class, or organization for training, visit the website at:


Media Contact: Kim Sykes     July 17, 2019     Email:     Phone: (513) 460-0159