Community Health and Education

During the year, SVH Community Health and Education offers courses throughout the community. Below is a description of the types of educational courses we regularly make available to the public. For more information about any of these courses or to register, please call 207.487.3890 ext. 2731.


Family and Friends CPR

This course offers instruction on providing CPR in a safe, timely, and effective manner. It is intended for people with limited or no medical training who do not require a course completion card. Topics include early recognition of signs of heart attack, stroke, choking and cardiac arrest along with practical skills for choking, performing CPR on adults, and how and when to call emergency services.

First Aid (Heartsaver)

This course is designed to prepare participants to give immediate care to someone who is ill or injured before emergency services arrive. Topics include first aid basics (including how and when to call for help), the contents of a first aid kit, and information on medical emergencies, injury emergencies, and environmental injury, and practical skills practice. Participants receive a course completion card.


This presentation describes the early symptoms of heart attack and the importance of calling 911. This free 15- or 30-minute program can be delivered to a variety of audiences, including service organizations, worksites, schools and the general public.

We also offer "In-a-Heartbeat" training for people interested in delivering this program at their worksite or to the general public.

Infant/Child/Adult CPR (Heartsaver)

This course is designed to prepare participants to be first responders. Participants learn how to assist someone who is choking, in need of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and how to contact emergency services. Participants receive a course completion card.

Super Sitters

This course is designed for students in grades 6-8 who are interested in becoming an effective babysitter. The class covers parent/sitter agreement and responsibilities, behavior management, emergency preparedness, general first aid principles, age-appropriate toys and games, and an introduction to infant care. Participants receive a course completion card.

Tar Wars

Developed by the National Academy of Family Physicians, Tar Wars is a tobacco prevention program directed to 4th and 5th graders. The program helps students identify the short and long term effects of tobacco use, the cost of using tobacco, the reasons students use tobacco, the physical effects of tobacco exposure and how advertising influences choices. The 90-minute in-school presentation is offered from September to April.


For healthcare professionals:

New Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support (BLS)

This course is for the health care professional who is required to have a healthcare provider certification. Topics include (but are not limited to) CPR skills for the adult, infant, and children; use of the AED; rescue from choking; and use of bag-mask devices. This is not a renewal course and is designed for new certification.

Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support (BLS) Renewal

This course is a renewal class for healthcare providers who currently hold a Healthcare Provider BLS card and need to update certification. Skill demonstration is required, in addition to a written test.


Note: Pre-registration and payment are required for all training except In-a-Heartbeat and Tar Wars.