Online Program

Using Mobile Technology for Violence Prevention Efforts

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 2:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

Joseph Powers, MSW, PPS, Norwalk La Mirada Unified School District, La Mirada, CA
Historically, when people experienced emergency situations, all they could rely upon was the old fashioned telephone, restrained by a cord attached to the wall. Victims of violence reached for the phone as their primary resource to seek protection, shelter, and potentially life-saving information. Additionally, emergency personnel utilized the same "tethered" phone system as a means to communicate with external partners when planning and executing a planned response to a crisis. A busy phone line could result in death. Agencies responsible for responding to emergency situations were only accessible during general business hours even though emergencies occur on a 24/7/365 cycle. However, this is changing as modern technology provides an alternative method to crisis response. Now, with the development of mobile technology, victims of violence and emergency response personnel have the ability to send texts, photos, take videos, send emails and/or transmit their coordinates to participating agencies in real-time regardless of location, distance and/or time. Moreover, mobile technology has an intuitive operating system that captures the internet in nearly any location, allowing victims and emergency personnel immediate access to resources and information to resolve the imminent crisis. Furthermore, if the responding emergency agency is required to notify other agencies, then mobile technology provides immediate access to adequately communicate the coordinate services. Through mobile technology, agencies are alerted instantly when a violent crisis emerges. This reduces the delays caused by fragmented communication and misguided notifications.

Learning Areas:

Chronic disease management and prevention
Communication and informatics
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Protection of the public in relation to communicable diseases including prevention or control

Learning Objectives:
Discuss trends regarding use of technology for child injury. Identify methods to capture types of injury incidents. Explain how mobile technology may unify multiple data streams. Describe how mobile technology improves coordination of multiple agencies.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I earned a Master in Social Work, Pupil Personnel Services Credential, K-12 Administrative credential, ICISF Certified Incident Responder Schools/Community credential and conducted threat assessments as a County Crisis Response Counselor and Coordinator throughout Orange County. Combining my employment as a Orange County School Administrator, a all-county "Threat Responder" and as a Subject/Matter expert, I gained the practical and technical skills to address the challenges discussed in this presentation.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.