Violence Prevention Informatic Systems

By Lori A. Post, Robert Fulk and Brian J. Biroscak.

Published by The Technology Collection

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Elderly and disabled adults are vulnerable to abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Although experts agree information and communication technology (ICT) can reduce health disparities in underserved populations, the associated research on its effectiveness is still in its infancy. The background check pilot project is an attempt to respond to the increasing risk posed to vulnerable adults receiving long-term care services by utilizing ICT. This paper: (1) introduces the Michigan Workforce Background Check (MWBC) project as an example of utilization of ICT to prevent abuse, neglect and exploitation of the elderly and disabled populations; (2) provides lessons learned after the system implementation process; and (3) discusses the implications of the MWBC system in terms of public health management and public policy development.

Keywords: Background Checks, Criminal History, Informatics, Preventing Abuse and Exploitation, Information Technology

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp.155-162. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 960.031KB).

Dr. Lori A. Post

Assistant Dean for Research, College of Communication Arts & Sciences, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA

Dr. Lori Post is the Assistant Dean for Research in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences and Assistant Professor in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies & Media. Her research focus is the impact of technology on health. To this end, she is the principal investigator on a health informatics background check system aimed at preventing persons with violent criminal histories from gaining access to vulnerable populations.

Prof. Robert Fulk

Chief Technology Officer, College of Communication Arts & Sciences, Office for Research, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA

Mr. Fulk is Chief Technology Officer for the MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences, Office of Research. Adjunct Professor at the MSU School of Law and Rob is the technical lead for the Michigan Program for Background Check Team. He has vast experience in applying Business Management and Improvement methodologies, Education and Training, Employee Development, Executive/leadership Development, Succession, Communication, Information, and Knowledge Management solutions to the corporate and government sectors. He has worked with executive staff at some of the worlds largest corporations and government entities such as: State of Michigan, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Johnson Controls, Visteon, Steelcase, Unocal, and Dow Chemical. Mr. Fulk has been a presenter of innovative applied solutions at many conferences over the past years such as: Training, Governing, Linkage, American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), and many others. Rob has an MBA in Strategic Management, Post Graduate Certificate in Corporate Accounting and a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Business.

Brian J. Biroscak

Research Specialist, Communication Arts & Sciences Office for Research, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA

Brian Biroscak is a Research Specialist with the Violence Against Women Research and Outreach Initiative at Michigan State University. Since the year 2000, he has also interned/worked for hospitals, non-profit research organizations, and local health departments where his jobs have included infection control intern, research associate, and epidemiologist. He has published manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals on such varied topics as infant hepatitis B immunization and intimate partner violence. In his current role, Brian analyzes research data, writes grant proposals, and publishes manuscripts. These duties combine with his graduate training in epidemiology and health communication. Brian lives in Lansing, Michigan.

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