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What We're Talking About This Week - October 9th, 2020

A new report from Forrester found that governments are struggling to create a more engaged workforce, seeing dips in resilience and productivity. Essential workers are rallying for state laws mandating workplace safety in New York. California's new data strategy is aimed at interconnectivity, bringing relevant data sets together from across the state. Hospitals that don't report COVID-19 data daily will get a warning letter, risking losing a critical funding stream from the federal government. CNN issued a guide for supporting teen mental health through COVID-19. 

Key Points: 

  • Since the pandemic began, thousands of Arizona teens have turned to Teen Lifeline, a crisis line
  • In an average year, calls and texts to the hotline decrease between 30% and 40% over the summer. Kids are simply less stressed during summer vacation. This year, summertime volume at the hotline went up by 6%, instead.
  • A much higher proportion of the contacts have come in by text, as well. Many teens are stuck at home, without enough privacy from their families to make a confidential phone call.
  • Those numbers reflect a broader trend of elevated depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder among teens as they cope with the Covid-19 pandemic. 

This Week From The Rave Team 

Read some of the stories our writers were most excited to share with you this week. To access all of our stories, check out our blog

How Staffing Models in Healthcare Have Changed due to the COVID-19 Crisis

healthcare staffing models

Over the past decade, staffing models in healthcare have most often been designed to balance the value-driven requirements of the Affordable Care Act with a nationwide shortage of medical personnel. At the start of the COVID-19 crisis, staffing models in healthcare underwent significant changes - changes that may be with us for a while. 


Why Sharing Data Across Jurisdictions and Agencies is Essential

911 data jurisdictions

Between the ongoing public health crisis, country-wide civil unrest, and severe storms and weather events, the need for public safety technology is more important than ever. State and local leaders have been grappling with one disaster after the next, with 2020 proving to be an incredibly difficult and worrisome year. Having the ability to share critical data across jurisdictions and public safety agencies is one crucial factor in keeping communities – including those with physical, mental health, intellectual, and developmental disabilities - across the country safe.


How to Make Sure 9-1-1 Emergency Response Calls Aren't Misdirected

dispatcher 9-1-1

In September, a 9-1-1 PSAP lost four valuable minutes when it dispatched Fire & EMS to the wrong address, responding three miles out of the way during a cardiac arrest call, according to Statter911. The original dispatcher had unfortunately entered the wrong street address and quadrants, which was caught by one of the EMS responders who noted two addresses being displayed in the vehicle. Once the call was dispatched with closer units, an engine arrived on scene and CPR was reported in progress. This incident emphasized the need to revisit response protocols to ensure emergency response calls aren’t misdirected.


Rave In The News 

As schools navigate safety threats both old and new, they need fast, smart, reliable technology that can create a direct connection with 9-1-1, first responders and on-site personnel to activate an immediate response to any type of emergency—from day-to-day medical incidents to crisis situations. Rave Panic Button will now fill that need in New Mexico, covering nearly 350,000 students across all K-12 public schools, creating a fully interoperable school safety platform statewide. 

Read the whole story here. 

Mary Kate McGrath
Mary Kate McGrath

Mary Kate is a content specialist and social media manager for the Rave Mobile Safety team. She writes about public safety for the state & local and education spheres.

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