The Office of Health and Human Services conducts health and human services initiatives in each U.S. Congressional District.
MISSION TEMPLATE: HSFA OFFICE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Military Pathways Veteran’s Vitality (MPVV)
The focus of the MPVV program is to provide Veterans with the tools necessary to seek help, whether it be PTSD, depression, reintegration into society, etc. Ultimately, the scope of MPVV would be nationwide but Phase I seeks a five-city pilot program. The cities have been selected due to demographics, existing relationships and proximity to military installations, rationale in parenthesis below: br />
- Washington, DC (Large Veteran Population & proximity to Andrews AFB, Pentagon, Walter Reed, Fort Belvoir, etc.)
- Philadelphia, PA (Current Pilot SMH Deployment)
- Atlanta, GA (HSFA Headquarters)
- Fayetteville, NC (Fort Bragg)
- Tampa, FL (McDill Air Force Base)
- Orange County, CA
As part of the program, each pilot location would include MPVV kiosks that could be co-branded and/or provide additional services to Veterans and the community at large.
In addition, Phase II of the MPVV project would look to build upon the kiosk platform and further build out the Kiosk software engine and online Cloud Consultation Collaboration, which would ultimately bring personalized care to Veterans across the US including hard to reach rural areas. Kiosks would be added across the country and ultimately be in every congressional district nationwide.
New Horizon: Development of an Advanced Mobile Application to Enhance Communications between Public School Parents, Teachers and Administrators
The research proposed encompasses developing a technologically advanced platform to deploy individual apps for schools within the 435 congressional districts. This platform will allow school and district administrators to connect directly with students, parents, faculty, staff and alumni through their school or district’s custom-tailored app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Devices will feature teacher and principal blogs, newsfeed, event calendars, contact directory, interactive maps, quick links, picture and document galleries, student tools and time-saving social media integration. The app will also electronically provide information on disaster planning, mitigation and preparedness on a secured cloud-based platform that is extremely user friendly for administrators who will be able to update or change data easily.
The use of mobile devices to view content has steadily increased over the years. Statistics show that consumers will look first at their mobile device for information before reviewing on a laptop. The school app program will help increase and develop better communication between school faculty, parents, and other involved members of the community.
In 2013 and 2014 at least two major occurrences happened in the Atlanta metropolitan area where the usage of the school app would have been an essential communication tool. On August 20, 2013, a twenty year old gunman entered a metropolitan middle school. While the armed man was in the front office, students were evacuated through the rear of the school. The communication that parents received during those crucial moments was poor. Parents were panicked and unaware of the whereabouts of their children who were taken to nearby locations outside of the school. A large number of parents learned of the incident from the news. With the school app program, an administrator or school official could have easily sent a push notification to parents, informing them that there was an incident at the school, their children were safe and then given directions to the pickup locations of their children. Another incident that occurred January 29, 2014, was an Atlanta snow storm of epic proportion. An estimated 2,000 children ended up spending the night away from home because they were stuck on buses and in classrooms. Some parents were unaware of where their children were however, one school in particular, Russell Elementary School in Smyrna, GA, was able to send push notifications instantly to parents as soon as word of closings were announced. Russell is one of the pilot schools for the school app program and along with five other Cobb County schools, have received the app free of charge.
With events such as school emergencies, snow storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, fires, floods, earthquakes, and other devastating events that may occur, it is imperative to have a tool available that can reach parents and community members at a moment’s notice. In the case of a natural disaster, communities need to have information readily available. Disaster preparedness links placed on each school app can be the perfect tool to facilitate awareness, education and training in case of these types of emergencies.