The Background Check System

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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
Stream: Technology in Community
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Violence Prevention Informatic Systems


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 and Information 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.

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