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Today is National Hospitals Against Violence (#HAVhope) awareness day. At Lyon Software, we stand with all hospitals to help spread awareness about violence.
Coincidentally, earlier in the week many of our staff attended a self-defense training session. What follows are a few tips that we learned on Monday that can help you fight off a violent attack, or avoid one altogether.
Prevention is the best defense
As a kid that played on several sports teams, one of the things I heard a lot was “the best defense is a good offense”. That’s a true statement. The other team can’t score if they don’t have the ball.
So how does that relate to guarding against violence?
Your first line of defense in protecting yourself starts with your demeanor. If you have a strong, confident presence about yourself, someone will think twice about approaching you.
So, if you’re in a store or the mall and you feel like you’re being followed, what will you do? Our instructor Shelly said it’s best to go on the offense. If you do something as simple as look them right in the eye and ask them for the time, for example – you’ll shift the balance of power. You’ve now asked something of them and they’ve given it to you. It’s simple, and it portrays you as a confident person.
Be prepared to Defend Yourself
What would you do if someone were to attack you right now? Physical violence isn’t something that most of us think about on a regular basis. However, it is a reality, and the self-defense training we received was both enlightening and empowering.
At the Martial Arts Center, we learned how to throw punches and elbows. We learned that if you are attacked, the best thing to do is to bring the attacker as close to you as possible. This limits their mobility and greatly restricts what they are able to do. We also learned to target vulnerable areas: eyes, nose, fingers and knees.
By learning and regularly practicing self-defense techniques, you’ll be strong enough both mentally and physically to do what you need to do to get away and survive an attack.
Bring attention to the situation
If you are attacked, get the attention of others by being as loud as you can immediately. Scream “Call 9-1-1” as opposed to “fire” or “help”. What’s the difference? When you tell someone to dial 9-1-1, it alerts others that you’re in immediate danger and it’s an emergency. It also gives a stranger direction in what to do.
Yelling “fire” or “help” wastes valuable time. You’ll have people looking around to see if they can see a fire, or figuring out how to help instead of taking immediate action.
The more attention you can bring to yourself during an attack, the more likely you will survive it. Remember, your attacker wants an easy win, not a confrontation. By getting people’s attention, you’ll get help more quickly, and possibly encourage a stop to the violence. Your attacker could flee for fear of being caught by the police.
Everything starts with your awareness
The main thing to remember in protecting yourself is that you should always be aware of your surroundings. Know where other people are when getting in or out of your car. Don’t be distracted by your phone when you’re out in public – it makes you more vulnerable to a potential attack.
Lyon Software would like to thank Sempai Shelly Blanco and everyone at the Martial Arts Center at the Shops at Fallen Timbers for the Self-Defense course this week. We all had a great time and learned a lot about awareness and techniques to counter a violent attack.
It’s almost time for the 2016 ACHI National Conference and we couldn’t be more excited! The Association for Community Health Improvement will be hosting the event in Baltimore this year, March 1-3. We look forward to ACHI every year and always enjoy the conference. ACHI is a great time for Lyon team members to catch up with veteran CBISA users and engage with newcomers. ACHI attendees will have many chances to catch up with various members of the Lyon Software team this year. Conference participants may stop by our booth anytime throughout the event to pick up Lyon Software goodies, join our sponsored lunch on March 2nd, or join any sessions on our sponsored track “Evidence to Action to Results: Using Data to Improve Health.”
We look forward to all of these opportunities to connect with ACHI Conference attendees next week, we hope to see you there!
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The flights are booked, hotel rooms reserved and attendees registered, Lyon Software is ready for ACHI 2015! The theme this year is “Building the Next Generation of Healthy Communities” and we can’t wait to hear the latest buzz on Community Health Improvement. Stop by our booth for Lyon goodies and meet Lyon Software team members Trina Hackensmith, Pat Geissler and Brittany Younts. The fun doesn’t stop there for Lyon Software, CBISA is 20 years old this year! Join us for breakfast on March 5th in the Cardinal Room for a fun and historic look back at CBISA and Community Benefit Reporting, those attending our breakfast will also get an exclusive look at what we’re doing next. We hope to see you there!
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The Association for Community Health Improvement is seeking proposals for its 2015 National Conference, March 4-6 in Dallas, Texas. This year’s theme is Building the Next Generation of Healthy Communities. The conference will feature breakout sessions that share successful case examples and practical tools and skills in the following areas:
- Building health-promoting hospitals and care systems
- Building healthy policies and environments
- Building healthy and impactful partnerships
- Building a community health workforce and leaders
- Building tools to measure community health impact
- Building healthy and sustainable funding sources
- Building healthy populations
Building the Next Generation of Healthy Communities
Presentation proposals are being accepted for both breakout sessions and posters. Please visit www.healthycommunities.org/2015callforproposals for more information about the conference and how to submit your proposal. Proposals are due Friday, September 26.