In the News
September 28, 2022 – Your Teen Magazine – The Hidden Dangers of University: Is Your College Student Safe?. Written by Mariellen Jacob with Nanette Hausman serving as contributing author. Your Teen has a national audience comprised of mostly parents with high school or college age children. The piece begins with Mariellen telling a story of a typical college student drop-off: joys, mixed emotions, subtle internal fears, presumptions of safety and develops into the recollection of every parents worst nightmare which the Jacob’s family experienced first hand; a tragic accident resulting in life-altering consequences. Mariellen and Nanette Hausman’s connection, grounded in advocacy to saving lives and prevent injuries, eventually lead to the co-founding of the CollegeSafetyCoaliton.net™. Front and center to their current advocacy efforts is pushing for congressional legislation (COREY Safety Act) to expand transparency around all college community incidents resulting in serious physical injuries or death and require the disclosure of the nearest Level 1 Trauma Center on college/university websites. The overall theme is YOU are the best advocate for your child’s safety, regardless of their age and where they are living.
August 26, 2022 – 11Alive – ABC Atlanta – Georgia Mother Pushing to Stop Preventable Deaths at College. This broadcast created by Kaitlyn Ross features Mariellen Jacobs, founder of RailAgainstTheDanger and member of the College Safety Coalition, her college safety advocacy initiatives. The Jacobs’s tragic, nearly fatal story began with a preventable accident created by a lofted bed not equipped with a safety rail on their son’s college campus. Ms. Jacobs suggests that Georgia residents connect with their Congressional representative to support the COREY Safety Act (H.R. 8406) being socialized in the U.S. House of Representatives. The life-saving Act will create necessary metrics which will serve as a foundation for college community injury and death prevention and provide students and families critical safety information and easy access to emergency service information. Representative Lucy McBath of Georgia stepped as a cosponsor near the time of the broadcast.
August 8, 2022 – Inside Higher Ed – Preventing Serious Accidents on Campus. This article written by Megan Brink focused on how the “College Operational Reporting of Emergencies Involving Teens and Young Adults Safety (COREY) Act” addresses a void in Federally required safety reporting. According to the American College Health Association, accidents are the leading cause of college student death, by far, yet the large majority of accidental injuries are not tallied or reported as publicly available safety events. Nanette Hausman is quoted “if an accident happens in the same place over and over again, and you have the metrics to show that, then, in a way, it isn’t an accident, it is a preventable injury. With these metrics, public health agencies and researchers will have evidence-based data for injury and fatality prevention in college communities.They will assist our universities in acquiring the needed resources to be more prepared for medical emergencies and to manage and minimize preventable injuries “. The success by the Connecticut legislature to pass uncontestedly a public act requiring Connecticut colleges to report all accidents resulting in serious physical harm or death wraps up the article along with a link to the College911.net™ Medical Emergency Checklist.
July 18, 2022 – Congressional Press Release – Improving Campus Safety: Reps. Courtney and Himes Introduce New Bill to Increase Transparency Surrounding On-Campus Injuries and Death, Institute New Reporting Requirements.
July 18, 2022 – 06880 – Corey Hausman’s Safety Bill Goes National – Corey Hausman’s hometown new outlet based in Westport, Connecticut continues coverage on the College911.net Safety Initiative. The piece explains why expanded safety reporting to include incidents resulting in serious injury or death is critical. In college communities, accidents are estimated to be the leading cause of death, by far, yet the large majority go unreported.
December 1, 2021 – Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona Publication “A Mother on a Mission to Reduce Brain Injuries on College Campuses”. This feature article was written by Ed Roth and features Carrie Collins, MPA, a USBIA Board Member and CEO of BIA of Arizona. It presents the origins and key offerings of the College911.net™ initiative. It references the current brain injury “data desert” which exists in the US. State driven reporting and care standards, a s well as the CDC’s limited reporting of traumatic brain (TBI) injury events only, “not accounting for those caused by overdoses, strokes, or chemical exposure” creating a void. Without data it is “impossible to define the vastness of the problem” which impacts an agency’s ability to secure funding for brain injury prevention study. If successful, College911.net™ proposed Federal reform will provide evidence-based injury data currently not available.
August 17, 2021 – Atlanta Injury Law Blog (Robin Frazer Clark) “Bedrails for College Dorm Residents Should Be Standard in All Dorm Rooms”. The post features college safety initiatives (including College911.net™) launched by parents and students whose lives are forever changed due to accidents in college communities that are determined to make safety a priority through education and legislative reform.
August 9, 2021, -TODAY.com and Apple.News (Terry Peters) feature an article “after her son’s death, mom’s mission is to prepare college kids for emergencies”. The piece focuses on simple steps parents and students can take to be more prepared for emergencies after sharing relevant details of the tragic loss experienced by the Hausman family.
June 9, 2021 – CT Mirror (Adria Watson) “Bill changing campus safety reporting gets final passage in House” features quote from House Majority Leader Jason Rojas and covers the passing of CT Senate Bill 954 which established a new Public Act 21-184. Beginning 10-17-21 CT colleges are required to report accidents resulting in serious physical injury or death on their public annual security report.
June 9, 2021 – Hartford Courant (Adria Watson) “Bill inspired by Westport teen’s death in skateboarding accident at college approved; requires schools to report accidental deaths annually” covers the passing of CT Senate Bill 954 which established a new Public Act 21-184. Beginning 10-17-21 CT colleges are required to report accidents resulting in serious physical injury or death on their public annual security report.
February 16, 2021, Principal Post – (Lauren LoFrisco) an in-profile piece titled “From Devastation to Difference”. It outlines the journey taken by Nanette Hausman to launch the college safety initiative after her family experienced an unthinkable tragedy, suddenly losing a child or sibling.