Make a New Year’s resolution to attend the upcoming InJAC quarterly meeting! It will be on Wednesday, January 14, at 8:30 am, at the IPHA office, in the large conference room. While we would love to see you in person, if you need to call in instead, the number is 1-888-394-8197, PIN: 502344.
We will update the coalition on the activities of all five of our workgroups and reveal our new plans for the annual conference. Additionally, we will discuss how the executive committee is putting a heavy emphasis on supporting our asthma educators to make sure they have all the tools and training they need.
A meeting agenda can be found here. Light refreshments will also be available.
On Thursday, December 18, a broad coalition of leading national and statewide health organizations joined together to call for an end to cheap tobacco products that make it easy for young people to use and become addicted to tobacco. Hoosiers for a Healthier Indiana (HHI) is advocating for a $1 increase on the price of all tobacco products in Indiana with revenues directed to funding tobacco prevention and cessation programs, as well as other critical state health programs.
According to HHI, a $1 increase in the price of cigarettes would:
- Reduce youth smoking by 13.3 percent.
- Prevent premature, tobacco-caused death in 32,500 Hoosier smokers.
- Save $2.08 billion in long-term health-care costs.
- Generate $244 million in new revenue to fund state health programs
We are happy to report that we have received survey responses from school nurses in 33 counties! While we hope to hear from nurses in all 92 counties, we are pleased with the results thus far. The SURVEY* will go a long way in helping us to identify the Indiana counties and schools that are most affected by asthma, as well as those that need the most assistance in educating their communities.
Please check in with your childs’ school nurse or any others that you may know, and make sure they have received copies of the plan and ask them to fill out the SURVEY*. Each school nurse, or nurse coordinator, that conpletes the survey will receive a $10 gift card to either Starbucks, Target or CVS.