Indiana Public Health Month Luncheon

Posted by: | Posted on: April 7, 2015
Time:10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Date:Tuesday, April 21
Location: Indiana Landmarks
1201 N. Capitol Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

Free parking

Register Here!

AGENDA

10:00 – Welcome

10:15 – Panel: Climate Change and Public Health in Indiana

  • Gabriel Filippelli, PhD, Professor, Department of Earth Sciences; Director, Center for Urban Health
  • Indra Frank, MD, MPH, Hoosier Environmental Council
  • Jim Poyser, Executive Director, Earth Charter Indiana

11:30  – Lunch

12:15  – Speaker: Tim Nation, Executive Director, Peace Learning Center- “Increasing youth protective factors while

reducing risks: A public health approach for positive change”

Introduction by: Jennifer Walthall, MD, MPH Deputy State Health Commissioner, Director for Health

Outcomes

1:30 – Close

Thanks to our luncheon sponsors:
Datalys Center, Sports Injury Research & Prevention
Indiana Rural Health Association
Indiana University School of Public Health
InSOPHE
Call for information about exhibiting, sponsoring or buying a  table.
An application has been submitted to award Certified Health Specialists (CHES) and Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) up to 2.5 total Category I Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH). Maximum Advanced level contact hours available are 0. SOPHE, including its chapters, is a designated multiple event provider of CECHs by the National Commission for Health Education.  This is subject to change.  Fees for credits apply for non-InSOPHE members.  Email president.elect@insophe.org with questions.

Keep an eye on this page and Facebook for updates on this event!


Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing Workshop

Posted by: | Posted on: April 7, 2015

This workshop will describe benefits of going smoke-free and recommend steps to develop, implement, and enforce such policy.

When:  Wednesday May 27, 2015, 9 am – Noon

Where:  Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St. Indianapolis IN

Overview

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 is hosting a workshop to encourage and implement smoke-free policies in multi-unit housing, specifically in Marion County, Ind. and its surrounding counties. This workshop will describe benefits of going smoke free and recommend steps to develop, implement, and enforce such policy.

Smoke-free policy is a legal right of property owners and most apartment residents prefer non-smoking housing.  Actual experiences, best practice, and lessons from smoke-free housing pioneers from the public and private sector will be shared.

Audience

  • Property Owners, Managers, Board Members, Executives
  • Local Health and Community Advocate Organizations
  • Interested Residents

Objectives

  • Awareness of the benefits of going smoke free
  • Understanding of steps involved in implementing smoke-free housing policy
  • Address common implementation and enforcement concerns
  • Discover resources to help implement smoke-free policies
  • Network with champions, experts, and leaders in this field

For additional information contact:

Monica Paguia (paguia.monica@epa.gov) 312-353-1166
Jack Barnette (barnette.jack@epa.gov) 312-886-6175

There is no cost to participate.  To register, go to http://go.usa.gov/3jQ83


Asthma Educator Institute Coming in April!

Posted by: | Posted on: February 16, 2015
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The American Lung Institute, in partnership with InJAC will present the Asthma Educator Institute on April 29 – 30, 2015, at the Eskenazi Health – Community Room, located at 5515 West 38th St, in Indianapolis.  (Directions can be accessed here) 

The Asthma Educator Institute is a two-day professional development course for individuals committed to providing National Institutes of Health (NIH) asthma guidelines-based care. The Institute also serves as a preparatory course for those qualified to take the National Asthma Educator Certification Board (NAECB) exam.

An Early Bird discount is available for those that register before March 30. Also, the first fifteen members who register will get a $50 discount by contacting Kelli McCrary at 317-520-9343 or at indianaasthma@gmail.com.

For detailed information, plus a link to register, please Click Here!

 


Letter to Governor Pence

Posted by: | Posted on: January 28, 2015

Click here to sign the petition!
(Please copy and paste the following into the email that pops up: “InJAC has my permission to add my name to this petition”)
 

Click here for a PDF

January 16, 2015
The Honorable Mike Pence
Governor, State of Indiana
200 W. Washington St., Rm. 206
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Dear Governor Pence,

We have read the Nov. 29 report in The Indianapolis Star about fugitive dust from the Bear Run
Mine in Sullivan County. As medical and public health professionals working in Indiana, we are
concerned about its effects on the health of local residents.

We ask you to direct the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) to appoint
independent local health or law enforcement officials to monitor the mine’s compliance with dust
requirements and submit evidence to IDEM. Additionally, we request that IDEM staff vigorously
enforce fugitive dust requirements against the mine’s owner.

According to the article in the Star, since the mine started operations in 2010, several residents
have suffered from chronic respiratory diseases due to the large quantities of dust that escape
the mine property and drift into neighboring communities. The story states:

“Since 2012, state environmental regulators have received numerous complaints from
neighbors about dust. In spite of rules that say mines must contain dust inside the property
boundaries, no action has been taken. A gap in Indiana regulations says that state officials
must personally see dust to take action, but in four inspections, officials said no dust was
visible. In essence, state regulators tell residents that if inspectors don’t see the dust clouds,
they didn’t happen.”

The story goes on to describe health concerns of local residents, as documented in a study of
air quality and blood samples led by Indiana University professor Michael Hendryx of the School
of Public Health.

“Those living close to the mining operation had average indoor air-pollution readings nearly
three times as high as those living farther away. Outside it was nearly twice as bad for those
living closer to the mine.

“The researchers also tested the residents’ blood for a type of protein that’s an indicator of
blood inflammation, which could be caused by breathing dust.

“According to Hendryx, people who score a 3 or more on the tests should go visit a doctor because they may be at risk of health problems. Those living close to Bear Run scored an average of 4.23. Those further away scored a 2.5.”
We believe the relationship between fugitive dust from the mine and the higher blood test scores is much more than coincidence, and it needs to be acknowledged and addressed. IDEM’s mission is to implement federal and state regulations to protect human health and the environment. We ask you to ensure that IDEM stays on-mission and exercise its authority to protect residents’ health from dangerous fine particles, which can damage lungs and create expensive and debilitating respiratory illness.

Sincerely,


New Coalition Calls for End to Cheap Tobacco Products

Posted by: | Posted on: January 9, 2015

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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

For more information, follow HHI on Twitter (@Healthier_IN) and Facebook (HoosiersForAHealthierIndiana).


Update on School Nurses Surveys

Posted by: | Posted on: January 9, 2015

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 SURVEYwill 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.

The approved English plan can be found HERE. Click for SPANISHKAREN, and CHIN translations.

*https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SchoolNurseDataCollection