About InJAC

What is InJAC?

The Indiana Joint Asthma Coalition (InJAC) is a voluntary network of people and organizations who work to reduce the burden of asthma on people living in Indiana.  InJAC includes volunteer members from federal, state, and local governmental agencies, professional organizations, managed care plans, hospitals, schools, environmental groups, and other community-based organizations and individuals concerned with the prevention and control of asthma in Indiana.


How We Operate

InJAC is made up of volunteer members who choose one or two specialty areas, and participate in these working committees. The committee’s goals are to tackle issues that fall within their purview and members experiences. For example, Advocacy works with smoking legislation and outdoor burning laws, while our Children and Youth members work on asthma education in schools and daycare settings. Our Data and Surveillance team works to both collect data and help InJAC with its own surveillance needs. The Environmental Quality team is made up of members who want to address the environmental triggers asthma sufferers face every day. And our Health Care Providers and Public Education committees focus their time on educating their respective audiences on asthma issues.


Work Groups: 

InJAC is made up of volunteer members who choose one or two specialty areas (work groups), where they can most effectively lend their expertise. Each Work Group has the goal of tackling issues that fall within their purview, as well as supporting the efforts of other Work Groups when efforts can be combined for greater impact. Here is a summary of our Work Groups:

Asthma Educator Reimbursement Work Group:

This group is working towards creating a program that provides Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement for asthma educators in Indiana.  We will also look at data from other states that have been successful in this effort, and work together to make this a national practice.

Asthma Team-Based Care: 

This group created the statewide AMP. Meetings are on hiatus and updates are being sent regarding dissemination of, and education about, the Asthma Management Plans. This group also created surveys that are being sent to all Indiana School Nurses about the state of asthma in their schools and their students’ usage of ANY AMP/AAP.

Conference and Events:

This group concentrates on planning the InJAC Annual Conference and making sure InJAC members are aware of other events in the state that are relevant to our mission.           

Environmental Work Group:

This work group will focus on Environmental Justice and other outdoor and indoor environmental factors that contribute to asthma.

Tobacco-Free Living:

This group is tasked with spreading tobacco education to the state, especially those counties that are not funded by “Tobacco Prevention and Cessation” dollars from the state. Additionally, this group was very involved in promoting smoke-free multi-unit housing developments in the state and is also involved in e-cigarette education.


Need to Contact InJAC Staff?
We’re located on the fourth floor of the English Foundation building, in downtown Indianapolis.

Indiana Joint Asthma Coalition
615 North Alabama Street, Suite 426
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Karen Rance – President

Karen S. Rance, DNP, RN, CPNP, AE-C is an allergy, asthma, and immunology specialty NP who received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Virginia. She received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Old Dominion University and her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University.  She is in private practice at Allergy Partners of Central Indiana in Indianapolis.  She is adjunct faculty at Indiana Wesleyan University, Graduate School of Nursing.


Dr. Rance is committed to improving asthma health outcomes among children and adults. She is the 2004 and 2011 recipient of the Allied Health Award for outstanding clinical project and the 2013 ARTrust mini-grant recipient, which she accepted on behalf of the Indiana Joint Asthma Coalition with the purpose of implementing a statewide asthma management plan, from the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology.  She has presented at multiple national conferences on the topic of allergy and asthma, and regularly speaks to a broad spectrum of health care provider audiences on the topic of allergy and asthma and improving asthma management for patients.  She has authored manuscripts for numerous medical journals including the Journal for Nurse Practitioners, Journal of Asthma and Allergy Educators, Journal of Pediatric Health Care, Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.  She recently published her first course book, Management of Asthma in Adults and Children, in March 2014.


Dr. Rance serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Certified Asthma Educators (NAECB) and is on the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHBLI)’s National Asthma Education Prevention Program Expert Panel (NAEPP) workgroup. She is the Founding Chair of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners’ (NAPNAP) Asthma and Allergy Special Interest Group and is on NAPNAP’s Clinical Expert Panel for Asthma.

Danette Short – Past President

Angie Dickerson – Vice-President

Kelli McCrary – Coalition Coordinator
(317) 520-9343

Erin Swartz- Administrative Assistant
(317) 456-7551


Who We Are

InJAC is made up of individuals with a vested interest in asthma, personally and professionally. Our members include representatives or interested parties from the following organizations:

American Lung Association of Indiana                    Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

Asthma Alliance of Indianapolis                             Ball State University

Boone County Health Department                          Butler University

Centene Corp                                                       City of Evansville

Delaware County Health Department                      Environmental Protection Agency – Region 5

EVSC’s School Community Council                       Franciscan St. Francis Health

Franklin Township Community Schools                   Gibson County Health Department

Health and Hospital Corporation (Marion County)     HealthVisions Midwest, Inc.

Healthy Communities of Clinton County Coalition     Healthy Communities of LaPorte County

Hendricks County Health Department                     Hendricks Co. Coalition for Tobacco Intervention & Prevention

Hoosier Uplands                                                   Hospital and Health Corporation of Marion County

Improving Kids’ Environment                                  Indiana AHEC Program

Indiana CAFO Watch                                            Indiana Department of Environmental Management

Indiana Family & Social Services Administration     Indiana Primary Healthcare Association

Indiana Public Health Association                          Indiana School Boards Association

Indiana University – Bloomington                            Indiana University Health – Bloomington

Indiana University Health – Indianapolis                   Indiana University – Northwest

Indiana University – Southeast                               Indiana University School of Medicine

Indiana University South Bend School of Nursing    IUPUI

Ivy Tech Community College                                 Johnson Memorial Hospital

Lawrence Township Schools                                 Learning Well Inc.

Managed Health Services                                     MDWise Hoosier Alliance

Medical Care & Outcomes LLC                             Memorial Hospital and Health System

Merck & Company Inc.                                         Minority Health Coalition of La Porte County

Minority Health Coalition of Marion County             Monroe County United Ministries

Parkview Hospital                                                Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital

Riley Hospital for Children                                    Saint Joseph County Minority Health Coalition

Schneck Medical Center                                      St. Mary’s Health System

St. Vincent Joshua Max Simon Primary Care        St. Vincent’s Clay Hospital

St. Vincent’s Indianapolis                                     Teva Respiratory

University of Southern Indiana                            US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5

Wishard Hospital


Indiana Joint Asthma Coalition (InJAC)

Adopted June 23, 2005
Revision August 28, 2006
Revision June 16, 2008

Click here to download the InJAC Bylaws

The Indiana Joint Asthma Coalition’s Bylaws are outlined in the following categories:

Article I Organization

Article II Mission of Organization

Article III Members

    • Section 1 General
    • Section 2 Membership Categories
    • Section 3 Organizational Members
    • Section 4 Organizational Partners
    • Section 5 Individual Members
    • Section 6 Membership Fee
    • Section 7 Participation on Committees
    • Section 8 Membership Rights
    • Section 9 Membership Meeting

Article IV Executive Committee

    • Section 1 Executive Committee
    • Section 2 Committees
    • Section 3 Loans to Directors and Conflict of Interest

Article V Officers and Agents

    • Section 1 Selection of Officers
    • Section 2 Duties of Officers
    • Section 3 Compensation of Officers

Article VI Financial Affairs

    • Section 1 Contracts
    • Section 2 Checks
    • Section 3 Investments
    • Section 4 Fiscal Year
    • Section 5 Corporate Indemnification

Article VII Other Issues

    • Section 1 Prohibited Activities
    • Section 2 Designated Representative
    • Section 3 Amending the Bylaws or Articles of Incorporation
    • Section 4 Dissolution Clause (added 6/19/08).


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