The Public Education workgroup aims to increase public awareness of asthma as a serious chronic disease and improve on the knowledge and skills of patients regarding the detection, treatment, and control of asthma, particularly among high-risk populations. Strategies for this group address asthma education and public awareness; asthma information resources; peer education and social support; access to quality asthma education programs; and asthma coalition building.
Getting Social for Asthma
In 2011, members of the Public Education workgroup decided to expand their web presence. While InJAC has had a website for several years, the coalition‟s presence on sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn are on-going outreach efforts.
Not only have these sites allowed InJAC to reach new audiences, they also work as excellent networking tools with other asthma, health and environmental-focused organizations.
In early 2012, with the sites less than six months old, the combined membership on InJAC's various social networks included more than 150 people and organizations around Indiana and the United States.
The Public Education workgroup meets on the second Wednesday of each month, in person at InJAC's offices and via teleconverence. Contact Public Education co-chairs
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