September 17, 2008
Children & Youth -Deb Lulling, Michelle Mease, Lisa Reed, Gretta Achenbach, Nancy Lloyd, Sharon Crowder,
Data & Surveillance-Hesam Lahsaee, Linda Stemnock, Elizabeth Hamilton-Byrd
Environmental Quality-Kim Irwin, Brett Aschliman, Judy Van Dyke, Ingrid Ritchie
Health Care Providers Committee-Fred Leickly, MD, Dan Stephens, Judith Ganser, Bill Runyon, MD, Scott
Wagner, John Osting, Girish Vitalpur MD, Jonathan Barclay
Public Education-Joe Marchant, Kathy Such, Trisha Dane
Craig Freeze- Merck
Kristin Hobson- IU
Mindy King- IU
Joanne Maller- St. Joe
Natasha Stohlman- Dey
Welcome- Dr. Fred Leickly
Meeting minutes from June 19, 2008 meeting were approved.
Marcie Memmer -ISDH Update
1. ISDH website has been revamped and you can now find the asthma website at
www.asthma.in.gov. The burden report is on the home page, as well as supplements to the original
document. Breatheasyville should be available soon.
2. New publications on website include Back to School Checklists for both school nurses and parents.
3. Vehicle idling brochure is now available. Contact Marcie or Trisha for copies.
4. Completed grant application for Visiting Lectureship Program on 2 Hand Smoke. Dr. Ellen Hahn
from the University of Kentucky has agreed to be the speaker. Also working with Riley School of
Medicine to speak at Child Care Conference. ITPC has partnered with ISDH for a lunch and learn
on policy development.
Results of InJAC Evaluation by Kristin Hobson were very positive. Recommendations include:
1. Consider restructuring current InJAC leadership positions to allow for multi-year terms
2. Add a Membership Committee to systematically access coalition membership
3. Provide updates on coalition activities to InJAC members and partners (currently done at quarterly
4. Require workgroups to systematically access progress towards their objectives and develop strategies for
action on a regular basis
5. Encourage workshops to meet on a more regular basis in order to maintain momentum and accomplish
6. Prior to attaining 501(c)3 status, reexamine the benefits and drawbacks of becoming incorporated.
For a full copy of this report, please contact Kristin at email@example.com.
Indiana Hospitalization Discharge Data by Hesam Lahsaee- ISDH Asthma Program. Using 2005 data, Hesam
compared number of patients admitted for hospitalization by age, race, and other qualifiers. For more information or
questions about this presentation, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health by Design – The Overlap of the Built Environment and Public Health by Kim Irwin
There is an emerging movement in Central Indiana to bring together advocates of community design, transportation and health
to support healthy and active living. Initially conceived in the summer of 2006, this movement has prompted the development of
a new coalition, Health by Design, which has a diverse and growing membership. Members and partners include non-profit
organizations, government entities, academia, private industries, businesses, and environmental groups. Health by Design is
comprised of community planners; designers; architects; builders; and transportation, public and environmental health,
recreation and safety personnel.
The priority goals of Health by Design are to:
Increase neighborhood, city and regional connectivity
Increase walking, biking and other public transit options
Encourage land use decision making that promotes public health
Reduce dependency on automobiles
For more information, please contact Kim at email@example.com.
Analysis of InJAC’s Ability to Provide Input to Public Policy Issues by Ingrid Ritchie-Environmental Quality
Workgroup. Discussion draft distributed to members included how we could/should handle public policy issues
through resolutions, emergency actions, designated representatives and collaboration. Executive Committee will
meet to discuss. In the meantime, if you have any legislative items relevant to InJAC, please contact Kim Irwin at
Data & Surveillance- Report given by Hesam Lahsaee- Analyzing data from the Call Back Survey which included
Public Education- Report given by Trisha Dane- Resource guide is now on the ISDH website.
Working on evaluating the media campaign to see how effective it was - data from our push for airings during
Asthma Awareness Month are poor, but are not complete (Ad Council only monitors two of our four radio PSA's and
only in two cities). There were 3 airings of TV PSA's during May. There was also no response on our surveys to
providers regarding our print materials.
Children & Youth – Report given by Phyllis Lewis- Phyllis and Julie Slavens received funding through their job to
look at asthma data in 50 Indiana schools. Trisha Dane- working on Child Care Provider training project. Working
with Anthem to get funding for educational items and incentives such as spray bottles with messages about
cleaning products; birthday calendars with asthma messages based on the seasons, and Merck is providing
coloring books. Training program is still being created, and should be available online or in person.
Environmental Quality- Report given by Kim Irwin- The group worked on the Analysis of InJAC’s Ability to Provide
Input to Public Policy Issues topic (presented by Ingrid).
Health Care Providers- Report given by Dr. Frederick Leickly. Finished 10 slide PowerPoint presentation to
summarize the 470 pages of new guidelines. The next step is to blow up each section into smaller sections.
1. Pediatric Pulmonary Update-October 29 at Ritz Charles. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
2. Invitation from Merck & Co- InJAC members are invited to a medical presentation program only for
healthcare professionals that will focus on Heterogeneity in Asthma. Speaker: Anne Fuhlbrigge, M.D.
Brigham & Womens Hospital, Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School. Tuesday, September 23 ,
6:30 pm; Dunaways in Indianapolis. RSVP 800-737-2088 x 42673 Tina Topalian.
3. Marcie indicated that she has been contacted by several pharmaceutical companies to talk about what
resources they could offer to InJAC. It was suggested by the group to keep everything non-branded. This is
another topic to be discussed by the Executive Committee as to how InJAC can/should proceed and take
advantage of the excellent resources and make them available to InJAC workgroups and members.
Last InJAC Meeting for 2008- Thursday, December 11 1:30 pm-4:00 pm at Indiana State Dept of Health, 2
North Meridian St. Indianapolis, 8 floor conference room.