Quarterly Meeting Minutes
August 14, 2013
Robin Costley, Lisa Cauldwell, Stephanie Thornberry, Lynne Arrowsmith, , Danette Short, Caitlin Neal, Sara Underwood, Cindy Fiscus
Call-ins: Dan Wilson, Maria Louisa Tischner, Trisha Washington
Welcome and introductions went around the room:
- Those present introduced themselves to the group
AROUND THE ROOM UPDATES:
Dan Wilson, IU Health Pulmonary Program
- Has been volunteering for the AAI as able. Is in clinic Monday through Friday.
- Feels there is a need to resurrect the Coaches Clipboard program. He is seeing PE teachers that do not understand that some of these children aren’t faking their dyspnea, it’s real. Education is needed. We can also provide the flyer to the family to take to the PE teacher to request education. MCPHD can meet with them in person for education and provide clipboard. We have seen many barriers over the past 10 years getting the Coaches Clipboard to the right people. Dan will assist Robin in more promotion of the Clipboard to get the education where it is needed.
Barriers to getting the Coaches Clipboard participants are that they do not receive any education credits to do the Coaches Clipboard program. Cindy Fiscus from Riley shared that they have a nurses event in July and she would be glad to promote next year at the event. Also suggested to have a push at the IASN program in the fall.
- Dan suggested that we have a letter for potential donors for asthma management items for schools. Robin will work on it and send it out next week.
- Dan shared that the NAECB sent out a notification stating that recertification for AE-C can be done with 35 CEU’s in 5 years. You need to submit your certificate and program description.
The exam recertification last for 7 years
AE-C’s currently expired have until July 21, 2014 to complete requirements.
There is a link on-line with a packet concerning the CEU requirements.
Maria Louisa Tischner, Indiana Latino Institute
- shared that she has been passing out asthma materials that were provided by MCPHD to 3 events;
1.- Latino Family Day at the Indiana State Fair, Aug 4th
2. Latino Mayor’s Soccer Tournament, Aug 3rd
3. DORS Back to School Bash (Christel House, 2717 South East St.)
She requested more materials for future events that ILI will be participating. Anyone who has events and would like to share some of our great asthma materials let me know.
Trisha Washington – Aerocrine
- Looking for health fairs and events where they can provide spirometry and nitrous oxide testing. trisha.washington@ aerocrine.com
Stephanie Thornberry, MCPHD School Wellness Coordinator
- Working on wellness programs in the schools. Heads the Wellness Council.
- Lisa Cauldwell would like to present to the group in January re; environment and InJAC would like to have a slot next year to present the statewide asthma action plan
- Shared the Super School program where children in classrooms move and do activities while they are learning. Shared positive outcomes.
Lynne Arrowsmith, MCPHD Tobacco Cessation
- Promoting the quit line which now expanded its program to include youth 13-17 years old. She shared the new materials that will promote the ITPC tag line; “Talk to Your Doctor material will be available in Spanish at a later date.
- Talked about quit line and incentive; patches or gum for the first 2 weeks for anyone with Medicaid, Medicare or Wishard Advantage. They do not offer to those with private insurance.
- Lynne also shared that there are 2 dates for the Fever games where we have the opportunity to have a table and provide education to Fever fans. Here is the next Fever game table opp –Aug 21!! I think whoever goes should probably use the MCPHD table cloth.
SFI/Cessation is signed up for Sept 7 but I have not had much response to helping me with it. So, it may be up for grabs, too. This would be evening games to arrive around 6pm.
Cindy Fiscus, Riley Asthma Education Coordinator
3rd day in position. She is in charge of all in-patient and out-patient asthma education. Riley plans to participate in AAI meetings. Mary Krespach, RRT who has been involved previously will probably be the point person for our coalition.
Caitlyn Neal, InJAC
- Working on the statewide asthma action plan, pilot phase. Some changes will be made to address the concerns of the IDOE. This will be available in March/ April once we have letters of support from organizations that have agreed to partner with this initiative. December the plan will be re-accessed for the final version.
- There is a survey monkey that addresses each section of the Statewide Asthma Management Plan. The link to the survey monkey website is: https:www.surveymoinkey.com/s/IndianaAMP
- InJAC is also working on next year’s conference and is looking for topics to address at the May event.
Sara Underwood, GlaxoSmithKline, Pharmaceutical Representative for Hospitals
- Sara’s job has changed a bit. She is now working with products through hospitals. She will still participate in the AAI.
- There are new online education materials available concerning the disease state and education which includes work from Scientists, Educators. www.gsk.com
Danette Short, St. Vincent Asthma Community Outreach
- Already in schools and community for the school year.
- Ramping up for influx of clients/ patients with the weather changes we have been experiencing during August.
- Lost AE-C, AAI member Lisa Flynn who was the educator in the pediatric asthma program. Too early to tell the impact it has had on outcomes.
- As President of InJAC, Danette confirmed information concerning the Statewide Asthma Action Plan that Caitlyn shared above.
- Danette shared that Dr. Michael Busk will present at our November meeting on his asthma database and a focus on asthma and smokers.
Lisa Cauldwell, MCPHD, Indoor Air Coordinator
- Still getting numerous calls on mold. Call Lisa @ 221-2170 for any referrals which she receives from school nurses, hospitals, and the MCPHD Asthma Program.
- MCPDH does not do testing for mold. This is because there are no regulations for mold. Water issues are the code violation. Seeing clients for air conditioning units that are not draining properly and causing mold issues. Chimney flashing issues due to hail damage.
- Southwest side fire in July. MCPHD is involved in additional clean-up
Robin Costley, MCPHD Asthma Program, AAI Coalition Manager
- Suggested that educators include the importance of parents picking up the asthma meds and devices at the end of the school year. Wasting expensive asthma management items. Dr. Reinoso is very grateful for the medications and devices that she CAN use in her missionary work in Kenya and Haiti but there are now regulations that she cannot bring in expired medications.
- AAI has a new brochure that was shared. We are in the process of getting it translated into Spanish.
- Asthma Program @ MCPHD is getting numerous calls from school nurses and clinic assistants for assistance with spacers, nebulizer kits, pediatric masks and nebulizer machines. Members shared ideas. A form letter from AAI that members can give to potential donors. Robin will work on this and send out to members. Some of those suggestions were school foundations, hospital foundations. Many of the HCP’s are not giving out spacers with current medical economic changes.
- FYI: Call from member in community. Didn’t have a HCP. Bought his recue inhalers on the street.
- Does anyone have an asthma action plan for people that cannot read? Robin is looking for one to use in home visits.
- Alpha Kappa Alpha Omega Chapter was a huge partner assisting us with the MCPHD Covering Kids Back to School Day. Sherry Brown and her Debutante’s were passing out asthma action plans while people entered the event. These girls were confident and very assertive and essentially helped us reach our goal to get the asthma action plans out to the children with asthma to prepare for schools.
- Member Jessica DeCook- Byrne is keeping our Facebook page updated. Please visit the page and “like” AAI. We have had some great discussions on our FB page.
She has been very helpful to the Asthma Alliance doing community outreach and other events for the AAI. She is also featured in the Asthma and Allergy Magazine in an article about managing her daughter’s asthma. I will link to it on our website when it becomes available.
- Thank you to the members and MCPHD employees who have helped us fulfill the requests for asthma education at community events. Thank you to Dan Wilson, Mary Ann Skomp, Jillian Hicks, Sharron Crowder, Stephanie Thornberry, Maria Louisa Tischner and Cecelia Morris-Walton. I hope I didn’t miss anyone.
- Receiving calls for prescription assistance now that Medicaid co-pays have increased.
- Go to www.needymeds.org to assist you in finding the right drug assistance program to fit their needs.