2013 Quarterly Newsletter
Volume 1, Issue 1
January – March
Happy New Year! Another year begins in our fight to eliminate health disparities through our mission to empower and motivate the citizens of Marion County to practice community self-reliance and to improve the health status of all minority residents. The Minority Health Coalition of Marion County is committed to providing the community with education about health disparities. We are off to a great start with our events scheduled for 2013. Our first event of the New Year was the Legislative Mixer which was a success. In attendance were community partners and organizations along with several members of the local and state legislation. This event was well received by those who attended and they are looking forward to more events of this kind. Upcoming events for 2013 include the TEEN SUMMIT, the annual Membership Breakfast Forum, “Shower Your Baby with Love” Community Baby Shower, and the TOO Sweet For Your Own Good (Managing Diabetes) Conference.
As we continue to move forward, I charge all of you to get involved with the Minority Health Coalition of Marion County! We are always looking for and welcome new and returning members. We also still need your financial and volunteer support. You are an important partner in helping the Coalition reach more citizens while improving the quality of life in our neighborhoods.
I would like to personally thank our membership, board and staff for all that you do and I look forward to working with everyone in the new year!
Johnnie Washington, MSW
Minority Health Coalition of Marion County
Advocacy and Public Policy Corner
The Minority Health Coalition of Marion County held its Second Annual Legislative Mixer at the Indiana Health Care Association on January 9, 2013. The nearly 40 attendees included MHCMC members as well as leaders and members of partner organizations. The attendees had an opportunity to dine and dialogue with local and state representatives. This event marked the first of many opportunities for MHCMC members to participate in advocacy and public policy activities as a means of raising awareness for health disparities concerns in Marion County. The Coalition is appreciative of the time that Representatives took out of their busy schedules to meet with and talk to concerned citizens. The Coalition is also grateful to MHCMC board member, Dennis Neary for hosting the event.
Pictured: Dennis Neary, Angela Goode, Rep. Ed DeLaney (D-Dist. 86), Johnnie Washington Pictured: Angela Goode, Rep. Karlee D. Macer- (D-Dist. 92), Johnnie Washington Pictured: Johnnie Washington Dennis Neary, , Rep. Robin C.
Shackleford, (D-Dist. 98), Angela Goode
Educating Indiana Leaders Workshop
On January 29, 2013 the MHCMC’s tobacco program staff, Tiffany Nichols and Christopher Hawkins, attended the Educating Indiana Leaders Workshop hosted by the Indiana Latino Institute. The morning was spent learning from health advocates and grassroots leadership trainer, Joseph C. Gagen. A highlight of the workshop was a presentation given by Gruen Von Behrens, a young oral cancer survivor. The afternoon was spent at the Indiana State House educating state and local legislative leaders about the importance of funding comprehensive tobacco prevention and cessation programs. The MHCMC tobacco program staff members were able to share information and raise awareness about tobacco policy issues with Representatives Greg Porter, Charlie Brown and Mara Candelaria Reardon.
For information on current legislative issues relating to tobacco control in the state of Indiana please contact: Tiffany Nichols , MHCMC Tobacco Program Coordinator
Pictured: Gruen Von Behrens (center)
Pictured: Marcela Flores, Maria Luisa Tishner, Rep. Greg Porter, Marlene Dotson, Tiffany Nichols, Danielle Davis and Gina Platten
(Information gathered from the National Conference of State Legislatures)
- HB 1335
Requires the Medical Education Board to establish an education program for first year medical students that addresses health disparities and the disproportional access to health care services affecting racial and ethnic minority groups in Indiana. Failed, Adjourned. (2012)
- Ind. Code § 16-46-6-1 et. seq.- Establishes the Interagency State Council on Black and Minority Health within the state Department of Health.
- Ind. Code § 16-19-14-1 et. seq.- Establishes the Office of Minority Health within the state Department of Health. This chapter expires July 1, 2014.
- HB1011 Central Indiana Transit/Referenda Bill. Likely vote in Full House week of Feb. 18
Follow this link to learn more about your representatives: Who are my local and state representatives?
IMHC Action Day at the Indiana Statehouse
March 7, 2013 (Thursday)
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The IMHC ACTION DAY provides the opportunity to engage our minority health coalitions from communities around the state in educating elected legislators and policy makers on issues that affect the men, women and children that we serve. This is our opportunity to talk about the work and the important role that minority health coalitions play in enhancing the quality of life in underserved communities around the state through research and training, education, advocacy and policy development. This is our opportunity to make ourselves heard!
Please share this with your board members. Details regarding registration, scheduling appointments with legislators and transportation are forthcoming.
For more information contact:
Tony Gillespie at 317-920-4934 or via email at email@example.com
Irasema Rivera at 317-926-3082 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
News in the MHCMC Priority Areas
Smoke-free Laws Linked to Drop in Child Asthma Attacks (source: Reuters)
What Women Need to Know About Heart Disease (source: Indianapolis Star)
Heart Attack Information for Women (source: Office of Women’s Health)
‘Native Generations’ Campaign Connects Urban Indians With Infant Care, Native Support (source: Indian County Today Media Network)
The Minority Health Coalition of Marion County is pleased to recognize the Coalition Coordinator Angela Goode and Health Educator Mary O. Payton for their 10 years of service to the Coalition. Both Ms. Goode and Ms. Payton have served as dedicated leaders in the Coalition’s efforts to reduce and eliminate health disparities in Marion County.
Please join the Coalition in recognizing MHCMC Board Member, Frankye E. Johnson-Shelby, MSW, LCSW, LMFT, LMHC, LCAC, who was named 2012 Region 7 and State Social Worker of the Year
March was officially designated National Social Work Month in 1984 by the White House. Each year the Marion County Public Health Department and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) recognize the dedicated effort and hard work of America’s professional social workers. The theme for this year is: “Weaving Threads of Resilience & Advocacy: The Power of Social Work. Social workers are trained and committed to assist individuals and families prevent and combat difficult situations and problems including, but not limited to: homelessness, drug addiction, family and or domestic violence, teen pregnancy, mental illness, chronic illnesses, suicide, sexually transmitted diseases/infections, and many other issues/conditions that have an impact on individuals and families. Social workers open doors of access and opportunity to those who have the greatest needs; as well as prove to be valuable advocates to and for those who may have “no voice.”
Social workers have made, and continue to make, the world a better place—helping one person, one family, at a time. It is therefore fitting that we pay tribute to Social Workers everywhere, in recognizing March as Professional Social Work Month!
(Submitted by: Frankye E. Johnson-Shelby, MSW, LCSW, LMFT, LMHC, LCAC, Administrator, Marion County Health Dept., Social Services Dept.; and Board Member: Minority Health Coalition of Marion County)
Meetings, Conferences and Workshops
Indianapolis Healthy Start – Fatherhood Forum
February 19, 2013 (Tuesday)
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
As part of our ongoing efforts to increase education and services provided to our community’s fathers, Indianapolis Healthy Start (IHS) is partnering with the Indiana Healthy Marriage and Family Coalition (IHMFC) for two exciting events in February. Indianapolis Healthy Start, a federally funded grant program of the Marion County Public Health Department, provides case management, health education, and outreach services to our community’s highest risk pregnant and parenting moms. In 2012, through a grant from the Indiana Chapter March of Dimes, IHS developed a fatherhood initiative program, aptly named Men Behaving Dadly. Through this program, IHS hopes to help improve resources and services provided to fathers involved in the lives of the women, infants and children who receive IHS case management services. This includes expanded health education classes, events focused on improving fatherhood involvement, and healthy relationship skill-building.
The mission of the IHMFC is to identify and promote the value of healthy marriages and vibrant families. IHMFC, in partnership with IHS, will be hosting a Fatherhood Forum on Tuesday, February 19th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will be held at the Marion County Public Health Department’s Community Building, located at 4012 North Rural Street. The goal of the Fatherhood Forum is to continue in-depth dialogue regarding the necessary steps fathers can take to reach solutions for themselves, their children and families regarding a diverse set of social issues. The ongoing aim is to regularly assemble an experienced and knowledgeable panel of experts with a passion to assist men and fathers with straightforward, no-nonsense information designed to empower and strengthen them in their role as father. Topics of discussion include parenting time, visitation, fathers’ rights, child support, mediation, and support services. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is available online at www.ihmfc.org or by calling 317-927-9558.
The Intersection Between HIV & Domestic Violence
February 20, 2013 (Wednesday)
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sexual coercion and assault have long been tactics used within abusive relationships. However, the increasing prevalence of intentional transmission, medical sabotage and other dynamics around HIV/AIDS in violent relationships requires a broader understanding by providers in both realms. This training will bring together professionals from both communities, examine the history and dynamics of HIV/AIDS and domestic violence, discuss how the two issues combine to create multiple barriers to health and safety and dialog about how domestic violence service agencies and HIV/AIDS providers can work together to best serve survivors living with HIV/AIDS.
To increase knowledge about the medical conditions, psycho emotional effects and other issues inherent in HIV and AIDS.
To increase knowledge about the history, dynamics and effects of domestic violence.
To understand and examine how the dynamics of HIV/AIDS and DV combine to create
To begin dialog between service providers on how to effectively assist survivors living with both HIV/AIDS and domestic violence.
Where: Indiana Community Action Association, 1845 W 18th St., Indianapolis, IN 46202
Led by Caryn Burton, MS, Training Director, ICADV and Karolyn Love, Director, Our Loving Arms, Inc
To Register for training go to http://www.icadvinc.org/ to the newsletter or call Caren Burton @ 317-917-3685 ext 105
Indianapolis Healthy Start – Fatherhood Forum
February 23, 2013 (Saturday)
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
In continuing the partnership, IHMFC and IHS will host a Baby Boot Camp on Saturday, February 23 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Baby Boot Camp is a unique father-to-father, community-based program that inspires and equips men of different economic levels, ages and cultures to become confidently engaged in fatherhood. This exciting three hour session will cover topics such as a father’s role and importance, bonding, and strategies for working with mother. The boot camp will be located at The Villages, Inc. – 3888 North Meridian Street. Registration requires a $30 fee and is available at www.ihmfc.org or by calling 317-927-9558. Limited scholarships are available to help with this fee, so please contact IHMFC today!
If you have any question about the IHS Men Behaving Dadly Fatherhood Initiative or IHMFC’s ongoing programs to support our community’s fathers, please call 317-221-2317 or 317-927-9558.
Save the Date: April 30, 2013
Minority Health Coalition of Marion County Annual Breakfast Forum
Theme – The Circle of Violence: a look at gun control
*Specific location information will be distributed soon
2013 Indiana Joint National Public Health Week Conference
Theme – Public Health is ROI: Save Lives, Save Money
Date – April 2, 2013
Location – Sheraton City Center, Indianapolis
Public Health is ROI: Save Lives, Save Money, calls for us consider the value of public health, and not just in dollars and cents. The value of public health is far-reaching and life-changing and calls for investments that reap these rewards. The conference is a partnership of Indiana Minority Health Coalition, Indiana Public Health Association, Indiana Public Health Training Center, Indiana State Department of Health, Indiana Society for Public Health Education, Indiana University School of Public Health Bloomington, Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI, Purdue University Department of Health and Kinesiology. The event will feature many sessions on finding, sharing, and demonstrating the value of public health. More details to follow soon!
Wednesday, March 6: Webinar – Integrated Pest Management in Schools: Protecting Children from Pests and Pesticides, 2-3 pm.
Pests and pesticides pose risks to the nearly 60 million children and staff who spend considerable periods of time in our nation’s schools. EPA recommends that schools use an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to reduce the economic and health related issues caused by pests and pesticides. This webinar will describe basics of school IPM, the potential health, environmental and economic benefits, and what it takes to put IPM into practice.
Tuesday, March 19: Webinar – Housing and Health: A Look at Effective Interventions for People with Asthma, from 2-3 pm.
Learn how this U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-funded program, Case Healthy Homes & Patients (CHHAP), dramatically reduced hospitalizations of children with asthma by 59%. Dr. Dearborn and Mr. Greenberg will provide details on CHHAP’s interventions, which include environmental health and safety education for patients and their families, and home-based interventions to address issues such as mold and moisture problems. Using this intensive two-component approach, CHHAP collaborates with physicians, home inspectors and families to create a coordinated approach that significantly improves health outcomes. For more information on this and other asthma-related webinars contact Indiana Joint Asthma Coalition
Minority Health/Health Disparities Research and Funding Opportunities
Research Participant Opportunities
Rapid HIV tests are now available in many pharmacies nationwide. Some pharmacies are also providing HIV testing on site. What do men who love other men think about pharmacy based HIV testing as well as over-the-counter HIV tests in Indiana?
Please share this opportunity with colleagues and friends who may wish to
offer brief feedback as part of a study of Indiana gay/bi/trans men ages 18-54. The survey is a 10 minute online anonymous survey and participants will have a chance to win one of eleven $40 Target gift cards.
The study is being conducted by a team of scholars at the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington, the Kinsey Institute and the Department of Gender Studies at Indiana University.
For more information about the study, contact Dr. Beth Meyerson at email@example.com.
To access the survey, follow this link: https://iuhealth.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bp9IWgP5glntCsZ
American Medical Association: Healthy Communities/Healthy America
Deadline: March 15, 2013
The purpose of this funding is to support programs that address diabetes management and education projects for free clinic patients nationwide. The foundation supports the efforts of physicians and other volunteers working at physician-led free clinics to provide quality, affordable health care. Grants must support program-related expenses at clinics in communities where there is little government funding or support.
Multiple grants ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 are available to select applicants. Free clinic programs are eligible to apply.
For more information, follow this link: http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/about-ama/ama-foundation/our-programs/public-health/healthy-communities-healthy.page?
Source: 2013 National Health Observances, National Health Information Center, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.
- National Birth Defects Prevention Month
- Cervical Health Awareness Month
- National Glaucoma Awareness Month
About MHCMC and Membership Information
The work of reducing improving the health of minority populations in Marion County cannot be done without the collaborative effort of our members. We need YOU!
Member benefits: Empowering and promoting healthy lifestyles in Marion County. This is done through advocacy, disease prevention, referrals, community awareness, community outreach, community self-reliance and program services.
Individual $25.00 Seniors/Disabled age 62 and over $20.00
Non-Profit Organization $50.00 College Students $20.00
For Profit Organization $200.00 High School & Middle School Students $10.00
Associate Membership: $50.00
To become a member, please fill out this MEMBERSHIP FORM
2013 Meeting Schedule
April 3, 2013 3:00 PM
June 5, 2013 3:00 PM
August 7, 2013 3:00 PM
October 2, 2013 3:00 PM
December 4, 2013 3:00 PM
Current MHCMC Board Members
Johnnie Washington, MSW– President
Dennis Neary – Vice President
Indiana Health Care Association
Re’Nita O’Bannon – Secretary
Eli Lily & Co
Congressman Andre’ Carson 7th District Office, Indiana
Martha Bonds – Parliamentarian
AMH Business Solutions LLC
Frankye Johnson, MSW, LCSW, LMFT, LMHC
Marion County Public Health Department
RK Connection & Associates
Christina Mushi-Brunt, PhD, MPH
Indiana University- Department of Health Sciences
C. J. Liu, PhD
Indiana University – Department of Occupational Therapy
Teasa Thompson, MPH
Affecting Cancer Together™
Purdue University Center for Cancer Research
Call for Newsletter Submissions
If you or your organization would like to submit a newsletter item for the next MHCMC Quarterly Newsletter, please send an email Christina Mushi-Brunt at firstname.lastname@example.org. The next newsletter submission deadline is March 22, 2013.