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.
Why care about asthma?
In 2009, an estimated 435,000 (9.1%) Indiana adults and 150,000 (9.9%) children reported currently having asthma. More than 13% of adults and nearly 15% of children reported having been diagnosed with asthma at some point during their lifetime.
Asthma is a leading cause of absenteeism for both children and adults, from school and the workplace. While asthma is incurable, the majority of asthma attacks are preventable with proper education and planning, on the parts of the patients, health care providers, and those involved with asthma sufferers day to day.
Members of InJAC have advocated for Indiana's statewide smoking ban, to protect asthmatics in their workplace, as well as smoke-free and idle-free campuses around the state, to protect our children's lung health.
InJAC also works to improve our environmental health, knowing cleaner outdoor air and indoor environments can be the difference between healthy living or life attached to a rescue inhaler.
And it's important to remember that patients are not the only ones who need to be well-informed about asthma. InJAC members include dozens of medical professionals around the state who are constantly working to improve asthma diagnosis, treatment and prevention among health care workers.
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.
Click on the links below to learn more about each work group:
Conference and Events
Asthma Team-Based Care
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