Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Diaper Drive

Help Anthem HealthKeepers Plus meet this challenge! Your workplace can collect diapers - or funds - and Anthem staff will arrange to come by your office to pick up your donation!

Next time you shop - pick up a pack of can change a baby's life!

For more information, please contact Tresserlyn Jones, Health Promotions Consultant at (757) 875-5785 or email

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Minnesota Department of Health is pleased to announce the launch of a new, free, online training. The training was developed as part of an EPA grant and is titled, Reducing Environmental Triggers of Asthma in the Home, or RETA-Home. This training is designed for public health nurses (PHNs) and certified asthma educators (AE-Cs) and takes about 40 minutes to complete. It teaches about the triggers of asthma found in the home and suggests simple, realistic interventions that helps limit or eliminate exposure to these triggers.

The program also features a resource section that can be accessed after the training has been completed.

To view this training program, please go to:
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Kathleen Norlien, M.S., CPH
Research Scientist
Asthma Program, MDH
85 E. 7th Place
PO. Box 64882
St. Paul, MN 55164-0882
Phone: (651) 201-4613
FAX: (651) 201-5898

Asthma survey

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is conducting a brief online survey among all types of public health professionals as part of a CDC funded asthma project in order to better understand the role of certain public health services regarding asthma.

• The survey is conducted via Survey Monkey™ and is completely anonymous.

• Click on the following link to take the survey:

Please forward this email freely to all of your public health colleagues, not just those in asthma – the more responses we get, the better our results!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me for more information. Thank you in advance for taking and sharing our short survey!
Best Regards,

Jacqui Vok

Monday, May 2, 2011

Moms Matter Gala

My name is Lilly Smith, the Loving Steps Resource Mothers program coordinator at Eastern Virginia Medical School. The Loving Steps program is a federally funded community-based program to lower infant mortality and improve the health of mothers and babies. And one of the steps is to improve the self esteem of these low-income, struggling mothers and mothers-to-be.
For the past five years in May, the Loving Steps program celebrated motherhood by inviting the families to what we call the, "Moms Matter Gala". Last year we partnered with members of the community to provide each woman attending who desired one with an after five/semi-formal outfit. This project was such a success, it was decided that it would be worth repeating.
I am requesting your help to make this possible by donating your gently used semi-formal/after five dresses. The event is scheduled for May 24, 2011. Please help us put smiles on pretty faces, and show your support. We are requesting the dresses be turned in by May 16, 2011. If you are interested in making a donation, please contact me at 757-683-9173.

A2 Nurse Update - Congratulations

Congratulations to our newest nationally certified asthma educator (AE-C) and CINCH Asthma & Allergy School Nurse Expert, Debbie Barnes with Portsmouth Public Schools! Portsmouth Public Schools will benefit greatly from your expertise and commitment to improve asthma management across the school system. We appreciate both Debbie’s effort and commitment and the commitment of the school system to participate in this ground-breaking program – the first of its kind in the country.
That makes seven school nurses in Hampton Roads that are now nationally certified asthma educators! 100% pass rate (68% pass rate nationally)!

Liz Ayers, Chesapeake
Michelle Prescott, Chesapeake
Joanie Haury, Gloucester
Janet Duey, Hampton
Jennifer Rashid, Newport News
Monica White, Newport News
Debbie Barnes, Portsmouth
We are grateful to our CINCH Respiratory Health Work Group for their development and support of this project, and our funders past (Virginia Asthma Coalition/Virginia Department of Health’s Asthma Control Project) and present (American Lung Association Asthma Friendly Schools Initiative and Eastern Virginia Medical School Department of Pediatrics) for making this program possible. We look forward to many more nurses in our region becoming nationally certified.
Thank you all for your support and participation, and congrats again to Debbie and Liz, our two newest AE-C’s! This has been a good week for kids with asthma in Hampton Roads, indeed.
Dear NAEPP Coordinating Committee and School Subcommittee,
I wanted to let you know that CDC will be releasing a Vital Signs focused on asthma this Tuesday, May 3rd (also World Asthma Day).
CDC Vital Signs offers recent data and calls to action for important public health issues ( This program is a call to action each month concerning a single, important public health topic. CDC believes that by focusing on a single topic using multiple media devices, the states might better identify these health problems in their area and work towards their improvement.
Here’s what CDC will do:
1. Hold a media teleconference at noon on May 3;

2. Release an asthma MMWR Early Release May 3;

3. Publish a professionally designed Fact Sheet for consumer audiences, a dedicated website that mirrors the Fact Sheet on the topic;

4. Issue a media release;

5. Send out a series of announcements via social media tools (Twitter,Facebook, etc.);

6. Send out a Capitol Hill alert through CDC-Washington Office.

I’d like to invite you to join us in sharing the asthma Vital Signs on May 3 by:

1. Spotlighting the Asthma Vital Signs on your organization’s website, with a link to CDC’s Vital Signs page:

2. Announcing to your membership through newsletters, listservs, e-bulletins, etc.

3. Using your organization’s social media tools.

4. Sharing the MMWR, fact sheet and press release with your organization’s media/public affairs team.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Thank you all for your help!
Paul Garbe, DVM, MPH
Chief, Air Pollution and Respiratory Health Branch
National Center for Environmental Health