The Indiana Joint Asthma Coalition (InJAC) was first established in 2003 as a group of individuals and organizations interested in reducing the burden of asthma in Indiana. The initial charge of InJAC was to formulate Indiana’s first State Asthma Plan. They now:
- Coordinate the development and implementation of the strategic plan for addressing asthma in Indiana.
- Provide asthma-related trainings and presentations across the state to healthcare professionals, schools, non-profit organizations, hospitals, local health departments, and community members.
- Work cooperatively and constructively with Indiana’s Asthma Program at the Indiana Department of Health and other state agencies; and
- Increase public awareness of asthma as a serious chronic disease, in addition to improving the knowledge and skills of patients regarding the detection, treatment, and control of asthma, particularly among high-risk populations.
Lead of the Indiana Joint Asthma Coalition
Courtney Stewart graduated from Indiana University in 2008 with a Master’s degree in Public Health. She has had a variety of roles in public health, including translating substance abuse prevention research into various formats, from radio to newsletters. Courtney also had experience with project and case management while working with older adults and most recently as an Extension Educator with Purdue Extension. As the Coalition Lead of the Indiana Joint Asthma Coalition (InJAC), a Connections IN Health initiative at Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute within the Indiana University School of Medicine, Courtney seeks to improve the overall health of Indiana citizens through collaboration of state and community coalitions focusing on improving asthma education, reducing the prevalence of asthma related outcomes and increasing access to asthma related treatments statewide.