The Indiana Joint Asthma Coalition (InJAC) was first established in 2003 as 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 partner agencies.
- Work cooperatively and constructively with Indiana’s Asthma Program at the Indiana State Department of Health and other state agencies; and
- Increase public awareness of asthma as a serious chronic disease and on improving the knowledge and skills of patients regarding the detection, treatment, and control of asthma, particularly among high-risk populations.
Rachael Casey is the director of the Indiana Joint Asthma Coalition, the only statewide coalition that focuses on asthma. Ms. Casey received a BA in psychology from Stockton University and an MPH from Indiana University in 2020. After moving to Indiana in 2015, Ms. Casey became quickly involved in current public health efforts, working for the state and local health department, as well as conducting public policy research for Indiana University. Ms. Casey is passionate about addressing health disparities and increasing public health programming in Indiana.