2013_01_15 ICAP Minutes

 

Interagency Coalition on Adolescent Pregnancy (ICAP)

 

 

MINUTES 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

401 Hungerford Dr., Tan Conference Room

Rockville,MD


Shari Argue and Andrea Coleman, co-chairs, welcomed everyone and asked members to introduce themselves. 

 

ICAP Update

  • Ilene introduced Ann Dorsey, who is volunteering to administer and update the ICAP website.  Ann is excited to learn about ICAP and its member organizations and is looking forward to improving the website to meet the needs of the members.  Please email.icap@gmail.com with your agency updates.
  • Ilene announced that the state will not be able to provide funds for a teen parent conference this year.  Due to reorganization within the Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene, Office of Child and Maternal Health, they will not be able to fund for this year or next. 
  • Ilene is surveying school nurses as to what, if anything, they'd like for their students in lieu of the conference.  Depending on their responses (visits toMont.College, speakers to their schools, etc.), we may collect, collate and bag resource information and giveaways to deliver to pregnant and parenting students in the schools.

 

Member Agency Presentation

  A Wider Circle (AWC)   Liz Anne Ganiban, Educational Coordinator

           A Wider Circle was founded 11 years ago by Mark Bergel.  They have a warehouse in Silver Spring filled with furniture and other basic items for people in need. Clients can make appointments to "shop" but must provide their own transportation for getting the furniture delivered to their homes.  Referrals are not necessary but could help expedite an appointment - see www.a widercircle.com/partnerreferral.html.  AWC also offers educational programs in public housing for elderly and disabled and in their adult education center. classes on nutrition, stress management and healthy parenting are free and include dinner, childcare and transportation form the Silver Spring Metro station. The Well Mother, Well Baby currently offers small group educational groups at Northwood, Einstein, Kennedy, Richard Montgomery and Watkins Mill high schools. They can also match the teen mom with a mentor and complete the course with a baby shower.

 

Member Agency Information and Updates

Brenda McQuay, United Healthcare - Baby Blocks is their reward system to encourage new mothers to complete their post-delivery medical visits.

Lidia De La O, LAYC Maryland Multicultural Youth Center- They are currently enrolling students for February GED classes. They have a special GED program for students ages 17-24 that includes an internship at Conservation Job Corps. Five spaces are left in that class.  Annual Job Fair will be at the Silver Spring Civic Center on April 6 from 10am to 3pm.

Mary Elena Guevara, Planned Parenthood - Currently have 3 youth leaders and still looking for 3 more.

Manuela Plaza, TAYA – Now accepting Aetna insurance.  Looking for a part-time receptionist for the Gaithersburg office on Thursdays from 9:30am to 5:30pm.  Contact Giselle Pautrat for educational presentations.

Tania Hindert, Mary's Center - They are a federally-qualified health center with offices in DC and Flower Avenue in Silver Spring.  Currently recruiting with Identity for their Be Yourself prevention program.

Susan and Mary Manan, Young Mothers Against Tobacco - Always looking for venues at which YMAT can talk about the dangers of smoking and second-hand smoke.

Debbie Reese, Public Health, Germantown Clinic - Nurses case manage pregnant women and teens.Germantown clinic is providing flu shots on January 18. 

Lisa Euliss, WIC – Please remember to refer all pregnant and new moms to WIC and remind them they must come in every 3 months to be re-certified and pick up their coupons. (see attached flyers)

Rebecca Larew & Lisette Orellana, Crittenton Services - They've experienced some staff changes but are busy planning conferences for their girls.  Please send resource information that would be helpful.

Sheilah O'Connor, Improved Pregnancy Outcomes, FIMR, CAT - Next CAT meeting is January 22 from 2-5pm at 401 Hungerford.  Will include advocacy training by Lynn Cook to help communicate effectively about efforts to reduce infant mortality and related racial disparities.

Cindy Mogel, Sheriff's Office & DVCC -  Choose Respect Montgomery conference is Sunday, March 3 from 1pm-4:30pm at Germantown campus of Montgomery College. For more information call 240-777-5573 or go to http://bit.ly/o8j01.  Also, there will be tables for information sharing so contact Cindy if you'd like to have a resource table.

Sandy Yagel, Little Hands - Music and movement classes for teen parents and their children. New session starts January 22. CallSandyat 301-570-0033. (see attached flyer)

Mary Lou Beane, MCHIP -Montgomery County has a new MCO -- Medstar.

Pat Keating, Holy Cross – Six-session teen prenatal classes starts February 6 at Holy Cross. To increase their presence upcounty, they are holding a health fair/event at Germantown Library on Saturday, June 15 - on safety and nutrition. 

Mary Brewster, Amerigroup -  Amerigroup has merged with Wellpoint. They have hired two new Ob/Gyn case managers.

Cornelia Gregory, Child Care Subsidies – The WPA waiting list was lifted on November 19 and now POC will open its waiting list on March 11. Contact Cornelia if you need assistance with teens applying for child care subsidies. She is the teen parent liaison.

Carlita Sanchez, Amerigroup - They continue to educate their members about the dangers of lead poisoning and the need to test babies before age 2. Their Baby and Me packets include coupons for gift cards if new mothers complete their post partum checkups.  

Jim Walters, Montgomery College - They worked with the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy to develop teaching modules about good choice making for college students and now they're working to include these in their health and first year experience classes.

Helen Nolan, Skillful Parenting - Helen could not attend the meeting but sent the following message:  "NASW has a great resource of free downloadable posters.  There are 9 posters altogether with practical tips, 6 are on child abuse, 2 on elder abuse, and one on abusive relationships. The  link is:   www.nasw-md.org  Go to right side of home page and click on CHOICES POSTERS; then click on Download and Print the Posters. They are copyrighted."

Shari Argue, Lourie Center, Early Head Start - They now have two new child care centers in Wheaton and Rockville that could be a resource to students at those two high schools.  Noted the article in the Washington Post on Friday, January 11 about the child care center at Northwestern High School in PG County. They are hiring a new Education Coordinator and are looking for someone with early childhood development credentials.

 

Next meeting:   February 19, 2013, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.