Indiana Community Action Network E-newsletter
October 2016 issue

 

EVENTS

TRI-CAP Hosts Mammogram Events in Honor of October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month

NEWS

The Indiana Community Action Network Adds Three New ROMA Trainers

COMMUNITY IMPACT

Insulation Project to Save Low-Income Households Tens of Thousands in Energy Costs

ICAP Serves as Child Safety Seat Inspection Station for Parents, Caregivers

HOPE Transit Helps Disabled, Elderly Through Medical Transportation Services

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Pictured Above: The Deaconess Mobile Breast Center arrives at the Jasper TRI-CAP office for the Oct. 3 mammogram event.

TRI-CAP Hosts Mammogram Events in Honor of October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month

TRI-CAP celebrated Breast Cancer Awareness Month by making mammograms more accessible to women at three mobile mammogram events in October.

Two locations have hosted the events so far, including the Jasper TRI-CAP office on Oct. 3 and the Deaconess Clinic in Petersburg on Oct. 10. Walk-in mammogram appointments and tours of the RV were available on the day of the events. 

The Deaconess Mobile Breast Center is the only mobile breast center in southern Indiana to offer 3D mammography, and the service is designed to ensure all women have access to an annual screening mammogram, regardless of their ability to pay or travel to a breast imaging center.

One More Event Available!
• Wednesday, Oct. 12 | Boonville TRI-CAP Office | 499 W. State Route 62, Boonville

Schedule Your Appointment
Anyone can register for an appointment by calling (812) 450-MAMM or visiting deaconess.com/mobilemammo.

For the best coverage, participants are encouraged to contact their insurance companies in advance to ask if Deaconess Health System is considered “in-network.” Participants without insurance may be eligible for financial assistance.

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The Indiana Community Action Network Adds
Three New ROMA Trainers

The Indiana Community Action Association is happy to introduce three new Nationally Certified ROMA TrainersJulie Hackerd of Area IV Agency on Aging and Community Action Programs, Susan Laughlin of PACE Community Action Agency and Joel Troxell of Interlocal Community Action Program, Inc.

This certification is part of the National ROMA Peer-to-Peer Training (NPtP) program designed for community action professionals. ROMA stands for "Results-Oriented Management and Accountability." As part of the training, the candidates are required to complete online modules, four days of classroom training, practice sessions and presentations.

The presentations are the final step prior to certification. Candidates present two of the ROMA modules to an audience while having the presentation recorded. The recordings are sent to a ROMA Master Trainer who reviews the videos to determine whether or not the candidates' presentations demonstrated enough competency to allow them to deliver the ROMA curriculum to others.

Julie, Susan and Joel will join these other Nationally Certified ROMA Trainers in Indiana:
• LaTonia Newhouse of REAL Services
• Anna Schoon of Northwest Indiana Community Action
• Pam Vicars of Western Indiana Community Action
• Ed Gerardot of the Indiana Community Action Association

This certification allows these individuals to train CAA staff and board members on ROMA concepts and also assist agencies in the strategic planning process.

IN-CAA would like to congratulate Julie, Susan and Joel on their accomplishments.

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Insulation Project to Save Low-Income Households Tens of Thousands in Energy Costs

Thanks to the efforts of volunteers, AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) members and several organizations, 22 low-income families in Monroe County will now live in homes with well-insulated attics.

In just six weeks during July and August, a team of nine NCCC members participated in a pilot Attic Insulation and Sealing Program by air-sealing and insulating 22 homes, reducing the participants’ annual utility costs by an estimated $5,313 this year. The NCCC members were trained by Monroe County Energy Challenge volunteers, and their work was inspected by a licensed professional.

With predicted utility costs, the project is expected to result in savings of more than $84,000 over the next 10 years. The project will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 46,323 pounds per year, while also improving the comfort and warmth of the families living in the insulated homes.  

“We are thrilled with the results of the Attic Insulation and Sealing Program and are actively looking for ways to expand the program in the future,” said Jackie Duemler, the Monroe County Energy Challenge outreach coordinator.

The Partners
The project was made possible through the coordination of:
• Jackie Duemler, Jacqui Bauer and Eric Chalfant of the Monroe County Energy Challenge
• Woodie Bessler of the Southern Indiana Renewable Energy Network
• Terry Quigley of the South Central Community Action Program (SCCAP)
• Nolan Hendon and Alex Jorck of City of Bloomington Utilities
• Loren Stumpner of Stumpner’s Building Services
• Doug Clausman of Advanced Energy Solutions
Vectren Foundation

The project was funded by a $20,000 grant from the Vectren Foundation to South Central Community Action Program (SCCAP), as well as by smaller grants and donations.

This is the second major grant Vectren has made to support the Monroe County Energy Challenge. Vectren previously provided a $58,603 grant to SCCAP for Monroe County Energy Challenge initiatives and outreach. These included purchasing and equipping an EnergyMobile, a Toyota Prius V hybrid that’s used to share information and materials for energy efficiency in schools, workplaces and neighborhoods.

"The Monroe County Energy Challenge is a great way not only to educate people about the importance of energy conservation, but to build community by engaging residents in the process,” said Tom Moore, manager of community engagement for the Vectren Foundation.

The Future of the Program
The Monroe County Energy Challenge is currently looking at ways to continue the Attic Insulation and Sealing Program now that the AmeriCorps members have moved on to do work in other communities.

Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton proclaimed Aug. 31 “NCCC AmeriCorps Team Oak 7 Day” in Bloomington, in honor of the hard work that was completed by members in contributing to energy conservation and the well-being of low-income households.

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ICAP Serves as Child Safety Seat Inspection Station for Parents, Caregivers

Interlocal Community Action Program, Inc. (ICAP) is a Child Safety Seat Inspection Station, a place where parents and caregivers can make an appointment to have their child safety seats inspected by a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST). 

During an inspection, the technician:
• Evaluates the way that the child is currently traveling (including the fit and installation of the seat)
• Checks the child's current restraint for recalls
• Instructs the parent or caregiver on any changes that are needed to ensure the child restraint is properly used and installed.  

This is a free service, and all parents and caregivers are encouraged to schedule an appointment to visit one of approximately 103 Child Safety Seat Inspection Stations located across Indiana.

Find a list of Child Safety Seat Inspection Station locations at SafeKids.org.

To schedule your appointment at ICAP, please call (765) 529-4403.

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HOPE Transit Helps Disabled, Elderly Through
Medical Transportation Services

Cory Thompson (pictured above on right) has lived in Benton County all of her life with her mother. Due to disabilities, neither Cory nor her mother are able to drive themselves to necessary medical appointments. Benton County is a small rural area with minimal medical services available. Most residents must seek medical services in Lafayette-West Lafayette, which is more than 30 miles away from Cory and her mother.

For more than eight years, Cory accompanied her mother to her appointments using HOPE Transit, a program coordinated by Stan Minnick at Area IV Agency on Aging and Community Action Programs. HOPE (Helping Other People Everyday) Transit provides non-emergency, medical transportation to people over 60 years old, people with disabilities and people eligible for Medicaid.

Recently Cory’s mother was admitted to a long-term care facility, but Cory still relies on HOPE Transit to get her to and from her own medical appointments. For nearly 10 years, Kim Bowley (pictured above) has been the HOPE Transit lead driver and scheduler. During this time, she has developed a special friendship with Cory and her mother.

Annual operating assistance to allow this necessary service to continue for Benton County residents is provided through funding from:
Benton County Commissioners
• Title 3b Elderly Transportation
• Rider donations
• Medicaid reimbursement
• Area IV’s Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) funds

In 2015, HOPE Transit served 54 transit-dependent individuals, provided 1,094 one-way passenger trips and traveled 39,483 miles.

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