2013_11_19 ICAP Minutes

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

401 Hungerford Dr., Tan Conference Room





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


ICAP Update: 

  • Ilene still has baby and young children's books from First Book to be distributed through school health nurses and/or through ICAP members.
  • Thanks to Mama's Link members for donating maternity clothes that have been distributed to pregnant students and young women through school nurses and ICAP members. There are still smalls and extra smalls available.
  • Choose Respect conference is Sunday, February 23 from 1-4:30pm at MontgomeryCollege, Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus. There will be a Resource Fair during registration and ICAP members will be receiving an invitation to participate from Tom Manion, Sheriff's Office, Domestic Violence Coordinating Council.



Nicki Sanders, Director of Programs, Crittenton Services of Greater Washington:   

Nicki gave the history of Crittenton which was founded 125 years ago as a maternity home. In 1984, it became a community and school-based program and they now have PEARLS (for pregnant and parenting students) and SNEAKERS (pregnancy prevention) groups in MCPS middle and high schools. In addition to school-based groups, they have enrichment activities and leadership training programs.


Linda Tutuh, Child Welfare Services:  Linda works with Transitioning Youth who usually enter the program at 16-17 years old and age out at 21. Housing or placement is the number one problem. There are a few foster homes for mothers and babies, plus Catholic Charities,St. Ann's and Crossway Community. These independent living situations require maturity and provide structure. Challenges other than placement include preventing subsequent pregnancies, child care, mental health issues. CWS tries to provide life skills programs such as TAYA presentations.




Membership Information and Updates


Nicki Sanders, Crittenton - They are collecting holiday gifts for their girls and their babies. Gift cards for the girls and stuffed animals for a project for theFamily JusticeCenterwould be appreciated.


Shari Argue,LourieCenter- The fall family event was held on November 2 with lunch and activities. The theme was parent engagement and they had special packets for dads.



Cornelia Gregory, Child Care Subsidies


Claudia Nolan, Infants and Toddlers - Added that all babies born to mothers in foster care must be evaluated by Infants and Toddlers.


Jose Luis Diaz, CCI - Pre-natal services at theirGreenbeltclinic will begin in December. CCI will be opening a small clinic on theWashingtonAdventistHospitalcampus inTakoma Park.


Helen Nolan, Skillful Parenting - Provides in-home practical counseling for parents.


Jane Larsen, Improved Pregnancy Outcomes - Their preconception health brochure is now on the County, ACOG and CDC websites and Holy Cross is funding the printing of more English and Spanish copies.


ManuelaPlazas, TAYA - Encouraged groups to invite TAYA to offer presentations in English and/or Spanish. Their Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) grant allows them to subsidize the costs for young women who can't afford the higher costs of IUDs, implants, etc.


LizAnn Ganaban,A Wider Circle- They offer educational groups to pregnant and parenting students in 4 high schools. Also, classes for young moms on the first Saturday of the month from 10am to 12 noon at their offices. Transportation from the Silver Spring Metro is available. Also, Adult Education classes on Tuesday afternoons on topics such as job skills, money management and healthy parenting.


Robert Ridley, Planned Parenthood - Looking for new health educator to work mostly in Montgomery Co. Interested people should contact him at robert.ridley@ppmw.org


Rose Cohen, WIC


Mary Brewster, Amerigroup - As of 10/1/13, ob case management team is regionalizing their coverage and Mary will be covering MoCo. 


Pat Keating,HolyCrossHospital- Just finished a teen prenatal class and new starts in 2 weeks. Holding a reunion/holiday party for graduates and their babies on 12/7. They are re-vamping the teen parent classes so that there will be one class for those early in their pregnancies and then 4 weeks of class toward the end of the pregnancies. This new schedule will start in January.


Agnes Ngugi, Kaiser Permanente - They are hiring a peri-natal navigator and community health worker as part of their minority health program.


Myriam Louis-Charles, ACCU


Thelma Opoku, Grad student/intern with SHS - Started a lunch bunch group to talk about healthy habits (nutrition and exercise) atGaithersburghigh school wellness center.



Next meeting:            January 21, 2014 at 1:30pm