2014_02_18 ICAP Minutes

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

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

401 Hungerford Dr., Tan Conference Room





Shari Argue, co-chair, welcomed everyone and asked members to introduce themselves. 


ICAP Update: 

  • In place of a Teen Parent Conference (no funding available) and visits to Montgomery College, this year we're looking at making videotapes of workshop presentations that school nurses can show students as needed. Suggested topics are labor and delivery, child development and parenting, postpartum depression, job readiness skills, family planning options, child safety. A videographer has offered to tape these 20-30 minutes presentations pro bono.
  • Maternity clothes are available to needy pregnant teens.
  • Deadline for being added or making changes to the Speakers Bureau list is February 28. The list will then be made available to all ICAP members and school nurses.
  • Choose Respect conference is Sunday, February 23 from 1-4:30pm atMontgomeryCollege, Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus.




Cynthia James,  Community Bridges: Cynthia has been Executive Director of Community Bridges for a little over a year. They focus on the social and emotional development of girls through elementary, middle and high school, supporting important transition points. They currently work with a total of 200 girls in Rolling Terrace and  Acres elementary schools, Silver Spring International and White Oak Middle Schools and Blair and Springbrook High Schools. They also recently started a program in Neelesville Middle School to try an expansion upcounty. They take a holistic approach involving the community, school and home. Short term goals include graduating from high school and developing post secondary plans. They use a guidebook to help girls develop their goals. They also offer 6-week workshops for parents. Program meets twice a week after school and also includes field trips. Most referrals come from school counselors but girls can also be referred by friends. Contact is: cjames@communitybridges-md.org  


Jeff Mehr, MCPS:  Jeff returned to ICAP to present suggested updates to the health curriculum which is being revised for grades 6 through 10. Teachers reported it was too difficult to offer so much information across 7 standards in such a short period of time. Thus, they are seeking to offer less under these 7 standards. ICAP members had comments and suggestions regarding information under the sexual health and communicable diseases standards. The group once again urged MCPS to advise all students that school nurses are available to answer any questions. This revised curriculum will be presented to the Board of Education in April and then there will be a period of time for community input. For comments or suggestions, contact Jeff at Jeffrey_Mehr@mcpsmd.org.  


Membership Information and Updates


Cynthia James, Community Bridges - March 17-21 is their Annual Community Bridges Week. It's an opportunity for community members to visit a school program and engage with the girls. Contact Cynthia to schedule a visit.


Cornelia Gregory, Child Care Subsidies - The State is contracting out the provision of POC as of July 1, 2014. More information to follow.


Carlita Sanchez, Amerigroup - They are offering a postpartum care reward program to encourage women to come in for their visits. Also, helpful tip sheets are available: Tips for Pregnant Women and New Moms and Tips for Healthy Kids.


Laura Sullivan, CCI-WIC - Laura is the new Outreach Manager for WIC.


Amy Stafford, Amerigroup -  Amerigroup is offering workshops on healthcare reform.


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


Debbie Reese,HHSGermantownHealthCenter-


Sheree Holmes and Pat Keating,HolyCrossHospital- Next teen prenatal class starts March 5 and will be 4 sessions dealing with labor and delivery, baby care and breastfeeding. They've been holding "reunions" with educational content every 4-6 weeks for teens who have participated in their classes. Also using a closed Facebook page. Girl Talk for girls 8-11 and their mothers to be held on March 11 and May 8. Collaborating with SMILE program to offer free childbirth and breastfeeding classes in March at Germantown Library.


Amber Morse, Conservation Corps, MMYC/LAYC - Program is for out-of-school youth ages 17-24 and provides GED classes as well as work opportunities in state parks. For more information, contact: amber@layc-dc.org


Lidia de la O, MMYC/LAYC - LAYC offers academic enrichment, job placement assistance, internships, GED preparation, training/certifications and family support services for youth ages 16-24 in Silver Spring and Germantown. Their annual Job Fair is April 5 from 11am to 2pm at theSilver SpringCivicCenter.


Blanca Torres and Robert Ridley, Planned Parenthood - Blanca is PPMW's new health educator and will be available to offer presentations in both English and Spanish.


Mary Brewster, Amerigroup - Mary is the ob nurse case manager for MoCo. 


Sheilah O'Connor, Improved Pregnancy Outcomes - Their updated preconception health brochure is now on the County, ACOG and CDC websites. FIMR objectives for the year include making sure African American women are referred to the SMILE program, encouraging all

eligible women to access WIC and other resources, and updating the bereavement resource list. Reminder: AAHP Community Day: One Healthy Life Leads to Another is April 19 from 12 to 4pm atMontgomeryCollege, Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus.


Myriam Louis-Charles, ACCU


Shari Argue,LourieCenter, Early Head Start - Sequestration cuts will be restored and funding for next year is to increase. Their Family Support Worker is looking for speakers on healthy relationships and birth control to present to their participants in PG County.


Next meeting:            March 18, 2014 at 1:30pm


Presentation:  High School Wellness Centers – Comprehensive health and positive youth development services