October 16

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Local Health Improvement Coalition Weekly Digest



Dear Howard County LHIC Members –

Please find below this week’s LHIC digest and corresponding attachments.  Additionally we welcome you to submit any news or events that you would like to share with the group.  The deadline for submissions is Monday by 5:00pm to anugent@howardcountymd.gov .  Again, we thank you for your continued support and participation as we work to achieve health equity in Howard County and to identify and reduce health disparities.  

Items Shared at Previous LHIC Meeting: 
Community Based Care Team Presentation 
 Hotspotting Video 
 

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE FIELD - RELEVANT NEWS & RESEARCH

Pushing Health Care in USA’s Poorest Big City
USA Today, Jayne O’Donnell, 10/12/2013
Enroll America volunteers are going door-to-door in neighborhoods to maximize the number of people who enroll in the Affordable Care Act through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Tech Experts Wary of More Obamacare Glitches
Politico, Brett Norman and Jason Millman, 10/12/2013
The glitch-plagued Obamacare rollout might be just the beginning: A series of potential technology problems could thwart the Obama administration’s goal of getting 7 million people enrolled in the new exchanges by the end of March.

Geography Is Destiny When It Comes to Enrolling In Health Insurance Exchanges
Kaiser Health News, Jenny Gold, 10/13/2013
States that embrace the Affordable Care Act are deploying health care navigators to boost enrollment in insurance plans.
 
“Executive Nurse Fellows Program” Releases Call for Applications
The program sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is a three-year advanced leadership program for nurses who aspire to lead and shape health care locally and nationally. Application deadline: January 14, 2014.

MARYLAND HEALTH CONNECTION UPDATES 

New Resources on Maryland Health Connection Website
Maryland's new health insurance marketplace: MarylandHealthConnection.gov, has been updated. New and expanded content areas provide information for individuals, families and small businesses. Including: Videos in English and Spanish with closed caption, Fact sheets on Maryland Health Connection and health insurance basics, Information on consumer assistance, Glossary of health terms, Small business tax credit calculator, and Helpful links on health coverage.
MHC Overview 
MHC Fact Sheet 
MHC Tax Credit for Small Businesses
MHC SHOP Fact Sheet

Maryland Health Connection Opens Call Center
Maryland Health Connection has opened the first phase of its state-of-the-art customer call center in Baltimore to provide support for residents and small employers statewide. The call center assists Marylanders with general questions about health coverage and the process of enrollment. The call center will operate seven days a week during the open enrollment period, which began on October 1, 2013 and ends on March 31, 2014.
The toll-free phone number is 855.642(MHC).8572, and 1.855.642(MHC).8573 for TTY service.

Maryland Health Connection Launches Social Media Campaign 
Maryland Health Connection is excited to announce the launch of its social media campaign to communicate and engage with Maryland residents seeking information about health coverage options. Join the conversation on Maryland Health Connection’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube social media channels. Enrollment through Maryland Health Connection begins in October 2013 for individuals and families, with insurance coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2014. Engage with Maryland Health Connection through social media on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

LOCAL ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Launch of Howard County’s anti-bullying campaign and new initiative to protect Howard County Public School students
October 25, 9:00 a.m.

At the YMCA Dancel Family Center, 4331 Montgomery Road, Ellicott City. Please RSVP to Katherine Carpenter at kcarpenter@howardcountymd.gov.
 

School Food Forum: Creating a Vision of Fresh, Real Food in Montgomery County Public Schools (Cost $15+)
November 2, 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

At Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring. Cost is $15 and up depending on registration type. Register by October 29.
 
Howard County Public School System  released a redraft of
Policy 9090: Wellness through Nutrition and Physical Activity
A public hearing on the changes will take place on December 5th and the vote will occur on January 9, 2014. The policy will go into effect on July 1, 2014.

Healthy Howard to Help Residents Find Health Insurance
Healthy Howard's  Door to HealthCare Western Maryland is providing free help choosing affordable, quality health coverage through the state’s new health insurance marketplace, Maryland Health Connection. The Door is the official source for information in six Maryland counties, including Howard, and provides practical answers about new changes in health care, personal support for making the right choice and assistance with signing up for health insurance. Within Howard County, the Door will be working with local partners including Chase Brexton, Grassroots and the Korean Resource Center. Visit www.doortohealthcare.org for the latest information! For more information click here
Connecting Howard County Residents to Coverage 
Health Care Reform and You 

Opportunity for Former Smokers in Maryland
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office on Smoking and Health is recruiting individuals to feature in the next wave of CDC’s national tobacco education campaign. The CDC is seeking people across all populations, particularly candidates who are Asian or Spanish speaking. All applicants must be tobacco-free for at least 6 months  If you know of any people whom you feel would be a good candidate for this campaign, please pass their contact information on to the Recruitment Director, Mimi Webb Miller, at CDCTips@gmail.com or (855) 332-7277. The CDC will pay $2,500 and travel expenses for those selected.

HC DrugFree Teen Advisory Council
The HC DrugFree is seeking high school students to advise staff and board. Teen council meets monthly. Community service hours available. For more information, please contact HC DrugFree's Executive Director, Joan Webb Scornaienchi at 443-325-0040 or info@hcdrugfree.org.

Community Transformation Grant Resources (CTG)
For pdf click here

Affordable Care Act 
Georgia Health Policy Center and the National Network of Public Health Institutes
Leading through Health System Change
Leading though Health Systems Change is a planning tool designed to assist state and local health department leaders in thinking strategically about the future in light of the changes created by the Affordable Care Act. To access the planning tool click here
 
National Association of Chronic Disease Directors Affordable Care Act Website
Includes links to resources regarding the Affordable Care Act and slides from the recent webinar “The Affordable Care Act: A Primer for State Health Departments”. To access website click here.

Network Care for Behavioral Health
Network of Care for Behavioral Health is an online information place for individuals, families, and agencies concerned with mental and emotional wellness, substance abuse and developmental disabilities. This online community provides critical information, communication, and advocacy tools with a single point of entry. It ensures there is "No Wrong Door" for those navigating the system of behavioral health services, those working to avoid the need for formal services, and those ready to transition out of the behavioral health system. For more information, click here.

Howard County Health Department Tobacco Treatment Program and Volunteer Opportunities 
Wednesdays, 6:00pm – 7:00pm {free}
Quit Smoking Today!  FREE Tobacco Treatment Program open to anyone who lives or works in Howard County.  This is a 4 week program, 1 session per week.  A physician evaluation for medication support will be offered from 5:00pm -8:00pm, by appointment only.  Walk-in clinics for a one-on-one counseling session with a Tobacco Treatment Specialist, offered in English and Spanish will be offered on Thursdays, 1:00pm - 4:00pm.  For more information, click here.

Office on Aging Information - MAP and SHIP 
Maryland Access Point (MAP)
MAP is Howard County’s Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC). We help identify a person’s strengths, needs, situations and preferences and help them make informed decisions through a service known as Options Counseling. In addition to our telephone assistance, we can make home visits or meet a person in an alternate location such as a senior center or library.  To contact MAP call 410-313-5980 Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. or visit the statewide searchable database at www.marylandaccesspoint.info.
 
Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) 

SHIP offers one-on-one counseling and assistance to people with Medicare of any age and their families. Counseling is a free service and assistance is given via telephone and face-to-face interactive sessions, public education presentations and programs, and media activities. To contact SHIP call 410-313-7392, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Cancer Prevention Study-3 Comes to Howard County
Help the American Cancer Society create a world with less cancer!  The American Cancer Society is seeking cancer fighters in Howard County to participate in Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3), a historic, nationwide study to help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer, which will ultimately save lives.  For more information, please visit the website.  www.CPS3HowardCounty.org

2-1-1 Maryland
2-1-1 Maryland is a toll-free, 24-hour hotline that provides information on local and national health and human service resources. We serve the entire state of Maryland and are available simply by dialing 2-1-1 or 800-492-0618. The hotline is staffed by trained and nationally certified Information and Referral Specialists who assess callers' needs and then link them with appropriate resources and services. Many of you are already included in our database but others may not be included. Please use the following contact information to update current forms or submit new program forms. Kate Schulz, Information and Referral Specialist and Howard County Outreach Coordinator.  Contact number: 410-895-1452. Brandi Nieland, Database Administrator.

Powerpoint Presentation
2-1-1 Maryland Fact Sheet
2-1-1 MD Inclusion Exclusion Guidelines
New Program Form


UPCOMING EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS 
Knitting and Crochet Support Group {free}
Every Wednesday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Attention cancer patients, survivors and caregivers, join us each week for instruction, directions and good times for beginning or advanced knitters. Located at The Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Medical Pavilion, Columbia MD. For more information call 410-740-5858.

Breast Cancer Support Group {free}
October 16, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
This group, facilitated by Mary Dowling, LCSW-C meets on the third Wednesday of each month. Registration requested. Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia MD. Call 410-740-5858 for more information.
 
Are You Tired of Being Tired? {free}
October 17, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Sleep has been shown as an important factor in overall health and disease prevention. Most of us do not get enough sleep. At this seminar, Johns Hopkins neurology sleep specialist and director of the Sleep Center at HCGH, Charlene Gamaldo, M.D., will discuss common sleep problems like sleep changes that come with age; insomnia, especially in women; and other disorders that get in the way of restful sleep. Helpful strategies to improve sleep and available treatments will be discussed. Free, but registration required. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive Columbia, MD.
 
Smoke-Free Lungs {free}
Thursday, October 17, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Education and support for those wanting to quit or who have quit. Attend one or all sessions. 9/26, 10/17 or 11/14. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Road Columbia, MD.

My Parent Has Cancer and it Really Sucks” {free}
October 18, 2:00 p.m.
Meet author Marc Silver (Author of “Breast Cancer Husband”) who will discuss his new book co-authored by his daughter Maya Silver. Open to teens and parents alike. Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia MD. Call 410-740-5858 for more information.
 
Care Giver’s Support Group {free}
October 19, 10:30 a.m. - noon
Meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. or the third Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m.- noon. Registration is required.  Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia MD. Call 410-740-5858 for more information.
 
Essentials in Babysitting ($50)
October 19, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Teens 11-14 will learn to manage children, create a safe environment, and apply basic emergency techniques. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive Columbia, MD.
 
Johns Hopkins Cancer Survivorship Conference {free}
October 19, noon - 4:00 p.m.
Patients and caregivers will enjoy lunch, inspiring speakers and informative workshops at this first annual event. Free, but seating is limited and registration is required. For more details contact Barry Miller at 410-955-8934. BWI Airport Marriott.

 ‘Family First’ Workshops for Parents of Young Children ($7.00)
October 21, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Offered every other Monday from September 9 - November 18, 2013. Presented by the Office of Children’s Services, the Howard County Department of Citizen Services will offer a series of workshops for parents and guardians raising young children, from birth to age 8. Classes will be held at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042.
For more information or to register, please email children@howardcountymd.gov, call 410-313-1940 or visit www.howardcountymd.gov/children

Living With Diabetes Executive Summary
October 23, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Have you recently been diagnosed with diabetes or have you been living with diabetes and would like to improve your health? Our diabetes specialists will teach you how to change your habits, give you practical, attainable solutions for staying healthy and design a diabetes management plan to fit your lifestyle. An interactive, group course taught by an endocrinologist, diabetes nurse educator, dietitian, psychologist, podiatrist, and exercise specialist, Living With Diabetes Executive Summary is a condensed evening program. Most insurance plans cover all or part of this program.  The Bolduc Family Outpatient Center at Howard County General Hospital. For more information or to register, please call 443-718-3000.
 
When Back Pain Keeps Coming Back {free}
October 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
So many of us suffer from back pain caused by a variety of factors. Hear a panel of speakers from different disciplines discuss causes and treatments for back pain as well as solutions ranging from medical management and physical therapy to new pain management techniques and surgery. Presented by pain specialist Mark Matsunaga, M.D., orthopedic surgeon Oren Blam, M.D., and physiatrist John Collins, M.D. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Road Columbia, MD.
 
Adult, Child  & Infant CPR and AED ($55)
October 24, 5:30-9:00 p.m.
Learn the skills needed to clear an airway obstruction, perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). Earn a two-year American Heart Association completion card. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia, MD.
 
Living with Breast Cancer Support Group {free}
October 24, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
This group facilitated by Mary Dowling, LCSW-C for patients with a stage IV cancer diagnosis meets each fourth Thursday of the month. Registration requested. Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia MD. Call 410-740-5858 for more information.
 
Living With Diabetes 
October 25 and 29, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Have you recently been diagnosed with diabetes or have you been living with diabetes and would like to improve your health? Our diabetes specialists will teach you how to change your habits, give you practical, attainable solutions for staying healthy and design a diabetes management plan to fit your lifestyle. “Living with Diabetes” is a two-day, interactive, group course taught by an endocrinologist, diabetes nurse educator, dietitian, psychologist, podiatrist, and exercise specialist.  Day classes are held Friday and the following Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Most insurance plans cover all or part of this program.  The Bolduc Family Outpatient Center at Howard County General Hospital. For more information or to register, please call 443-718-3000.
 
You Can Prevent Diabetes! 
Saint Agnes Hospital is now offering a 4-month program designed to prevent the development of Type 2 Diabetes in people who test as Pre-Diabetic. The program combines the resources and expertise of the Saint Agnes endocrinologists, certified diabetes educators, dieticians, fitness professionals and other health educators in collaboration with the American Diabetes Association. A physician referral is required. For details click here or contact Roslyn Snyder, Pre-Diabetes Program Coordinator, at 410-368-3244.

Well4life® Program at Saint Agnes Hospital {free}
A holistic and comprehensive approach to weight loss and healthy living, the well4life® program at Saint Agnes Hospital provides medical oversight, your own personal health coach, educational and fitness classes, support groups, a web companion and more.  If you’d like to change your lifestyle habits and reach a meaningful health and wellness goal, we can give you the support and expertise you need. Find out more at www.well4lifeprogram.com or register for our free monthly information sessions by calling 1-866-690-9355.
 



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Additionally we welcome you to submit any news or events that you would like to share with the group.  The deadline for submissions is Monday by 5:00pm to anugent@howardcountymd.gov

 Our mailing address is: 8930 Stanford Boulevard Columbia, MD 21045