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July 16, 2014 

LHIC News and Updates


Hello LHIC members! Don't forget tomorrow's full LHIC meeting - we have two great presentations lined up!

LHIC Personnel Changes
Please welcome Alvaro Ortiz, our new LHIC Program Manager, who will begin on July 28. Alvaro has been with Healthy Howard for two years serving as the Prenatal Coordinator. His experience conducting outreach to vulnerable populations and developing programs will make him a valuable addition to the LHIC team. 

LHIC Recruiting for New Members
We are into our membership recruitment drive and have already received several applications. If you have not received a membership application, please email Jeananne. Please return applications to Jeananne as soon as possible - the deadline is August 1.

Share Your News!
We would love to share more about what our member organizations are doing through the LHIC Digest. If you have news or events to share, please email them to Jeananne, jsciabarra@healthyhowardmd.org.
 

Howard County 

2014 Howard County Health Survey Up and Running - Spread the Word and Answer the Call!
 

The Howard County Health Department, The Horizon Foundation, Howard County General Hospital, and the Columbia Association have partnered once again to conduct a county-wide health assessment survey.The survey launched this week and will continue for about six weeks. Please spread the word about this important survey! Flyers will be available at the LHIC meeting on Thursday and will be emailed to LHIC members. Flyers can also be obtained by contacting Al Nall, Public Affairs Officer, anall@howardcountymd.gov, 410-313-6351. For more information and to see the results of the 2012 survey, visit www.howardcountyhealthsurvey.com.

Caribbean performers, exhibitors and food vendors needed for upcoming Culture Fest
Caribbean bands, exhibitors, performers and food vendors are needed for an upcoming “Caribbean Culture Fest” that will be hosted by Columbia Association (CA), the Howard County Library System and The Build Haiti Foundation. This free family event will be held on Sunday, Sept. 28, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Howard County Library System’s Miller Branch, which is located at 9421 Frederick Road in Ellicott City. For more information, please click here.
 
Health in the News
Healthy Weight
Roving Radish Offers Fresh, Local Ingredients and Healthy Recipes 
The Roving Radish is a pilot program delivering fresh meal kits, making it easy for families to create fresh and affordable meals. Each meal kit is $24 and provides all of the ingredients and instructions for two meals for a family of four. The kit includes meat or other protein, vegetables and/or fruit, as well as products like pasta or rice. Most items will come already cut and chopped, so they are ready to cook. Meals must be pre-ordered and can be picked up at one of five locations in the county. 

Click
here for a Baltimore Sun article on the program, and click here for the Roving Radish website, where you can get more information and place an order.

Behavioral Health
Howard County Health Department to Conduct Opioid Overdose Response Training
The Howard County Health Department is conducting training in the administration of naloxone to save the life of someone experiencing an opioid overdose. For more information and to register for the training, contact hchealth.org, 410.313.6202.
 


Access to Care
Health Center Program New Access Point (NAP) Funding Opportunity 
The purpose of the Health Center Program New Access Point (NAP) funding opportunity is to improve the health of the Nation's underserved communities and vulnerable populations by increasing access to comprehensive, culturally competent, quality primary health care services.  NAP funding provides operational support for new primary health care service delivery sites. Subject to the availability of appropriated funds, HRSA anticipates awarding approximately $100 million to support an estimated 150 New Access Point grant awards in Fiscal Year 2015, supported by the Affordable Care Act.  The maximum annual amount of Health Center Program funding that can be requested in a NAP application is $650,000. 
 
Organizations eligible to compete for NAP funds include public or nonprofit private entities, including tribal, faith-based, and community-based organizations.  Applications may be submitted from new organizations or from existing grantees to expand their network of service delivery sites to serve new underserved populations. See Section III in the NAP funding opportunity announcement for the full list of eligibility criteria.    

 
Click here for more information and to apply.
 
Upcoming Events 

Take the Buy Local Challenge!
July 19 - July 27
Pledge to eat at least one thing from a local farm every day during Buy Local Week. Click here for more information and click here for a list of Farmer's Markets in Howard County.

Boot Camp in the Park
Saturdays, March 22 through November 15
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Centennial Park, Corporate Pavilion H
FREE program for all ages and all fitness levels. Start your weekends with some fun physical activity. Bring your family, bring your friends! Find more details and directions here.

Dietary Counseling
Thursday, July 24 or Thursday, August 28
Several Time Slots Available
Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center
10710 Charter Drive, Columbia
This individualized nutritional counseling program is available for children and adults. Meet with a registered dietitian one-on-one to discuss your dietary concerns and goals including weight loss, healthier bones, high blood pressure, and elevated cholesterol.  The counseling is also appropriate for those who want to gain weight, maintain a vegetarian diet, or just need good advice about following a healthy diet. Day and evening appointments are available.  Payment is due at time of registration. Insurance is not accepted. 

Dietitians are not qualified to discuss issues relating to eating disorders.

Click
here for more information and to register.

Living With Diabetes
Several Upcoming Sessions
Howard County General Hospital
If you've just been diagnosed with diabetes--or even if you have been living with diabetes for some time and would like to make a commitment to improve your health--this course will teach you how to change your habits and will give you practical, attainable solutions for staying healthy. Our diabetes specialists will not tell you what to do--instead they will empower you with information 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.  The class is held at The Bolduc Family Outpatient Center at Howard County General Hospital.
Choose either a day program or a condensed evening program. Day classes will be held Friday and the following Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Evening classes are held Wednesday and Thursday from 6-9 p.m. Most insurance plans cover all or part of this program.

For more information or to register, please click 
here or call 443-718-3000.

For information about a condensed evening program see Living with Diabetes: Executive Summary.

Living Well Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs
The Living Well: Take Charge of Your Health program is a 6 week evidence-based self-management workshop developed by Stanford University.  Designed for people living with one or more chronic conditions, Living Well participants can experience positive health outcomes including improvement in their overall quality of life, reduced health complications and reduced need for emergency care. The program offers techniques to deal with problems often associated with chronic illnesses, including frustration, fatigue, pain, and isolation.
The Office on Aging also offers Living Well With Diabetes and Living Well for Men. Click 
here for more information on these programs and to learn how to register.
 

Upcoming LHIC Events

Full LHIC Meeting
Thursday, 7/17
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD
Potomac Room (enter from back of building)
Behavioral Health and Access to Care will meet from 9:30-10:30

Healthy Weight
Wednesday, 7/23
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD
Room TBD

Behavioral Health
Monday, 7/28
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD
Barton A

LHIC Membership Applications Due
Friday, 8/1
 

Contact Us

Jeananne Sciabarra
LHIC Program Director
jsciabarra@healthyhowardmd.org
410-313-1779

 
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