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April 23, 2014

LHIC News and Updates

Hello LHIC members! We hope you are enjoying the long-awaited spring weather! We've been getting some good feedback on the Digest, and we would love to share more about what our member organizations are doing. If you have news or events to share, please email them to Jeananne,

Drug Take-Back Day is THIS SATURDAY, April 26!
See below for details - don't miss this opportunity to get unused medications out of your house. 
Also, don't miss out on
WomenFest and Dentistry from the Heart, all this Saturday!

LHIC Retreat Follow-up
There was a meeting last week of those members who signed up to serve on the Advisory Committee. We discussed the following: a proposed timeline of LHIC activities for the rest of 2014; clarification of retreat decisions that will be reviewed at the full LHIC meeting on May 12; survey results pertaining to work group functioning; and, the draft LHIC membership application. The Committee is also reviewing draft bylaws and an updated copy of the Roles and Responsibilities document. Once we incorporate recommendations from the Advisory Committee, we will send these documents to the full LHIC membership to review before the May 12 meeting. 

Member Packet
Alisha and Jeananne are working on a Member Packet to be shared with organizations and individuals interested in joining the LHIC. Please let us know what you think would be helpful for new members - email Jeananne at Thank you!

Don't forget to "like" us on Facebook and help spread the word about the LHIC. Check the page for LHIC updates, local and national health news, as well as information about local events here in Howard County. If you have something you'd like to post on the page, email Alisha at

Maryland Health Exchange Updates

Connection Update, Friday, April 18, 2014

As of April 15, 2014, 262,619 individuals have gained Medicaid coverage in 2014 and remain active in Medicaid. This includes the 95,889 PAC enrollees who were automatically converted on January 1, 2014 to full Medicaid coverage. 
As of April 14, 2014, 66,203 individuals have enrolled in a qualified health plan.

With nearly 329,000 enrollments as of April 14, 2014, Maryland exceeded its goal of 260,000 enrollments by more than 26%. 

Enrollment in qualified health plans continues for Marylanders who are eligible for a special enrollment period on the basis of having a qualifying life event. Marylanders who think they may qualify for a special enrollment period should call the Consumer Support Center at 855-642-8572 (TTY 855-642-8573). 
For more updates on ACA enrollment,
see the full report.

Howard County 

Get Up, Get Out, Get ACTIVE!
In the first four weeks of Get Active Howard County, participants have tracked more than 200,000 minutes of activity, and the free Boot Camp in the Park has been averaging 60 to 80 participants!

The next big event is Family Wellness Day on Sunday, June 1 at Centennial Park. Click
here for the event flyer. LHIC member organizations interested in having a booth at the park that day should click here for the booth application. The booth fee is waived for government and non-profit organizations.

You can find information about all of the Get Active Howard County events at Also see specific activities in the Upcoming Events section below. We hope our LHIC members will participate in and promote the Get Active programs! 

Health in the News
Healthy Weight
Action for Healthy Kids Provides Webinars to Help Parents Advocate for Changes in Schools
Action for Healthy Kids has two upcoming webinars to help parents and other community members advocate for positive changes in schools and in the community. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from programs that have successfully implemented changes.

How to Implement Healthy School Vending 
Wednesday, April 30th  at 3 p.m. ET (60 minutes)
here for more information.

Parent Leadership Series: How to Add More Activity into the School Day
Tuesday, May 6th at 3 p.m. ET (75 minutes)
here for more information.

Behavioral Health
National Council for Behavioral Health Launches Mental Health First Aid for Veterans 
The National Council for Behavioral Health will launch Mental Health First Aid for Veterans with leaders from veteran service organizations and fellow mental health leaders.

Mental Health First Aid for Veterans builds on the evidence-based training program for educators, community leaders, law enforcement and public safety officials.  Thirty percent of active duty and reserve military personnel deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan have mental health conditions requiring treatment – approximately 730,000 men and women – many experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder and major depression. Mental Health First Aid for Veterans was developed by and for service members and offers participants a simple, proven combination of information and techniques to recognize and respond to the warning signs of mental illness and addiction. Click
here for more information.

Access to Care
Implementing Health Reform: The Latest ACA Coverage Numbers
On April 17, the White House released Fact Sheet: Affordable Care Act by the Numbers, which gives the latest data on health coverage expansion as a result of the ACA: 
  • 8 million people signed up for private insurance in the Health Insurance Marketplace. 
  • 3 million young adults gained coverage by being able to stay on their parents' plans.
  • 3 million more people were enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP as of February, compared to before the Marketplaces opened. 
  • 5 million people are enrolled in plans that meet ACA standards outside the Marketplace, according to a CBO estimate. 
  • 5.7 million people will be uninsured in 2016 because 24 States have not expanded Medicaid.
See also Health Affairs Blog for a more detailed explanation of these numbers.

Upcoming Events 

Advance Directives
April 25, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center
10710 Charter Drive, Columbia
What are Advance Directives? Who needs them? How do you get them? This free class will answer all of those questions and give you the opportunity to leave the class with a completed Advance Directive document. Registration Required. Click here to register.

WOMENFEST - A Health and Wellness Event for Women
Saturday, April 26
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Gary J. Arthur Community Center
2400 Rt. 97, Cooksville
90+ Exhibitors, Free Health Screenings, Great Seminars! Click here for details.

Dentistry from the Heart
Saturday, April 26
7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Roschella & Zinger Dental Group
2500 Wallington Way, Suite 204
Marriottsville, MD

This is a day of free dentistry for anyone in our area (Howard and Carroll Counties) 18 years old and over, that is in need of dental care (i.e., unemployed, uninsured, underprivileged). Click here for more information.

Drug Take-Back Day
Saturday, April 26
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Howard County Police and HC DrugFree urge everyone to properly dispose of expired or unwanted medications. Two-thirds of teens who abuse prescription drugs are getting them from home, friends or family. Please do not flush meds into the water system! Clean your medicine cabinets and bring your over-the-counter or prescription meds to one of the 10 convenient locations in Howard County. The location at HC DrugFree’s office will accept syringes and needles.
HC DrugFree's Office in the Wilde Lake Village Center
    10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Suite 404, Columbia 21044
(NOTE: HC DrugFree’s Office is the only location which will accept syringes and needles)
Harpers Choice Community Policing Office
    5485 Harpers Farm Rd., Columbia 21044
Long Reach Community Policing Office
    8775 Cloudleap Ct., Columbia, MD 21045
Oakland Mills Community Policing Office
    5820 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, 21045
Owen Brown Community Policing Office
    7154 Cradlerock Way, Columbia 21045
North Laurel Community Policing Office
    9411 Whiskey Bottom Rd., Laurel 20723
Howard County Police Northern District
    3410 Courthouse Dr., Ellicott City 21043
Howard County Police Southern District
    11226 Scaggsville, Rd., Laurel 20723
Maryland State Police Waterloo Barracks
    7777 Washington Blvd., Jessup 20794
Gary Arthur Community Center
    2400 Route 97, Cooksville 21723

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.

Living Well with Diabetes
Fridays, May 16 - June 20
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Waverly Gardens Community Room
Living Well with Diabetes is a 6-week program that will teach you how to manage the symptoms of diabetes by taking control of your health. To register, contact Wendy Farthing,, 410-313-3506. 

Diabetic/Pre-Diabetic Lunch and Learn
Thursday, May 22
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Bain Center Conference Room
5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia
Learn how to make smart choices when you order out. Participants are encouraged to bring a copy of their favorite restaurant menu. To register, contact Wendy Farthing,, 410-313-3506. 

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
Monday, 5/12/14
10 am - 12 noon
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD
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