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July 2, 2014 

LHIC News and Updates

Hello LHIC members! Hope you are enjoying the start of summer! This edition of the Digest is packed with important information - please read!

LHIC Personnel Changes
Jeananne Sciabarra was recently promoted to the LHIC Program Director position, and we have begun recruiting for a new LHIC Program Manager.

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.

At the recent LHIC meeting, there were a few suggestions for individuals/groups that should be part of the LHIC. If you have contacts within these organizations, have other organizations to suggest, or can recommend specific community members, please call or email Jeananne:
Urgent Care Centers
Fire and Rescue Services
Faith-based Organizations

Meeting Documents
You should have received the following documents via email: minutes from the June 5 full LHIC meeting; revised copies of the documents reviewed at the June 5 meeting; minutes from last week's work group meetings; and, any follow-up documents appropriate to your work group. If you have not received these, please let Jeananne know. 

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 Getting Ready to Launch - 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. You may have seen ads on buses encouraging you to "Answer the Call." Please spread the word about this important survey! We will email flyers to LHIC members as soon as the final details regarding caller id and originating phone number are finalized. 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.

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.

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
Nemours Releases Childhood Obesity Prevention Toolkit for Rural Communities
Nemours, one of the nation's largest integrated pediatric health systems, providing hospital- and clinic-based specialty care, primary care, prevention and health information services, and research and medical education programs aimed at improving the lives of children and families, developed a Childhood Obesity Prevention Toolkit for Rural Communities.
The toolkit provides examples of obesity prevention initiatives, strategies, and success stories in rural communities to help advance the field, spread what works, and assist practitioners in child-serving sectors, including: 
  • early care and education, 
  • schools, 
  • out-of-school time,
  • community initiatives, and 
  • health care.
The toolkit also includes policy recommendations and an overview of the evaluation process. 
here to view the Childhood Obesity Prevention Toolkit for Rural Communities.
Behavioral Health
Resource Guide for Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery
Go to HC DrugFree's website at http://www.hcdrugfree.org/factsresources.html to download and print the Howard County Health Department's Resource Guide for Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery. In it you can find information about recovery meetings, treatment professionals, support groups, how to recognize substance abuse in a loved one, and contact information about support services in Howard County as well as other information about substance abuse.   

Access to Care
Maryland Health Benefit Exchange: The Latest Numbers and News
In its June 27 report,  the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange cited further advancements in the number of enrollments through Maryland Health Connection.  As of May 31, 2014:
  • 300,310 individuals had enrolled in Medicaid
  • 72,207 individuals were enrolled in a Qualified Health Plan (QHP). 
Based upon the report, of those in a QHP:
  • 54.1% are female
  • 45.9% are male
  • 27% are between 18 and 34
  • 18.5% are 35-44
  • almost 50% are between 45 and 64
  • 53.6% purchased a silver plan
  • Insurance carriers had the following enrollments: CareFirst - 93.9%;  Kaiser - 4.9%; Evergreen - 0.7%; and United - 0.4% 
Who can get enrolled now? 
  • Medicaid and CHIP eligible individuals - contact your local connector entity, health department or department of social services or call 1.855.642.8572
  • Qualified Health Plan - the next enrollment period starts November 15.  Before then, one can enroll if they are eligible under special circumstances. Call 1.855.642.8572 for information. 

Upcoming Events 

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.

Gluten Intolerance and Celiac Disease: What You Need to Know
Monday, July 7
7:00 p.m.
Maryland University of Integrative Health
Eating gluten free foods is the current fad, but who really benefits from a gluten free diet? Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, spelt, and anything made with these grains. About 1% of us have celiac disease, a genetic-autoimmune condition where people need to completely avoid gluten containing grains. An unknown percentage of us don’t have celiac disease but may benefit from a gluten free diet. Such disperse symptoms and conditions as Hashimoto’s thyroid disease, Lupus, Type I and II Diabetes, depression, fatigue, muscle fatigue, foggy brain, joint pain, skin issues, and more can be helped with a gluten free diet. Join us for this lecture to find out how to do a gluten free trial and how to follow-up if you find it to be of benefit. Please click here for more information and to register.

Anxiety and Depression: The Chinese Medicine Approach
Tuesday, July 8
6:30 p.m.
Maryland University of Integrative Health
Anxiety and depression have been called the “common cold” of mental disorders. At least 10% of the population has suffered from depression at some point in their lives, and 10 million people take prescription anti-depressants. Yet through an understanding of the physiological mechanisms of these two disorders, and through the use of Chinese medical practices including breathing techniques, diet, regular exercises, acupuncture and herbs, the experience of anxiety and depression can be reduced or relieved. Please 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, 7/17/14
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD
Potomac Room (enter from back of building)

LHIC Membership Applications Due
Friday, 8/1/14

Contact Us

Jeananne Sciabarra
LHIC Program Director

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