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November  19, 2014 

LHIC News and Updates

Hello LHIC members!

Future LHIC Meetings
We want to bring to your attention an important schedule change for our full LHIC meetings. Steve Snelgrove, HCGH President and LHIC Community Co-Chair, is also part of the Howard County Economic Development Authority Board and those meetings conflict with the full LHIC meetings.
We believe it is essential to have both co-chairs present during our full LHIC meetings. Therefore, beginning with our January 2015 meeting, we will move the full LHIC meetings to the fourth Thursdays of January, March, May, July, and September. Because the fourth Thursday of November is Thanksgiving, we will reschedule that meeting. Later this week, you will receive new calendar invitations for the 2015 meetings.
We hope that this change will not impact your ability to participate on the LHIC. We appreciate your understanding in the matter as we continue our work together to improve health and reduce health disparities in Howard County.
Note that we will not be changing our meeting this month – we look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow at 8:30 a.m.

Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH), formerly Tai Sophia Institute, is the only university in Howard County and one of the nation’s leading academic institutions for natural medicine. All of its work bridges the best of contemporary science and ancient wisdom.

In 1974, MUIH began as a small acupuncture clinic in the American City Building in downtown Columbia. By 1985, it achieved national recognition by creating the first accredited acupuncture school. In 2002, the school moved to its current 12-acre campus in North Laurel and expanded its academic programming. Since 2010, under a progressive new leadership team, MUIH has expanded its expertise in a number of health and wellness disciplines, attracted the best and brightest faculty and students, become regionally reaccredited, achieved university status, and launched online learning.

Today, MUIH has more than 800 students from 30 states. The university offers doctoral degrees, master’s degrees, and academic certificates in the disciplines of nutrition, yoga therapy, health and wellness coaching, health promotion, herbal medicine, and acupuncture and Oriental medicine.

MUIH graduate student interns complete clinical rotations under expert faculty supervision in their Natural Care Center and deliver an average of 35,000 treatments and consultations each year. Because this is a university teaching clinic, the cost of care is much less than seeing a professional practitioner in these fields. People from the region come for highly effective, natural approaches to myriad health concerns including chronic pain, headaches, digestive issues, anxiety and depression, insomnia, and weight loss.

The university strongly believes in the power of relationships to heal. Its students are assessed on their ability to develop what they refer to as “a healing presence,” which includes elements of empathy, self-reflection, and mindfulness.
MUIH’s community of students, faculty, staff, and patients are on a fulfilling, meaningful, and exciting adventure to shift the national landscape of health care. Please join them by exploring their academic programs, becoming a patient at the Natural Care Center, or by participating in the many free workshops, lectures, and webinars offered each month.

To learn more about MUIH and all the opportunities for you and your colleagues, see:

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Howard County 


Health in the News

Healthy Weight
Berkeley, California, Passes Historic Sweetened-Drink Tax
Voters made history in Berkeley, California, by imposing a per-ounce tax on sodas and other sweetened beverages – a result welcomed by proponents as a breakthrough in the fight against America’s obesity epidemic.

San Francisco also had a measure on the ballot, but it did not pass by the required two-thirds margin.

“Today the voters of Berkeley delivered a big win for not only the health of their children, but children across the country by demonstrating that cities and their residents have the power to initiate positive change,” said Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association, which supported the measure. “We commend Berkeley for rejecting the big spending and false arguments of outsiders and standing up for what they knew was right for their community.”

Berkeley is the first city in the nation to approve a penny-per-ounce tax, which will raise an estimated $1 million to $3 million annually. The taxes target primarily sodas, iced tea and energy drinks. Exceptions include milk, medicine and alcohol.

Click here to read the full article. 
Behavioral Health
Mental & Physical Pain May Be Different After All
New research may rewrite how we believe pain is processed by the brain. For the last decade, neuroscientists have believed that the brain processes physical and social pain in a similar manner.Now, a new study from the University of Colorado shows that the two kinds of pain actually use distinct neural circuits.

Investigators are enthusiastic about the new finding as the discovery may lead to specific treatment protocols for each pathway. Researchers may also gain a better understanding of how the two kinds of pain interact. In the study, neuroscientists used a technique often used by the computer scientists called multivariate pattern analysis. The technique allowed the researchers to examine brain scans that were taken while people looked at a picture of someone who had rejected them.

Please click 
here to read the entire article. 

Access to Care
The New 2015 Health Literacy Maryland Executive Committee
The Executive Committee will work towards the mission of improving health outcomes through health literacy in the State of Maryland. The committee will create new and timely projects in the areas of community, policy, and education within health literacy; raise awareness in health literacy policies and practices; and develop exciting community projects in the State.

Health Literacy Maryland is a new statewide coalition that brings together people and organizations to work on improving health outcomes by focusing on health literacy. Many people have low health literacy, which means they have trouble understanding health information they get from health care providers, the news and media, and government. HLM, a free membership coalition, works with health care organizations, government agencies, and community based organizations to improve access to good health information, create ways to better understand health information, and offer opportunities to use health information to improve health outcomes.

Click here to read the full article. 
Upcoming Events 
Seasonal Flu Vaccine Clinics
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Gary J. Arthur Community Center at Glenwood
2400 State Route 97
Cooksville, MD  21723

Thursday, December 11, 2014
1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Miller Branch Library
9421 Frederick Road
Ellicott City, MD  21042

If you have questions or need more information, please call 410-313-7500.

Fall 2014 5K

Saturday, December 6
8:30 a.m.
6940 Columbia Gateway Drive
Columbia MD
Support Girls on the Run of Central Maryland. 100% of race proceeds go directly to Girls on the Run of Central Maryland whose mission is to use the power of running to educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.

Please click
here if you would like to register for this event. 

Medicare 101: What You Can Expect From Medicare
Several Sessions Available
Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center
10710 Charter Drive
Columbia, MD
This presentation will review Original Medicare (Part A Hospital and Part B Medical) and Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D). Learn what is covered, your costs, how Medicare works, and available benefit programs. Presented by the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), Howard County Office on Aging.

To register please click here

How to Stock Your Kitchen with Healthy Food
Thursday, December 11
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Maryland University of Integrative Health
7750 Montpelier Road 
Laurel, MD 20723 
To some, eating healthy may seem like an exploration into uncharted territory where once familiar aisles of the grocery store are transformed into a sea of labels touting “nutritious!”, “low fat”, “all natural”. At this lecture, we’ll help you navigate your next grocery shopping trip with helpful tips on how to stock your kitchen with healthy foods. We’ll also demonstrate a couple of fast and easy recipes made with healthy basics to leave you more confident in your ability to provide healthy and nutritious food for you and your family. 

here to register. 

Upcoming LHIC Events

Full LHIC Meeting
Thursday, 11/20
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Ascend One Building
8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia
Potomac Room 

Contact Us

Jeananne Sciabarra
LHIC Program Director

Alvaro Ortiz
LHIC Program Manager
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