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September  10, 2014 

LHIC News and Updates

Hello LHIC members!

Upcoming LHIC Meeting 
We look forward to seeing everyone at the September 18 full LHIC meeting. We want to thank everyone who submitted applications for the 2014-2015 LHIC year, and we extend a warm welcome to the many new organizations and individuals. We are excited to embark on a new year, working together for a healthier Howard County! 

New Member Orientation 
If you are new to the LHIC, we invite you to come early for the September 18 meeting. We will do an orientation and have brief presentations from each of the work group co-chairs. Please arrive by 8:00 a.m. 
Access to Care Co-chair Change
 As you may know, Yasmin Viera, Director of Special Populations for Healthy Howard and LHIC Access to Care co-chair, will be leaving Healthy Howard, effective Friday, September 12. Yasmin has been an integral part of the LHIC, serving first on the Behavioral Health work group and, more recently, leading Access to Care. She will be missed!
Effective immediately, Dr. Rossman has appointed Patricia Omaña, Regional Outreach Manager for Healthy Howard, as the new Access to Care co-chair. Patricia works closely with community partners and stakeholders to develop and implement the outreach, education, and enrollment events for the Door to HealthCare.  She is excited to begin working with the Access to Care group to ensure effective strategies are created to help residents access quality affordable health care. 
Please join us in wishing Yasmin all the best and in welcoming Patricia to the LHIC!

LHIC Facebook Page
The Howard County LHIC Facebook page recently underwent some changes that may have resulted in lost connections with our members. Please check your personal page and your organization's page to ensure you are still connected to LHIC. Here is the link to our page: https://www.facebook.com/HCLHIC. We would appreciate your feedback, and when you see things of interest, please share them on your own pages to help spread the word about the LHIC and our member organizations! 

Share Your News!
You may have noticed more local news and events in the Digest lately. We are trying to share more about what our member organizations are doing. If you have news or events to share, please email them to Alvaro, LHIC Program Manager, at aortiz@healthyhowardmd.org.

Howard County 

Save the Date - How Community Design Can Promote Healthy Lifestyles
Have you ever wondered how community design can affect your health? The Columbia Association, in partnership with the Horizon Foundation, will answer that question and more in its next speakers series, called "How Community Design Can Promote Healthy Lifestyles." 

Mark Fenton, a national public health consultant and a best selling author, will be the guest speaker. Mr. Fenton will examine the topic of "complete streets" -- streets built to safely accommodate pedestrians, drivers, cyclists, and transit riders, in order to encourage healthier lifestyles.

When:  Thursday, October 2, 7:00-9:00pm
Where: Oakland Mills Meeting House (5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, MD 21045) 

Click here to register.

Executive Ulman Launches “Tell HoCo” App
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman unveiled Howard County’s newest tool for connecting citizens with their government: a mobile and web-based application called “Tell HoCo.”

“Tell HoCo” allows Howard County residents and visitors to report non-emergency problems – such as potholes, graffiti, downed tree limbs and traffic signal issues, among others – to the appropriate county government representative, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Via the app, citizens can use their smart phones to snap a photo, send a report, and track its progress.

Please click here to read more. 
Health in the News
Healthy Weight
Voices for Healthy Kids Releases Healthy Corner Stores Toolkit
Voices for Healthy Kids®, a joint initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and American Heart Association (AHA) works to help all young people eat healthier foods and be more active.
The Healthy Corner Stores toolkit is a compilation of facts, sample materials, and guidance on how to build, engage, and mobilize a social change movement on the critical issue of healthy and affordable foods in corner stores.  The toolkit is wrapped together by a unique theme designed to maximize interest and action to increase shared use.  Click
here to access the toolkit.
Behavioral Health
National Recovery Month Events with On Our Own of Howard County
September is National Recovery Month and On Our Own of Howard County has two great events planned:

Access to Care
Summary and Lessons Learned from First Open Enrollment
On July 21, the Maryland Women's Coalition for Health Care Reform and the Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County, with support from the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, hosted a convening for representatives from Maryland's Connector Entities and others providing consumer assistance.  
The purpose was to share: data on the enrollment successes of the first open enrollment period and learn what could be anticipated in the 2014/15  period including the transfer to a new IT platform and communications strategies; best practices and lessons learned from the first enrollment period; and, outreach and enrollment strategies and resources for 2014/15.

here for the presentations and a summary report from the event.

Upcoming Events 

Webinar: Sports Medicine and Musculoskeletal Problems: The Chinese Medicine Approach
Tuesday, September 16
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Many of us deal with chronic pain or injuries that keep us from living actively and fully. Whether you’re a weekend warrior, seasoned athlete, or just living in a body that is showing some wear and tear, acupuncture can be a natural, effective, and affordable way to alleviate pain and to heal.

In this webinar, Tyme Gigliotti, MUIH Assistant Professor, will discuss how acupuncture approaches these health challenges in a holistic way and how the unique combination of traditions at MUIH offers our practitioners a wider toolkit to draw from in order to move you toward optimal wellness. Click
here for more information and to register.

Candidates Forum
Saturday, September 20th
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Miller Branch Library
9421 Frederick Road
Ellicott City, MD 

NAMI Howard County and Grassroots will be hosting a Candidates Forum on Saturday, September 20th from 1:00-3:30pm at Miller Branch Library; 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, for all candidates for Howard County's Delegation to the General Assembly to share their plans on addressing mental health issues in the legislature. All are invited to attend.

Please call 410-772-9300 for more information.

Drug Take-Back Day
Saturday, September 27th
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 is the only location that will accept syringes and needles. Tentative drop-off locations (please check back closer to September 27th)

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

Gary Arthur Community Center
 2400 Route 97, Cooksville 21723

Caribbean Culture Fest
Sunday, September 28
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Miller Branch Library
9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City
The Columbia/Howard County community is invited to enjoy an afternoon of Caribbean music, displays and dance performances. Refreshments will be available for purchase from local food trucks. Click here for more information.

Boot Camp in the Park
Saturdays, March 22 through November 15
8:00 a.m. - 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.

Upcoming LHIC Events

Full LHIC Meeting
Thursday, 9/18
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
(New Member Orientation at 8:00)
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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