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December  3, 2014 

LHIC News and Updates

Hello LHIC members!

Thank You!
We would like to thank all the members who were able to attend the Full LHIC meeting on November 20. Your commitment and dedication are what make our coalition successful. We also want to acknowledge all the work being done by the work groups to identify goals and strategies for the 2015-2017 Action Plan. We are pleased to be working together to improve health and reduce health disparities in Howard County! 
Member Spotlight Section
If you haven't already, please send us a blurb about your organization so we can feature it in this section. It's a great opportunity for members to learn more about each other as well as to share and support all the great work that everyone is doing. 

Share Your News!
We would like 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

Howard County 


Health in the News

Healthy Weight
Action for Healthy Kids Names Howard County's Kelly Miller a 2014 Healthy School Hero
Kelly has been the PTA Wellness Chair for Laurel Woods Elementary in Laurel, Maryland for the past three years. Kelly believes that when children are involved in food preparation it results in them being more involved in their health. She has used this understanding to drive her school wellness polices and in the way she has raised her two children. According to Kelly, “I also believe strongly in the preventative side of wellness--getting the health habits started early so there is less struggle…later on.” Kelly couldn't have said it better than if we put the words in her mouth!

When put to the test Kelly’s methods of early health education work! Three years ago she was awarded a grant for Laurel Woods to offer an eight-week nutrition course full of lessons, hands on healthy snack making, and 30 minutes of fun physical activates for Pre-K and kindergarten students.Today, those students are in 3rd and 4th grade and are begging for another nutrition class whenever they see Kelly in the halls. 

Click here to read the full article about this Howard County community hero! 
Behavioral Health
From Health Affairs: Family Members Caring for People With Cognitive and Behavioral Health Conditions: Nationwide Survey Results
In 2012, 9.6 million adults in the United States had lived with a serious mental illness in the past year. Also, 20 percent of adults over age fifty have depression, and about 11 percent suffer from anxiety disorders. And what about the people who care for an aging population? What challenges do family caregivers face when supporting and providing for adults with chronic physical and mental illness?

The report, “Family Caregivers Providing Complex Chronic Care to People with Cognitive and Behavioral Health Conditions,” published in August by the AARP Public Policy Institute and the United Hospital Fund (UHF), with support from the John A. Hartford Foundation and the AARP Foundation, sheds some light on the stresses and challenges that family caregivers of people with these conditions face.

The report is the third in the “Insight on the Issues” series, based on analyses from a December 2011 national survey of 1,677 family caregivers. Earlier findings were published in the AARP/UHF report Home Alone: Family Caregivers Providing Complex Chronic Care and earlier publications in the series.

Please click 
here to read the entire Health Affairs article. 

Access to Care
New Report Ranks States' Mental Health Status and Access to Care
Our country is failing those in need of mental health services, according to a new report released by Mental Health America (MHA), the nation's leading community-based mental health advocacy organization. MHA for the first time has provided overall rankings for all 50 states and the District of Columbia on mental health status and access, and calls on the country to address mental health before Stage 4. The new report, Parity or Disparity: The State of Mental Health in America 2015, provides a more complete picture of mental health status in America, and indicates the country has a long way to go to adequately address critical mental health care needs.

"This report paints a picture across the entire nation of both our mental health and how well we are caring for the people who need assistance," said Paul Gionfriddo, president and CEO. "Sadly, disparity – more than parity – is the rule."

The numbers are alarming: Over 42 million adults suffer from a mental health problem, with over eight million reporting suicidal thoughts. Over eight million adults suffer from a mental illness and are uninsured, and one out of every three adults with a disability report inability to see a doctor due to costs. Additionally, over six million children suffer from an Emotional, Behavioral, or Developmental (EBD) problem, and more than eight percent of youth have attempted suicide. Young females are twice as likely to attempt suicide as compared to teenage males, and one out of every three families report that their child's insurance was inadequate.

Click here to read the full article. 
Upcoming Events 
Fundraising Event For NAMI HC
Friday, December 5, 2014
3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Kokopelli at Columbia Mall 
10300 Little Patuxent Pkwy,
Columbia, MD 21044
Kokopelli at Columbia Mall is hosting a fundraising event for NAMI HC. Please bring your friends, colleagues and family to do some holiday shopping and support NAMI HC at the same time. They will have raffle tickets for a gift basket available for purchase for $1.00 during the event. 100% of ticket sales will go to NAMI HC and 10% of purchases during the event will be donated to NAMI HC. A free gift will be given to each person that makes a purchase and/or donation while supplies last from generous vendors. Show your support! 
Seasonal Flu Vaccine Clinics
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.

Living With Diabetes
Several Sessions Available
Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center
10710 Charter Drive
Columbia, MD
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. 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

If you would like 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

Access to Care Work Group Meeting
Monday 12/15
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Ascend One Building
8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia
Potomac Room 

Behavioral Health  Work Group Meeting
Wednesday 12/17
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Ascend One Building
8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia
Potomac Room 

Healthy Weight Work Group Meeting
Thursday 12/18
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 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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