September 18

Local Health Improvement Coalition Weekly Digest

Dear Howard County LHIC Members –

Please find below this week’s LHIC digest and corresponding attachments.  Additionally we welcome you to submit any news or events that you would like to share with the group.  The deadline for submissions is Monday by 5:00pm to .  Again, we thank you for your continued support and participation as we work to achieve health equity in Howard County and to identify and reduce health disparities.  

Items Shared at Previous LHIC Meeting: 
Community Based Care Team Presentation 
 Hotspotting Video 


House Bill Seeks to Improve Nutrition Content of SNAP Purchases {new}
 Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., introduced a bill last week (H.R.3073) that would align food purchasing standards under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program with those found in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. The WIC food package was updated in 2009 to reflect nutrition recommendations made by the Institute of Medicine; a report last month from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that obesity rates among preschool children from low-income families enrolled in program such as WIC declined in 18 states and one U.S. territory.   

Obesity Rates Among U.S. Teens Leveling off {new}
According to a report published yesterday in the journal Pediatrics, the number of obese teens leveled off and the rate of overweight teens dropped slightly between 2005-06 and 2009-10, though overall rates remained higher for each than they were in 2001-02. The study—which covered more than 34,000 adolescents in grades 6 through 10—noted that teens reported eating more fruits and vegetables, consuming fewer sweets and sugar-sweetened beverages, and spent less time watching TV during the later timeframe, with the highest levels of healthy eating and physical activity being reported by younger children.  

Physical Activity Can Help Improve Children’s Memory {new}
Physical fitness can boost children’s ability to learn and retain information, according to a study published last week in PLOS One. Researchers tasked a group of 9- and 10-year -old children with learning and memorizing regions of fictitious maps;  the study found that the most physically fit children outperformed their lesser fit counterparts, particularly on the memorization component.  According to researchers, “higher levels of fitness have their greatest impact in the most challenging situations.”

AHA: Five Percent of U.S. Kids, Teens are Severely Obese {new}
Roughly five percent of U.S. children and teens are “severely obese,” according to a scientific statement published last week by the American Heart Association. The newly-defined class of risk refers to children if they either have a body mass index (BMI) that’s at least 20 percent higher than the 95th percentile for their gender and age, or a BMI score of 35 or higher.  Researchers noted that severe obesity has “grave consequences,” including higher rates of Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular issues at younger ages.


New Resources on Maryland Health Connection Website {new}
Maryland's new health insurance marketplace:, has been updated. New and expanded content areas provide information for individuals, families and small businesses. Including: Videos in English and Spanish with closed caption, Fact sheets on Maryland Health Connection and health insurance basics, Information on consumer assistance, Glossary of health terms, Small business tax credit calculator, and Helpful links on health coverage.
MHC Overview 
MHC Fact Sheet 
MHC Tax Credit for Small Businesses
MHC SHOP Fact Sheet

Maryland Health Connection Opens Call Center
Maryland Health Connection has opened the first phase of its state-of-the-art customer call center in Baltimore to provide support for residents and small employers statewide. During  September, the call center will assist Marylanders with general questions about health coverage and preparations for open enrollment. The call center will operate seven days a week during the open enrollment period, which begins on October 1, 2013 and ends on March 31, 2014.
The toll-free phone number is 855.642(MHC).8572, and 1.855.642(MHC).8573 for TTY service.

Maryland Health Connection Launches Social Media Campaign 
Maryland Health Connection is excited to announce the launch of its social media campaign to communicate and engage with Maryland residents seeking information about health coverage options. Join the conversation on Maryland Health Connection’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube social media channels.
Enrollment through Maryland Health Connection is scheduled to begin in October 2013 for individuals and families, with insurance coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2014.
Engage with Maryland Health Connection through social media on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube


Housing Matters Mini-Fair {new} {free}
September 21, 9:00a.m. – 1:00p.m.

Attend this FREE event and learn from area housing professional, and choose up to three sessions on home buying. Ascend One Building, Howard County Public School Conference Center 8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia MD 21045. Flyer in English and Spanish are attached.
Mini-Fair Flyer 
Mini-Fair Spanish Flyer 

Washington Post Live: Childhood Obesity Summit {new}
September 20, 9:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m.
Washington, D.C. 

Sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this Washington Post event will feature a gathering of experts from around the country to discuss strategies for reducing the childhood obesity epidemic. Watch the live webcast on Friday.

The Howard County Health Disparities Committee Meeting
Wednesday,September 25th, 2013 at 6:00p.m.
The Howard County Health Disparities Committee (FIRN/HC MOTA Program) will meet in the Patapsco Room at Miller Library. The agenda includes Affordable Care Act information, training for residents interested in becoming ACA Health Ambassadors and updates from the state Minority Heath and Health Disparities division of DHMH.  Please contact Paula Blackwell at for more information.

Healthy Howard to Help Residents Find Health Insurance {new}
Healthy Howard's  Door to HealthCare Western Maryland is providing free help choosing affordable, quality health coverage through the state’s new health insurance marketplace, Maryland Health Connection. The Door is the official source for information in six Maryland counties, including Howard, and provides practical answers about new changes in health care, personal support for making the right choice and assistance with signing up for health insurance. Within Howard County, the Door will be working with local partners including Chase Brexton, Grassroots and the Korean Resource Center. Visit for the latest information! For more information click here
Connecting Howard County Residents to Coverage 
Health Care Reform and You 

Opportunity for Former Smokers in Maryland
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office on Smoking and Health is recruiting individuals to feature in the next wave of CDC’s national tobacco education campaign. The CDC is seeking people across all populations, particularly candidates who are Asian or Spanish speaking. All applicants must be tobacco-free for at least 6 months  If you know of any people whom you feel would be a good candidate for this campaign, please pass their contact information on to the Recruitment Director, Mimi Webb Miller, at or (855) 332-7277. The CDC will pay $2,500 and travel expenses for those selected.

HC DrugFree Teen Advisory Council
The HC DrugFree is seeking high school students to advise staff and board. Teen council meets monthly. Community service hours available. For more information, please contact HC DrugFree's Executive Director, Joan Webb Scornaienchi at 443-325-0040 or

Community Transformation Grant Resources (CTG) {new}
For pdf click here

Affordable Care Act 
Georgia Health Policy Center and the National Network of Public Health Institutes
Leading through Health System Change
The Leading though Health Systems Change is a planning tool designed to assist state and local health department leaders in thinking strategically about the future in light of the changes created by the Affordable Care Act. To access planning tool click here
National Association of Chronic Disease Directors Affordable Care Act Website
Includes links to resources regarding the Affordable Care Act and slides from the recent webinar “The Affordable Care Act: A Primer for State Health Departments”. To access website click here.

Network Care for Behavioral Health
Network of Care for Behavioral Health is an online information place for individuals, families, and agencies concerned with mental and emotional wellness, substance abuse and developmental disabilities. This online community provides critical information, communication, and advocacy tools with a single point of entry. It ensures there is "No Wrong Door" for those navigating the system of behavioral health services, those working to avoid the need for formal services, and those ready to transition out of the behavioral health system.
For more information, click here.

Howard County Health Department Tobacco Treatment Program and Volunteer Opportunities 
Wednesdays, 6:00pm – 7:00pm {free}
Quit Smoking Today!  FREE Tobacco Treatment Program open to anyone who lives or works in Howard County.  This is a 4 week program, 1 session per week.  A physician evaluation for medication support will be offered from 5:00pm -8:00pm, by appointment only.  Walk-in clinics for a one-on-one counseling session with a Tobacco Treatment Specialist, offered in English and Spanish will be offered on Thursdays, 1:00pm - 4:00pm.  For more information, click here.

Office on Aging Information - MAP and SHIP 
Maryland Access Point (MAP)
MAP is Howard County’s Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC). We help identify a person’s strengths, needs, situations and preferences and help them make informed decisions through a service known as Options Counseling. In addition to our telephone assistance, we can make home visits or meet a person in an alternate location such as a senior center or library.  To contact MAP call 410-313-5980 Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. or visit the statewide searchable database at
Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) 

SHIP offers one-on-one counseling and assistance to people with Medicare of any age and their families. Counseling is a free service and assistance is given via telephone and face-to-face interactive sessions, public education presentations and programs, and media activities. To contact SHIP call 410-313-7392 Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Cancer Prevention Study-3 Comes to Howard County
Help the American Cancer Society create a world with less cancer!  The American Cancer Society is seeking cancer fighters in Howard County to participate in Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3), a historic, nationwide study to help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer, which will ultimately save lives.  For more information, please visit the website.

2-1-1 Maryland
2-1-1 Maryland is a toll-free, 24-hour hotline that provides information on local and national health and human service resources. We serve the entire state of Maryland and are available simply by dialing 2-1-1 or 800-492-0618. The hotline is staffed by trained and nationally certified Information and Referral Specialists who assess callers' needs and then link them with appropriate resources and services. Many of you are already included in our database but others may not be included. Please use the following contact information to update current forms or submit new program forms.  Kate Schulz, Information and Referral Specialist and Howard County Outreach Coordinator.  Contact number: 410-895-1452.  Brandi Nieland, Database Administrator 

Powerpoint Presentation
2-1-1 Maryland Fact Sheet
2-1-1 MD Inclusion Exclusion Guidelines
New Program Form


Knitting and Crochet Support Group {free}
Every Wednesday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Attention cancer patients, survivors and caregivers, join us each week for instruction, directions and good times for beginning or advanced knitters. Located at The Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Medical Pavilion, Columbia MD. For more information call 410-740-5858.
Care Giver’s Support Group {free}
September 20, 10:30 a.m.
Meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. or the third Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m.- noon at 10710 Medical Pavilion, Columbia MD. To register click here or   call 410 740-5858 for more information. 
‘Family First’ Workshops for Parents of Young Children $7.00
Every other Monday from September 9 - November 18 2013, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Presented by the Office of Children’s Services, the Howard County Department of Citizen Services will offer a series of workshops for parents and guardians raising young children, from birth to age 8. Classes will be held at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042.
 For more information or to register, please email, call 410-313-1940 or visit
Living With Diabetes {new}
September 18, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. 
Living with Diabetes is a two-day, interactive, group course taught by an endocrinologist, diabetes nurse educator, dietitian, psychologist, podiatrist, and exercise specialist. Choose a day program or a condensed evening program. Day classes are held Friday and the following Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Most insurance plans cover all or part of this program.  The Bolduc Family Outpatient Center at Howard County General Hospital. For more information or to register, please call 443-718-3000

Breast Cancer Support Group {new} {free}
September 18, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
This group, facilitated by Mary Dowling, LCSW-C meets on the third Wednesday of each month. Registration requested. Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Medical Pavilion, Columbia MD. For more information call 410-740-5858.

Mid-Atlantic Association of Community Health Center's 31st Annual Conference
"Strategic Perspectives on Reform, Innovation and Accountability"
September 19-20, 2013

Receive the latest information about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. For more information click here.

Essentials in Babysitting
September 21, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
 Teens 11-14 will learn to manage children, create a safe environment, and apply basic emergency techniques. $50. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Road Columbia, MD.

CUTS Against Cancer- Annual Haircut-a-thon{new}
September 22, 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Benefitting the Howard County General Hospital Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center. Haircuts, manicures, seated massage, facial waxing, raffles and more. Medical Pavilion at Howard County, 10710 Charter Road, Columbia. (410) 740-7570 for more information.

Adult, Child  & Infant CPR and AED {new}
September 23, 5:30-9:00 p.m.
$55. Learn the skills needed to clear an airway obstruction, perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). Earn a two-year American Heart Association completion card. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Road Columbia, MD.

Prenatal Exercise Taught by a Certified Instructor {new}
September 24 or September 26, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
 Physician permission required. Eight-week session beginning Tuesdays on 9/24, 6:30–7:30 p.m. or Thursdays on 9/26, 6:30–7:30 p.m. $88/eight sessions. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Road Columbia, MD.

HC DrugFree Town Hall
September 24, 7:00 p.m.

Please join Congressman Elijah Cummings, Delegate Elizabeth Bobo, Circuit Court Judge William V. Tucker, Police Chief William McMahon, HC DrugFree’s Executive Director Joan Webb Scornaienchi and others for a  Town Hall meeting on September 24 at 7:00 P.M. in the Jim Rouse Theater at Wilde Lake High School. Topics include adults providing alcohol and other drugs to youth in Howard County, how to keep our youth safe, how to empower your children and yourself, and so much more. For more information, please contact, Joan Webb Scornaienchi, HC DrugFree’s Executive Director, at 443-325-0040 or

Smoke-Free Lungs {new}
September 26, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Education and support for those wanting to quit or who have quit. Attend one or all sessions. 9/26, 10/17 or 11/14. Free. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Road Columbia, MD.

Living with Breast Cancer Support Group {new}
September 26, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
This group facilitated by Mary Dowling, LCSW-C for patients with a stage IV cancer diagnosis meets each fourth Thursday of the month. Registration requested. Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Medical Pavilion, Columbia MD. Call (410) 740-5858 for more information.

"Adults: Navigating to Better Health" Health Fair {new} {free}
September 28, 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Participate in essential screenings including total cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure and body mass index. Receive information on heart disease and diabetes prevention as well as healthy lifestyle demonstrations, healthy food and gifts that promote good health. Free. At the Mall in Columbia (The Columbia Mall).'

Medicare 102: Why Medicare Isn’t Enough {new}
September 30, 10:00-11:30 a.m
Learn about Medicare Advantage/Health Plans (Part C) and Medicare Supplement Policies (Medigap). What should you consider when deciding which Medicare choices are right for you? Understand how plans vary, your costs, and when is the best time to enroll. Learn how to protect yourself and Medicare from healthcare fraud. Presented by the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), Howard County Office on Aging. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Road Columbia, MD.

Joslin Diabetes Centers' Diabetes Innovation 2013
October 3rd-5th, 2013 in Washington D.C.

Join hundreds of your peers at world renowned Joslin Diabetes Centers' Diabetes Innovation 2013, where you'll find leading edge programs and solutions from all stakeholders in diabetes -purchaser, payer, providers, patients and suppliers. The deadline is July 21, and for more information and to register please visit the link: Diabetes Innovation 2013. 

You Can Prevent Diabetes! 
Saint Agnes Hospital is now offering a 4-month program designed to prevent the development of Type 2 Diabetes in people who test as Pre-Diabetic. The program combines the resources and expertise of the Saint Agnes endocrinologists, certified diabetes educators, dieticians, fitness professionals and other health educators in collaboration with the American Diabetes Association. A physician referral is required. For details click here or contact Roslyn Snyder, Pre-Diabetes Program Coordinator, at 410-368-3244.

Well4life® Program at Saint Agnes Hospital {free}
A holistic and comprehensive approach to weight loss and healthy living, the well4life® program at Saint Agnes Hospital provides medical oversight, your own personal health coach, educational and fitness classes, support groups, a web companion and more.  If you’d like to change your lifestyle habits and reach a meaningful health and wellness goal, we can give you the support and expertise you need. Find out more at or register for our free monthly information sessions by calling 1-866-690-9355.





Additionally we welcome you to submit any news or events that you would like to share with the group.  The deadline for submissions is Monday by 5:00pm to

 Our mailing address is: 7178 Columbia Gateway Dr., Columbia, MD 21046