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February 26, 2014

LHIC News and Updates

Hello LHIC members!

This week we welcome our new LHIC Program Manager, Jeananne Sciabarra. Jeananne is a long-time Howard County resident and has been an active volunteer with several local organizations. She comes to the LHIC from a human services nonprofit in Hyattsville, where she was the Quality Improvement/Accreditation Manager. Jeananne looks forward to meeting and working with all of the LHIC members. She can be reached at (410) 313-1779 or jsciabarra@healthyhowardmd.org.

LHIC Member Survey
We are asking all LHIC members to please complete a survey to help us in our strategic planning process. The survey should take about 10-15 minutes and can be accessed here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LHICMemberSurvey. We ask that you please complete the survey by Tuesday, March 4, so that we can review the results at the March 10 LHIC meeting. Thank you!

LHIC Retreat
As a reminder, our LHIC retreat will be held at the Hawthorn Center, located at 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, MD 21044, on Thursday, April 3 from 9-5.  Lunch and snacks will be served. More details to follow.

Please RSVP for you or your group by Friday, March 14. RSVPs are only necessary if you are planning on attending the retreat.  

RSVP here: 

Remember, we're now on Facebook! Please "like" us and spread the word about the LHIC. Check the page for LHIC updates, local and national health news, as well as information about local events here in Howard County. If you have something you'd like to post on the page, email Alisha at awolf@healthyhowardmd.org.

Maryland Health Exchange Updates

Connection Update, Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Enrollments in qualified health plans increased to a total of 33,251 individuals; 
  • 163,856 Marylanders have created identity-verified accounts;
  • 95,889 Marylanders signed up through the Primary Adult Care (PAC) program were automatically converted to Medicaid coverage effective January 1, 2014.
Open enrollment continues through March 31, 2014, so Marylanders that have not enrolled yet can still do so.

For more updates on ACA enrollment, see the full report.

Howard County 

Do you need ACA enrollment materials? Healthy Howard's Patricia Omana, the regional outreach manager, has free enrollment materials available for anyone who needs them. These include posters, flyers and brochures. She is also available to do outreach, meetings and trainings on enrollment and the Affordable Care Act.  You can contact Patricia at pomana@healthyhowardmd.org or 410-313-5170. She is anxious to partner with anyone who may need assistance. See detailed information from the Door below.
She writes: "People who need health coverage can come to the Door to HealthCare for help. Our hours of operation are: Monday-Tuesday-Friday 8:30AM to 5:00PM; Wednesday-Thursday 8:30AM to 6:00PM and Saturday the 8th and 15th of March from 9:00AM to 3:00PM. We can go to your location, give a presentation and enroll your staff."

Health in the News
Healthy Weight

Celebrating the Fourth Anniversary of Let's Move
This week marks the fourth anniversary of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move initiative, a campaign to improve the health of the nation's children. Mrs. Obama has initiated on on-line challenge, using #LetsMove, to highlight people, communities and organizations that are participating in the movement. Click here for more information.

Behavioral Health
Technology Helps Bridge Gap in Michigan's Mental Health Care
A study by the University of Michigan Center for Healthcare Research found that 20 percent of Michigan residents reported being diagnosed with depression at some point in their lives, compared to 18 percent nationwide. Michigan also has a shortage of outpatient mental health services and inpatient psychiatric beds. To address this gap in services, pediatricians and primary care providers are turning to phone and teleconferencing to connect with psychiatrists who can provide guidance and, if needed, evaluate patients. Read the full article here.

Access to Care
Improving Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment and Retention
A new report unveils states’ innovative approaches for simplifying enrollment processes in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)—insights that could help others boost enrollment and retention, improve customer experience, and run their Medicaid programs more efficiently. Learn more here.

Upcoming Events 

March Forth to a Healthy Weight
March 4, 6:30-8:00 p.m. 
North Laurel Community Center
9411 Whiskey Bottom Rd., Laurel
Learn new perspectives to support a healthier lifestyle for you and for your family. Presented by Dr. Raj Dua. Light healthy refreshments will be served. 

Latino Health Fair
March 15, noon-4:00 p.m.
Join us for a free health fair at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center - free health screenings and health information for the Spanish-speaking population in Howard County and adjacent areas. Free health screenings include: blood pressure, colorectal cancer, glucose, cholesterol, children’s dental exam, HIV/Aids, vision and hearing. 

Health Reform/Healthy Business Forum
March 20, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
The Meeting House
5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia
In today’s healthcare environment, small businesses worry about two things:
1. How will Health Reform affect my business? Join us to hear how health reform will impact your company! What are the deadlines? How will Health Insurance Exchanges affect your company? What will tax credits mean to you?
2. How can I improve my company’s profitability? Healthy employees miss less work, and they are more productive while they are at work. Hear from companies that are creating healthier employees, and reaping the rewards! Share your challenges and learn solutions.
We hope you can join us for this free breakfast forum. Seating is limited. Please no more than 2 per company.
For more information, please call 410-988-3737 X53. To register, please visit

HC DrugFree Call for PSAs
Deadline: March 3
DrugFree is looking for teens to create Public Service Announcements (PSAs) that focus on preventing prescription & over-the-counter drug misuse and abuse in youth ages 12 to 25 for the HoCo FilmFest. Submission deadline is March 3, 2014.
 For more information, contact Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Executive Director of HC DrugFree, at joan@hcdrugfree.org or 443-325-0040.

Weighing in on Your Child's Weight
March 25, 2014
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
HCGH Wellness Center 
Learn about what parents can do to help their overweight child achieve a healthy weight.  A pediatrician, psychiatrist, dietitian, and exercise specialist  will share ideas, tools, and tips to help children reach a healthier weight.  Register for the class at hcgh.org or call (410) 740-7601.

NAMI Howard County Fashion Show

Sunday, March 30, 2:00 p.m.
Savage Mill
NAMI Howard County in partnership with Success in Style is sponsoring a Spring Fashion Show fundraiser. Please call 410-772-9300 for tickets.

Upcoming LHIC Events

Monday, 3/10/14
10 am - 12 noon

Next Full LHIC Meeting at 8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD
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