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October  22, 2014 

LHIC News and Updates

Hello LHIC members!

New Section! 
Thank you to everyone who responded and provided feedback about the new section in the Digest. Based on the members' input, we are adding a "Member Spotlight" section. We encourage all members to submit a small blurb about your organization, its mission, the work you do, and anything else you think is relevant and would like to share with the rest of the members. 

Please take a look at our first member feature in this brand new section. 

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

The Howard County Citizens Association (HCCA) is a non-partisan organization of county residents. The HCCA mission is to bring citizens together to provide a means of expressing their views on the affairs of Howard County and advancing interests for:
exemplary government and delivery of services, sound fiscal policies and responsible administration of public funds,
orderly growth and development in the best interests of residents and the environment, educational system excellence, and preservation of agricultural, historical, and open space.

HCCA has been involved in promoting health by working with Howard County General Hospital in trying to obtain shorter waiting times in the Emergency Department and reduced Yellow Alerts. This link provides additional information on how HCCA was, at the time, able to shorten waiting times and reduce the number of “Yellow Alerts” related to ambulance service at Howard County General Hospital. HCCA sponsored a public forum on the proper utilization of Emergency Rooms and Urgent Care Centers.  Additionally, HCCA suggested the Health Department post a list of Urgent Care Centers in the County to their website.

HCCA is very involved with the topic of “Aging in Place” and conducted a very successful
Aging in Place” Forum in the Fall of 2013 with the League of Women Voters, the Coordinating Center, and Office on Aging.  Additionally, we partner with the Commission on Aging to improve and ensure strategies that allow people to age successfully in Howard County.

For more information, please visit the HCCA website at
Stu Kohn
HCCA, President

Howard County 


Health in the News

Healthy Weight
National Obesity Rates Remain High: New Report
Just in time for National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) recently released their eleventh annual report, The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America 2014 (formerly known as the F as in Fat report). The 2014 report was also supported by a grant from the RWJF.

The 136-page report found that adult obesity rates have increased in six states (Alaska, Delaware, Idaho, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Wyoming). They have not decreased in any state.

State-by-state, forty-three states have an adult obesity rate of 25 percent or more. Mississippi and West Virginia have the highest rates at 35.1 percent. Colorado has the lowest rate, at 21.3 percent. According to the press release, this reporting period marks the first time a state adult obesity rate has surpassed 35 percent.

Click here to read the full article. 
Behavioral Health

Access to Care
Even With Insurance, Language Barriers Could Undermine Asian Americans’ Access To Care
Efforts to enroll Asian Americans in the health law’s marketplace plans have generally been touted as a success, but because coverage details are provided primarily in English or Spanish, those who depend on their native languages have encountered roadblocks as they try to use this new insurance. About 35 percent of Asian Americans have limited English proficiency, according to a September report from the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning think tank.

The issue of language access gained attention last summer when the Obama administration notified thousands of people that their health insurance subsidies were at risk unless they updated their citizenship documentation because information on their initial applications could not be verified. Advocates said many of those in jeopardy did not speak English well and did not understand the paperwork they received.

here to read the entire article. 

Upcoming Events 
Friday, October 24
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Maryland University of Integrative Health
7750 Montpelier Road 
Laurel, MD 20723 

To celebrate National Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day, Maryland University of Integrative Health, the first accredited acupuncture school in the U.S., is eager to provide free acupuncture treatments to as many people as possible.

In a relaxing setting, you will receive a very simple yet effective acupuncture treatment. Whether you have experienced acupuncture before or are a beginner, you are welcome and can expect to leave feeling relaxed, tended, and refreshed. Participants must be at least 18 years of age and must register in advance.

Please click here to register. 

Maryland University of Integrative Health 
Lots of other classes and events available, please click here for a complete listing.

Boogie the Night Away with NAMI Howard County
Saturday, November 1, 2014
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Ten Oaks Ballroom
5000 Signal Bell Ln
Clarksville, MD 21029

Grab your bell bottoms and your leg-warmers and come groove and electric-slide to the music of the 70's and 80's!‚Äč Enjoy tasty hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar and chances to win all sorts of great prizes in our raffle.Tickets are $35.00 per person or $250.00 for a Table of 10.

Purchase tickets online at or mail checks to:
9151 Rumsey Road, Ste.150
Columbia, MD 21045. 

Seasonal Flu Vaccine Clinics
Monday, November 3, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
North Laurel Community Center
9411 Whiskey Bottom Road
Laurel, MD  20723

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.

AARP Driver Safety for Older Drivers
Friday, November 7
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center
10710 Charter Drive
Columbia, MD

This classroom refresher course, taught by AARP instructors, is for drivers 50 years and older. Register online but pay by check or cash only at the door.  Cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-AARP members.
Check with your auto insurance company to see if it is one of many who offer a discount to seniors who attend this class!

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

Dietary Counseling (C. Muhammad, R.D.)
Several sessions coming up
Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center
10710 Charter Drive
Columbia, MD
This individualized nutritional counseling program is available for children and adults. Meet with a registered dietitian one-on-one to discuss your dietary concerns and goals including weight loss, healthier bones, high blood pressure, and elevated cholesterol. The counseling is also appropriate for those who want to gain weight, maintain a vegetarian diet, or just need good advice about following a healthy diet. Day and evening appointments are available.  Payment is due at time of registration. Insurance is not accepted.

Please click here to register. 

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

Healthy Weight Work Group Meeting
Thursday, 10/30
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Potomac Room

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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