January 9,  2013

Local Health Improvement Coalition Weekly Digest

Dear Howard County LHIC Members –

Welcome back! I hope that you all had a wonderful and restful holiday and are geared up for our next LHIC meeting on Monday, January 14th.  Please see attached last meetings minutes and Monday's meeting agenda.  We do hope that you are able to attend, however if you are unable please feel free to send a representative from your organization or a courtesy email to letting us know you are unavailable.  The LHIC staff looks forward to seeing you all Monday morning.

LHIC December 10th Meeting Minutes
LHIC January 14th Agenda

LHIC Meeting Schedule

Next LHIC meeting Monday, January 14th from 10:00am to 12:00pm.  
Click here for calendar invitation.


Please allow me to introduce the new and improved LHIC Digest.  With eye-catching graphics and appealing color scheme.    Some of the new features include: 
  • Link to the Howard County Facebook page
  • Link to the Howard County Twitter feed
  • Link to Notify Me Howard
  • A button that forward's the digest to your colleagues (bottom of digest)
  • Ability to edit your subscription information
  • Increased readability and accessibility
Moving forward, all correspondence from the LHIC will be sent in this format. As always the LHIC digest will feature topics and events pertinent to our mission and our members.   For the month of December it will be sent through outlook as well.  Please add the LHIC to your safe sender's list so you will receive it in your inbox.  

Next LHIC meeting Monday, January 14th from 10:00am to 12:00pm.  Click here for calendar invitation.


Community Transformation Grant resources and upcoming webinars. 

Study Finds Modest Declines in Obesity Rates among Young Children from Poor Families 

A new national study has found modest declines in obesity among 2- to 4-year-olds from poor families, a dip that researchers say may indicate that the obesity epidemic has passed its peak among this group.  The study, by researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drew on the height and weight measurements of 27 million children who were part of the federal Women, Infants and Children program, which provides food subsidies to low-income mothers and their children up to the age of 5.  The study was based on data from 30 states and the District of Columbia and covered the years from 1998 to 2010. The share of children who were obese declined to 14.9 percent in 2010, down from 15.2 percent in 2003, after rising between 1998 and 2003. Extreme obesity also declined, dropping to 2.07 percent in 2010 from 2.22 percent in 2003. For the full article, click here. The Journal of the American Medical Association.

Howard County Unsweetened
At the command of Burleigh Manor Middle School students on Tuesday, we dumped approximately 10 tons of “sugar” (actually, white sand) to commemorate the launch of Howard County Unsweetened, an initiative to fight childhood obesity by providing better drink options where our kids live, learn, and play.  At the event, we were joined by County Executive Ken Ulman who announced an Executive Order that ensures Howard County government will only provide healthy drink options on its property.

Physically Fit Students Do Better in School than Others, Study Finds
The Question: Might being physically fit help young people academically?  Click here for full article.

New CHIP Fact Sheets  
The updated versions of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) fact sheets are available online. The fact sheets describe each state’s CHIP program in 2011, including eligibility and enrollment, cost sharing, and service delivery system. Information included in the fact sheets came from a variety of sources, including state reported data. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation supported the development and production of the fact sheets. Click here for the fact sheets.

Millions of Nonsmokers Exposed to Smoke From Neighbors' Apartments: Report 
As many as 29 million U.S. apartment dwellers who have no smoking rules for their own homes are exposed to secondhand smoke seeping in from neighboring apartments and common areas, federal officials reported Friday.  For more information, click here.

Healthy Howard Health Plan Updates 
As of January 2, 2013, the Healthy Howard Health Plan (HHHP) will no longer be accepting new applications.  Due to a long wait list and the amount of time that it takes a new member to seek medical services through the Health Plan, new applications will only be accepted through the end of December 2012.  Everyone who is on the wait list at that point will have the opportunity to enroll into HHHP in the first few months of 2013.  Additional appointments to complete an electronic application will be added in the month of December so that everyone who wants to apply to HHHP will have the opportunity to do so.  If you refer clients to our program, please make note of this change.  Any questions may be directed to Lena Hershkovitz at410.988.3737 ext. 12.

Healthcare Howard Website Launch
Healthy Howard, Inc. and the Howard County HealthDepartment have come together to create the Healthcare Howard website atwww.healthcarehoward.org.  This will provide important information about health reform and how it will affect individuals, health care providers, small businesses, and non-profit organizations in Howard County.  For the most up-to-date information, we encourage you to "like" us on Facebook (Healthcare-Howard), follow us on Twitter (@HealthcareHoCo), and sign up to receive email updates on the website.

Next meeting January 14th.

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, please see flyer.

Join a Walking Club to Aid Your Weight Loss Plan {new} 
Now that the holidays are over and you have started your weight loss plan, why not join a walking club to help trim off those pounds?  Delta Sigma Theta Sorority has moved their walking clubs inside for the winter months.  On Saturdays they walk in the Columbia Mall. The department stores will not be open, please use the main entrance next to Lord & Taylor and assemble in front of Lord & Taylor on the lower level. If you are an early riser you can meet Ardra Bailey at 7:00 AM.    If you are later riser you can meet Tonia Smith at 8:00 AM.   Contact:  Tonia Smith/trsmitty3@gmail.com  or   Arleen Tate/preventiontechnologies@gmail.com
Prenatal Class for Your Early Pregnancy Jan. 9, 2012, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. {free}{new} 
Parents-to-be and parents in the first trimester will learn about the early stages of pregnancy including your body's physical changes, your baby's growth, and easy ways to support your pregnancy. Click on the class title for more information or call 410 740-7602.
What Is Pre-Diabetes? Jan. 10, 2012 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.{new} 
Understand what pre-diabetes is and how to prevent or delay actual diabetes. This course is taught by a certified diabetes educator. Click on the class title for more information or call 410 740-7602.  There is a cost of $15.
The Eyes of Children Jan. 17, 2012  7 p.m.  to 8:30 p.m. {free}{new} 
Children's learning is affected by their vision. Learn about eye health and safety, common complaints and what parents can do. This topic is presented by pediatric ophthalmologist Anya Trumler, M.D. Click on the class title for more information or call 410 740-7602.
If you've just been diagnosed with diabetes...  {free}{new} 
Dates: 1/18, 1/23, 2/15, and 2/20
Day Program: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Evening Program: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
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. Our 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.  This is a two-day, interactive group course taught by an endocrinologist, diabetes nurse educator, dietitian, psychologist, podiatrist and exercise specialist. The class is held at The Bolduc Family Outpatient Center in the hospital. Choose either a day program or a condensed evening program. Most insurance plans cover all or part of this program. For more information or to register, please call 443-718-3000.

Living Your Best Life With Diabetes Group Education Class 
Tuesday & Wednesday, January 22nd & 23rdfrom 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at Saint Agnes Hospital
In this eight-hour class, you’ll learn how to manage your diabetes to help prevent complications and live your life to the fullest. Our Saint Agnes experts will offer useful, realistic tips for nutrition and exercise, stress management and blood sugar control. To attend these classes, all patients must first schedule an individual diabetes appointment for initial assessment. Diabetes education and classes are covered by most healthinsurances. Physician referral is required. For further details, obtain referral form, or schedule your initial appointment, call (410) 368-8448. Make your health a top priority this year!

Wellness at Wegman's Series, 6:00pm – 7:30pm 
Saint Agnes Hospital and Wegmans of Columbia are excited to announce a new Wellness Partnership!  The speaker series will take place on the second floor of the brand new Wegman's in Columbia (located at 8855 Mcgaw Rd, Columbia, MD 21045) on the second Monday of every month.  Complimentary light refreshments will be served.
Link: http://360.stagnes.org/community-and-events/wellness-at-wegmans/
  ·         Right Weight, January 14 
Fat free.  Low carb. No sugar. Gluten free.  Feeling overwhelmed by all of the weight loss information out there?  There is a right fit for each person--and one size does not fit all.  There are many options and the experts at Saint Agnes' Maryland Metabolic Institute are excited to present an evening discussing the options and how to pick your right (and successful!) path to better overallhealth.

Well4life® Program at Saint Agnes Hospital
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 atwww.well4lifeprogram.com or register for our free monthly information sessions by calling 1-866-690-9355.

Hunger-Free Howard Program 
Did you know that the Howard County Food Bank served more than 20,000 individuals last year?  Community Action Council of Howard County (CAC) is looking for community groups -churches, schools, girl/boy scout troops, fraternal organizations, clubs, offices, or athletic associations- that would like to help create a Hunger-free Howard by collecting 1 high-need item for the Food Bank each month.  High need items include peanut butter, cereal, pasta and pasta sauce, soup, cooking oils, and personal care items.  For more information, or to become a Hunger-free Howard Partner, contact Lisa Clossin at lclossin@cac-hc.org or410-313-0703.


DHPE Webinar: Basics of Social Media {new}
Social media can be a powerful tool for individuals and organizations in extending outreach capabilities beyond their web site. This session will cover the bare bones basics for Twitter, Facebook and Linked In, and discuss other online outlets. We will cover setting up accounts, posting, sharing, tweeting, liking, hash tags, fan pages, groups, photos, and best practices.  For registration information, click here.



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 anugent@howardcountymd.gov

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