Baby Bumper Buy-Back Bonanza ends today!, health news and other county events
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May 7, 2014

LHIC News and Updates

Hello LHIC members! We are getting ready for our next full LHIC meeting on May 12. If you have not received an email with the meeting materials, please email Jeananne,, and she will send them to you. Please come prepared to discuss the bylaws, charter, timeline, roles and responsibilities, and membership application. We look forward to seeing everyone on Monday!

Baby Bumper Buy-Back Bonanza Ends Today!
The Howard County Health Department is holding a “Baby Bumper Buy-Back Bonanza” to collect and dispose of baby crib bumpers – the decorative material that lines the inside of baby cribs. The sale of crib bumpers has been banned in Maryland since June 2013 because of the serious risk of suffocation and death to infants.  The Health Department will give a $20 retail gift certificate to families who turn in their crib bumpers (1 per family, while supplies last). Bring bumpers to the Health Department today from 11:00 to 1:00 or 3:00 to 4:30.

Share Your News!
We would love to share more about what our member organizations are doing through the LHIC Digest. If you have news or events to share, please email them to Jeananne,

Member Packet
Alisha and Jeananne are working on a Member Packet to be shared with organizations and individuals interested in joining the LHIC. Please let us know what you think would be helpful for new members - email Jeananne at Thank you!

Don't forget to "like" us on Facebook and help 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

Maryland Health Exchange Updates

The Maryland Health Exchange is no longer doing weekly updates. We will bring updates to you as they are available. 

Here is the link for the last report, on April 18: see the full report.

Howard County 

Get Up, Get Out, Get ACTIVE!
In the first four weeks of Get Active Howard County, participants have tracked more than 200,000 minutes of activity, and the free Boot Camp in the Park has been averaging 60 to 80 participants!

The next big event is Family Wellness Day on Sunday, June 1 at Centennial Park. Click
here for the event flyer. LHIC member organizations interested in having a booth at the park that day should click here for the booth application. The booth fee is waived for government and non-profit organizations.

You can find information about all of the Get Active Howard County events at Also see specific activities in the Upcoming Events section below. We hope our LHIC members will participate in and promote the Get Active programs! 

Health in the News
Healthy Weight
Get Active Howard County Hosts Kick-Off Event
On Saturday, March 22, more than 100 individuals participated in the Get Active Howard County community kick-off event at Centennial Park. Howard County General Hospital volunteers were on hand to provide BMI screenings, Awaken Wellness offered free chair massage, and the Columbia Association and the Office on Aging promoted their senior cycling program. In addition, there were special activities for seniors coordinated by Winter Growth and Howard Community College.  This also marked the kick-off to 35 weeks of free “Boot Camp in the Park,” a program for people of all ages and fitness levels, that will continue every Saturday morning through mid-November.  For information on upcoming events, visit

Behavioral Health
SAMHSA and USDA Collaborate to Improve Behavioral Health 
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a collaboration to fund and perform community-level behavioral health assessment and monitoring. Using the four Regional Centers for Rural Development and a multidisciplinary Advisory Council, 10 local pilot sites were selected for funding in January 2014. The information gathered by pilot sites will be used by local public health officials and other public authorities to improve existing behavioral health monitoring systems with national and state level information.
here for more information.

Access to Care
Health Affairs Conversations Podcast: The ACA After the First Open Enrollment
The first open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act's health insurance exchanges recently closed. In the latest edition of the Health Affairs Conversations podcast series, Paul Ginsburg, Sherry Glied, and Bill Hoagland discuss what we can learn from that experience. They also look at other aspects of ACA implementation, such as Medicaid expansion, employer-sponsored coverage, and payment and delivery reforms.

Ginsburg is the Norman Topping Chair in Medicine and Public Policy at the University of Southern California; Glied is Dean of New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Hoagland is a senior vice president at the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC).

here for the podcast.

Upcoming Events 

Boot Camp in the Park
Saturdays, March 22 through November 15
8:00 - 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.

Skin Cancer Screenings
Tuesday, May 13
Thursday, May 15
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
HCGH Wellness Center
10710 Charter Drive, Columbia
Worried about a funny looking mole? Our HCGH dermatologist will examine your area of concern. Due to time required,a full-body exam will not be performed. Register here, slots are filling up quickly.

Dietary Counseling with Mary
Tuesday, May 20
10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
HCGH Wellness Center
10710 Charter Drive, Columbia
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. Payment is due at time of registration. Insurance is not accepted. Click here to register.

Living Well with Diabetes
Fridays, May 16 - June 20
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Waverly Gardens Community Room
Living Well with Diabetes is a 6-week program that will teach you how to manage the symptoms of diabetes by taking control of your health. To register, contact Wendy Farthing,, 410-313-3506. 

Diabetic/Pre-Diabetic Lunch and Learn
Thursday, May 22
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Bain Center Conference Room
5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia
Learn how to make smart choices when you order out. Participants are encouraged to bring a copy of their favorite restaurant menu. To register, contact Wendy Farthing,, 410-313-3506. 

Living Well Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs
The Living Well: Take Charge of Your Health program is a 6 week evidence-based self-management workshop developed by Stanford University.  Designed for people living with one or more chronic conditions, Living Well participants can experience positive health outcomes including improvement in their overall quality of life, reduced health complications and reduced need for emergency care. The program offers techniques to deal with problems often associated with chronic illnesses, including frustration, fatigue, pain, and isolation.
The Office on Aging also offers Living Well With Diabetes and Living Well for Men. Click 
here for more information on these programs and to learn how to register.

Upcoming LHIC Events

Full LHIC Meeting
Monday, 5/12/14
10 a.m. - 12 noon
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD

Behavioral Health Work Group Meeting
Wednesday, 5/21/14
9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD
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