LHIC News and Updates
Hello LHIC members!
Please remember that we have a full LHIC meeting on November 20. All three work groups are schedule to meet as well following the full meeting.
We look forward to seeing everyone!
Transition Howard County is an all-volunteer organization that is focused on making the communities of Howard County more resilient, sustainable, and embracing ethical stewardship of the environment. We foster resilient and engaged communities by: raising awareness of climate change, declining resources and the need to adapt to future challenges; focusing on the sustainable development and use of local resources; promoting the crucial importance of a biodiverse ecosystem for health and wellness; encouraging lifelong learning; advocating for solutions; and collaborating with community organizations and government. We work through a number of committees. Our Heath Committee works to educate, advocate, and improve the health of our communities in the face of climate change. Our Food Committee is engaged in holding monthly gluten-free dinners, as well as hosting a Food in Film group that highlight the health impacts of the ways that we eat, at the monthly Earth Forum held at the First Presbyterian Church. Our Ecosystem Landscaping Committee also promotes being outdoors as being good for mental and physical health. Research indicates that soil microbes can cause the release of brain serotonin, so gardening is definitely a mental health promoter. Our web site is http://www.transitionhoco.org/home.
In November, 2013 we sponsored a free forum on “Your Health and Our Changing Climate” to discuss the health impacts of climate change including air that’s harder to breathe, more insect-borne and infectious diseases, contaminated water and soil, and mental stress. Even violence rises along with the temperature. A warmer climate will also affect how we grow food, and we will have to work together to protect ourselves and our communities in this changing world.
This November we will be sponsoring another forum, “Changing Landscape: Observations from Space” in collaboration with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Howard Community College. This forum deals with urban, agricultural, and forest landscapes in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed resulting from development and climate change. Special NASA exhibits will be on display before and after events, there will be guest lecturers from NASA, US Geological Survey, and University of Maryland, and a panel discussion and Q&A with participants from Senator Cardin's staff, Maryland Department of Planning, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Date: November 8 at 9 a.m. (Exhibits and light breakfast at 8:30 a.m.)
Location: Howard Community College, Health Science Building (HSB 150)
Pre-Registration recommended: http://howardcc.edu/NASAforum
Share Your News!
We would like 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health in the News
Roving Radish - Howard County's Fresh Meals to Go
The Roving Radish delivers fresh food kits to convenient locations throughout Howard County. The program is easy: Sign up for meal deliveries, pick up your bag, and whip up affordable, healthy meals, using the recipes included in the kit. It’s as simple as that. Plus, it’s good for you, and tasty, too!
Click here to watch a brief video about this great program.
CA Pathway Mobile Application
Columbia Association's mobile pathway application highlights Columbia Association's (CA) 93.5 miles of pathways, facilities, lakes and village center buildings that are owned and maintained by the organization.
This mobile app allows users to use a series of map tools to help make their outdoor experience more enjoyable. There is a "Locate me" GPS feature that will allow users to locate CA facilities, with photos, and highlight a route for walking, running or biking to those facilities.
You may download electronic version of pathways maps here or download CA's Pathways app to your mobile phone or tablet.
White House's Office of National Drug Control Policy Praises Maryland Efforts on Overdose Prevention
The White House Office charged with leading the country's fight to reduce drug use is praising the efforts of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to combat substance use and its consequences in Maryland.
Michael Botticelli, the acting director of the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), met with DHMH officials last week and reviewed the department's strategies to combat substance abuse and overdose deaths in Maryland. In a Oct. 27, 2014, letter addressed to DHMH Secretary Joshua M. Sharfstein, Botticelli wrote: "Maryland is assigning the highest priority to addressing the overdose epidemic affecting many states in our nation. There is much many other states can learn from your efforts."
This letter of support came as DHMH announced the expansion of access to life-saving medication naloxone to Medicaid enrollees. Naxolone is used to reverse the effects of an overdose from opioid drugs like heroin. As a result of the change to the Medicaid pharmacy benefit, doctors can write prescriptions for the medication to enrollees without preauthorization. DHMH is reaching out to prescribing physicians and drug treatment programs with guidance on how to prescribe.
Click here for more information on Maryland's efforts on overdose prevention.
Access to Care
Beware of Scams During Open Enrollment Season
The Howard County Department of Citizen Services is warning both Medicare recipients and residents who qualify for health coverage through Affordable Care Act (ACA) health care exchanges of misleading and sometimes illegal offers of help that may crop up during open enrollment seasons. Open enrollment for Medicare is from October 15 to December 7, 2014. The ACA health exchange enrollment period is from November 15, 2014 to February 15, 2015.
“Con artists saw last year’s open enrollment periods as opportunities to take advantage of people who were unfamiliar or confused by the new health exchanges and changes to Medicare,” said Lois Mikkila, Director of the Department of Citizen Services. “Crooks exploit this vulnerability to sell non-existent or unneeded products. Sadly, many people weren’t aware of the free and reliable assistance that is available through State and local agencies and often became the targets of unethical or illegal offers.”
Click here to read the full article.
Protect LGBT Seniors From Going Back In The Closet
Saturday, November 8 Thursday, November 20
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Owen Brown Interfaith Center AND Bain Senior Center
7246 Cradlerock Way 5470 Ruth Keaton Way
Columbia, MD 21045 Columbia, MD 21044
LGBT Older Adult Task Force of Howard County and PFLAG Howard County are proud to host SAGE Metro DC in the FREE showing of the critically acclaimed documentary GEN SILENT about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender older people "so afraid of discrimination by caregivers or bullying by other seniors that many simple go back into the closet."
Discussion will be led by Dr. Imani Woody, Chair of SAGE Metro DC and a consultant for multicultural and older adult advocacy and training. Open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Two Category I CEUs will be available for social workers.
For more information contact Sue Garner at email@example.com
Strengthen Your Immune System with Food
Thursday, November 11
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Webinar by Maryland University of Integrative Health
Learn how to strengthen and support your immune systems naturally –through food. We will focus on foods that offer immune support as well as preparation options. You don’t want to miss recipes of hot ginger tea and a warm salad to get you prepared for the cold months ahead.
Please click here to register for the webinar.
Lots of other classes and events available, please click here for a complete listing.
Dazzle Dash Weekend
Dazzle Dash is a special treat that celebrates the opening of the 21st Annual Symphony of Lights. The Symphony of Lights is the largest annual fundraising event benefiting Howard County General Hospital, the only hospital in Howard County. Friends and families gather to walk or run 1.4 miles through the magical outdoor display of lights. Come and experience the excitement as the holiday season begins! Enjoy games and activities for children of all ages, food, music, entertainment and giveaways.
Saturday, November 15 / 5:00-7:30pm: Dazzle "Dash" - Runners only!
5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Food / activities
5:30 p.m. Lights on/run begins
7:00 p.m. Last admission for the light display course
7:30 p.m. Run ends/lights out
Sunday, November 16 / 4:00 - 7:30pm: Family Fun Day and Stroll - Walkers only!
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Food / activities
5:30 p.m. Lights on/walk begins
6:30 p.m. Last admission for the light display course
7:30 p.m. Walk ends/lights out
For more information and to register for this event please click here.
Great American Smokeout
Thursday, November 20
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Howard County General Hospital Lobby
5755 Cedar Lane
Columbia, MD 21044
Information and literature to help individuals stop smoking. Walk-in event. No registration required.
Please call 410-740-7601 for more information about this event.
Seasonal Flu Vaccine Clinics
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.
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.