October 30, 2013

Local Health Improvement Coalition Weekly Digest

Dear Howard County LHIC Members –

Please find below this week’s LHIC digest and corresponding attachments.  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 .  Again, we thank you for your continued support and participation as we work to achieve health equity in Howard County and to identify and reduce health disparities.  

Items Shared at Previous LHIC Meeting: 
Community Based Care Team Presentation 
 Hotspotting Video 


In the next few issues of the LHIC Digest, we will feature brief information about new projects under development by the Howard County Health Department that will have an impact on the LHIC. Some of the upcoming topics will include the Community Based Care Team and Patient-Centered Medical Home projects. The first special feature presents the Community Integrated Medical Home.
Community Integrated Medical Home (CIMH)
Based on Maryland’s State Improvement Model (SIM), Howard County Health Department will work with partners to develop a Community Integrated Medical Home (CIMH). A CIMH is the result of integrating 1) community health services, 2) primary care services, and 3) shared data, to yield coordinated wrap-around services for community members. It creates single points of entry for community members to travel through the health and social care continuum without requiring them to navigate it independently. The model unites the isolated services through care managers and community health workers to drive the system from the consumer’s point of view. The Howard County CIMH will be established through the collaborative efforts of the LHIC, Community Based Care Team, and Patient-Centered Medical Home project. We will consider the CIMH as the top-level model to organize this work.


Horizon Foundation in National News (news from RWJF)
A new television advertisement campaign launched by the non-profit Horizon Foundation in Howard County, Maryland, is urging the beverage industry to “invest in the long-term health of their customers by promoting their better, healthier beverages.” The ads produced by the $40,000 campaign—which will air on cable and broadcast networks throughout the Baltimore region through November—are meant to parody ads promoting Coca-Cola.

“Community Health Workers — A Local Solution to a Global Problem”
The New England Journal of Medicine published an editorial (9/5/2013) about Community Health Workers becoming part of the health care system in other parts of the world and how they can be used in the U.S. Free article available online.

“If the Price is Right, Even Young Invincibles Likely to Consider New Health Insurance Marketplaces” (news from RWJF)
This brief, conducted by RWJF grantee Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC), examines which uninsured adults ages 18 to 64 are most likely to purchase insurance through the exchanges.

SNAP Stimulus Benefit Set to Expire October 31st (news from RWJF)
A temporary increase in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits enacted as part of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will expire on October 31, which will result a $5 billion reduction in overall program spending for FY2014 and a cut of $29 per month for the average family of three. According to a report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the expiration of the benefit means that SNAP participants will receive an average of less than $1.40 per person per meal in 2014.
Food Policy Councils:  Recipes for Success from the Local, County, and State Levels
October 31, 2:00 – 3:15 p.m.
Sponsored by the Institute for Public Health Innovation, this webinar will share perspectives on Food Policy Councils from elected officials and community members who have served on them. Register for the webinar.


“New Careers in Nursing” Scholarship Call for Applications 
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing is a scholarship program to help alleviate the nursing shortage and increase the diversity of nursing professionals. Through grants to schools of nursing, the program provides scholarships to college graduates without nursing degrees who are enrolled in accelerated baccalaureate and master’s nursing programs. Deadline to apply is January 9, 2013.


Connection Update (released October 25)
Since October 1, there have been more than 300,000 unique visitors to the health benefit exchange website and more than 33,000 calls to call centers. As of October 23, 2013, more than 3,100 Maryland households have chosen to enroll through Maryland Health Connection. For more details, visit the “News” section of the website.

Maryland Health Connection Opens Call Center
Maryland Health Connection has opened the first phase of its state-of-the-art customer call center in Baltimore to provide support for residents and small employers statewide. The call center assists Marylanders with general questions about health coverage and the process of enrollment. The call center will operate seven days a week during the open enrollment period, which began on October 1, 2013 and ends on March 31, 2014. The toll-free phone number is 855.642(MHC).8572, and 1.855.642(MHC).8573 for TTY service.

New Resources on Maryland Health Connection Website 
Maryland's new health insurance marketplace: MarylandHealthConnection.gov, has been updated. New and expanded content areas provide information for individuals, families and small businesses. Including: Videos in English and Spanish with closed caption, Fact sheets on Maryland Health Connection and health insurance basics, Information on consumer assistance, Glossary of health terms, Small business tax credit calculator, and Helpful links on health coverage.
MHC Overview 
MHC Fact Sheet 
MHC Tax Credit for Small Businesses 
MHC SHOP Fact Sheet 


School Food Forum: Creating a Vision of Fresh, Real Food in Montgomery County Public Schools (Cost $15+)
November 2, 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
At Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring. Cost is $15 and up depending on registration type. Register by October 29.

Forum: Your Health and Our Changing Climate {free}
November  9, 8:30 a.m. - noon
At Howard Community College
Climate change makes the weather erratic and more calamitous, but it also can be hazardous to your health.  Speakers include Drs. Cindy Parker, from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Steve Shapiro, from Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, authors of Climate Chaos: Your Health at Risk; What You Can Do to Protect Yourself and Your Family. Others will speak about the health effects of climate change on infants, children, the elderly and other vulnerable populations. Speakers from government agencies and local organizations will discuss the community resources available to face the challenges ahead. The forum is sponsored by Transition Howard County, HoCo ClimateChange, League of Women Voters of Howard County, and Howard Community College. Register online.

School Breakfast Summit for Parents and Community Leaders {free}
November 19, 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Join the MD/VA/DC Action for Healthy Kids team for breakfast while listening to presentations by MD Hunger Solutions, MSDE, and other local school breakfast experts who will:
* Identify the importance and central components of school breakfast.
* Discuss the current changes in school breakfast meal patterns.
* Discuss local school breakfast programs and initiatives.
* Identify and evaluate methods of parent and community involvement in the expansion of school breakfast.
At the USDA National Agricultural Library, 10301 Baltimore Avenue, Beltsville, 20705. Register online.

Howard County Public School System Released a Redraft of Policy 9090: Wellness through Nutrition and Physical Activity
A public hearing on the changes will take place on December 5th and the vote will occur on January 9, 2014. The policy will go into effect on July 1, 2014.

Healthy Howard to Help Residents Find Health Insurance
Healthy Howard's  Door to HealthCare Western Maryland is providing free help choosing affordable, quality health coverage through the state’s new health insurance marketplace, Maryland Health Connection. The Door is the official source for information in six Maryland counties, including Howard, and provides practical answers about new changes in health care, personal support for making the right choice and assistance with signing up for health insurance. Within Howard County, the Door will be working with local partners including Chase Brexton, Grassroots and the Korean Resource Center. Visit www.doortohealthcare.org for the latest information! For more information click here.
Connecting Howard County Residents to Coverage 
Health Care Reform and You 

HC DrugFree Teen Advisory Council
The HC DrugFree is seeking high school students to advise staff and board. Teen council meets monthly. Community service hours available. For more information, please contact HC DrugFree's Executive Director, Joan Webb Scornaienchi at 443-325-0040 or info@hcdrugfree.org.

Network Care for Behavioral Health
Network of Care for Behavioral Health is an online information place for individuals, families, and agencies concerned with mental and emotional wellness, substance abuse and developmental disabilities. This online community provides critical information, communication, and advocacy tools with a single point of entry. It ensures there is "No Wrong Door" for those navigating the system of behavioral health services, those working to avoid the need for formal services, and those ready to transition out of the behavioral health system. For more information, click here.

Howard County Health Department Tobacco Treatment Program and Volunteer Opportunities
Wednesdays, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. 
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 5:00-8:00 p.m., 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, 1:00-4:00 p.m.  For more information, click here.

Office on Aging Information - MAP and SHIP: Maryland Access Point (MAP)
MAP is Howard County’s Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC). We help identify a person’s strengths, needs, situations and preferences and help them make informed decisions through a service known as Options Counseling. In addition to our telephone assistance, we can make home visits or meet a person in an alternate location such as a senior center or library.  To contact MAP call 410-313-5980 Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. or visit the statewide searchable database at www.marylandaccesspoint.info.

Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) 
SHIP offers one-on-one counseling and assistance to people with Medicare of any age and their families. Counseling is a free service and assistance is given via telephone and face-to-face interactive sessions, public education presentations and programs, and media activities. To contact SHIP call 410-313-7392, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Cancer Prevention Study-3 Comes to Howard County
Help the American Cancer Society create a world with less cancer!  
The American Cancer Society is seeking cancer fighters in Howard County to participate in Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3), a historic, nationwide study to help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer, which will ultimately save lives.  For more information, please visit the website www.CPS3HowardCounty.org.

2-1-1 Maryland
2-1-1 Maryland is a toll-free, 24-hour hotline that provides information on local and national health and human service resources. We serve the entire state of Maryland and are available simply by dialing 2-1-1 or 800-492-0618. The hotline is staffed by trained and nationally certified Information and Referral Specialists who assess callers' needs and then link them with appropriate resources and services. Many of you are already included in our database but others may not be included. Please use the following contact information to update current forms or submit new program forms. Kate Schulz, Information and Referral Specialist and Howard County Outreach Coordinator.  Contact number: 410-895-1452. Brandi Nieland, Database Administrator.

Powerpoint Presentation
2-1-1 Maryland Fact Sheet
2-1-1 MD Inclusion Exclusion Guidelines
New Program Form

Knitting and Crochet Support Group {free}
October 30, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Attention cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers: join us on Wednesday each week for instruction, directions, and good times for beginning or advanced knitters. Located at The Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia, 21044. For more information call 410-740-5858.

Adult, Child  & Infant CPR and AED {$55}
November 4, 5:30-9:00 p.m.
Learn the skills needed to clear an airway obstruction, perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). Earn a two-year American Heart Association completion card. Located at Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia, 21044.

Care Giver’s Support Group {free}
November 5, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. or the third Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m.- noon. Registration is required through the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia, 21044. Call 410-740-5858 for more information.
Diabetes Screening {free}
November 6, 9:00- 11:00 a.m.
Are you concerned about your risk factors for diabetes? Meet with a registered nurse to receive a free diabetes screening which includes a risk assessment and a blood test. Receive immediate results. Fasting 8 hours prior to test is recommended. Located at Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia, 21044.
Vein Center Screening {free}
November 6, 5:00-7:00 p.m
Richard Feinberg, M.D., Johns Hopkins vascular surgeon, will conduct free varicose vein screenings. To register for this free event, please call 410-550-8346. Located at Little Patuxent Specialty Center, 11065 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 150, Columbia, 21044.
Beating the Odds: Autumn Extravaganza {$75}
November 8, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
At Fretz Kitchen Showroom, 9204 Berger Road, Suite H, Columbia, 21046
Join us for our annual signature event celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center affiliated with Howard County General Hospital. Join organizers for an evening of food by Carrabba’s Italian Grill, fine wines by Gus Kalaris/Axios Wines, silent and live auctions, raffles, entertainment, and more. Visit www.hcgh.org/Fretz for more information!
Caregiving: You Are Not Alone
November 9, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
At North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel, 20723
The Howard County Department of Citizen Services, Office on Aging is offering a workshop for caregivers with a keynote address by Marsha Ansel with the Howard County Mental Health Authority. Continental breakfast & lunch provided. On-site respite provided. Pre-registration is required. Reservation deadline for lunch and respite is November 1
“Giving Thanks” Luncheon and Dance {$12}
November 14, doors open 10:30 a.m., lunch at 12:00 p.m.
At Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane in Clarksville, 21029
The Howard County Office on Aging will present this annual luncheon and dance for older adults which features a special performance by the Retro Rockets. Tickets are $12 and are on sale at all Howard County Senior Centers. Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Howard County Food Bank. For more information, call 410-313-5440. To request a sign language interpreter or other accommodations to attend this event, call 410-313-5980 (voice/relay) or email map@howardcountymd.gov by November 7. To request transportation, call HT Ride at 800-270-9553 (press 3) by November 5.

Smoke-Free Lungs {free}
November 14, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Education and support for those wanting to quit or who have quit. Attend one or all sessions, 9/26, 10/17 or 11/14. Located at the Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Road, Columbia, 21044.

Breast Cancer Support Group {free}
November 20, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
This group, facilitated by Mary Dowling, LCSW-C meets on the third Wednesday of each month. Registration requested through the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia, 21044. Call 410-740-5858 for more information.
Living with Breast Cancer Support Group {free}
November 21, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
This group facilitated by Mary Dowling, LCSW-C for patients with a stage IV cancer diagnosis meets each fourth Thursday of the month. Registration requested through the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia, 21044. Call 410-740-5858 for more information.

You Can Prevent Diabetes! 
Saint Agnes Hospital is now offering a 4-month program designed to prevent the development of Type 2 Diabetes in people who test as Pre-Diabetic. The program combines the resources and expertise of the Saint Agnes endocrinologists, certified diabetes educators, dieticians, fitness professionals and other health educators in collaboration with the American Diabetes Association. A physician referral is required. For details click here or contact Roslyn Snyder, Pre-Diabetes Program Coordinator, at 410-368-3244.

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


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: 8930 Stanford Boulevard Columbia, MD 21045