September 25

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 .  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 


Study Examines Healthier Purchases by WIC Beneficiaries {new}
A study from the Yale Rudd Center on Food Policy & Obesity shows that purchases of whole grain bread and brown rice increased among beneficiaries of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children (WIC) program following updates to the nutrition standards for the WIC food package that took effect in 2009.

Michelle Obama Plays Referee In The Food Tug-Of-War {new}
Michelle Obama used the pull of the White House Wednesday to convene a meeting on food marketing to children, stepping directly into the tug-of-war between health advocates and manufacturers of processed food.

Abandoning The Fight Against Obesity {new}
According to recent studies, middle and high school students are eating more fruits and vegetables, skipping breakfast less, watching less TV, eating fewer sweets and exercising more.

Study: State's Poor Health Care Affects All Income Levels {new}
High-income people who live in states that generally do poorly in health care are worse off than low-income people in states with high health care scores, according to a Commonwealth Fund study released today.

More Kids Now Have Health Care, And You Have The Federal Government To Thank For That {new}
More children are enrolled in health care coverage as a result of government safety net programs and provisions included in the Affordable Care Act, a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Urban Institute finds.


New Resources on Maryland Health Connection Website
Maryland's new health insurance marketplace:, 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

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. During  September, the call center will assist Marylanders with general questions about health coverage and preparations for open enrollment. The call center will operate seven days a week during the open enrollment period, which begins 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.

Maryland Health Connection Launches Social Media Campaign 
Maryland Health Connection is excited to announce the launch of its social media campaign to communicate and engage with Maryland residents seeking information about health coverage options. Join the conversation on Maryland Health Connection’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube social media channels. Enrollment through Maryland Health Connection is scheduled to begin in October 2013 for individuals and families, with insurance coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2014. Engage with Maryland Health Connection through social media on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube


How to Make the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice for Students this School Year {new}
Wednesday, September 25, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, this tweetchat will explore the new school meal standards that were prompted by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. Follow the discussion using the hashtag #HealthierNextGen.

Voices for Healthy Kids: Active Places Let's Get Moving to Help Underserved {new}
Wednesday, September 25, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Sponsored by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, this webinar will present information on increasing physical activity opportunities in underserved communities with a specific focus on reducing disparities. Register for the webinar.

The Howard County Health Disparities Committee Meeting
Wednesday, September 25th, 6:00p.m.
The Howard County Health Disparities Committee (FIRN/HC MOTA Program) will meet in the Patapsco Room at Miller Library. The agenda includes Affordable Care Act information, training for residents interested in becoming ACA Health Ambassadors and updates from the state Minority Heath and Health Disparities division of DHMH.  Please contact Paula Blackwell at for more information.

National Hispanic Heritage Month {new} {free}
Saturday, September 28, 3:00-6:00 p.m.
Columbia Association (CA) once again invites community members to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month at Día de la Familia at the Columbia SportsPark. For more information, contact Laura Smit at 410-715-3162 or via email at  The Columbia SportsPark is located in the Harper's ChoiceVillage Center at 5453 Harper's Farm Rd, beyond the Safeway.

Achieving Outcomes Through Best Process Program Design and Evaluation {new}
Tuesday,October 1, 9:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. 

Presented by Carolyn Cumpsty-Fowler, PhD, MPH, Achieving Outcomes Through Best Process Program Design and Evaluation will teach participants the importance of strategic program planning. This event is approved for up to 5 total CHES Category 1 continuing education contact hours. Cost is $30. The event location is Higher Education and Conference Center @ HEAT, 1201 Technology Drive, Aberdeen, MD  21001.  To register click here 

Multicultural Community Engagement: Putting Childhood Obesity Prevention Strategies to Work in Diverse Communities {new}
Wednesday, October 2, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Leadership for Healthy Communities, this webinar will explore strategies local governments can utilize to prevent childhood obesity in communities of color. Register for the webinar.

Effective Writing {new}
Friday,October 4, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Participants will find out how to unclog writer’s block and start writing immediately with confidence and know-how. Cost is $30. The event location is Charles I. Ecker Business Training Center, Howard Community College, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, Maryland 21046. To register click here 

NAMI Howard County Fall Fundraiser {new}
Friday,October 4, 7:00p.m.
NAMI Howard County is hosting its fall fundraiser at Ten Oaks Ballroom with The Fabulous Hubcaps. If you like rock-n-roll music, bring your dancing shoes and join us for a fun evening. Additional information and tickets can be purchased online at or call  410-772-9300.

NAMI Basics {new} {free}
October 12th-November 16th, 2013
Six week course specifically designed for parents and other primary caregivers of children and adolescents who are living with mental illness. The course includes practical insights on issues frequently faced by families dealing with mental illness. The 2.5 hour class is taught by trained parents who have lived similar experiences with their own children. It is not necessary that the child have received a specific diagnosis. The next course runs from Saturday, October 12th- Saturday, November 16th, 2013 in the mornings. Please call the NAMI Howard County office at 410-772-9300 to sign up. Please note: there is no fee to participate.

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 for the latest information! For more information click here
Connecting Howard County Residents to Coverage 
Health Care Reform and You 

Opportunity for Former Smokers in Maryland
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office on Smoking and Health is recruiting individuals to feature in the next wave of CDC’s national tobacco education campaign. The CDC is seeking people across all populations, particularly candidates who are Asian or Spanish speaking. All applicants must be tobacco-free for at least 6 months  If you know of any people whom you feel would be a good candidate for this campaign, please pass their contact information on to the Recruitment Director, Mimi Webb Miller, at or (855) 332-7277. The CDC will pay $2,500 and travel expenses for those selected.

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

Community Transformation Grant Resources (CTG)
For pdf click here

Affordable Care Act 
Georgia Health Policy Center and the National Network of Public Health Institutes
Leading through Health System Change
The Leading though Health Systems Change is a planning tool designed to assist state and local health department leaders in thinking strategically about the future in light of the changes created by the Affordable Care Act. To access planning tool click here
National Association of Chronic Disease Directors Affordable Care Act Website
Includes links to resources regarding the Affordable Care Act and slides from the recent webinar “The Affordable Care Act: A Primer for State Health Departments”. To access website click here.

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, 6:00pm – 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, 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
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.

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}
Every Wednesday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Attention cancer patients, survivors and caregivers, join us each week for instruction, directions and good times for beginning or advanced knitters. Located at The Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Medical Pavilion, Columbia MD. For more information call 410-740-5858.
Care Giver’s Support Group {free}
October 1, 3:30 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 at 10710 Medical Pavilion, Columbia MD. To register click here or   call 410-740-5858 for more information. 
‘Family First’ Workshops for Parents of Young Children $7.00
Every other Monday from September 9 - November 18 2013, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Presented by the Office of Children’s Services, the Howard County Department of Citizen Services will offer a series of workshops for parents and guardians raising young children, from birth to age 8. Classes will be held at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042.
 For more information or to register, please email, call 410-313-1940 or visit

Breast Cancer Support Group {new} {free}
September 18, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
This group, facilitated by Mary Dowling, LCSW-C meets on the third Wednesday of each month. Registration requested. Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Medical Pavilion, Columbia MD. For more information call 410-740-5858.

Prenatal Exercise Taught by a Certified Instructor
September 24 or September 26, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
 Physician permission required. Eight-week session beginning Tuesdays on 9/24, 6:30–7:30 p.m. or Thursdays on 9/26, 6:30–7:30 p.m. $88/eight sessions. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Road Columbia, MD.

Smoke-Free Lungs {new}
Thursday, September 26, 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. Free. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Road Columbia, MD.

Living with Breast Cancer Support Group {new}
Thursday, September 26, 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. Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Medical Pavilion, Columbia MD. Call (410) 740-5858 for more information.

"Adults: Navigating to Better Health" Health Fair {new} {free}
Saturday, September 28, 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Participate in essential screenings including total cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure and body mass index. Receive information on heart disease and diabetes prevention as well as healthy lifestyle demonstrations, healthy food and gifts that promote good health. Free. At the Mall in Columbia (The Columbia Mall).

Medicare 102: Why Medicare Isn’t Enough {new}
Monday, September 30, 10:00-11:30 a.m
Learn about Medicare Advantage/Health Plans (Part C) and Medicare Supplement Policies (Medigap). What should you consider when deciding which Medicare choices are right for you? Understand how plans vary, your costs, and when is the best time to enroll. Learn how to protect yourself and Medicare from healthcare fraud. Presented by the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), Howard County Office on Aging. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Road Columbia, MD.

Get the Skinny on Weight Loss {new} {free} 
Thursday, October 3, 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Research shows a healthy weight is important for better health. Make the decision to weigh less now and learn a new perspective that will support you in your weight-loss management. Presented by Raj Dua, M.D. Free. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Road Columbia, MD.

Joslin Diabetes Centers' Diabetes Innovation 2013
October 3rd-5th, 2013 in Washington D.C.

Join hundreds of your peers at world renowned Joslin Diabetes Centers' Diabetes Innovation 2013, where you'll find leading edge programs and solutions from all stakeholders in diabetes -purchaser, payer, providers, patients and suppliers. The deadline is July 21, and for more information and to register please visit the link: Diabetes Innovation 2013. 

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 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

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