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February 12, 2014

LHIC News and Updates

Hello LHIC members!

I will be sending out an independent email out about this, but I want to let you all know that I have reserved a space for the LHIC retreat that will serve as the culmination of our redirection effort. The retreat will be held on Thursday, April 3 from 9 am - 5 pm at the Hawthorn Center, located at 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, MD 21044. More details on the retreat to follow.  Mark your calendars!

Remember, we're now on Facebook! Please "like" us and 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 awolf@healthyhowardmd.org.

Maryland Health Exchange Updates

Connection Update, Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Enrollments in qualified health plans increased to a total of 29,059 individuals; 
  • 151,593 Marylanders have created identity-verified accounts;
  • 95,824 Marylanders signed up through the Primary Adult Care (PAC) program were now automatically converted to Medicaid coverage effective January 1, 2014.
Open enrollment continues through March 31, 2014 so Marylanders that have not enrolled yet can still do so.

For more updates on ACA enrollment, see the full report.

Howard County 

Do you need ACA enrollment materials? Healthy Howard's Patricia Omana, the regional outreach manager, has free enrollment materials available for anyone who needs them. These include posters, flyers and brochures. She is also available to do outreach, meetings and trainings on enrollment and the Affordable Care Act.  You can contact Patricia at pomana@healthyhowardmd.org or 410-313-5170. She is anxious to partner with anyone who may need assistance. See detailed information from the Door below.

Info from the Door to HealthCare:
The Door to HealthCare provides free help in choosing affordable, quality health coverage. The Door is the official source for information in your local community, serving Howard County.

We offer:
- Practical answers about new changes in health care
 - Personal support for making the right choice
- Assistance with signing up for health insurance

We have a number of certified staff that are available to help. We are located at 8930 Stanford Boulevard, Columbia, MD 21045. We have three easy ways to reach us.

Call Center at 855-288-DOOR (3667)
Visit our website at www.thedoortohealthcare.org or
Come to our office
People who need health coverage can come to the Door to HealthCare for help. Our hours of operation are: Monday-Tuesday-Friday 8:30AM to 5:00PM; Wednesday-Thursday 8:30AM to 6:00PM and Saturday the 8th and 15th of February and March from 9:00AM to 3:00PM.
We can go to your location, give a presentation and enroll your staff.

Health in the News
Healthy Weight
New Website Addresses Obesity Prevention among Latinos
Salud America! launched "Growing Healthy Change" last week, a "first-of-its-kind clearinghouse of Latino-focused resources and stories to promote changes-healthier marketing and improved access to healthy food and physical activity, etc.-for Latino kids." According to Salud America! director Amelie Ramirez, the site-which includes map creation capabilities, success story examples, and other resources-is a "critical tool to showcase the latest healthy changes for Latino kids that are popping up across the country."  Visit the website here.

Behavioral Health
New State-Specific Report on American's Behavioral Health Released
Fatal crashes involving marijuana use tripled during the previous decade, fueling some of the overall increase in drugged-driving traffic deaths, researchers from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health report.

"Currently, one of nine drivers involved in fatal crashes would test positive for marijuana," said co-author Dr. Guohua Li, director of the Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at Columbia. "If this trend continues, in five or six years non-alcohol drugs will overtake alcohol to become the most common substance involved in deaths related to impaired driving." Read the full article

Access to Care
Frederick County Mobile Clinic and Hospital Collaborate
A pilot program between Frederick Memorial Hospital and the Mission of Mercy mobile clinic hopes to improve health by reducing hospital readmissions and provide patients with a place to get regular medical care. The mobile walk-in clinic has served over 28,000 uninsured and underinsured patients in Maryland, with over 166,000 visits and 358,000 free prescriptions dispensed. Through the pilot program, when the hospital treats a patient who does not have a primary care physician, it recommends the patient to the mobile clinic for follow-up care. Since this additional care is essential for recovery, the mobile clinic is expected to operate more frequently in Frederick County. Read more about the initiative here.

Funding Opportunity
Check out these Robert Wood Johnson's funding opportunities!  Does your organization have a program that could qualify?

Upcoming Events 

Intervals - Good For Your Heart       FREE
Feb 12th 6:45-7:30 pm 
Cardio cardio cardio, oh my! What is the right program for you?? Should you try the long, medium intensity route? The stay home on the couch route? Or the do 15 - 20 minutes at a conversational pace workout? If you spend hours every week feeling like a hamster on the treadmill and experience little results, come learn an alternative way to liven up your cardio program. Follow the link in the title to learn more and sign up.

Making the Case for School Wellness | Action for Healthy Kids Parent Leadership Series   (FREE WEBINAR)
Wed, Feb 19, 2014, 2:00pm ET; 1:00pm CT; 12:00pm MT; 11:00am PT (60 minutes)
Before telling your school community how to change, you have to give them the “why.” Learn how to build awareness, support and momentum for creating healthier school environments by talking about the obesity crisis and the learning connection, reviewing current school customs and sharing best practices and success stories. This webinar will also teach you how to answer common questions and concerns about your school wellness initiatives. Click the link above to register.

Substance Use and Mental Disorders: Early Detection, Prevention, and Treatment (FREE WEBINAR)
Wednesday, February 26, 2014, from 12:30 to 2:00 pm ET
Healthy People 2020 will host a Progress Review Webinar on “Substance Use and Mental Disorders: Early Detection, Prevention, and Treatment.” NIMH Deputy Director Philip Wang, M.D., Dr.P.H. will present on the state of science for mental health and mental disorders, with a focus on NIMH efforts related to suicide prevention and early detection of serious mental illness, including schizophrenia and related disorders. Click on the link above to register.

ASIST Suicide Prevention Workshop                FREE
Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center
March 7 & 8
The ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) workshop is for caregivers who want to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide.  Over one million caregivers have participated in this two-day, highly interactive, practical, practice-oriented.  Participation on both days is requred.  There are only a few spaces left so sign up now!  Call Tamara Van-NewKirk at (410) 531-6677.

Weighing in on Your Child's Weight
HCGH Wellness Center 
March 25, 2014
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Learn about what parents can do to help their overweight child achieve a healthy weight.  A pediatrician and psychiatrist will share ideas, tools, and tips to help children reach a healthier weight.  Register for the class at hcgh.org or call (410) 740-7601.

St. Agnes Rehab Fitness Center is offering new fitness classes!  
New classes include Zumba, Pilates and Boot Camp.  Classes are free for members and $8 for non-members.  See schedule below. Please contact Wauseca Briscoe at 
wauseca.briscoe@stagnes.org for scheduling information.

Upcoming LHIC Events

Monday, 2/24/14
12 noon-1 pm

Next Executive Committee meeting at 8930 Standford Blvd., Columbia, MD
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