Rescheduled LHIC meeting, health news and other county events
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May 21, 2014

LHIC News and Updates

Hello LHIC members! We apologize once again for the confusion on May 12 during the Health Department evacuation. If you have suggestions for things we can do in the future to better handle unexpected changes, please let us know. The meeting has been rescheduled for Thursday, June 5, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. If you are unable to make the meeting, please review the materials sent out and send any comments to Jeananne, 

Farewell to Alisha
As many of you already know, Alisha Wolf is no longer working on the LHIC. She has left to pursue a career in the field of adoptions. Many thanks to Alisha for her leadership over the past several months during the LHIC redirection. For the present, Jeananne Sciabarra, LHIC Program Manager, and Yasmin Viera, Director of Special Populations for Healthy Howard, will take over Alisha's duties. 

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,

Maryland Health Exchange Updates

From the May 16 Maryland Health Connection Update:

As of April 29, 2014, 275,090 individuals have gained Medicaid coverage in 2014 and remain active in Medicaid. This includes the 95,889 PAC enrollees who were automatically converted on January 1, 2014, to full Medicaid coverage.  

As of May 10, 2014, 67,907 individuals have enrolled in a qualified health plan. 

As of May 13, 2014, 12,947 dental plan enrollments have been sent to participating insurance companies. 

Qualified health plan enrollments by the numbers (as of May 10): 

By Gender 
Male: 31,388 (46.2%) 
Female: 36,519 (53.8%) 
By Age 
Younger than 18: 2,127 (3.1%) 
18-25: 6,593 (9.7%) 
26-34: 13,250 (19.5%) 
35-44: 12,931 (19%) 
45-54: 15,945 (23.5%) 
55-64: 15,944 (23.5%) 
65 and older: 1,117 (1.7%) 

By Metal Level 
Catastrophic: 396 (0.6%) 
Bronze: 20,933 (30.8%) 
Silver: 33,589 (49.5%) 
Gold: 8,669 (12.8%) 
Platinum: 4,320 (6.4%) 

View the full report here.

Howard County 

Get Up, Get Out, Get ACTIVE!
We Promote Health, along with many community partners, continues to promote Get Active Howard County (GAHC) which is now in week 9 of 10. To date, participants have tracked over 450,000 minutes. The free Boot Camp in the Park has been averaging between 60 and 80 participants every Saturday morning and will continue through November 15.

The next big event is Family Wellness Day on Sunday, June 1 at Centennial Park. Between 2,000 and 5,000 individuals participate in this event each year. GAHC asks all LHIC members to include a link to the event page (here) from their own websites and to encourage your organizations, families and friends to attend!

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 AND Behavioral Health
NAMI Kicks Off Miles for Mental Health Campaign 
May is Mental Health Month, and NAMI has launched a program that will allow you to support mental health programs and meet your own health and fitness goals all at the same time!

Join NAMI's Miles for Mental Health campaign. Joining only takes a few moments, and there’s no obligation and no minimum fundraising amount. Any activity you do that can be measured or estimated in miles counts toward the goal. Walk, run, bike, swim, indoor cycle, dance, you name it—it’s your choice!

For more information about the campaign, which runs through October, click

Access to Care
Howard County Health Department and Healthy Howard Host Advanced Primary Care Seminar for Local Physicians
On Tuesday, May 20, the Health Department and Healthy Howard, in partnership with the Maryland Learning Collaborative, hosted "Patient Centered Primary Care in Howard County's Changing Healthcare Landscape," a seminar for primary care providers in Howard County. Speakers included HCGH President Steven Snelgrove, Dr. Mindy Kantsiper, Associate Director of CIMS at HCGH, Dr. Maura Rossman, Howard County Health Officer, and physicians and administrators with a wide range of experience transforming practices into patient centered medical homes (PCMH). There were presentations on care transitions at HCGH, integrating community health workers into a practice's workflow, and teamwork and leadership in practice transformation. Approximately 45 people attended the event, and most expressed interest in learning more about the Health Department/Healthy Howard PCMH pilot project. If you know of other primary care providers in the county who might be interested in learning about this pilot, please have them contact Jeananne Sciabarra,, 410-313-1779.

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.

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. 

Family Wellness Day
Sunday, June 1
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Centennial Park
A free, fun event for the whole family! Activities include Health and Wellness Screenings, Active Kids Zone, Worksite Wellness, and Healthy Food Tastings. Click here for the event flyer.

Medicare 101: What You Can Expect From Medicare
Monday, June 9
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Wellness Center, Medical Pavilion
10710 Charter Drive, Columbia
Are you currently on Medicare or soon will be? Do you provide care to someone covered by Medicare? This presentation will review Original Medicare (Part A Hospital and Part B Medical) and Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D). Learn what is covered, your costs, how Medicare works, and available benefit programs. Presented by the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), Howard County Office on Aging. Free. Click here to register.

Medicare 102: Why Medicare Isn't Enough

Monday, June 16
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Wellness Center, Medical Pavilion
10710 Charter Drive, Columbia
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. Click here to register.

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
Thursday, 6/5/14
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD

Behavioral Health Work Group Meeting
Monday, 6/23/14
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD
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