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May 06, 2015

LHIC News and Updates

Hello LHIC members!

New Year's Resolution - How Are We Doing So Far?
As you may recall, the LHIC staff  made a resolution to highlight every LHIC organization at least once through the LHIC Digest. This could be in our Member Spotlight, in our Howard County or Health in the News sections, or through an event in Upcoming Events.  

We are happy to report that 22 of the 51 current LHIC organizations have been highlighted thus far! So thank you so much to everyone who has been using the LHIC Digest as a way to advertise
 your programs, events and news items.

If you haven't made a submission for the Digest yet, please help us fulfill our New Year's Resolution. When you have news or events to share, please email them to Alvaro, LHIC Program Manager, at

Howard County - Event Spotlight

Every journey begins with that first step! As NAMIWalks celebrates their 13th Anniversary in 2015, they are proud to be the largest and most successful mental health awareness and fundraising event in America! Through NAMIWalks' public, active display of support for people affected by mental illness, the views of  Americans on persons with a mental illness are certainly changing.

So, please join
NAMIWalks on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the Baltimore Inner Harbor for this year's Walk. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. Please encourage friends, colleagues, and family members to come with you or forward this message to them. 

Please click here for more information, to register your team, or to make a donation. 

   Health in the News

Healthy Weight
Come Learn About Open Streets
Are Open Streets the future of Howard County? Here’s your chance to find out.
The Little Patuxent Parkway loop in Clary’s Forest will be the site of the first Open Streets Howard County event on Saturday, June 13, 2015, from 10 am to 2 pm. An "Open Street" event allows residents of all abilities to envision and experience different possibilities for creating pedestrian and bicycle-friendly streets in Howard County while enjoying fun outdoor activities for all ages.  For more information about Open Streets and to sign up for event updates, visit the 
Open Streets event page on Facebook  or

And, if you haven't already, check out Mark Fenton's presentation in the Columbia Association’s Community Building Speakers Series. Mr. Fenton is a national expert in public health, transportation and planning. In these presentations, he discusses how the physical design of communities can help promote healthy lifestyles, starting with the creation of “complete streets.” 


Behavioral Health
17 Million Kids Have Mental Health Disorders, Many Go Untreated
Most kids who need mental-health care aren't receiving treatment. The Child Mind Institute has released the first Children's Mental Health Report, which synthesizes credible and available data on the prevalence of mental illness in children, and found that an estimated 17.1 million young people in the U.S. have or have had a diagnosable psychiatric disorder.  

However, 80 percent of kids with a diagnosable anxiety disorder do not get treatment, while 60 percent of kids with diagnosable depression, and 40 percent of kids with diagnosable ADHD do not get treatment.  

Click here to read the full article and here to view the full report. 

Access to Care
DHMH Establishes State Health Improvement Process Targets for 2017
The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) has released new targets for improving the health of Marylanders by 2017, as part of its State Health Improvement Process (SHIP). SHIP contains 39 health measures in five vision areas – healthy beginnings, healthy living, healthy communities, access to health care, and quality preventive care.

“These 2017 targets set ambitious goals for all 39 measures,” DHMH Secretary Van Mitchell says. “It is important to have advancing standards for the state’s public health and to build on the success Maryland has seen in recent years.” The goals were established based on national, Healthy People 2020 objectives and through consultation with various program offices within DHMH and other state agencies. Last year, Maryland was the most improved state listed in The UnitedHealth Foundation’s annual “America’s Health Rankings,” improving its ranking by eight positions.

Click here to read the full article. 

From Our Members - Message Board 

The Howard County Citizens Association, HCCA will be sponsoring our 54th Annual Meeting to be held on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 starting at 7pm at the Hawthorn Center at 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, MD 21044. All Howard County residents are invited to attend.  Our invited guest will be County Executive, Allan Kittleman who has accepted our invitation. You will be able to ask any questions you desire including the topic of health. For more detail and to register please go to

The Columbia Association is conducting bicycle and pedestrian pathway counts again for 2015. We are still looking for volunteers. ‚ÄčThe 2015 Bicycle and Pedestrian Counts will take place between May 23 and May 30 in the following locations: Columbia Gateway, Jackson Pond, Downtown Columbia, Lake Elkhorn, Lake Kittamaqundi, Wilde Lake Park and the southern terminus of Tamar Drive. By making a two-hour time commitment, you'll be helping to improve one of the things that makes Columbia special! We would appreciate your help. Volunteer registration will close Friday, May 8.  Anyone interested in volunteering can fill out a registration form at

For questions regarding any of the Columbia Association programs, please contact:
Shawni Paraska
Director, Community Health Sustainability
10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, MD 21044
410-715-3128  Fx: 443-283-4247

Upcoming Events 

Sweet Talk About Sweeteners
Thursday, May 7
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 
Maryland University of Integrative Health 
7750 Montpelier Road 
Laurel, MD 20723 
Join this great event and learn about added sugars and the health issues associated with high sugar intake. There will be tips and strategies to navigate healthier sugar alternatives, best choices, and ways to incorporate them into daily life.

Please click 
here to register.

Maryland University of Integrative Health 
If you are interested in other classes, please click 
here for a complete listing of MUIH events. 
Stroke Assessment with Diabetes and BMI Screening
Tuesday, May 19
Several times available
Wellness Center Medical Pavilion
10710 Charter Drive
Columbia, MD
Living healthy means knowing your risk factors and deciding to practice healthier behaviors to prevent disease.  Stroke and Diabetes are best treated through prevention. Meet with registered nurses to receive a free diabetes/stroke screening which includes a blood  glucose test, blood pressure screening, BMI (body mass index) measurement, stroke risk assessment and weight management information. Receive immediate results. Fasting 8 hours prior to the glucose test is recommended.

If you would like to register please click here

Skin Cancer Screening
Several times and dates available
Wellness Center Medical Pavilion
10710 Charter Drive
Columbia, MD
Worried about a funny looking mole? One of Howard County General Hospital dermatologists will examine your area of concern. Due to time required,a full-body exam will not be performed.

If you would like to register please click here

Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center
Lots of other classes available, please click here for a complete listing.

Ongoing Events 
FREE Boot Camp in the Park 
Corporate Pavilion at Centennial Park 
All Fitness Levels
Every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Begins Saturday, March 21

Directions from Points East: from Rt. 29, take Rt. 108 West; cross over first light at Columbia Road, right turn onto Woodland Rd., immediate left to pavilion. Follow Get Active Howard County signs. From Centennial Lane and points West:  Pass first park entrance; U-turn at Columbia Road, first right on Woodland Road, immediate left to pavilion H.

here for more information.

We Walk For Wellness At North Laurel
North Laurel Park at the North Laurel Community Center
9411 Whiskey Bottom Rd. 
Laurel, MD

Every Saturday - March 28 thru October 31 
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 

Activities include: guided group walking, light aerobic activity (jumping jacks, arm circles, marching in place). Health education including nutritional and exercise information also available. 

Upcoming LHIC Meetings

Full LHIC Meeting 
Thursday 5/28
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
Ascend One Building 
8930 Stanford Blvd. 
Columbia, MD 20145
Potomac Room

Contact Us

Jeananne Sciabarra
LHIC Program Director

Alvaro Ortiz
LHIC Program Manager
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