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August  13, 2014 

 LHIC News and Updates

Hello LHIC members!

Membership Applications Deadline EXTENDED - The Membership application deadline has been extended to August 22 so please don't forget to submit your membership applications. I
f you have not received a membership application, please email Jeananne. Please return applications to Jeananne as soon as possible.

LHIC Co-Chairs Needed

As you may recall from our retreat and follow-up LHIC meetings, the members decided that there would be two co-chairs for each work group, one appointed by the Health Officer, the second elected by the work group. We are now seeking candidates for each of the elected co-chair positions. A work group co-chair will work with the appointed co-chair and LHIC staff to: create meeting agendas, facilitate meetings, and guide the overall direction of the work group. In addition to attending full LHIC meetings and work group meetings, co-chairs attend bi-monthly Executive Committee meetings. Co-chairs must commit to serving for one year.
We are also seeking candidates for the full LHIC co-chair position. The co-chair will work with the Health Officer and LHIC staff to direct the coalition and plan and preside over full LHIC meetings and Executive Committee Meetings.
If you would like to submit your name for consideration as a co-chair, please email Jeananne by August 31. Elections will be held at the September 18 meeting.

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, jsciabarra@healthyhowardmd.org.

Howard County 

Save the Date!

Howard County Public School System is very excited to announce Let's Go HoCo, its inaugural 5K Run/Walk and 1-mile Fun Run! There will be a lot more details to come, including how and when to register, but for now mark your calendars for Sunday, October 12. 

Stay tuned for more information!
Columbia business "honest broker" between farmers and consumers
In Michael Lewis's best-selling book Flash Boys, a group of do-good stockbrokers abscond from their cushy, high-paying jobs at big Wall Street banks to become the honest broker in what is depicted as increasingly corrupt stock market, one that rewards leaving the everyman on the raw end of the stick.

Philip Gottwals, of Columbia, and Tim Hosking, of Baltimore, aren't stockbrokers, but through their locally sourced grocery business Friends & Farms, the duo have carved out their own small place as the honest broker in what they describe as a rapidly devolving food distribution chain.

From that standpoint, it's not hard to see the parallels between Lewis's flash boys and these fresh boys.

Please click here if you would like to read the entire article.

NAMI Howard County
NAMI Howard County is recruiting participants for its 10 week Peer-to-Peer course designed for people with any serious mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery. The next class starts September 8th. Please call 410-772-9300 to register. There is no cost.
NAMI is also recruiting participants for its 12-week Family-to-Family course designed to help families understand severe mental illnesses their relatives or loved ones face. There is no cost for the class and begins September 11th. Please call 410-772-9300 to register or for more information.
Health in the News
Healthy Weight
Combating obesity among US Latina immigrants
Current qualitative studies on eating behavior do a poor job at differentiating Latino populations by country of origin. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Latinos are the largest minority group in the United States, comprising 16.7% of the population. Approximately one-third of Latinos are obese and are 1.2 times as likely to be obese compared to non-Hispanic Whites.

To find out more information please click here.
Behavioral Health
Robin Williams’s death shows the power of depression and the impulsiveness of suicide
Suicides are the 10th-leading cause of death in the United States and eighth among people in the 55 to 64 year old age group. Comedian Robin Williams, who died Monday of an apparent suicide, was 63. In 2010, 38,364 people died this way.

Many suicides are the result of undiagnosed or untreated depression, often masked by self-medicating behaviors such as alcohol and drug use. Though we don’t yet know the exact circumstances of Williams’s death, we do know that he long battled addictions to cocaine and alcohol and, according to his publicist, was struggling with “severe depression.”

Click here to learn more about the article.

Access to Care
16% Of Large Employers Plan To Offer Low-Benefit 'Skinny' Plans Despite ACA: Survey
Nearly one company in six in a new survey from a major employer group plans to offer health coverage that doesn't meet the Affordable Care Act's requirements for value and affordability. 

Many thought such low-benefit "skinny plans" would be history once the health law was fully implemented this year. Instead, 16 percent of large employers in a survey released Wednesday by the National Business Group on Health said they will offer in 2015 lower-benefit coverage along with at least one health plan that does qualify under ACA standards.

To read the full article please
click here.

Upcoming Events 

Yoga Research: Opportunities and Challenges in an Evidence-Based Era

Wednesday, August 20th
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Maryland University of Integrative Health
7750 Montpelier Road
Laurel, MD
In this workshop, participants will consider and explore the current state of yoga research as well as the recent history and likely future of building research evidence for yoga therapy in practice.

To register, please visit www.muih.edu

Candidates Forum
Saturday, September 20th
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
Miller Branch Library 
9421 Frederick Road
Ellicott City, MD 

NAMI Howard County along with Grassroots will be hosting a Candidates Forum on Saturday, September 20th from 1:00-3:30pm at Miller Branch Library; 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City for all candidates for Howard County's Delegation to the General Assembly to share their plans on addressing mental health issues in the legislature. All are invited to attend.

Please call 410-772-9300 for more information.

Adult, Child and Infant CPR/AED 2014
Several sessions coming up
Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center
10710 Charter Drive
Columbia, MD
This course will teach you the skills needed to clear an airway obstruction, perform cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). At the successful completion of this course, you will earn a two-year American Heart Association completion card.  This course is for community members and does not meet the qualifications for health care providers. This class is registered per person, not per couple.

here for more information. 

Boot Camp in the Park
Saturdays, March 22 through November 15
8:00 a.m. - 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.

Upcoming LHIC Events

LHIC Membership Applications Due
Friday, 8/22

Healthy Weight 
Thursday, 8/28
8:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD
Room TBA

Full LHIC Meeting
Thursday, 9/18
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Location TBA

Contact Us

Jeananne Sciabarra
LHIC Program Director

Alvaro Ortiz
LHIC Program Manager
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