November 6, 2013

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 


In the next few issues of the LHIC Digest, we will feature brief information about new projects under development by the Howard County Health Department that will have an impact on the LHIC. Last week we featured information on the Community Integrated Medical Home.

Community Based Care Team (CBCT)
Our CBCT will organize the community health component of the Community Integrated Home model. Using nurses and community health workers, the CBCT will target and serve high-risk and vulnerable populations to connect them with care and services in both the community and primary care settings. For more information, contact the CBCT Program Manager, Ruby Parker, at (410)313-6263.


Exploring the Role of Navigators in Implementing the ACA (news from RWJF)
The Affordable Care Act requires each state to have navigators to provide in-person assistance to help consumers obtain health care coverage through the new insurance exchanges. Funding for navigator programs in the 34 states with federally-run exchanges is limited by regulations, but states that run their own exchanges can tap into grants to better finance consumer assistance activities. This issue brief examines the breadth of consumer assistance programs.
Localities, Retailers Brace for SNAP Cuts (news from RWJF)
An analysis released by Feeding America last week estimates the impact of the recent $5 billion cut in FY2014 to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) at the county and state level; using county-level participation rates, the analysis estimates both the total dollar value cut and the number of lost meals counties nationwide can expect, ranging from a loss of $432 in SNAP benefits in Cook County, Minnesota to a high of $134 million in lost SNAP benefits in Los Angeles County, California, over the next 12 months. The benefits cut is also expected to affect grocery stores and other retailers; according to Andrew Wolf, an analyst with BB&T Capital Markets, the cut “is going to hit those outlets that cater to lower-income consumers... from a macroeconomic point of view, it's less fiscal stimulus."

Just the (Fast Food) Facts (news from RWJF)
Fast Food FACTS 2013, a report released today by the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity, analyzes the nutritional content of fast-food meals, and the child-directed marketing practices of many of the biggest fast-food companies in the United States. It shows that restaurants still have a long way to go to promote only healthier fast-food options to kids.


“New Careers in Nursing” Scholarship Call for Applications 
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing is a scholarship program to help alleviate the nursing shortage and increase the diversity of nursing professionals. Through grants to schools of nursing, the program provides scholarships to college graduates without nursing degrees who are enrolled in accelerated baccalaureate and master’s nursing programs. Deadline to apply is January 9, 2013.


Connection Update (released November 1)
Since October 1, there have been more than 350,000 unique visitors to the health benefit exchange website and more than 44,000 calls to call centers. As of October 31, 2013, more than 4,500 Maryland households have chosen to enroll through Maryland Health Connection. For more details, visit the “News” section of the website.

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. The call center assists Marylanders with general questions about health coverage and the process of enrollment. The call center will operate seven days a week during the open enrollment period, which began 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.

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 


Forum: Your Health and Our Changing Climate {free}
November  9, 8:30 a.m. - noon
At Howard Community College
Climate change makes the weather erratic and more calamitous, but it also can be hazardous to your health.  Speakers include Drs. Cindy Parker, from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Steve Shapiro, from Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, authors of Climate Chaos: Your Health at Risk; What You Can Do to Protect Yourself and Your Family. Others will speak about the health effects of climate change on infants, children, the elderly and other vulnerable populations. Speakers from government agencies and local organizations will discuss the community resources available to face the challenges ahead. The forum is sponsored by Transition Howard County, HoCo ClimateChange, League of Women Voters of Howard County, and Howard Community College. Register online.

Webinar - Cultivating Prevention Champions: Making the Case to Local Elected Officials
November 12, 2:00-3:30 p.m. EST

The Prevention Institute will host a webinar that explores how you can make the case for prevention to your local elected officials. Working together, communities are finding unique local solutions to create safe, walkable streets, promote healthy food environments, support workplace wellness and safeguard tobacco-free air. Educating local elected officials about this process is often key to building a robust prevention coalition, and can result in high-profile prevention champions in local government. Register online.

School Breakfast Summit for Parents and Community Leaders {free}
November 19, 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Join the MD/VA/DC Action for Healthy Kids team for breakfast while listening to presentations by MD Hunger Solutions, MSDE, and other local school breakfast experts who will:
* Identify the importance and central components of school breakfast.
* Discuss the current changes in school breakfast meal patterns.
* Discuss local school breakfast programs and initiatives.
* Identify and evaluate methods of parent and community involvement in the expansion of school breakfast.
At the USDA National Agricultural Library, 10301 Baltimore Avenue, Beltsville, 20705. Register online.

Howard County Public School System Released a Redraft of Policy 9090: Wellness through Nutrition and Physical Activity
A public hearing on the changes will take place on December 5th and the vote will occur on January 9, 2014. The policy will go into effect on July 1, 2014.

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 

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

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, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. 
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 5:00-8:00 p.m., 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, 1:00-4:00 p.m.  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}
November 6, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Attention cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers: join us on Wednesday each week for instruction, directions, and good times for beginning or advanced knitters. Located at The Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia, 21044. For more information call 410-740-5858.
Beating the Odds: Autumn Extravaganza {$75}
November 8, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
At Fretz Kitchen Showroom, 9204 Berger Road, Suite H, Columbia, 21046
Join us for our annual signature event celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center affiliated with Howard County General Hospital. Join organizers for an evening of food by Carrabba’s Italian Grill, fine wines by Gus Kalaris/Axios Wines, silent and live auctions, raffles, entertainment, and more. Visit for more information!
Caregiving: You Are Not Alone
November 9, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
At North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel, 20723
The Howard County Department of Citizen Services, Office on Aging is offering a workshop for caregivers with a keynote address by Marsha Ansel with the Howard County Mental Health Authority. Continental breakfast & lunch provided. On-site respite provided. Pre-registration is required. Reservation deadline for lunch and respite was November 5. 
“Giving Thanks” Luncheon and Dance {$12}
November 14, doors open 10:30 a.m., lunch at 12:00 p.m.
At Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane in Clarksville, 21029
The Howard County Office on Aging will present this annual luncheon and dance for older adults which features a special performance by the Retro Rockets. Tickets are $12 and are on sale at all Howard County Senior Centers. Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Howard County Food Bank. For more information, call 410-313-5440. To request a sign language interpreter or other accommodations to attend this event, call 410-313-5980 (voice/relay) or email by November 7. To request transportation, call HT Ride at 800-270-9553 (press 3) by November 5.

Smoke-Free Lungs {free}
November 14, 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. Located at the Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Road, Columbia, 21044.

Essentials in Babysitting {$50}
November 16, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
Teens 11-14 will learn to manage children, create a safe environment, and apply basic emergency techniques. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia.

Care Giver’s Support Group {free}
November 16, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 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. Registration is required through the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia, 21044. Call 410-740-5858 for more information.

Look Good…Feel Better {free}
November 18, 6:30 p.m.
This American Cancer Society program provides a free workshop by a licensed cosmetologist. Women undergoing cancer treatment learn to manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment and receive a complimentary bag of cosmetics. At Howard County General Hospital Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia. To register, call (888)535-4555.
Breast Cancer Support Group {free}
November 20, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
This group, facilitated by Mary Dowling, LCSW-C meets on the third Wednesday of each month. Registration requested through the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia, 21044. Call 410-740-5858 for more information.
Living with Breast Cancer Support Group {free}
November 21, 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 through the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia, 21044. Call 410-740-5858 for more information.

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, dietitians, 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: 8930 Stanford Boulevard Columbia, MD 21045