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December 16, 2015

LHIC News and Updates

Hello LHIC members!

Happy Holidays! 

We would like to wish you and your families a very safe and joyful holiday season! We would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continuous support and commitment to the LHIC! 

LHIC Website! 
As previously announced, the LHIC website is now live!  We are thrilled to have an online presence and be able to share all the great work that the Coalition is doing here in Howard County. Please take some time to visit the site and provide any feedback you might have.

Please note, as you navigate the site, you will see a “Join Our Mailing List” section at the bottom of the home page. This section simply adds you to the mailing list of the LHIC Digest. As an LHIC member, you should be receiving the Digest already, so you do not need put any of your information here.

Lastly, if you previously did not submit a logo or you are a new LHIC member, you may still email us ( your logo, so it can be displayed on the website. Logos must be sized to a width of 150 pix and be in a JPG or PNG format. 

Send Us Your News
Please remember the LHIC Digest is a way to advertise your programs, events and news items! When you have news or events to share, please email them to Alvaro, LHIC Program Manager, at

 Health in the News

Access to Care 
Advocates Allege Discrimination In California’s Medi-Cal Program
A coalition of civil rights advocates Tuesday called for a federal investigation of California’s Medicaid program, alleging that it discriminates against millions of low-income Latinos by denying them equal access to health care.

According to the complaint, the percentage of Latinos in Medi-Cal has increased as reimbursement rates for providers have decreased. It cited provisions of the federal Civil Rights Act and the Affordable Care Act prohibiting discrimination by federal health programs and activities that receive federal funding. The state has among the lowest Medicaid reimbursement rates in the nation, according to the complaint.

Click here to read the full article.
Healthy Weight 
Lifestyle Intervention Helps Women With Gestational Diabetes Reach Weight Loss Goals
A diabetes prevention program administered within the nation's largest, integrated health care system was effective in helping women with a history of gestational diabetes reach weight loss goals and increase physical activity following the birth of their children, according to a new Kaiser Permanente study published online in the journal Diabetes Care.

"The Gestational Diabetes Effects on Moms study (or GEM) is unique in that it was a trial embedded in real-world practice. Our findings show the benefits of lifestyle intervention diabetes prevention programs in helping women with gestational diabetes manage their weight and increase physical activity, thereby potentially preventing or delaying the onset of diabetes," said Assiamira Ferrara, MD, PhD, the study's lead author and section chief of Women's and Children's Health at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research.

Click here to read the full article. 
Behavioral Health 
Feeling upset? You Probably Need More Sleep
If you feel cranky after a long night, it is probably because your brain's ability to regulate emotions is compromised by fatigue, according to research published in the Journal of Neuroscience. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) call insufficient sleep a "public health problem" and estimate that 30% of Americans get less than 6 hours of sleep a night.

The new research, led by Prof. Talma Hendler of Tel Aviv University (TAU) in Israel, identifies the neurological mechanism responsible for disturbed emotion regulation and increased anxiety due to lack of sleep. It also shows how sleep deprivation can affect our ability to regulate emotions and allocate brain resources for cognitive processing.

Click here to read the full article. 

From Our Members - Message Board 
NAMI HC is hosting a Basket Bingo Fundraiser on Friday, January 8, 2016 at The Lodge, 2832 Nine Mile Circle, Catonsville, MD. Door open at 6:00 p.m.; Game starts at 7:00 p.m. All Longaberger "themed" baskets will be filled, exciting door prizes, raffles and food. Purchase tickets at in advance for $20.00 at or at the door for $25.00. Call 410-772-9300 for more information.
Upcoming Events 
Web Information Session: Health Promotion Program
Maryland University of Integrative Health 
Thursday, December 17
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.  
If you’re passionate about health and want to have a positive impact on communities and organizations, this information session will give you some clear direction and quite possibly inspire you toward action. You’ll be able to speak directly with Claudia Joy Wingo, program director for the Master of Science in Health Promotion and a global expert in the field. 

Please click here to register.

Maryland University of Integrative Health 
If you are interested in classes, please click 
here for a complete listing of MUIH events. 

Guided Meditation
Howard County Miller Library 
9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042
Tuesday, January 05
7:00 p.m.  to 8:00 p.m. 
Enjoy a guided mindfulness meditation designed to impart a feeling of peacefulness and connection. Please bring a cushion or meditation pillow. Presented by Star Ferguson, M.Ac., L.Ac., a faculty member at Maryland University of Integrative Health. 

Please click here to register or call 410-313-1590.

Calming Crafts
Howard County Miller Library 
9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042
Monday, January 11
7:00 p.m.  to 8:00 p.m
Research shows that creative activities can boost serotonin levels. Join the HC Miller Library branch to use artistic expression to improve your mood. All levels of artistic ability welcome.

Please click here to register or call 410.313.1590.

Upcoming LHIC Meetings

There are no meetings
scheduled for the month of December. 

Contact Us

Jeananne Sciabarra
Director, Health Care Transformation

Alvaro Ortiz
LHIC Program Manager
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