January 30,  2013

Local Health Improvement Coalition Weekly Digest

Dear Howard County LHIC Members –

We hope that you had a great week and are having a great summer.  Please find below and attached 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 anugent@howardcountymd.gov .  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.  

Next LHIC meeting Monday, February 11th from 10:00am to 12:00pm.  Click here for calendar invitation.


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. We are currently looking for Champions to be our ground troops and help spread the word about this important study. Please contact
 Terry Borkowicz if you would like to be a champion or want more information. 
Enrollment takes place in the  Howard County area in early June. We need your help to find the cure!
Terry BorkowiczAmerican Cancer Society 

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. Our goal is to provide our clients with the most accurate, up-to-date, and comprehensive information possible. To do that, we need your help.  Many of you are already included in our database (currently we have about 4700 resources and growing) 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

New Materials from the National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) {new}
Prevention and Public Health Fund 
Affordable Care Act -- Implications for Local Health Departments

Smokeless Tobacco Product Warning Statements Request for Comments and Scientific Evidence {new}
The Food and Drug Administration is seeking comments on "what changes to smokeless tobacco product warnings, if any would promote greater public understanding of the risks associated with the use of smokless tobacco products. 
Comments are due by April 1st. 
Click here for full information.

Obama Advisor: Obesity to Remain Key Administration Priority
In an interview last week, Assistant Secretary of Health Howard Koh indicated that obesity prevention would remain an important priority during the President second term. Referring to obesity as one of “the most challenging public health issues of our time,” Assistant Secretary Koh pointed to a number of areas where the Administration would remain active on this issue over the next four years, including an upcoming review of the federal government’s physical activity guidelines later this year, as well as an expansion of the Let’s Move! campaign 

UCLA Study: Childhood Obesity Linked to More Health Problems than Previously Thought
Last week, researchers at UCLA announced results of a study which found that, compared to non-overweight children, obese children are nearly at twice the risk at having three or more medical, mental or developmental conditions. In what is described as the first comprehensive national profile of associations between weight status and a broad set of associated health conditions suffered during childhood, researchers found that obese children were more likely than average-weight counterparts to have reported poorer health, more disability, emotional and behavioral problems, learning disabilities, and developmental delays.  For full article, click here.

Americans Losing Taste for High Fructose Corn Syrup {new}
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), daily consumption of high-fructose corn syrup declined more than 16 percent between 2007 and 2011, falling to its lowest level since 1997. While consumption of sugar rose 8.8 percent over the same period, total U.S. sweetener production dropped 14 percent from a peak in 1999. Soft drink consumption—the major driver of high-fructose corn syrup use—plummeted by 21 percent per person between 1998 and 2011, a decline obesity prevention advocates attribute to public-health campaigns. For full article, click here.

Healthy People 2010 Final Review Now Online {new}
The report presents a quantitative, end-of-decade assessment of progress in achieving the Healthy People 2010 objectives and goals. The report is a summary of progress toward achieving the Healthy People 2010 goals of increasing quality and years of healthy life, and eliminating health disparities. Read the report here.

CDC Issues Comprehensive State Tobacco Report {new}
Tobacco Control State Highlights 2012 offers a state-by-state comparison of adult and youth tobacco use, past-year initiation, secondhand smoke exposure, tobacco laws, tax rates and more. National and state rates of adult cigarette and smokeless tobacco use are broken down by ethnicity, sex, age and education level. Rates for high school students are broken down by ethnicity, sex and grade level. Past-year initiation is reported for ages 12-25. Click here for full report.

Drag Seen on Smokeless-Tobacco Regulations {new}
The Obama administration is moving forward with an effort to bolster warning labels on chew, dip, snuff and other forms of smokeless tobacco — but not fast enough for the American Lung Association.  Click title, for more information.

Community Transformation Grant resources and upcoming webinars. 

Howard County Unsweetened 

At the command of Burleigh Manor Middle School students on Tuesday, we dumped approximately 10 tons of “sugar” (actually, white sand) to commemorate the launch of Howard County Unsweetened, an initiative to fight childhood obesity by providing better drink options where our kids live, learn, and play.  At the event, we were joined by County Executive Ken Ulman who announced an Executive Order that ensures Howard County government will only provide healthy drink options on its property.

Healthy Howard Health Plan Updates 
As of January 2, 2013, the Healthy Howard Health Plan (HHHP) will no longer be accepting new applications.  Due to a long wait list and the amount of time that it takes a new member to seek medical services through the Health Plan, new applications will only be accepted through the end of December 2012.  Everyone who is on the wait list at that point will have the opportunity to enroll into HHHP in the first few months of 2013.  Additional appointments to complete an electronic application will be added in the month of December so that everyone who wants to apply to HHHP will have the opportunity to do so.  If you refer clients to our program, please make note of this change.  Any questions may be directed to Lena Hershkovitz at410.988.3737 ext. 12.

Healthcare Howard Website Launch
Healthy Howard, Inc. and the Howard County HealthDepartment have come together to create the Healthcare Howard website at
www.healthcarehoward.org.  This will provide important information about health reform and how it will affect individuals, health care providers, small businesses, and non-profit organizations in Howard County.  For the most up-to-date information, we encourage you to "like" us on Facebook (Healthcare-Howard), follow us on Twitter (@HealthcareHoCo), and sign up to receive email updates on the website.

Next meeting February 11th.


 Adult, Child and Infant CPR/AED.
January 30, 5:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
This course will teach you the skills needed to clear an airway obstruction perform cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and teach you 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. Cost is $55.00.  HCGH Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive Columbia.  For more information,
click here.

Care Giver’s Support Group. {free} {new}
Tuesday, Feb 5 or Saturday, Feb 16.
This free support group for care givers meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. or the third Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at Howard County General Hospital’s Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Charter Drive.  This support group is designed for people who are caring for a loved one with a chronic illness. FREE. Call 410 740-5858 for more information and to register.

Adult, Child and Infant CPR/AED.
February 12, 5:30- 9:00 p.m.
This course will teach you the skills needed to clear an airway obstruction perform cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and teach you 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. $55.  HCGH Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive Columbia.  Call 410 740-7602 for more information.

Living with Diabetes.
February 15/19, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30p.m. Or February 20/21, 6:00- 9:00 p.m.
Living with Diabetes is a two-day, interactive, group course taught by an endocrinologist, diabetes nurse educator, dietitian, psychologist, podiatrist, and exercise specialist.  The class is held at The Bolduc Family Outpatient Center at Howard County General Hospital. Choose either a day program or a condensed evening program. Day classes will be held Friday and the following Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Evening classes are held Wednesday and Thursday from 6-9 p.m. Most insurance plans cover all or part of this program. For more information or to register, please call 443-718-3000.

Don't Be Defeeted!
{free} {new}
March 7, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Foot, heel and ankle problems can really limit your daily activities. Join orthopedic specialist Dr. Ricardo Cook to discuss common complications and injuries, and the most effective physical therapy, medications and surgical options. FREE, but registration is required.  Call 410-740-7602 for more information.

Howard County Health Department Tobacco Treatment Program and Volunteer Opportunities 
Wednesdays, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
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 5:00pm -8:00pm, 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, 1:00pm - 4:00pm.  For more information, click here.

Join a Walking Club to Aid Your Weight Loss Plan 
Now that the holidays are over and you have started your weight loss plan, why not join a walking club to help trim off those pounds?  Delta Sigma Theta Sorority has moved their walking clubs inside for the winter months.  On Saturdays they walk in the Columbia Mall. The department stores will not be open, please use the main entrance next to Lord & Taylor and assemble in front of Lord & Taylor on the lower level. If you are an early riser you can meet Ardra Bailey at 7:00 AM.    If you are later riser you can meet Tonia Smith at 8:00 AM.   Contact:  Tonia Smith/
trsmitty3@gmail.com  or   Arleen Tate/preventiontechnologies@gmail.com

Wellness at Wegman's Series, 6:00pm – 7:30pm 
Saint Agnes Hospital and Wegmans of Columbia are excited to announce a new Wellness Partnership!  The speaker series will take place on the second floor of the brand new Wegman's in Columbia (located at 8855 Mcgaw Rd, Columbia, MD 21045) on the second Monday of every month.  Complimentary light refreshments will be served.

Well4life® Program at Saint Agnes Hospital
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
www.well4lifeprogram.com or register for our free monthly information sessions by calling 1-866-690-9355.

Hunger-Free Howard Program 
Did you know that the Howard County Food Bank served more than 20,000 individuals last year?  Community Action Council of Howard County (CAC) is looking for community groups -churches, schools, girl/boy scout troops, fraternal organizations, clubs, offices, or athletic associations- that would like to help create a Hunger-free Howard by collecting 1 high-need item for the Food Bank each month.  High need items include peanut butter, cereal, pasta and pasta sauce, soup, cooking oils, and personal care items.  For more information, or to become a Hunger-free Howard Partner, contact Lisa Clossin at 
lclossin@cac-hc.org or410-313-0703.

Free Tax Prep!
January 19th to April 13th. {free}
Mondays and Wednesdays 4pm - 8 pm, Saturdays 10am - 3 pm
makingCHANGE will offer free tax preparation to most taxpayers who earned less than $49,000 in 2012 at the new 2013 VITA site, which opened Saturday, Jan 19.  The site will offer e-filing, savings bonds and the option to receive refunds via direct deposit onto a debit card - all free! Individuals can receive their refunds in half the time compared to returns filed on paper — even faster, when tax refunds are deposited directly into a bank account.  North Laurel-Savage Multiservice Center, 9900 Washington Blvd (Rt 1), Laurel, MD 20723

Appointments are encouraged!  Please call (410) 880-5917 to make an appointment; or to learn more about VITA and the documents you will need to bring, click here.

2013 Maryland Million Hearts Symposium
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

This day-long summit will focus on initiatives that save lives from heart disease and stroke with a focus on strategies to address hypertension control in various community and healthcare settings. Click here for registration information.

Partnership for a Healthier America “Building a Healthier Future” Summit {new}
March 6-8, 2013 Washington, D.C.
The Partnership for a Healthier America will host its second annual “Building a Healthier Future” Summit in March 2013, which will bring together more than 1,000 leaders from public, private and non-profit organizations, all committed to solving the childhood obesity crisis in America.  Learn more about the summit here.

DHPE Webinar: Basics of Social Media 
Social media can be a powerful tool for individuals and organizations in extending outreach capabilities beyond their web site. This session will cover the bare bones basics for Twitter, Facebook and Linked In, and discuss other online outlets. We will cover setting up accounts, posting, sharing, tweeting, liking, hash tags, fan pages, groups, photos, and best practices.  For registration information, click here.

Webinar: Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties Webinar—Goal II: MyPlate, Your Place
January 30, 2013, 3:00-4:00 PM

Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) was established to assist local elected officials in accomplishing specific goals that promote improved nutrition and increased physical activity.  Over the next year, LMCTC sites have the opportunity to earn five gold medals.  Gold, silver, and bronze medals, with associated benchmarks, have been established to encourage progress in achieving the LMCTC goals.  When an LMCTC site achieves a benchmark, thereby earning a medal, their site will be publicly recognized by National League of Cities (NLC).  Join us to learn how local elected officials through Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) can prominently display MyPlate in all municipally- or county-owned or operated venues where food is served. 
Click here for registration information.

Developed by: Maryann Thomas


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 anugent@howardcountymd.gov

 Our mailing address is: 7178 Columbia Gateway Dr., Columbia, MD 21046