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June 17, 2015

LHIC News and Updates

Hello LHIC members!

Friendly Reminder: New LHIC Website -  Request for Logos of Participating LHIC Organizations
If you haven’t already, this is a friendly reminder to please send us your logo to use in the new LHIC website as soon as possible. You may send your logo to Alvaro,, following these specifications: all logos must be at least 300px wide and a minimum of 72 dpi. The following file formats are acceptable: JPG, PNG, AI, and EPS.

If, for whatever reason, your organization would not like its logo used, please let us know.

Send Us Your News
Please remember the LHIC Digest as 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

Howard County - Event Spotlight

   Health in the News

Access to Care 
New Report Shows That 400 Million Do Not Have Access To Essential Health Services
A World Health Organization and World Bank Group report launched  on June 12 shows that 400 million people do not have access to essential health services and 6% of people in low- and middle-income countries are tipped into or pushed further into extreme poverty because of health spending. The report, Tracking Universal Health Coverage, is the first of its kind to measure health service coverage and financial protection to assess countries’ progress towards universal health coverage.

"The world's most disadvantaged people are missing out on even the most basic services," says Dr Marie-Paule Kieny, Assistant Director-General, Health Systems and Innovation, at the World Health Organization.

Please click
here to read the full article and here to access to full report. 
Healthy Weight 
Desk-Based Employees "Should Work Standing Up"
A group of experts have advised that people working in office environments stand for at least 2 hours a day during working hours, as part of a number of recommendations to protect those engaged with typically sedentary forms of work. Workers whose jobs are predominantly desk-based should eventually progress to a total of 4 hours standing, advises the panel.

An increasing number of studies associate sedentary living - including time spent at work - with an increased risk of several serious illnesses and causes of death, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some forms of cancer. 

Click here to read the full article. 
Behavioral Health 
Mental Health Bill Gets a Second Chance
Rep. Tim Murphy's big mental health bill is getting a second chance this week, with its most controversial provision stripped out. Hoping to gather more traction for his bill, Murphy made some revisions to it. That included removing its most controversial provision: a requirement that states set up outpatient treatment programs to receive certain federal grants.

The estimated $130 billion the U.S. government spends on mental health annually is distributed through 112 federal programs, many of which don't coordinate with each other. Just about everyone agrees the system needs reform, but it's difficult for politicians to agree on specific changes.

Click here to read the full article. 

From Our Members - Message Board 

The Howard County School Health Council (HC-SHC) is currently seeking members residing in the community who may be interested in joining the Council as members-at-large for School Years 2015-2017.

Some general information about the HC-School Health Council:
  • It is a state-mandated local advisory committee to the health department and the school system. 
  • It is led by members who are volunteers from the community.
  • It reports each year to the Superintendent, the Health Officer, the Board of Health, and the Board of Education.
  • It has members from the school system, health department, parent/teacher council, and community.
  • It supports broad system level change for healthy, well, fit, and safe youth who are in turn able to learn.
  • It acts collectively to (a) identify needs, (b) review programs and policies, and (c) generate recommendations.
  • It provides a forum for the community to learn about school health and wellness initiatives and provide input.
  • It provides annual feedback to the Board of Education on the implementation of Wellness Policy 9090 via its Wellness Sub-Committee.
  • It obtains grant funding to support community/student health improvement goals.
As a member you will have the opportunity to:
  • Meet key stakeholders from Howard County who are engaged in improving student health and well-being.
  • Hear and learn more about prevalent issues, important trends, and policy/programmatic developments in the County.
  • Devise strategies to address issues, trends, developments.
  • Make recommendations to the Superintendent, Health Officer, Board of Education, and Board of Health in an advisory capacity to advance the health and well-being of students in Howard County.
As a member you will be expected to:
  • Attend 5 meetings per school year (the first Wednesday of October, December, February, April, and June). Please indicate your availability/preference as far as time by clicking on this link:
  • Prioritize with the rest of the membership on the key areas of focus for the Council in a given school year.
  • Actively engage and participate in the work of the Council.
  • Review the final report, which is submitted annually to the Superintendent, Health Officer, Board of Education, and Board on Health.
The Council aims to be representative of the make-up of the county and welcomes diversity in the broadest sense of the term.

Please send an email of interest addressed to
HC-SHC Nominating Committee at by June 30, 2015. For more information, visit

Verbal De-escalation of Agitation: Strategies to Create Safe and Respectful Environments
During this training, Ms.Dorothy J. Farr, a member of the Health Management Consultants’ team for the Behavioral Health System Baltimore Capacity Development Initiative, will briefly review the importance of clear communication,
and present guidelines for working with individuals experiencing agitation. 

Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2015  Time: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM (registration begins at 10:30 am)

Location: HCHD Bureau of Behavioral Health - 8930 Stanford Blvd. Columbia, MD.

Registration: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS TRAINING. Please register by July 22, 2015. To register, email your registration form to

Cost: Free CEUs: 4.5 Provided by Mental Health Authority

For a full course description, or if you have any questions regarding registration, CEUs, special accommodations or other information, please contact Seante Hunt at
410-313-6274 or

Upcoming Events 
Women's Self Defense
Saturday, June 27
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m
Cost: $50
Wellness Center Medical Pavilion
10710 Charter Drive
Columbia, MD
Women age 16 and up learn and practice highly effective and easy-to-learn techniques designed for adult situations. Practice both physical and psychological strategies.

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.

Herb Walk
Monday, June 29
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
Maryland University of Integrative Health 
7750 Montpelier Road 
Laurel, MD 20723 
Join for a relaxing and informative tour of the MUIH herb garden and surrounding property before the Graduate Open House! Learn to recognize a variety of herbs and understand more about how they are used for healing and wellness.

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. 
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

Healthy Weight Work Group Meeting 
Thursday 6/25
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 
Ascend One Building 
8930 Stanford Blvd. 
Columbia, MD 20145
Barton Room B

Access to Care  Work Group Meeting 
Thursday 6/25
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
Ascend One Building 
8930 Stanford Blvd. 
Columbia, MD 20145
Barton Room A

For work group meetings in the Barton conference room, please enter from the front of the building. 

Contact Us

Jeananne Sciabarra
LHIC Program Director

Alvaro Ortiz
LHIC Program Manager
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