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December  17, 2014 

LHIC News and Updates

Hello LHIC members!

Once again, we would like to take this opportunity to commend each and every one of you for your continuous support and commitment to the LHIC. It is your dedication and vision for a better Howard County that makes all our efforts and goals into actions. We would also like to wish you and your families a very safe and joyful holiday season. We look forward to continue working together in 2015! 
Member Spotlight Section
If you haven't already, please send us a blurb about your organization so we can feature it in this section. It's a great opportunity for members to learn more about each other as well as to share and support all the great work that everyone is doing. 

Share Your News!
We would like to share more about what our member organizations are doing. If you have news or events to share, please email them to Alvaro, LHIC Program Manager, at aortiz@healthyhowardmd.org.

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January 12, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. 
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Health in the News

Healthy Weight
Middle School Students Can Be Whole Grain Heroes
Howard County middle schoolers had an extra incentive to make healthy food choices during the month of November. A Whole Grain Heroes education, inspiration, and incentive campaign was carried out last month at all county middle schools, recognizing students who incorporated whole grain foods at lunchtime.

Each week throughout the campaign, Family and Consumer Sciences teachers were visiting the school cafeteria to “catch” students choosing to eat whole grain items for lunch.

Students who purchased the school lunch, as well as those who brought lunch from home, could become a Whole Grain Hero by identifying which whole grain item they were eating. All Whole Grain Heroes received a sticker, had their name displayed on a giant poster, were entered into a weekly drawing for a colorful t-shirt, and received other special school-wide recognition.

Please click here to read the full article. 
Behavioral Health
Domestic abuse may affect children in womb
The study is the first to link abuse of pregnant women with emotional and behavioral trauma symptoms in their children within the first year of life. Symptoms include nightmares, startling easily, being bothered by loud noises and bright lights, avoiding physical contact and having trouble experiencing enjoyment.

"For clinicians and mothers, knowing that the prenatal experience of their domestic violence can directly harm their babies may be a powerful motivator to help moms get out of these abusive situations," said Alytia Levendosky, psychology professor and study co-author.

The study of 182 mothers ages 18-34 found a surprisingly strong relationship between a mother's prenatal abuse by a male partner and postnatal trauma symptoms in her child. The researchers examined the women's parenting styles and also took into account risk factors such as drug use and other negative life events, marital status, age and income.

Please click 
here to read the entire article. 

Access to Care
Real-World Trial of Impact of Patient-Controlled Access to EMRs
In what is described as the first real-world trial of the impact of patient-controlled access to electronic medical records, almost half of the patients who participated withheld clinically sensitive information in their medical record from some or all of their health care providers. The Regenstrief Institute developers created and implemented a system allowing patients to control who could see specific information in their EMRs, then implemented this patient preference system for six months in a busy urban primary care clinic.

In the real-world trial, 49 percent of the 105 patients who participated elected to withhold information contained in their medical record from some or all of their health care providers. Patients strongly desired such control, while their providers had mixed reactions. Some were fine with it as long as patients knew that hiding information could adversely affect their care, and they were willing to take that risk. Other health care providers strongly objected to not being able to see all of the information in their patients' records, not wanting to be responsible for bad or unsafe care.

Click here to read the full article. 
Upcoming Events 
Smoke-Free Lungs
Monday, January 5, 2014
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center
10710 Charter Drive
Columbia, MD
Want to give up smoking but don't know where to begin? Learn tips for quitting your tobacco habit and mastering long-term success. This program provides support and education for those wanting to quit as well as support for those who have already quit. Choose to attend one or all of the sessions depending on your individual needs.

If you would like to register please click here
HC DrugFree’s Teen Advisory Council
Monday, January 12, 2015 and Monday, February 9
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
The Barn in Oakland Mills Village Center
5853 Robert Oliver Place
Columbia, MD 
HC DrugFree invites you to join the Teen Advisory Council (TAC) meetings being held this coming January and February 2015. For a TAC application, please visit www.hcdrugfree.org/teenadvisorycouncil.html.
General Pediatrics and Special Needs: The Chinese Medicine Approach
Thursday, January 15
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Maryland University of Integrative Health
7750 Montpelier Road 
Laurel, MD 20723 
Chinese medicine principles have been used to diagnose and treat childhood conditions since the first millennium. Many conditions can be addressed safely, effectively and holistically with acupressure and acupuncture. This program will cover the basic principles of childhood health challenges and the use of pediatric acupuncture. It will also add an emphasis on special needs such including Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADD/ ADHD.

here if you would like to register. 

Upcoming LHIC Events

Healthy Weight Work Group Meeting
Thursday 12/18
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Ascend One Building
8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia
Potomac Room 

Contact Us

Jeananne Sciabarra
LHIC Program Director

Alvaro Ortiz
LHIC Program Manager
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