July 31

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 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.  

Meeting Reminder: LHIC Meeting for September
Monday, September 9th at 10:00am.  
We hope you have had a great summer so far and look forward to seeing you then.

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 September 2nd by 5:00pm toanugent@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, September 9th from 10:00am to 12:00pm.  Click here for calendar invitation.

Howard County Wins CHRC Grant
The Maryland Community Health Resources Commission (CHRC) announced today seven grant awards totaling $1.3 million to help promote the activities of Local Health Improvement Coalitions and the State Health Improvement Process (SHIP).  The CHRC grant awards are designed to expand access in underserved communities in the state, improve overall population health, and help reduce health care costs by reducing hospital admissions and re-admissions.  Please visit the CHRC’s website (http://dhmh.maryland.gov/mchrc/SitePages/CHRC%20Support.aspx) to access copies of the successful proposals.  


New Report Provides Health Data and Resources for Maryland's Hispanic Community {new}
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has released a new report, "Hispanics in Maryland: Health Data and Resources," which highlights a number of troubling health disparities facing Hispanics in our state. According to the report, the five leading causes of death for Hispanics in Maryland are cancer, heart disease, stroke, accidents, and diabetes. Results of the report indicate that the HIV incidence rate was 3.6 times higher and the AIDS incidence rate was 4.7 times higher for Hispanics than for Non-Hispanic whites in Maryland. The percentage of births to Hispanic mothers younger than 18 years of age was twice that of whites; similarly, the percentage of births to unmarried Hispanic mothers was 1.7 times higher than that of whites.
Click here to read the DHMH press release.
Click here to access the Hispanics in Maryland report.
Click here to view SHIP Racial and Ethnic Disparities Data

Call for Abstracts Deadline Extended - Reduce Tobacco Use Conference 2014 {new}
The 11th National Reduce Tobacco Use Conference being held April 10-11, 2014 is accepting abstract submissions. The Call for Abstracts submission deadline has been extended until August 8, 2013. The National Reduce Tobacco Use Conference 2014 seeks plenary, sub-plenary, and concurrent session presenters to provide attendees with effective and replicable strategies for preventing and reducing the use of tobacco products among youth and young adults. The National Reduce Tobacco Use Conference will showcase the latest in tobacco use prevention, reduction, and cessation with youth and young adults.
For more information on how to submit an online abstract application click here.
View the SHIP measure and tools for reducing the proportion of adults who smoke.
View the SHIP measure and tools for reducing the proportion of youth who use any kind of tobacco product.

Affordable Care Act Resources {new}
The new Health Insurance Marketplace (HIM) will open for enrollment on October 1, 2013. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has updated
HealthCare.gov to make it easier for consumers to sign up for coverage. For Spanish-speaking consumers, CuidadoDeSalud.gov will also be updated to match HealthCare.gov's new consumer focus. 
Access the new toll-free Health Insurance Marketplace call center where consumers can obtain information on their state's HIM at 1-800-318-2596.
To visit the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange website click here.
To visit the Maryland Health Connection website click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Urges City Agencies to Promote Use of Stairs 
Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) issued an executive order last week requiring city agencies to promote the use of stairways in buildings and use smart design strategies in renovations and new construction.  In addition to the executive order, Mayor Bloomberg proposed two pieces of legislation aimed at increasing access and visibility to at least one staircase in all new buildings citywide. New York City recently reported a 5.5 percent decline in childhood obesity for grades K-8. For report click here

Voices for Healthy Kids Announces Team of Experts to Reduce Obesity
During its “Signs of Progress” event last month, Voices for Healthy Kids—a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Heart Association working to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic announced a team of partners that will lead six advocacy campaigns nationwide:
  1. Improve the nutritional quality of foods and beverages in schools—Pew Charitable Trusts
  2. Increase children’s physical activity levels when they are out of school—YMCA of the USA
  3. Protect children from marketing of unhealthy food and beverages—Berkeley Media Studies Group
  4. Increase access to affordable healthy foods—The Food Trust
  5. Reduce consumption of sugary beverages—Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity
  6. Increase access to parks, playgrounds, walking paths, bike lanes and other safe places to be active—Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Study: High Blood Pressure Risk Increases among American Children 
The proportion of children ages 8-17 with high blood pressure ages has risen 27 percent over the past 13 years, according to a recent study funded by the National Institutes of Health.  The research positively links rising blood pressure to increasing body mass index and sodium intake, and found that that vast majority of children exceed the recommended daily intake for total fat, saturated fat, and sodium. To view study click here.

New Resources on Maryland Health Connection Website
Maryland's new health insurance marketplace: MarylandHealthConnection.gov, 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.

The Small Business Skinny on Healthcare
To all small business owners: With the recent announcement to delay the new healthcare law until 2015 which requires employers with more than 50 employees offer insurance, there are many other provisions beginning this year and early 2014 that do. In fact, in October, open enrollment for state health insurance marketplaces begins. To help you stay informed about the Affordable Care Act, and the healthcare market in general, we launched the Health Coverage GuideFor any questions or comments, contact me at ehollister@smallbusinessmajority.org or (202) 828-8357.

HC DrugFree Encourages You to Participate in the MD Annual Driving Survey:
Every July, the Maryland Highway Safety Office distributes the Maryland Driving Survey to drivers in Maryland. The survey monitors the following categories : Behaviors that contribute to increased crash risk on roadways; Knowledge about Maryland's driving laws;  Attitudes related to driving laws and behaviors;  Awareness of Maryland's media efforts in combating risks associated with varying kinds of driving behaviors.  The surveys can be completed by all licensed drivers residing in Howard County. Please click here for the survey.  For more information, please contact HC DrugFree's Excecutive Director, Joan Webb Scornaienchi at 443-325-0040.

If Primary Care Doctors Could Treat Mental Health Issues, More Americans May Get the Help They Need
Public health advocates and doctors from the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center have begun work on an ambitious new project in which mental health experts will electronically train primary care doctors how to identify and treat mental and substance abuse disorders. For more information click here.

HC DrugFree Teen Advisory Council {new}
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 info@hcdrugfree.org.

Community Transformation Grant Resources (CTG) {new}
For PDF document click here
Rural HealthConference: Hitting a Grand Slam for Rural Maryland: Creating a Unified Playbook for the Prosperity of Agriculture, Community, Economy, and Health
October 17-18, 2013, Ripken Stadium and Courtyard by Marriott Aberdeen
The Maryland State Office of Rural Health (SORH), the Rural Maryland Council (RMC) and the Maryland Rural Health Association (MRHA) are collaborating to host a Rural Action Assembly. The day and half conference will focus on defining key issues for Maryland’s rural communities. We hope to work towards creating sustainable rural communities and plan for the future and prosperity of rural Maryland.  The goal of the Rural Action Assembly is to connect, support and hear rural stakeholders and provide them with a structured forum to identify and discuss significant issues confronting rural and non-metropolitan communities. For Additional information please click here.

Network of 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, 6:00pm – 7:00pm {free}
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.

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 www.marylandaccesspoint.info.
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.  www.CPS3HowardCounty.org

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

Summer Yoga for Patients, Caregivers and Survivors.
August Tuesdays, 10-11:00 a.m.
Join instructor Heather Thamer on Tuesdays through August 27th for gentle stretching. Registration and payment required ahead of time. Registration and payment are required prior attendance. Call 410.964.9100 for more information.

Knitting and Crochet Support Group {new} {free}
Every Wednesday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Attention cancer patients, survivors and caregivers.  Join us each week for instruction, directions and good times for beginning or advanced needler. Located at The Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Medical Pavilion, Columbia MD. For more information call 410-740-5858.

The Affordable Care Act 101 with SBA & Small Business Majority {new}
The Small Business Administration and Small Business Majority are launching the Affordable Care Act 101 weekly webinar series.  Small business owners can learn the basics of the Affordable Care Act and what it means for their company and employees. The Affordable Care Act 101 will take place every Thursday from now through the opening of the marketplaces in October. 
Upcoming Webinar registration links for the next four presentations (All fall on Thursdays):  
August 1 at 2:00 PM: Click to Register
August 8 at 2:00 PM: Click to Register
August 15 at 2:00 PM: Click to Register

Healing Touch {new}
Monday, August 5, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Learn the connection between everyday stresses of life, emotional pain and physical breakdown. Included will be lessons on self-healing based on the Chakra Healing System.  Spirited presentation & discussion led by Sharon Burns, RN, BSN, MA, Reiki Master. Located at The Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Medical Pavilion, Columbia MD. To register call 410 740-5858.

Care Giver’s Support Group {new} {free}
Tuesday, August 6, 3:30 pm
Meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. At 10710 Medical Pavilion, Columbia MD. To register call The Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center at 410 740-5858.

Adult, Child  & Infant CPR and AED {new}
August 6, 5:30-9:00 p.m.
Cost $55

 Learn the skills needed to clear an airway obstruction, perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). Earn a two-year American Heart Association completion card. Located at the Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Road Columbia, MD. For more information click here.

Living With Diabetes {new}
Wednesday, August 7, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
Living with Diabetes is a interactive group course taught by an endocrinologist, diabetes nurse educator, dietitian, psychologist, podiatrist, and exercise specialist. Most insurance plans cover all or part of this program. Meetings will be held on selected Wednesdays this fall in The Bolduc Family Outpatient Center at Howard County General Hospital. To register click here or please call 443-718-3000.

Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Annual Conference {new}
August 9-12, 2013
Portland, OR
The Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior will bring nutrition education professionals together to promote effective nutrition education and healthy behavior. To register for the conference click here.

Web-Based Entities Advisory Committee to Meet {new}
Thursday, July 25, 4:00 - 6:00 pm  (Introduction)
Friday, August 2, 1:00 - 3:00 pm (Consumer Protection)

The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange (MHBE) has established a Web-Based Entities (WBE) Advisory Committee to advise the Board. Members were chosen for their clear understanding of the number and sophistication of likely WBE market participants. The WBE Advisory Committee will hold its first two meetings in the Main Seminar room at the UMBC Tech Center, at 1450 S. Rolling Road, Baltimore, MD 21229 
HCGH Farmers’ Market.
Every Friday, 2:00 – 6:00pm
Join us for the HCGH Farmers Market. Keep your family healthy with fresh fruits, vegetables, bread, cheese, eggs, meat and other farm products grown and produced on local Howard County Farms. New vendors this year include Misty Meadows Milk and a jewelry vendor once a month. Market is at the rear of Visitor Lot C at HCGH.

Maryland Million Hearts
Million Hearts is a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Million Hearts brings together communities, health systems, nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, and private-sector partners from across the country to fight heart disease and stroke. 
Upcoming Webinars: 
July 31, 2013
Medication Therapy Management: The Basics and Benefits
July 31, 2013
Emory Centers "Taste of Training": Intro to Tobacco 101
August 6, 2013
Medication Therapy Management: The Basics and Benefits 
August 16, 2013
Partnering with your State Medicaid Program on Chronic Disease Prevention 

NAMI Howard County 
Wednesday, August 21st, 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
NAMI Howard County will be hosting a restaurant day/night at the Shanty Grill. For more information please contact Beverley Francis-Gibson at 410-772-9300.

Maryland Health Connection
October 1st, 2013

 On October 1st Maryland Health Connection opens for early enrollment.  And, on January 1st, enrollees will be able to get the benefits they deserve. 

Joslin Diabetes Centers' Diabetes Innovation 2013
October 3rd-5th, 2013 in Washington D.C.
Join hundreds of your peers at world renowned Joslin Diabetes Centers' Diabetes Innovation 2013, where you'll find leading edge programs and solutions from all stakeholders in diabetes -purchaser, payer, providers, patients and suppliers. The deadline is July 21, and for more information and to register please visit the link: Diabetes Innovation 2013. 

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, dieticians, 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 www.well4lifeprogram.com 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 anugent@howardcountymd.gov

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