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July 30, 2014 

 LHIC News and Updates

Hello LHIC members!

Membership Applications Deadline - Please don't forget to submit your membership applications by August 1! I
f you have not received a membership application, please email Jeananne. Please return applications to Jeananne as soon as possible.

Welcome Alvaro! 
Alvaro Ortiz recently joined the team as the new LHIC Program Manager.  Alvaro has previously worked implementing and overseeing different community programs targeted to help vulnerable populations. 

Alvaro is very excited to be on board and is looking forward to meeting everyone. 

Share Your News!
We would love to share more about what our member organizations are doing through the LHIC Digest. If you have news or events to share, please email them to Jeananne, jsciabarra@healthyhowardmd.org.

Howard County 

2014 Howard County Health Survey Up and Running - Spread the Word and Answer the Call!

The Howard County Health Department, The Horizon Foundation, Howard County General Hospital, and the Columbia Association have partnered once again to conduct a county-wide health assessment survey.The survey launched in mid-July and will continue for about six weeks. Please spread the word about this important survey! Flyers can be obtained by contacting Al Nall, Public Affairs Officer, anall@howardcountymd.gov, 410-313-6351. For more information and to see the results of the 2012 survey, visit www.howardcountyhealthsurvey.com.

Hit the Trails with Howard County's Nature Quest and the Wegmans Passport to Family Wellness
Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks (HCRP), Columbia Association (CA) and Wegmans store in Columbia are teaming up to introduce Howard County’s Nature Quest and the Wegmans Passport to Family Wellness, an initiative to encourage usage of the county’s excellent trail network. First developed by Wegmans in 2005, the Passport to Family Wellness is a pocket-sized booklet that guides participants through 16 trails in the county -- eight managed by HCRP and eight managed by CA. Participants record their progress by making a rubbing in their passport of a trail marker located at a designated point on each trail.

Click here to read the entire article and to find out where you can obtain your free passport!

Caribbean performers, exhibitors and food vendors needed for upcoming Culture Fest
Caribbean bands, exhibitors, performers and food vendors are needed for an upcoming “Caribbean Culture Fest” that will be hosted by Columbia Association (CA), the Howard County Library System and The Build Haiti Foundation. This free family event will be held on Sunday, Sept. 28, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Howard County Library System’s Miller Branch, which is located at 9421 Frederick Road in Ellicott City.

For more information, please click
Health in the News
Healthy Weight
DC Metro Teacher Wellness Symposium
Take a look at this great event! OSSE and MD/DC/VA Tri-State Action for Healthy Kids have partnered to host a FREE Teacher Wellness Symposium on August 11th and 12th, 2014. This two-day event will consist of sessions to assist all teachers in incorporating health and wellness into their classrooms, serving as health and wellness role models for their students, and addressing their own health and wellness needs. The Symposium is open to teachers in Maryland, DC, and Virginia. Free lunch and snacks will be provided each day. 

To find out more information or how to register for the event please click here.
Behavioral Health
Prescription For Destruction: How Some States Are Fighting Painkiller Overdoses
Nearly 50 Americans die each day from prescription opioid and narcotic overdoses, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The problem is a national epidemic, and no state is immune. But people are overdosing on prescription painkillers at different rates depending on where they live. And that could be chalked up to access: Doctors in some states write prescriptions for opioid painkillers at a rate of three times more than others.

Click here to learn more about the article.

Access to Care
Thousands of D.C., Maryland and Virginia residents to receive insurance refunds
The new health reform law's rule known as 80/20 will be benefiting thousands of residents in the D.C, Maryland and Virginia area. According to this new rule insurers have to spend at least 80 percent of premium dollars on patient care and no more than 20 percent on administrative costs. If this 20 percent is exceeded by the insurers, they must reimburse the difference to the consumers. 

Here in Maryland, 206,102 consumers are expected to receive up to $140 per family. 

To read the full article please
click here.

Upcoming Events 

Nutrition Expo
Sunday, August 3rd 
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Maryland University of Integrative Health
7750 Montpelier Road
Laurel, MD
Learn, Taste, Explore - Free, fun activities for the entire family.  Join us for hands-on activities, food preparation, tastings, and a wide variety of learning experiences—all focused on whole, healthy foods and sound nutrition. Leave with a full belly, delicious recipes, and a list of resources to continue your learning.

click here to register for the event. 

National Night Out Kick Off
Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Harper's Choice Village Center
5485 Harpers Farm Rd. 
Columbia, MD
Bring your family, friends and neighbors and join Howard County Police Department as they kick off the 31st annual National Night Out celebration at Harper's Choice Village Center. The evening is designed to heighten awareness of crime and drug prevention, generate support for local anti-crime programs and strengthen neighborhood spirit and poilce-community partnerships. The event is free and for all ages.

For more details and information contact: Police Department at 410-313-3200.

Deer Management Workshop
Deter Deer and Prevent Lyme Disease

Thursday, August 7th
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
The Other Barn, Oakland Mills
5851 Robert Oliver Place
Columbia, MD 
Speakers will include: Phil Norman, Deer Project Manager, Howard County Recreation and Parks; Ashley Achoe, BSN, RN from the Howard County Health Department to talk about Lyme Disease; Kent Phillips, Howard County Master Gardeners, to talk about Landscaping to Deter Deer and Karen Hoagland, A firsthand account of living with Lyme Disease.

The workshop will include informative presentations followed by Question and Answer sessions.

All will be available following the presentation to answer questions, along with Chick Rhodehamel, Columbia Association, Environmental Manager.  This event is being co-sponsored by all ten villages, Howard County Recreation and Parks and the Columbia Association.

For more information please call 410-370-4610.

Yoga Research: Opportunities and Challenges in an Evidence-Based Era
Wednesday, August 20th
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Maryland University of Integrative Health
7750 Montpelier Road
Laurel, MD
In this workshop, participants will consider and explore the current state of yoga research as well as the recent history and likely future of building research evidence for yoga therapy in practice.

To register, please visit www.muih.edu

Adult, Child and Infant CPR/AED 2014
Several sessions coming up
Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center
10710 Charter Drive
Columbia, MD
This course will teach you the skills needed to clear an airway obstruction, perform cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and 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.  This course is for community members and does not meet the qualifications for health care providers. This class is registered per person, not per couple.

here for more information. 

Boot Camp in the Park
Saturdays, March 22 through November 15
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Centennial Park, Corporate Pavilion H
FREE program for all ages and all fitness levels. Start your weekends with some fun physical activity. Bring your family, bring your friends! Find more details and directions here.

Upcoming LHIC Events

LHIC Membership Applications Due
Friday, 8/1

Behavioral Health
Monday, 8/5
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD
Barton B Room

Full LHIC Meeting
Thursday, 9/18
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD
Potomac Room (enter from back of building)

Contact Us

Jeananne Sciabarra
LHIC Program Director

Alvaro Ortiz
LHIC Program Manager
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