April 3rd

Local Health Improvement Coalition Weekly Digest

Dear Howard County LHIC Members –

We hope that you had a great week.  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.  

New meeting schedule.  
Upcoming meetings:

Next LHIC meeting Monday, May 13th from 10:00am to 12:00pm.  Click here for calendar invitation.


Access to Mental Health Care Lacking for Children, Teens Across the U.S. {new}
A new national U.S. survey shows adults who work and volunteer with children and teens do not believe youth have appropriate access to mental health. In addition, in communities where respondents perceived racial/ethnic inequities, they consistently reported less access to all healthcare services, including mental health, especially for teens. For more information about the study, click here.

Report Finds Most Restaurant Children's Meals Are Still Unhealthy {new}
According to the New York Times, many menu items don't meet the restaurant association's own standards for healthful children's meals. A new study of the nutritional quality of meals for children on the menus of the nation's largest chain restaurants has found that 91 percent do not even meet the standards set by the National Restaurant Association's Kids LiveWell program. An even larger percentage — 97 percent of restaurant children's meals — failed to meet stricter standards developed by a panel of nutrition and health experts for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the nonprofit research and advocacy group that commissioned the study. For full article, click here.

CDC Ad Campaign to Continue to Share the Stories, Troubles of Former Smokers {new}
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has re-launched last year's successful national ad campaign with a second series of ads telling the true stories of former smokers now living with the effects of their addiction—such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, severe adult asthma and heart disease. The campaign will run on television, radio, billboards and online, as well as in theaters, magazines and newspapers. For more information about the campaign, click here.

Cash for Weight Loss? Works Better When Employees Compete for Pots of Money {new}
A growing number of companies are offering employees an opportunity to boost earning power at work via cash incentives to stay healthy. Under the Affordable Care Act, employers will soon be able to offer even larger financial incentives to prod healthy lifestyle behaviors among their workforce, such as quitting smoking and losing weight. For full article, click here.

As Hyperactivity Diagnoses Rise, Concerns Grow About Overmedication Of Children {new}
New CDC data shows that nearly one in five boys have a medical diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Other public health issues highlighted by news outlets include stroke risks in younger people, prescription-drug deaths and OSHA policies. For full articles, click here. 
Study Finds Most Major Restaurants Post Accurate Nutrition Info
A new study from Consumer Reports found that most major chain restaurants post accurate nutritional information about their food. Shoppers purchased and tested 17 menu items from restaurants and fast-food chains, comparing the results for each item to the same items purchased at other restaurants in the chain. “We found that you can usually trust the figures you see,” said editor Leslie Ware. “On average, most of them were telling the truth.” The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is slated to release new regulations regarding nutrition labeling later this year. For full article, click here.

Breath Test May Identify People Prone to Obesity
A breath test that measures bacterial overgrowth in the stomach could be used to determine whether a person will become overweight, according to a new study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Researchers found that higher levels of methane and hydrogen from the bacteria Methanobrevibacter smithii were associated with higher BMIs and more body fat. The study's author Ruchi Mathur, MD, director of the outpatient diabetes treatment center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said this could help identify people who would respond best to particular weight loss methods. For full article, click here. 

CDC: U.S. Kids Consume Nearly as Much Salt as U.S. Adults
The average U.S. kid consumes about as much salt in a day as the average U.S. adult—which is to say far too much, according to a new study in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found the average youth age 8 to 18 has a daily sodium intake of approximately 3,387 mg; the recommended daily limit is 2,300 mg. Processed foods are one of the biggest culprits. Excessive sodium is linked to a myriad of health issues. For full article, click here.
Sustainable Communities State Designation Opens Funding Opportunities for Community Health
A new State-led neighborhood revitalization designation called Sustainable Communities provides a planning framework and funding for local governments and other community stakeholders to improve community health.  "Sustainable Communities" are eligible to apply for competitive grants and loans toward capital projects, tax credits, and other benefits. For more information on the designation, consult the Sustainable Communities website or click here to e-mail Mary Kendall. To see if you are located in a Sustainable Community, click here.
Sharpened focus on Mental Health First Aid 
Interest in Mental Health First Aid was heightened this month with its inclusion in the President’s comprehensive plan to protect communities from gun violence. Launched nearly two years ago, Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based interactive 12-hour course designed to teach people a five-step process to assess a situation, select and implement appropriate interventions and help a person in crisis or who may be developing the signs and symptoms of mental illness. There's also a Youth Course for those working with teens. Click here for more information.

HCC is Approved IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Site
HCC is partnering with the IRS to offer income tax assistance to individuals with income under $51,000. This free service is available to anyone, including HCC employees and students. There are trained volunteers available who will assist in your tax preparation. For more information, 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 
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.

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

Women's Self Defense {new}
Saturday, Apr. 6, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wellness Center Medical Pavilion, Suite 100
10710 Charter Drive , Columbia, MD 21044
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. A SIGNED CONSENT FORM MUST BE COMPLETED AND RETURNED BEFORE CLASS. Fee: $50.00  Click here to access consent form.

AARP Driver Safety for Older Drivers {new}
Monday, Apr. 8, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wellness Center Medical Pavilion, Suite 100
10710 Charter Drive , Columbia, MD 21044
This classroom refresher course, taught by AARP instructors, is for drivers 50 years and older. Register online but pay by check or cash only at the door.  $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-AARP members.  Be sure to check with your auto insurance company to see if it is one of many who offer a discount to seniors who attend this class! For more information and to register, click here.

HC DrugFree presents “Senior Week: Staying Safe in Ocean City” 
Monday April 8th 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
If your teen is going to Senior Week, this is your final opportunity for you and your teen to attend this must see/must hear program. Location: Mt. Hebron High School Auditorium, 9440 Old Frederick Road (Route 99), Ellicott City, MD 21042.  HC DrugFree and Mount Hebron High School PTSA are partnering to invite teens and their parents to attend “Senior Week: Staying Safe in Ocean City”.  For more information, contact Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Executive Director, HC DrugFree at joan@hcdrugfree.org or 443-325-0040 or visit www.hcdrugfree.org.

Dietary Counseling {new}
Tuesday, Apr. 9,  5:00 pm - 8:00 pm  at Wellness Center Medical Pavilion, Suite 100
Thursday, Apr. 11, 10:30 am - 2:00 pm at Suite G010 of the Wellness Center
This individualized nutritional counseling program is available for children and adults. Meet with a registered dietitian one-on-one to discuss your dietary concerns and goals including weight loss, he
althier bones, high blood pressure, and elevated cholesterol.  Day and evening appointments are available.  Payment ($35.00) is due at time of registration. Insurance is not accepted. To register, click here.
Basic Life Support Class {new}
April 11th, 3:00 PM
Alagia Auditorium , 900 Caton Avenue , Baltimore, MD 21229
Our course is intended for health care professionals, physicians, nurses, nursing students and lifeguards and will include how to recognize and respond to cardiac arrest, respiratory arrest, and foreign body airway obstruction.
FEE:$80 per person which can be paid by credit card. We Only accept MasterCard and Visa. We do not accept Debit Cards or American Express Cards. To register, click here.
Adult, Child and Infant CPR/AED
April 11, 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 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 provider.

Maryland Forum on Health Care Reform 
Tuesday, April 16, 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville, MD
Join panelists from the Governor's Office of Health Care Reform, Maryland Health Benefits Exchange and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for an event that will offer an update on Maryland's implementation of health care reform under the Affordable Care Act. This forum will provide an opportunity to discuss Maryland's Health Care Reform implementation, recognize important accomplishments, highlight current initiatives, and future plans. Discussion will include expanding affordable coverage and access, controlling costs, improving quality, and reaching diverse populations. The audience will include members of the aging and disability network and health care professionals.  
here to register.  

Ask the Doctor: Children & Adolescents Living with Mental Illness {free}
April 17, 2013
7:00— 9: 00 PM at NAMI Metro Baltimore
With Dr. Marc Fishman (Johns Hopkins Hospital) & the Maryland Coalition of Families for Children’s Mental Health. For more information or to register, click here.

Living with Diabetes {new}
Wednesday, Apr. 17, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday, Apr. 19, 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
If you've just been diagnosed with diabetes--or even if you have been living with diabetes for some time and would like to make a commitment to improve your health--this course will teach you how to change your habits and will give you practical, attainable solutions for staying healthy. Living with Diabetes is a two-day, interactive, group course taught by qualified professionals.
Most insurance plans cover all or part of this program. For more information and to register, click here. 
Shouldering the Burden {free}
Tuesday, April 23, 6:00-8:00 p.m. 
Having difficulty raising your arm or lifting things? Common shoulder injuries, such as rotator cuff and labrum tears, as well as degenerative conditions like arthritis can cause joint pain and limit motion. Johns Hopkins orthopedic surgeon Dr. Uma Srikumaran will discuss surgical and other options to lighten your load. Howard County General Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine Wellness Center. 10710 Charter Drive.
For more information or to register, click here.

WomenfestAn Interactive Day To Inspire Healthier, Fuller Lives {free}
Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m
The Howard County Department of Citizen Services’ Office on Aging is pleased to present their 5th annual WomenFest, a wellness event for women at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center, 2400 Route 97 in Cooksville.  WomenFest is an interactive day that focuses on health, wellness, fashion and beauty, and is designed to inspire women to live more balanced, healthier and fuller lives.  Keynote to be given by Glamour magazine contributing beauty editor, Andrea Pomerantz Lustig.  For more information click here.

Baltimore City Resource Sharing Event!{free}
Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 from 1:00-3:00pm
Paul C. Wohlman Assembly Hall, War Memorial Building, 101 North Gay Street, First Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202
This event is sponsored by the Maryland Community Services Locator (MDCSL) Project at the University of Maryland, College Park and the Baltimore City Department of Social Services (BCDSS).  It will feature a presentation on how to use the MDCSL (www.mdcsl.org), and a presentation on BCDSS programs.  We invite your agency to bring information to share at this event.  
 For information about parking  and registration for the event as an organization or attendee, click here.

2013 Mid-Atlantic Behavioral Health Conference
May 15-17, 2013 in Downtown Annapolis, MD
The Mid-Atlantic Behavioral Health Conference has become the premier event in the region for behavioral health care and somatic health care professionals including substance abuse counselors, mental health practitioners, physicians, nurses, licensed professional counselors, physician's assistants, justice system personnel, teachers, school counselors, and nurse practitioners.  Click
here for more information and to register. 

Anxiety  {free}
May 15, 2013
7:00 — 9:00 PM at NAMI Metro Baltimore
This event will be conducted by Linda Kohler, Executive Director of NAMI MB. For more information or to register, click here.
WomenFest {free}
Saturday, April 27, 2013, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WomenFest is an interactive day focusing on health, wellness, fashion, and beauty, featuring 90+ vendors and exhibitors, engaging seminars and free health screenings. Admission is free.  A keynote address at 1:30 p.m. will feature Glamour Magazine Beauty Editor Andrea Pomerantz Lustig, author of How to Look Expensive  (click on the title for more information).  Free tickets for the keynote address will be distributed at the event, while quantities last. For more information, click here.
2013 NAMIWalk Maryland
Saturday May 18, 2013 at Baltimore Inner Harbor - Rash Field
Check-in: 10:00 am
Start Time: 11:00 am
NAMIWalks is the largest mental health education and fundraising effort in America. NAMIWalks brings together thousands of individuals and supporters to celebrate mental illness recovery, to honor those who have lost their lives to mental illness and to help raise funds, combat stigma and promote awareness. Join the thousands of people across Maryland to help raise awareness about mental illness and to raise money for the free vital support programs that NAMI offers to individuals with mental illness and their families. All the funds collected by Walkers will be used to fund NAMI’s programs here in Maryland. For information about this event, click here.
Free Tax Prep!

January 19th to April 13th. {free}
Mondays and Wednesdays 4pm - 8 pm, Saturdays 10am - 3 pm
Making CHANGE 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.


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