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August  27, 2014 

LHIC News and Updates

Hello LHIC members!

LHIC Co-Chairs Needed
As you may recall from our retreat and follow-up LHIC meetings, the members decided that there would be two co-chairs for each work group, one appointed by the Health Officer, the second elected by the work group. We are now seeking candidates for each of the elected co-chair positions. A work group co-chair will work with the appointed co-chair and LHIC staff to: create meeting agendas, facilitate meetings, and guide the overall direction of the work group. In addition to attending full LHIC meetings and work group meetings, co-chairs attend bi-monthly Executive Committee meetings. Co-chairs must commit to serving for one year.
If you would like to submit your name for consideration as a co-chair, please email Jeananne by August 31. Elections will be held at the September 18 meeting.

LHIC Facebook Page
We just updated our Facebook page. Please like us and follow us on Facebook! 

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,

Howard County 

Save the Date!
Walk to save lives, walk to honor loved ones, walk to raise funds! When you walk in AFSP's Out of the Darkness Walks, you join thousands of people in hundreds of cities to raise funds and awareness for a vision of a world without suicide. 

Howard's Two Fatal Police Shootings Put Mental Health in Focus
Two Ellicott City residents who Howard County police believe were suffering from mental health issues were killed last week in separate police-involved shootings – incidents that the county's top elected official says reinforces the need for more mental health initiatives.

"We are trying to build a model public health community in Howard County. And what recent incidents illustrate – in an incredibly painful way – is the need for mental health treatment," County Executive Ken Ulman said in an email Tuesday.

Please click here if you would like to read the entire article.

NAMI Howard County
NAMI Howard County is recruiting participants for its 10 week Peer-to-Peer course designed for people with any serious mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery. The next class starts September 8th. Please call 410-772-9300 to register. There is no cost.
NAMI is also recruiting participants for its 12-week Family-to-Family course designed to help families understand severe mental illnesses their relatives or loved ones face. There is no cost for the class and begins September 11th. Please call 410-772-9300 to register or for more information.
Health in the News
Healthy Weight
Soda Tax for Adolescents, Exercise for Children Best Strategies for Reducing Obesity
Nearly one in three young people between two and 19 years old were overweight or obese in 2009-2010, and 17% were obese. There are significant disparities in obesity prevalence among racial/ethnic groups and by socioeconomic status. Obese adolescents tend to remain obese as adults, making childhood the ideal time to prevent obesity. For these reasons, policymakers are interested in effective programs and policies to reduce childhood obesity.

States and localities are increasingly using laws, regulations, and other policy tools to promote healthy eating and physical activity. However, federal policies can reach larger populations and fund programs that benefit populations at risk for obesity, and thus play an essential role in improving public health.

To find out more information please click here.
Behavioral Health
Team-Based Care Best for Depressed Teens
A new study suggests a collaborative delivery approach provides the best outcome for adolescents with depression.

In the model, a depression care manager is teamed with a primary care (pediatrician or family practice) physician. The care manager, usually a nurse with specialized training, actively engages with teens, delivering and following up on treatments.

Click here to learn more about the article.

Access to Care
Over 300,000 Must Prove Eligibility or Lose Health Care
More than 300,000 people who bought subsidized health insurance under the Affordable Care Act could lose it next month if they do not provide proof that they are living in the United States legally, the Obama administration said Tuesday.

The administration has been trying to resolve questions about the eligibility of hundreds of thousands of people who signed up for private health plans through the new insurance exchanges and qualified for federal subsidies to help with the cost. Most of the discrepancies involve citizenship, immigration status or income.

To read the full article please
click here.

Upcoming Events 

Webinar: Chinese Medicine Strategies for Resolving Persistent Lyme Disease and Co-infections
Wednesday, September 3rd. 
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

In this webinar, you will learn about multiple treatments and remedies that have helped hundreds of Lyme disease patients overcome their health challenges. You will also be able to work directly with Greg Lee, a graduate of MUIH’s acupuncture and Chinese herb programs and a national expert on the treatment of Lyme’s disease. 

To register for the webinar, please click

Sports Medicine and Musculoskeletal Problems: The Chinese Medicine Approach
Wednesday, September 10th
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
Maryland University of Integrative Health
7750 Montpelier Road 
Laurel, MD 20723 

In this lecture, Tyme Gigliotti, MUIH Assistant Professor, will discuss how acupuncture approaches these health challenges in a holistic way and how the unique combination of traditions we teach and practice at MUIH offers our practitioners a wider toolkit to draw from in order to move you toward optimal wellness.

Click here to learn more and to register for the event.

ABCs of Childhood Nutrition and Healthy Snacking
Thursday, September 11th
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 
Maryland University of Integrative Health
7750 Montpelier Road 
Laurel, MD 20723 

According to the Center for Disease Control, childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years with one-third of children and teens being overweight or obese.  During childhood and well into adolescents, family and friends weigh heavily on the child’s nutritional choices, physical activity, body image, hobbies and sports (e.g. ballet, modeling, gymnastics, and swimming) and self-esteem. Unfortunately, many children do not understand nutrition, proper food selection, and have difficulty identifying the food groups. It is important that parents understand proper nutrition and cultivate healthy eating habits with their children. Join us as we explore the ABCs of childhood nutrition and healthy snacking.

If you would to register for this event, please click here.

Candidates Forum
Saturday, September 20th
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Miller Branch Library
9421 Frederick Road
Ellicott City, MD 

NAMI Howard County along with Grassroots will be hosting a Candidates Forum on Saturday, September 20th from 1:00-3:30pm at Miller Branch Library; 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City for all candidates for Howard County's Delegation to the General Assembly to share their plans on addressing mental health issues in the legislature. All are invited to attend.

Please call 410-772-9300 for more information.

Drug Take-Back Day
Saturday, September 27th
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Howard County Police and HC DrugFree urge everyone to properly dispose of expired or unwanted medications. Two-thirds of teens who abuse prescription drugs are getting them from home, friends or family. Please do not flush meds into the water system! Clean your medicine cabinets and bring your over-the-counter or prescription meds to one of the 10 convenient locations in Howard County.

The location at HC DrugFree’s office is the only location that will accept syringes and needles. Tentative drop-off l
ocations (please check back closer to September 27th)

HC DrugFree's Office in the Wilde Lake Village Center
10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Suite 404, Columbia 21044
(NOTE: HC DrugFree’s Office is the only location which will accept syringes and needles)

Harpers Choice Community Policing Office
 5485 Harpers Farm Rd., Columbia 21044

Long Reach Community Policing Office
 8775 Cloudleap Ct., Columbia, MD 21045

Oakland Mills Community Policing Office
 5820 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, 21045

Owen Brown Community Policing Office
 7154 Cradlerock Way, Columbia 21045

North Laurel Community Policing Office
 9411 Whiskey Bottom Rd., Laurel 20723

Howard County Police Northern District
 3410 Courthouse Dr., Ellicott City 21043

Howard County Police Southern District
 11226 Scaggsville, Rd., Laurel 20723

Maryland State Police Waterloo Barracks
 7777 Washington Blvd., Jessup 20794

Gary Arthur Community Center
 2400 Route 97, Cooksville 21723

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, 8/29

Healthy Weight 
Thursday, 8/28
8:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD
Room Barton A

Full LHIC Meeting
Thursday, 9/18
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Location Potomac Room 

Contact Us

Jeananne Sciabarra
LHIC Program Director

Alvaro Ortiz
LHIC Program Manager
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