September 11

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 .  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.  

Items Shared at Previous LHIC Meeting: 
Community Based Care Team Presentation 
 Hotspotting Video 


How is Severe Obesity Defined in Children? {new}
About 4% to 6% of children and teens in the USA are severely obese, and yet there are very few effective options for helping these kids reach a healthy weight, says a scientific statement out Monday from the American Heart Association. To View article click here 

As Many High-Risk Pools Close Due to the ACA, Enrollees Across the Country Need Help Transitioning {new}
A survey of enrollees in the nation’s oldest and largest high-risk insurance pool—the Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association—finds nearly two out of three are unfamiliar with health reform and what it means for them. This is significant because the Affordable Care Act (ACA) makes high-risk pools, once a main source of coverage for “uninsurable” Americans with preexisting conditions, unnecessary by providing an array of new health coverage options. To view study click here 

CDC Releases New County-Level Mapping Tool for Cardiovascular Disease
The CDC has developed an interactive mapping tool showcasing data and trends on cardiovascular diseases. This online mapping tool provides a breakdown by race/ethnicity, gender, and age group to allow users to view national, state, and county-level maps of heart disease and stroke.To access mapping tool click here.


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

Maryland Health Connection Opens Call Center
Maryland Health Connection has opened the first phase of its state-of-the-art customer call center in Baltimore to provide support for residents and small employers statewide. During  September, the call center will assist Marylanders with general questions about health coverage and preparations for open enrollment. The call center will operate seven days a week during the open enrollment period, which begins on October 1, 2013 and ends on March 31, 2014.
The toll-free phone number is 855.642(MHC).8572, and 1.855.642(MHC).8573 for TTY service.

Maryland Health Connection Launches Social Media Campaign 
Maryland Health Connection is excited to announce the launch of its social media campaign to communicate and engage with Maryland residents seeking information about health coverage options. Join the conversation on Maryland Health Connection’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube social media channels.
Enrollment through Maryland Health Connection is scheduled to begin in October 2013 for individuals and families, with insurance coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2014.
Engage with Maryland Health Connection through social media on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube


The Howard County Health Disparities Committee Meeting {new}
Wednesday,September 25th, 2013 at 6:00p.m.
The Howard County Health Disparities Committee (FIRN/HC MOTA Program) will meet in the Patapsco Room at Miller Library. The agenda includes Affordable Care Act information, training for residents interested in becoming ACA Health Ambassadors and updates from the state Minority Heath and Health Disparities division of DHMH.  Please contact Paula Blackwell at for more information.

Healthy Howard to Help Residents Find Health Insurance {new}
Healthy Howard's  Door to HealthCare Western Maryland is providing free help choosing affordable, quality health coverage through the state’s new health insurance marketplace, Maryland Health Connection. The Door is the official source for information in six Maryland counties, including Howard, and provides practical answers about new changes in health care, personal support for making the right choice and assistance with signing up for health insurance. Within Howard County, the Door will be working with local partners including Chase Brexton, Grassroots and the Korean Resource Center. Visit for the latest information! For more information click here

Opportunity for Former Smokers in Maryland
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office on Smoking and Health is recruiting individuals to feature in the next wave of CDC’s national tobacco education campaign. The CDC is seeking people across all populations, particularly candidates who are Asian or Spanish speaking. All applicants must be tobacco-free for at least 6 months  If you know of any people whom you feel would be a good candidate for this campaign, please pass their contact information on to the Recruitment Director, Mimi Webb Miller, at or (855) 332-7277. The CDC will pay $2,500 and travel expenses for those selected.

HC DrugFree Teen Advisory Council
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

Community Transformation Grant Resources (CTG)
For pdf click here

NAMI Howard County {free}
Affordable Care Act: Getting It Right in Maryland
Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 7:00 pm
Nami Howard County has scheduled an education forum presented by Leni Preston of Maryland Women’s Coalition for Health Care Reform at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center; 10431 Twin Rivers Road. For more information contact Beverley Francis-Gibson at 410-772-9300

Affordable Care Act 
Georgia Health Policy Center and the National Network of Public Health Institutes
Leading through Health System Change
The Leading though Health Systems Change is a planning tool designed to assist state and local health department leaders in thinking strategically about the future in light of the changes created by the Affordable Care Act. To access planning tool click here
National Association of Chronic Disease Directors Affordable Care Act Website
Includes links to resources regarding the Affordable Care Act and slides from the recent webinar “The Affordable Care Act: A Primer for State Health Departments”. To access website click here.

Network 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.  For more information, please visit the website.

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


Knitting and Crochet Support Group {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 knitters. Located at The Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Medical Pavilion, Columbia MD. For more information call 410-740-5858.
Care Giver’s Support Group {free}
Meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. or the third Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m.- noon at 10710 Medical Pavilion, Columbia MD. To register click here or   call 410 740-5858 for more information. 
‘Family First’ Workshops for Parents of Young Children $7.00
Every other Monday from September 9 - November 18 2013, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Presented by the Office of Children’s Services, the Howard County Department of Citizen Services will offer a series of workshops for parents and guardians raising young children, from birth to age 8. Classes will be held at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042.
 For more information or to register, please email, call 410-313-1940 or visit
Maybe Baby: Health Issues to Consider Before Pregnancy {free}
September 11, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Learn about parent wellness, health care matters and other considerations when starting your family. Presented by Signature OB/GYN. Event will be held at Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Road Columbia, MD.
What is Pre-Diabetes? 
September 11, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 
Learn about pre-diabetes and risk factors for developing diabetes. Our certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian will teach methods on how to make changes to prevent or delay an actual diabetes diagnosis. Event will be held at Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Road Columbia, MD
For more information click here.

Aging Successfully in Howard County 
September 12, 2013 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Ellicott City, MD 

The Howard County Citizens Association (HCCA) in conjunction with the League of Women Voters, and the Coordinating Center are hosting a  forthcoming seminar at the Miller Library, in Ellicott City. The seminar will include information from experts on aging successfully, panel discussions, and a Q&A session. Space is limited to 100 people, however you can access the seminar online by clicking here

Health Quality and Cost Council Meeting 
September 13, 2013
The Health Quality and Cost Council (HQCC) known for focusing its priorities on improving health care in Maryland will host a council meeting to bring together health care leaders to collaborate on ways to improve quality and contain costs across the public and private sectors. During this meeting, the Council will lay out a blueprint to make Maryland an international leader in the delivery of health care. For more information click here.

Living With Diabetes
September 13, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 
Living with Diabetes is a two-day, interactive, group course taught by an endocrinologist, diabetes nurse educator, dietitian, psychologist, podiatrist, and exercise specialist. Day programs or condensed evening programs are available. Day classes are held Friday and the following Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m at The Bolduc Family Outpatient Center in Howard County General Hospital. For more information or to register, please click here or call 443-718-3000.

Medicare 101: What You Can Expect From Medicare {new}
September 16, 10- 11:30 a.m.
Are you currently on Medicare or soon will be? Do you provide care to someone covered by Medicare? This presentation will review Original Medicare (Part A Hospital and Part B Medical) and Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D). Learn what is covered, your costs, how Medicare works, and available benefit programs. Presented by the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), Howard County Office on Aging. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Road Columbia, MD.

 It’s not Breast Cancer, but What is It? {new} {free}
September 17, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Finding a lump in your breast can raise anxiety in all women. Learn from our experts about common conditions such as fibrocystic disease, fibroadenomas, hyperplasias and more. What are they, what do they mean and what are the options for treatment? Presented by Lisa Jacobs, M.D. Light refreshments will be served. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Road Columbia, MD.

Breast Cancer Support Group {new} {free}
September 18, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
This group, facilitated by Mary Dowling, LCSW-C meets on the third Wednesday of each month. Registration requested. Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Medical Pavilion, Columbia MD. For more information call 410-740-5858.

Mid-Atlantic Association of Community Health Center's 31st Annual Conference
"Strategic Perspectives on Reform, Innovation and Accountability"
September 19-20, 2013

Receive the latest information about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. For more information click here.

Essentials in Babysitting {new}
September 21, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
 Teens 11-14 will learn to manage children, create a safe environment, and apply basic emergency techniques. $50. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Road Columbia, MD.

HC DrugFree Town Hall {new}
September 24, 7:00 p.m.

Please join Congressman Elijah Cummings, Delegate Elizabeth Bobo, Circuit Court Judge William V. Tucker, Police Chief William McMahon, HC DrugFree’s Executive Director Joan Webb Scornaienchi and others for a  Town Hall meeting on September 24 at 7:00 P.M. in the Jim Rouse Theater at Wilde Lake High School. Topics include adults providing alcohol and other drugs to youth in Howard County, how to keep our youth safe, how to empower your children and yourself, and so much more. For more information, please contact, Joan Webb Scornaienchi, HC DrugFree’s Executive Director, at 443-325-0040 or
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 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

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