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April 21, 2016

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Satisfaction Survey - We Need Your Feedback!
As you know, a few weeks ago, we held our first LHIC Community Health Forum. Now, we need your help collecting information that will help us improve any future events. Please click on the following link: to complete a brief satisfaction survey regarding the Community Health Forum held on March 24. Thank you! 

Resignation - LHIC Program Manager
It is with mixed emotions that I inform you that as of May 6, 2016, I will be leaving my position as the LHIC Program Manager. It has been a true pleasure working with all of you. Thank you for your commitment to the LHIC and for making my experience here a fantastic one! 
Alvaro Ortiz 

Send Us Your News
Please remember the LHIC Digest is a way to advertise your programs, events and news items! When you have news or events to share, please email them to Jeananne, Director of Health Care Transformation, at

Health In The News
Healthy Weight

Fast Food May Expose Consumers To Harmful Chemicals Called Phthalates

As discussed on Science Daily, people who reported consuming more fast food in a national survey were exposed to higher levels of potentially harmful chemicals known as phthalates, according to a study published by researchers at Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) at the George Washington University.  

"People who ate the most fast food had phthalate levels that were as much as 40 percent higher," says lead author Ami Zota, ScD, MS, an assistant professor of environmental and occupational health at Milken Institute SPH. "Our findings raise concerns because phthalates have been linked to a number of serious health problems in children and adults."
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Access to Care

Study: Medicaid Expansion Encourages More Poor Adults To Get Health Care

In states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, low-income adults were more likely to see a doctor, stay overnight in a hospital and receive their first diagnoses of diabetes and high cholesterol, according to a study published Monday.

Reported by Kaiser Health News, researchers at University of Michigan and the University of California-Los Angeles who did the study said it provides the first evidence of low-income adults’ increased use of health services in states that expanded Medicaid. Federal surveys of adults living in poverty conducted in the second half of 2014 were the foundation for the study.
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Behavioral Health

Gang Membership Tied to Mental Health Issues

As reported by PsychCentral, emerging research uncovers disturbing findings related to gang memberships in middle school and high school. Investigators discovered kids who decide to join gangs are more likely to be depressed and suicidal.

“Youth who join a gang are much more likely to have mental health issues, and then being in the gang actually makes it worse,” said Dr. Chris Melde, Michigan State University associate professor of criminal justice. With an estimated 850,000 members in the United States, gangs remain a “stubbornly persistent” problem, according to the Justice Department.

Click Here to Read Full Article
Healthy Aging

Vitamin C Intake May Help Reduce The Chance Of Cataracts

Eat foods rich in vitamin C, if you want to keep cataracts at bay. A study published in Ophthalmology suggests that diet and lifestyle, rather than genetics, may have the most significant impact on cataract development, and vitamin C could cut the risk of the disorder by one third.

As reported by Medical News Today, the first measurement linked a high vitamin C intake with around 20% lower risk of cataracts. The 10-year assessment revealed a 33% lower risk of cataract progression in women whose diet was rich in foods containing vitamin C.

Click Here to Access the Report
Members Message Board

Howard County Health Department

Upcoming Farmer's Market & Roving Radish Drop-Off Site At Ascend One Building
Beginning June 20, the Howard County Roving Radish program will staff a Farmer's Market on Mondays at the Howard County Health Department Building. 

In addition, Roving Radish is making their meal delivery at Ascend One on Tuesdays starting the first week of June with drop off times between 4:00PM and 5:30PM. The price of the meals are $28 ($12 if you're eligible for subsidy) for two dinners for a family of four. Meals are fully prepared except for cooking. Recipe and health information is also included.

Stay tuned for more details as the starting date approaches! 
Columbia Association 
Beginning May 1, the Columbia Association's introduction to exercise program, Fit Beginnings, will offer 8 weeks of fitness and recreation for $80. In addition, you meet with a personal trainer for an initial consultation, two training sessions, and a follow up consultation. A nutrition consultation is also included. For more information, contact Shawni Paraska, 410-715-3128 or
Upcoming Community Events

What is PreDiabetes?
Thursday, May 5
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 
Wellness Center Medical Pavilion
10710 Charter Drive
Columbia, MD
Has your doctor told you that you have pre-diabetes or risk factors for developing diabetes? Our certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian will teach you how to make changes to prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes.

Please click here to register. 

Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center
Please click here for a complete listing of events at HCGH Wellness Center.

Maryland University of Integrative Health 
Please click here for a complete listing of MUIH events. 
Ongoing Community Events

LHIC Meetings

Healthy Weight Work Group 
Thursday 4/28
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 
Ascend One Building 
8930 Stanford Blvd. 
Columbia, MD 21045
Barton Room A

Access to Care Work Group 
Thursday 4/28
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
Ascend One Building 
8930 Stanford Blvd. 
Columbia, MD 21045
Barton Room B
Coffee and Networking 
Thursday 5/26
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. 
Ascend One Building 
8930 Stanford Blvd. 
Columbia, MD 21045
Potomac Room

Full LHIC  
Thursday 5/26
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 
Ascend One Building 
Potomac Room

Contact Us
Jeananne Sciabarra
Director, Health Care Transformation

Alvaro Ortiz
LHIC Program Manager

Our mailing address is:
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD 21045

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