June 12

Local Health Improvement Coalition Weekly Digest

Dear Howard County LHIC Members –

The Howard County Health Department is proud to announce the release of the Howard County Health Assessment Survey (HCHAS) results.  Please view our new website which contains an executive summary, fact sheets, and links to other data sources.  We would like to thank our partners the Horizon Foundation, Howard County General Hospital, and the Columbia Association.  This was made possible by our joint effort.  The survey will be repeated again in 2014, 2016, and 2018.

Howard County Health Assessment Survey Website {new}

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 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.  

Next LHIC meeting Monday, July 8th from 10:00am to 12:00pm.  Click here for calendar invitation.


Pedometers Can Keep You Moving {new}
HealthDay News
Wearing a pedometer that tracks daily physical activity can motivate you to sit less, move more and perhaps shed unwanted pounds, a new study suggests.

Maryland Health Progress Act Ensures Access to Quality, Affordable Care {new}
Effective June 1st, 2013, the Maryland Health Progress Act completes a three year process to ensure that hundreds of thousands of Marylanders that formally had little to no access to quality, affordable health care now have options that have never existed before.  This legislation makes sure that we continue the progress of 2007 that expanded Medicaid thousands of residents.  Signed into law in May of 2013, the Maryland Health Progress Act expands Medicaid to 133% of federal poverty.  Click here for an advocate's guide to the Maryland Health Progress Act of 2013.  View the SHIP measures and tools for increasing the proportion of people with health insurance.

CDC Releases State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the 2013 State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables, a state-by-state assessment of fruit and vegetable consumption. The CDC report revealed that Americans consume less fruit and vegetables than recommended by the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, with more than one-third of adolescents consuming fruit and vegetables less than once daily. 

HHS, USDA Announce 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee 
Fifteen nationally recognized health and nutrition experts were appointed by Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Agriculture (USDA) last week to serve on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. The committee provides recommendations that lay the foundation for the updating and publishing of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans every five years, which in turn serve as the basis for federal nutrition policy. The 2015 committee includes Mary Story, director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Healthy Eating Research program.

HHS, Labor, Treasury Release Final Rule for Employee Wellness Programs

Three federal agencies issued final regulations last week that expand the ability of employers to charge different health care premiums to employees who meet certain wellness program benchmarks. The rule, which takes effect for all health care plans beginning on or after January 1, 2014, implements a provision in the Affordable Care Act that increases the health insurance premium discounts an employer can extend to participating employees from 20 percent to 30 percent by 2014, and as high as 50 percent under certain circumstances.

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.  For more information, please visit the website.  www.CPS3HowardCounty.org

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


 Medicare 102: Why Medicare Isn’t Enough {new}
June 13, 7:00-8:30 p.m
Learn about Medicare Advantage/Health Plans (Part C) and Medicare Supplement Policies (Medigap). What should you consider when deciding which Medicare choices are right for you? Understand how plans vary, your costs and when is the best time to enroll. Learn how to protect yourself and Medicare from healthcare fraud. Presented by the Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), Howard County Office on Aging. 
Register or call 410 740 -7601.

Howard County Minority Outreach and Technical Assistance Program Meet and Greet 
June 15th   3p – 5p
Miller Library, 9421 Frederick Rd. Ellicott City, MD
HC MOTA Program:  Reducing minority health disparities by addressing the social determinants of health.  For information about how your organization can participate contact Paula Blackwell at
pblackwell.firn@gmail.com.  Sponsored by FIRN, Inc. and the MD Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Minority Health and Health Disparities

 Living With Diabetes {new}
June 14 or June 19
Have you recently been diagnosed with diabetes or have you been living with diabetes and would like to improve your health? Our diabetes specialists will teach you how to change your habits, give you practical, attainable solutions for staying healthy and design a diabetes management plan to fit your lifestyle. Living with Diabetes is a two-day, interactive, group course taught by an endocrinologist, diabetes nurse educator, dietitian, psychologist, podiatrist, and exercise specialist. Choose a day program or a condensed evening program. Day classes are held Friday and the following Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Evening classes are held Wednesday and Thursday from 6:00 -9:00 p.m. Most insurance plans cover all or part of this program.  The Bolduc Family Outpatient Center at Howard County General Hospital. For more information or to register, please call 443-718-3000

Look Good… Feel Better {new}
June 17, 3:30 p.m.
This American Cancer Society program provides a free workshop by a licensed cosmetologist. Women undergoing cancer treatment learn to manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment and receive a complementary bag of cosmetics. To register call 1.888.535.4555.
Summer Yoga for Patients, Caregivers and Survivors 
June 18, 10-11:00 a.m.
This class will meet Tuesdays through August 27th. Registration required. Call 410.964.9100 for more information.
 Breast Cancer Support Group 
June 19, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Facilitated by Mary Dowling, LCSW-C. Meets the third Wednesday of each month. Registration is required. Call the
Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center at 410 740-5858 for more information.
Together We Thrive 
June 22, 10-11:30 a.m. 
Patient support group offered for men and women diagnosed with cancer, where participants can share, explore, and be encouraged in a safe environment. This group meets the 4th Saturday of each month. FREE. HCGH 
Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center.  Call 410 740-5858 for more information and to register.
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 www.well4lifeprogram.com or register for our free monthly information sessions by calling 1-866-690-9355.

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 goal of the program is to teach you lifestyle changes geared towards reducing your risk. 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. This program includes eight 90-minute group-based behavioral lifestyle intervention classes, complimentary, weekly fitness classes, monthly support groups and biometric screenings at the beginning, end and 6-months post completion of the program. A physician referral is required. For details, contact Roslyn Snyder, Pre-Diabetes Program Coordinator, at 410-368-3244.
Power Foods for the Brain
06/25/13, 7:00 p.m.
Neal Barnard, M.D., noted nutrition researcher and New York Times bestselling author, discusses the connection between nutrition and physical and mental health. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, his clinical research revolutionized the treatment of Type 2 diabetes. In his latest book, Power Foods For the Brain, Barnard reveals how simple diet changes can protect the brain from memory loss, stroke, and Alzheimer's, and he offers valuable tips and insights on how to boost brain health. Books available for purchase and signing. This event is hosted at the 
Miller Branch Library.

Living Your Best Life With Diabetes Group Education Class
Friday & Saturday, July 26th & 27th from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm at Saint Agnes Hospital
In this eight-hour class, you’ll learn how to manage your diabetes to help prevent complications and live your life to the fullest. Our Saint Agnes experts will offer useful, realistic tips for nutrition and exercise, stress management and blood sugar control. To attend these classes, all patients must first schedule an individual diabetes appointment for initial assessment. Diabetes education and classes are covered by most health insurances. Physician referral is required. For further details, obtain referral form, or schedule your initial appointment, call (410) 368-8448. 

Hernia: Common Types and Today’s Treatments {new}
June 27, 7-8:30 p.m.
Johns Hopkins general surgeon,
 Dr. Kevin Pei, will explain the different types of hernia, what causes them, when treatment is indicated, and the latest treatment approaches available today. HCGH Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive. FREE. Registration required.


Webinar: State and Local Policy Options to Support Healthy School Foods 
June 13, 2013, 3:30 – 4:15 p.m. EDT 
The passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act in 2010 represents a significant step forward in our nation’s effort to provide all children with healthy food in schools.  Over the past year, schools across the country have been working hard to implement strong national nutrition standards for school lunches, and in the coming years schools will also begin implementing updates to breakfasts as well to snack foods and beverages.  While these national updates are an important step, schools need support from state and local advocates, policy makers, health officials, and others to ensure that all school nutrition environments are healthy for students.  C
lick here for registration information.  

Webinar: The Tobacco Control Act Four Years Later: Living Up to its Promise? 
Monday, June 24, 2013, 12:00-1:30pm Central
June 22, 2013, marks the fourth anniversary of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009, which granted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to regulate tobacco products to benefit public health. Since the Act became law, the FDA has established the Center for Tobacco Products and has begun the work of regulating tobacco products and enforcing those regulations. In this Webinar, speakers will reflect on the past four years of federal tobacco regulation, including successes, disappointments, and hopes for the future.  
Click here for registration information. 



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