FIRN honors one of our own TONIGHT!
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June 4, 2014

LHIC News and Updates

Hello LHIC members! We look forward to seeing everyone at tomorrow's full LHIC meeting, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., in the Potomac Room at the Health Department. Please bring copies of the LHIC draft documents that were sent out and any comments you have about them. Remember to enter the building from the back, and call/text Jeananne if you have any problems: 410-591-3611.

TONIGHT! LHIC member Bob Anantua to be recognized by FIRN
Our own Bob Anantua will be honored tonight with FIRN's 2014 American Success Award, which recognizes foreign-born individuals who live or work in Howard County and have made significant contributions to promoting and highlighting immigrants’ achievements in the county and fostering a greater awareness of Howard County’s diversity. Tickets for the event, which will be held at the Sheraton Columbia Town Center tonight from 6:00 to 9:00, are available by calling FIRN at 410-992-1923.

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 

2014 Howard County Health Survey Getting Ready to Launch - Spread the Word and Answer the Call!

The Howard County Health Department, The Horizon Foundation, Howard County General Hospital, and the Columbia Association have partnered once again to conduct a county-wide health assessment survey. You may have seen ads on buses encouraging you to "Answer the Call." Please spread the word about this important survey! Flyers will be available at tomorrow's LHIC meeting and can also be obtained by contacting Al Nall, Public Affairs Officer,, 410-313-6351. For more information and to see the results of the 2012 survey, visit

Get Up, Get Out, Get ACTIVE!
We Promote Health, along with many community partners, continues to promote Get Active Howard County (GAHC). To date, participants have tracked over 450,000 minutes. The free Boot Camp in the Park has been averaging between 60 and 80 participants every Saturday morning and will continue through November 15.

You can find information about all of the Get Active Howard County events at We hope our LHIC members will participate in and promote the Get Active programs! 

Health in the News
Healthy Weight AND Behavioral Health
Montgomery County Produces Comprehensive Behavioral Health and Obesity Action Plans 
Healthy Montgomery partners have implemented strategic action plans aimed at addressing two key community health issues, behavioral health and obesity. "Healthy Montgomery's vision is to provide a framework for improving the health and wellbeing of our residents." The strategic action plans to address obesity and behavioral health are essential to accomplishing this goal. The plans, recently approved by the Healthy Montgomery Steering Committee, call for the coordination and enhancement of existing programs and services, the improvement of systems of care, and the enhancement of social and physical environments to promote good health.
here to view the Healthy Montgomery Behavioral Health Action Plan Report.

here to view the Healthy Montgomery Obesity Action Plan Report.

Access to Care
Upcoming Webinars on a Variety of Health Topics
WebinarIntersecting Faith & Health: Transforming Congregations and Communities
Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 8:00 – 9:00 PM
This webinar is a partnership of APHA, NAACP, Million Hearts and DHMH and will explore the intersections of faith and health. The webinar will feature Dr. Vanessa Walker Harris, Medical Director, DHMH Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control; Erica Taylor, CMS; Bishop Charles Tilghman, Maryland Mid-Shore Health Improvement Coalition Partner; and Pastor Rolland Slade, Million Hearts Advocate on ways the faith community can address active living and healthy eating among their congregations and communities.
Webinar available at:
Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) - a headset is recommended. Or, call in using your telephone.
United States: 
+1 (215) 383-1021
Access Code: 488-654-157

Webinar: Childhood Obesity Declines
Thursday, June 12, 2:00 PM
Recent data has shown that childhood obesity rates are falling in many communities across the nation. Join the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) as we examine the implications of this research, discuss lessons learned from public health leaders in communities experiencing these declines, and consider how these findings can be applied.  Registration at:
Archived Webinar: Making it Happen: Overcoming Barriers to Increasing Physical Activity and Physical Education in Schools
This webinar reviews the recommendations of the 2013 IOM report Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School and ways that schools across the country are working to implement physical activity programs.  The webinar considers barriers to implementation faced by schools and highlights ways in which district and school-level administrators are working to overcome these obstacles.  Available at:

Upcoming Events 

Boot Camp in the Park
Saturdays, March 22 through November 15
8:00 - 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.

Living Well with Diabetes
Fridays, May 16 - June 20
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Waverly Gardens Community Room
Living Well with Diabetes is a 6-week program that will teach you how to manage the symptoms of diabetes by taking control of your health. To register, contact Wendy Farthing,, 410-313-3506. 

Medicare 101: What You Can Expect From Medicare
Monday, June 9
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Wellness Center, Medical Pavilion
10710 Charter Drive, Columbia
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. Free. Click here to register.

Medicare 102: Why Medicare Isn't Enough

Monday, June 16
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Wellness Center, Medical Pavilion
10710 Charter Drive, Columbia
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 State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), Howard County Office on Aging. Click here to register.

Living Well Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs
The Living Well: Take Charge of Your Health program is a 6 week evidence-based self-management workshop developed by Stanford University.  Designed for people living with one or more chronic conditions, Living Well participants can experience positive health outcomes including improvement in their overall quality of life, reduced health complications and reduced need for emergency care. The program offers techniques to deal with problems often associated with chronic illnesses, including frustration, fatigue, pain, and isolation.
The Office on Aging also offers Living Well With Diabetes and Living Well for Men. Click 
here for more information on these programs and to learn how to register.

Upcoming LHIC Events

Full LHIC Meeting
Thursday, 6/5/14
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD

Behavioral Health Work Group Meeting
Monday, 6/23/14
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD
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