July 24

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 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.  

Howard County Wins CHRC Grant
The Maryland Community Health Resources Commission (CHRC) announced today seven grant awards totaling $1.3 million to help promote the activities of Local Health Improvement Coalitions and the State Health Improvement Process (SHIP).  The CHRC grant awards are designed to expand access in underserved communities in the state, improve overall population health, and help reduce health care costs by reducing hospital admissions and re-admissions.  Please visit the CHRC’s website (http://dhmh.maryland.gov/mchrc/SitePages/CHRC%20Support.aspx) to access copies of the successful proposals.  


Mayor Bloomberg Urges City Agencies to Promote Use of Stairs {new}
Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) issued an executive order last week requiring city agencies to promote the use of stairways in buildings and use smart design strategies in renovations and new construction.  In addition to the executive order, Mayor Bloomberg proposed two pieces of legislation aimed at increasing access and visibility to at least one staircase in all new buildings citywide. New York City recently reported a 5.5 percent decline in childhood obesity for grades K-8. For report click here

Voices for Healthy Kids Announces Team of Experts to Reduce Obesity {new}
During its “Signs of Progress” event last month, Voices for Healthy Kids—a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Heart Association working to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic announced a team of partners that will lead six advocacy campaigns nationwide:
  1. Improve the nutritional quality of foods and beverages in schools—Pew Charitable Trusts
  2. Increase children’s physical activity levels when they are out of school—YMCA of the USA
  3. Protect children from marketing of unhealthy food and beverages—Berkeley Media Studies Group
  4. Increase access to affordable healthy foods—The Food Trust
  5. Reduce consumption of sugary beverages—Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity
  6. Increase access to parks, playgrounds, walking paths, bike lanes and other safe places to be active—Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Study: High Blood Pressure Risk Increases among American Children {new}
The proportion of children ages 8-17 with high blood pressure ages has risen 27 percent over the past 13 years, according to a recent study funded by the National Institutes of Health.  The research positively links rising blood pressure to increasing body mass index and sodium intake, and found that that vast majority of children exceed the recommended daily intake for total fat, saturated fat, and sodium. To view study click here.

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

The Small Business Skinny on Healthcare
To all small business owners: With the recent announcement to delay the new healthcare law until 2015 which requires employers with more than 50 employees offer insurance, there are many other provisions beginning this year and early 2014 that do. In fact, in October, open enrollment for state health insurance marketplaces begins. To help you stay informed about the Affordable Care Act, and the healthcare market in general, we launched the Health Coverage GuideFor any questions or comments, contact me at ehollister@smallbusinessmajority.org or (202) 828-8357.

HC DrugFree Encourages You to Participate in the MD Annual Driving Survey:
Every July, the Maryland Highway Safety Office distributes the Maryland Driving Survey to drivers in Maryland. The survey monitors the following categories : Behaviors that contribute to increased crash risk on roadways; Knowledge about Maryland's driving laws;  Attitudes related to driving laws and behaviors;  Awareness of Maryland's media efforts in combating risks associated with varying kinds of driving behaviors.  The surveys can be completed by all licensed drivers residing in Howard County. Please click here for the survey.  For more information, please contact HC DrugFree's Excecutive Director, Joan Webb Scornaienchi at 443-325-0040.

If Primary Care Doctors Could Treat Mental Health Issues, More Americans May Get the Help They Need
Public health advocates and doctors from the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center have begun work on an ambitious new project in which mental health experts will electronically train primary care doctors how to identify and treat mental and substance abuse disorders. For more information click here.

HC DrugFree Teen Advisory Council {new}
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 info@hcdrugfree.org.

Living with Breast Cancer
July 25, 2013 7-8:30 p.m. {new}
This group is designed to meet the needs of breast cancer patients with a Stage IV diagnosis. This safe, welcoming group provides encouragement, support and education and meets on the 4th Thursday of each month.7-8:00 p.m. FREE. HCGH Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center. Call 410 964-9100 x5 for more information and to register.

Living With Diabetes
July 26, 2013 8:30-2:30 p.m. {new}
Day classes are held Friday and the following Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Have you recently been diagnosed with diabetes or have you been living with diabetes and would like to improve your health? Living with Diabetes is a two-day, interactive, group course taught by an endocrinologist, diabetes nurse educator, dietitian, psychologist, podiatrist, and exercise specialist. 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 click here, or to register, please call 443-718-3000

Home Sweet Home (Children's Stay Home Alone Course)
July 27, 2013 9:00- 11:00 a.m. {new}
Is your child almost ready to stay home alone?  What do you need to do to make it a safe environment?  What does your child need to learn before he can be left alone? This free course for parents and children ages 8-12 will teach safe and fun ways for children to stay at home alone.  Please be sure to register your children individually. A completed waiver form is due before the beginning of class. HCGH Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive. FREE. Registration required. For more information please click here.

Together We Thrive
July 27, 2013 10-11:30 {new} {free}
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. Call the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center at 410 740-5858 for more information and to register.

Community Transformation Grant Resources (CTG) {new}
For PDF document click here
Rural HealthConference: Hitting a Grand Slam for Rural Maryland: Creating a Unified Playbook for the Prosperity of Agriculture, Community, Economy, and Health
October 17-18, 2013, Ripken Stadium and Courtyard by Marriott Aberdeen
The Maryland State Office of Rural Health (SORH), the Rural Maryland Council (RMC) and the Maryland Rural Health Association (MRHA) are collaborating to host a Rural Action Assembly. The day and half conference will focus on defining key issues for Maryland’s rural communities. We hope to work towards creating sustainable rural communities and plan for the future and prosperity of rural Maryland.  The goal of the Rural Action Assembly is to connect, support and hear rural stakeholders and provide them with a structured forum to identify and discuss significant issues confronting rural and non-metropolitan communities. For Additional information please click here.

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 www.marylandaccesspoint.info.
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

Summer Yoga for Patients, Caregivers and Survivors.
July Tuesdays, 10-11:00 a.m.
This class will meet Tuesdays through August 27th. Registration required. Call 410.964.9100 for more information.

The Affordable Care Act 101 with SBA & Small Business Majority {new}
The Small Business Administration and Small Business Majority are launching the Affordable Care Act 101 weekly webinar series.  Small business owners can learn the basics of the Affordable Care Act and what it means for their company and employees. The Affordable Care Act 101 will take place every Thursday from now through the opening of the marketplaces in October. 
Upcoming Webinar registration links for the next four presentations (All fall on Thursdays):  
July 25 at 12:00 PM: Click to Register
August 1 at 2:00 PM: Click to Register
August 8 at 2:00 PM: Click to Register
August 15 at 2:00 PM: Click to Register

Dialog for Health Webforum {new}
July 24th, 11:30am - 1:00pm
As members of Congress return home for the August Recess, this is a critical time to engage congressional leadership and show them how the Prevention and Public Health Fund is working in their communities. In collaboration with the Public Health Institute and Trust for America’s Health, the Prevention Institute will provide the information, tools, and resources to help members do just that. Speakers include Senator Harkin's staff:  Matthew Marsom, Kathleen MacGuire, Sue Polis, Andi Fristedt, and Lily Swartz who will talk about recent efforts on the Hill to support the Prevention Fund, and share what some Community Transformation Grant (CTG) communities are doing to educate their lawmakers. To register please click here.

National School Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in Schools {new}
July 24, 2013
2:00 - 3:30 pm

The National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity will be hosting a webinar to familiarize participants with the new USDA “Smart Snacks in School” interim final rule, discuss next steps towards implementation, and hear from a school district that is already providing healthy choices for students. To register for the webinar click here.

Measuring Policy and Environmental Change in Obesity Prevention {new}
July 24, 2013
2:00 - 3:30 PM 

Hosted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this webinar explores the state of the science in measuring policy and environmental change in obesity prevention. To register for webinar click here.

Marketing Matters: How Local Governments Can Address Food Marketing to Children {new}
July 25, 2013
2:00 – 3:00 PM
Sponsored by Leadership for Healthy Communities, this webinar will provide an overview of the role local governments can play to effectively reduce the marketing of unhealthful foods and beverages to children. To register for the webinar click here.

Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Annual Conference {new}
August 9-12, 2013
Portland, OR

The Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior will bring nutrition education professionals together to promote effective nutrition education and healthy behavior. To register for the conference click here.

Web-Based Entities Advisory Committee to Meet {new}
Thursday, July 25, 4:00 - 6:00 pm  (Introduction)
Friday, August 2, 1:00 - 3:00 pm (Consumer Protection)

The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange (MHBE) has established a Web-Based Entities (WBE) Advisory Committee to advise the Board. Members were chosen for their clear understanding of the number and sophistication of likely WBE market participants. The WBE Advisory Committee will hold its first two meetings in the Main Seminar room at the UMBC Tech Center, at 1450 S. Rolling Road, Baltimore, MD 21229 
HCGH Farmers’ Market.
Every Friday, 2:00 – 6:00pm
Join us for the HCGH Farmers Market. Keep your family healthy with fresh fruits, vegetables, bread, cheese, eggs, meat and other farm products grown and produced on local Howard County Farms. New vendors this year include Misty Meadows Milk and a jewelry vendor once a month. Market is at the rear of Visitor Lot C at HCGH.

Maryland Million Hearts
Million Hearts is a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Million Hearts brings together communities, health systems, nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, and private-sector partners from across the country to fight heart disease and stroke. 
Upcoming Webinars: 
July 24, 2013
Healthy People e-learning webinar: Measuring Policy and Environmental Change in Obesity Prevention
July 26, 2013
Medication Therapy Management: The Basics and Benefits
July 31, 2013
Medication Therapy Management: The Basics and Benefits
July 31, 2013
Emory Centers "Taste of Training": Intro to Tobacco 101
August 6, 2013
Medication Therapy Management: The Basics and Benefits 
August 16, 2013
Partnering with your State Medicaid Program on Chronic Disease Prevention 

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. 

Maryland Health Connection
October 1st, 2013

 On October 1st Maryland Health Connection opens for early enrollment.  And, on January 1st, enrollees will be able to get the benefits they deserve. 

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 www.well4lifeprogram.com 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 anugent@howardcountymd.gov

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