August 14

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.  

Meeting Reminder: LHIC Meeting for September
Monday, September 9th, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm  

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 September 2nd by 5:00pm .  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, September 9th from 10:00am to 12:00pm.  Click here for calendar invitation.

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 ( to access copies of the successful proposals.  


Obesity Rates Decline among Young Children from Low-Income Families {new}
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that obesity rates among preschool children from low-income families have declined in 18 states and one U.S. territory, and increased in only three states.  The report provides state-specific data on obesity rates among children ages 2 to 4 who are enrolled in federal health and nutrition programs, such as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children.
To view report 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. In addition, this mapping tool provides maps of social environmental conditions and health services for the entire United States or for a chosen state or territory.
 To access mapping tool click here.

The Uninsured: An Analysis by Income and Geography
This policy brief analyzes data from the 2010 Small Area Health Insurance Estimates in order to report on insurance rates in rural and urban places according to individuals' income levels. Results indicate that rural uninsured populations benefit more from possible Medicaid expansions than their urban counterparts.
 To access report click here.

New Report Provides Health Data and Resources for Maryland's Hispanic Community 
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has released a new report, "Hispanics in Maryland: Health Data and Resources," which highlights a number of troubling health disparities facing Hispanics in our state. According to the report, the five leading causes of death for Hispanics in Maryland are cancer, heart disease, stroke, accidents, and diabetes. Results of the report indicate that the HIV incidence rate was 3.6 times higher and the AIDS incidence rate was 4.7 times higher for Hispanics than for Non-Hispanic whites in Maryland. The percentage of births to Hispanic mothers younger than 18 years of age was twice that of whites; similarly, the percentage of births to unmarried Hispanic mothers was 1.7 times higher than that of whites.
Click here to read the DHMH press release.
Click here to access the Hispanics in Maryland report.
Click here to view SHIP Racial and Ethnic Disparities Data

Call for Abstracts Deadline Extended - Reduce Tobacco Use Conference 2014 
The 11th National Reduce Tobacco Use Conference being held April 10-11, 2014 is accepting abstract submissions. The Call for Abstracts submission deadline has been extended until August 8, 2013. The National Reduce Tobacco Use Conference 2014 seeks plenary, sub-plenary, and concurrent session presenters to provide attendees with effective and replicable strategies for preventing and reducing the use of tobacco products among youth and young adults. The National Reduce Tobacco Use Conference will showcase the latest in tobacco use prevention, reduction, and cessation with youth and young adults.
For more information on how to submit an online abstract application click here.
View the SHIP measure and tools for reducing the proportion of adults who smoke.
View the SHIP measure and tools for reducing the proportion of youth who use any kind of tobacco product.

Affordable Care Act Resources 
The new Health Insurance Marketplace (HIM) will open for enrollment on October 1, 2013. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has updated to make it easier for consumers to sign up for coverage. For Spanish-speaking consumers, will also be updated to match's new consumer focus. 
Access the new toll-free Health Insurance Marketplace call center where consumers can obtain information on their state's HIM at 1-800-318-2596.
To visit the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange website click here.
To visit the Maryland Health Connection website click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Urges City Agencies to Promote Use of Stairs 
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
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 announced its plan to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic in the United states by collaborating with  a team of partners that will lead six advocacy campaigns nationwide.

Study: High Blood Pressure Risk Increases among American Children 
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
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.

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 or (202) 828-8357.


Maryland Health Connection Opens Call Center {new}
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 August and September, the call center will assist Marylanders with general questions about health coverage and preparations for open enrollment. The call center will be fully operational and staffed with 125 representatives on Oct. 1, 2013, when residents can begin selecting health insurance plans through Maryland Health Connection. The call center will operate seven days a week during the open enrollment period, which ends on March 31, 2014. Following open enrollment period, the call center will be open during normal business hours to serve Maryland residents, Monday - Friday, 8 am-8 pm and Saturday, 8am-noon.
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 beginningJan. 1, 2014. A Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) marketplace for small employers with one to 50 full time employees will open on Jan. 1, 2014, with coverage effective March 1, 2014.
Engage with Maryland Health Connection through social media on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube at:

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. This 2014 campaign will feature real people who suffered severe health conditions caused by smoking or who have lost a family member from a smoking-related condition. The CDC is seeking people across all population groups, but particularly candidates who are Asians or Spanish speaking individuals. 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 Part-time Outreach Coordinator
The HC DrugFree is seeking a Part-time Outreach Coordinator. For more information, please visit HC DrugFree's homepage at

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

Healthy Eating/Active Living
Public Health Practice Grand Rounds: Obesity Prevention at the State and Local Levels
Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Presenters include: Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Managment Lainie Rutkow from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Director  of Cancer and Chonic Disease Donald Shell from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygien. Event will be held at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Wolfe Street Building, Sheldon Hall, W1214
For Live webcast click here.  

National School Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in Schools Webinar {new}
Thursday, September 5, 2013, 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Please join the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity for a webinar on Thursday, September 5, 2013, from 2-3 p.m. to learn more about the new “Smart Snacks in School” interim final rule, discuss next steps towards implementation, and hear from a school district in Ohio providing healthy choices for students. To register click here.

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

Summer Yoga for Patients, Caregivers and Survivors.
August Tuesdays, 10-11:00 a.m.
Join instructor Heather Thamer on Tuesdays through August 27th for gentle stretching. Registration and payment required ahead of time. Registration and payment are required prior attendance. Call 410.964.9100 for more information.

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.

The Affordable Care Act 101 with SBA & Small Business Majority
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 link for the next presentation:  
August 15 at 2:00 PM: Click to Register

Upcoming Mental Health First Aid Training 
August 12 - 16, 2013 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Waldorf, MD

The Mental Health Association of Maryland is hosting a Mental Health First Aid training at the Waldorf Center, 3261 Old Washington Road Waldorf, MD 20602. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the initial help given to a person showing symptoms of mental illness or in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional help can be engaged. This 12-hour course teaches participants how to give first aid to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis situation and/or the early stages of a mental health disorder.
Click here to view the event flyer.
Click here to register for the training.
Click here for more information about Mental Health First Aid Maryland.
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 Webinar: 
August 16, 2013
Partnering with your State Medicaid Program on Chronic Disease Prevention 

Howard County Society for Human Resources {new}
Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 9:00 am - 9:45 am
Program Manager Justin Stokes will present an overview on Maryland Health Connection individual and SHOP enrollment.
Presentation will be held at the Ecker Business Center, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia 21046.
For more information click here.
Smoke Free Lungs {new}{free}
August 15, 2013 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
This class offers education and support for those wanting to quit smoking or who have quit. Located at the Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Road Columbia, MD. For more information click here.
Essentials in Babysitting {new}
August 17, 2013 9:00 am - 1:00 pm $50.
Teens between the ages of 11-14 will learn to manage children, create a safe environment, and apply basic emergency techniques. Located at the Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Road Columbia, MD. For more information click here.
Look Good…Feel Better {new}{free}
August 19, 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 complimentary bag of cosmetics. Workshop will be held at the  Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Medical Pavilion, Columbia MD. To register click here or call 1-888-535-4555.

Breast Cancer Support Group. {new}{free}
August 21, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
This group, facilitated by Mary Dowling, LCSW-C meets on the third Wednesday of each month. Meetings will be held at the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Medical Pavilion, Columbia MD. 
Registration requested, for more information click here or call 410-740-5858

NAMI Howard County 
Wednesday, August 21st, 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
NAMI Howard County will be hosting a restaurant day/night at the Shanty Grill. For more information please contact Beverley Francis-Gibson at 410-772-9300.

Adult, Child  & Infant CPR and AED {new}
August 22, 5:30 pm - 9:00 p.m.  $55
Learn the skills needed to clear an airway obstruction, perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). Earn a two-year American Heart Association completion card. Training will take place at the Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Road Columbia, MD.
For more information click here.

Living with Stage IV Breast Cancer Support Group {new}
August 22, 7:00-8:30 p.m.  
This group facilitated by Mary Dowling, LCSW-C for patients with a stage IV cancer diagnosis meets each fourth Thursday of the month. Meetings will be held at the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Medical Pavilion, Columbia MD. 
Registration requested, click here for more information or call 410-740-5858.

Health Quality and Cost Council Meeting {new}
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.

Mid-Atlantic Association of Community Health Center's 31st Annual Conference {new}
"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.

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 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