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October  8, 2014 

LHIC News and Updates

Hello LHIC members!

Member's Corner/Spotlight  Section In The Making?
We are considering adding a new section to our bi-weekly LHIC Digest in which members and/or organizations will have the chance to share more about who they are, what they do, why they participate on the LHIC, and any other information they want to share with other members. 

We know this will require some additional effort for members, so before we move forward, we would like to hear your thoughts and suggestions about this! Please email us and let us know if this is something that you would like to see in the Digest. 

Thank you for your valuable feedback! 

New Phone Number
Please note that Alvaro's office number has changed. You may now reach him at 410-313-6360. 

LHIC Facebook Page
If you haven't already, be sure to "like" us on Facebook and share interesting items from the LHIC on your own pages. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/HCLHIC.  

Share Your News!
You may have noticed more local news and events in the Digest lately. We are trying to share more about what our member organizations are doing. If you have news or events to share, please email them to Alvaro, LHIC Program Manager, at aortiz@healthyhowardmd.org.

Howard County 


Health in the News
Healthy Weight
Leadership for Healthy Communities, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, recently released an exciting new resource for policymakers and community leaders in rural America. The toolkit, Rural Childhood Obesity Prevention, provides a comprehensive menu of policy options to promote healthy eating and active living in rural towns, counties, tribal lands, and schools.

Click here to download the toolkit.
Behavioral Health
September 27, 2014 National Drug Take Back Day Results
The Howard County Police Department staffed 9 collection sites around the County and collected a total of 821 pounds of unwanted or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications. 

The next Drug Take Back Day will be scheduled in Spring, 2015. HC DrugFree thanks HCPD for all they do throughout the year to keep the community safe!

Click here to access the HC DrugFree website and read all about this great event. 

Good Samaritan Laws Save Lives
On October 1, Maryland's “Good Samaritan Law” went into effect. This law protects people who summon aid for someone else who is overdosing on drugs or alcohol. Many people who overdose on drugs die because the people they are with have also taken drugs and are afraid of getting caught—so they hesitate to dial 911. Twenty states and the District of Columbia now have such laws, and more states are considering them—because they save lives.

Please click
here to learn more. 
Access to Care
The Physician Payments Sunshine Act 
The Physician Payments Sunshine Act (PPSA)--also known as section 6002 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010--requires medical product manufacturers to disclose to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) any payments or other transfers of value made to physicians or teaching hospitals. It also requires certain manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) to disclose any physician ownership or investment interests held in those companies.

The full impact of this law will not be clear until several years after its implementation, and ongoing questions remain regarding its effects on patient decision making, physician-industry relationships, and the conduct of clinical research and dissemination of its results.

here to read the entire article. 

Upcoming Events 

Myths and Realities of Partner Violence and Mental Illness 
Thursday, October 9
7:00 p.m.
Wilde Lake Interfaith Center 
10431 Twin Rivers Rd,
Columbia, MD 21044
NAMI Howard County and HopeWorks invite you to a free education forum on Thursday, October 9 - Myths and Realities of Partner Violence and Mental Illness at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center.

This interactive workshop will explore the spectrum of healthy, unhealthy and abusive personality traits, characteristics and behaviors which can take place in relationships. This workshop will give you the opportunity to talk about your relationships; the ups and downs and everything in between.

Kids Self Defense
Saturday, October 11
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 
Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center
10710 Charter Drive
Columbia, MD
Children ages 8 to 12 will learn basic principles of safety awareness and age appropriate self defense techniques. This program includes discussion, role playing, and technique practice. 

To register please click here. 

The Art of Aging: Three Secrets to Making Today the Best Day of Your Life
Tuesday, October 14
2:00 p.m.
Miller Library
L. Andrew Morgan, director of marketing at Vantage House, teaches a three-step process that directs older adults to reconnect, reenergize, and refocus on their priorities during post-retirement years.

Participants will learn:

  • How to assess your S.T.A.R. Qualities (Strengths, Talents, Abilities, and Resources)
  • A proven strategy to overcome limiting negative beliefs about aging that may prevent you from pursuing meaningful activities.
  • Tips on how to increase your self-confidence and clarity of purpose
  • The secret to feeling a sense of accomplishment everyday
  • How to replace an ineffective habit with an effective habit
  • Ways to manage change and transition in your life.

Presented in partnership with Howard County Department of Citizen Services and Office on Aging.     

Registration is required. Register
online or by calling 410.313.1950.

Webinar: Seasonal Eating for Your Body
Thursday, October 16
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Eating seasonally is a great way to support your body's individual needs throughout the year. We support our health from the outside in by dressing for each season-- but why not also create that support from the inside out-- by eating seasonally as well. There are many changes that occur between seasons including exercise levels and the amount of time spent outdoors. Nourishing your body with the proper foods can help counteract these changes and keep you healthy year-round.

Please click here if you would like to register for this webinar. 

Out of the Darkness Walk 
Saturday, October 18
Check-in 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 
Columbia Lakefront 
Columbia, MD 

When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Community Walks, you join the effort with thousands of people to raise funds and awareness for AFSP's vision to create a world without suicide. 

here to register for this event. 

Monday, October 20
7:00 p.m.
Miller Library
Some foods promote health and longevity better than others. Licensed nutritionist Karen Basinger names these powerhouses and how to best use them.     

*Registration is required. Register
online or by calling 410.313.1950.

Diabetes Screening and BMI
Several sessions coming up
Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center
10710 Charter Drive
Columbia, MD
Are you concerned about your risk factors for diabetes? Meet with a registered nurse to receive a free diabetes screening which includes a glucose blood test, BMI (body mass index) measurement, and weight management information. Receive immediate results. Fasting 8 hours prior to test is recommended. 

Click here for more information. 

Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center
Lots of other classes available, please click here for a complete listing.

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

Upcoming LHIC Events

Access to Care Work Group Meeting
Thursday, 10/16
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Location TBD

Full LHIC Meeting
Thursday, 11/20
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Ascend One Building
8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia
Potomac Room 

Contact Us

Jeananne Sciabarra
LHIC Program Director

Alvaro Ortiz
LHIC Program Manager
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