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November 18, 2015

LHIC News and Updates

Hello LHIC members!

LHIC Access to Care Work Group - Meeting Invitation 
The Access to Care Work Group would like to invite all LHIC members to attend their work group meeting this Friday, November 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  DeWayne Oberlander, CEO of Columbia Medical Practice will be presenting data on Emergency Department utilization.The meeting will be held at the Health Department building in the Barton A conference room. 

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Howard County - Event Spotlight

 Health in the News

Access to Care 
Children in low-income families have greater access to preventive care under Medicaid, CHIP
Researchers have found that children in low-income families experience greater access to preventive medical and dental care under Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) than children covered by private insurance. However, for all types of insurance coverage, access to pediatric specialty care was a challenge.

The study's findings reveal important differences that can help guide future policymaking regarding coverage for families with low to moderate income. The authors add that these differences will require ongoing evaluation to ensure that policy decisions are responsive to the health coverage needs of children and families.

Click here to read the full article.
Healthy Weight 
Being Normal Weight With Belly Fat More Deadly Than Obesity
It's common knowledge by now that obesity causes a range of health problems, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and earlier death. But there's growing evidence that it's not just how much fat you carry, but where it's located, that matters. Now, a new study shows that thin people who carry fat around their midsection -- known as central obesity -- are at greater risk than people who are overweight or obese based on body mass index (BMI). 

The results showed that normal-weight adults with central obesity -- measured by waist-hip ratio -- have the worst long-term survival compared with any group, regardless of BMI. In fact, the data showed that normal-weight people with fat around the midsection were twice as likely to die compared people who were overweight or obese according to BMI.

Click here to read the full article. 
Behavioral Health 
New Moms To Get Depression Screenings At All Public NYC Hospitals, First Lady Chirlane McCray Announces
All new moms at the city’s public hospitals and a major Brooklyn hospital will be screened for maternal depression. The city’s Health and Hospitals, which runs 11 hospitals and Maimonides Medical Center — which together handle a quarter of the city’s births — have pledged to make the depression checks universal for pregnant women and new mothers within two years.

“Despite the great benefit it provides, screening for post-partum depression has not been part of a woman’s routine care,” McCray said at Bellevue Hospital. “Asking for help during what is considered to be one of the most joyous periods in a parent’s life can be really difficult. It can be daunting". The screening consists of a brief set of questions doctors ask to check for symptoms of depression. It’s the first new program being launched under a mental health roadmap McCray is developing.

Click here to read the full article. 

From Our Members - Message Board 

The Howard County Health Department’s Bureau of Child Health launched a teen health website. is aimed at teens and the role they can play in their own health decisions, bringing information and resources to teens about whole health, body and mind. Topics incorporated into the new site include: Stress, Feeling Down, Nutrition & Wellbeing and Drugs & Alcohol. Also included on the site, is a unique section for Parents & Teens. Click here to visit the site. 

NAMI Howard County was selected as the “Top Affiliate of the Year” at the Statewide Annual Conference on Friday, October 16, 2015. Beverley Francis-Gibson, Executive Director, and Juliette Jenkins, President of the Board of Directors, were on hand to accept the award. They were given awards from NAMI Maryland and Senator Ben Cardin for the services, education and support groups they provide year round to local residents and for their advocacy efforts on behalf of those living and coping with mental illness. They also had the largest number of teams at this year’s NAMIWalk. According to Mrs. Francis-Gibson, “this is a great recognition for all the hard work that our staff, board members and volunteers provide every day in our community.” The National Alliance on Mental Illness, started in 1979, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI operates at the national, state and local level and has more than 1,000 affiliates in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.

All LHIC organizations are invited to participate in Columbia Association's annual Team Member Health Fair. The event will be held March 15 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., at the new Columbia Association headquarters. There is no fee for vendors or attendees. Contact Shawni Paraska, Community Health Director410-715-3128 or by the end of December if interested. Space is limited.
Upcoming Events 
SAD and Holiday Blues: Preparing for the Season
Wednesday,  December 2
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  
Wellness Center Medical Pavilion
10710 Charter Drive
Columbia, MD
What are the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder? How can you help someone with SAD get through this time of year? Speak with our experts and design a plan for yourself or a loved one to manage holiday stress and winter blues.

Please click here to register. 

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

Webinar: Culinary Herbs
Thursday, December 3
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.  
In this webinar, we will explore the powerful daily medicines in your herb and spice cabinet. Learn the many ways you can use these tasty medicines for all meals of the day and find out about some recipes and ideas to use them in your everyday life. 

Please click here to register.

Maryland University of Integrative Health 
If you are interested in classes, please click 
here for a complete listing of MUIH events. 

Upcoming LHIC Meetings

Access to Care Meeting 
Friday 11/20
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 
Ascend One Building 
8930 Stanford Blvd. 
Columbia, MD 21045
Barton Room A Room

For work group
meetings in the
Barton conference room,
please enter from
the front of the building. 


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Jeananne Sciabarra
Director, Health Care Transformation

Alvaro Ortiz
LHIC Program Manager
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