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February 10, 2016

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Upcoming LHIC Forum 
Please mark your calendars and join us on Thursday, March 24 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Howard County Miller Library for our 1st LHIC Community Forum. The purpose of the Forum is to share with community members the work that the LHIC is doing to improve health outcomes in the County. This will also be an opportunity for LHIC organizations to showcase their programs. Space is limited. Please register at the following link:

Send Us Your News
Please remember the LHIC Digest is a way to advertise your programs, events and news items! When you have news or events to share, please email them to Alvaro, LHIC Program Manager, at

Health In The News
Healthy Weight

BikeHoward Heads To County Council For Approval

The Baltimore Sun reports that cyclists and residents alike have praised Howard County's first Bicycle Master Plan, BikeHoward. Additionally, members of the Office of Transportation's bicycle and pedestrian team, Chris Eatough and David Cookson, continue to involve the community in the initiative's planning stages.

As a section of PlanHoward 2030, the county's general plan, BikeHoward promotes bicycling as a safe and environmentally friendly method of transportation, with pathways connecting commercial and residential areas.

Click Here to Read Full Article
Access to Care

Study: Doctors’ Texts Can Prod Patients To Take Drugs, But Questions Linger

A spoonful of sugar may make the medicine go down, but that’s hardly useful if a patient doesn’t remember to take it in the first place.

As reported in a new analysis in Kaiser Health News, there could be a possible solution: text message reminders sent to patients’ phones from the doctor. Researchers found that texts could push people to do better at adhering to their drug regimens and, along the way, save the health system a fair bit of money.

Click Here to Read Full Article
Behavioral Health

Schizophrenia Breakthrough: Scientists Shed Light On Biological Cause

What causes schizophrenia? This is a question that has challenged scientists since the disorder was first identified almost 130 years ago. Now, for the first time, researchers have shed light on the biological origin of the illness.

According to 
Medical News Today, in what has been hailed a "breakthrough" in schizophrenia research, scientists from Harvard Medical School, the Broad Institute and Boston Children's Hospital have discovered how a gene called complement component 4 (C4) plays a key role in schizophrenia development.
Click Here to Read Full Article
Healthy Aging

How Health Care Costs Can Affect Retirement

A majority of affluent older Americans who are nearing retirement share the same concern – that health care costs could strike a blow to their retirement plans. In fact, 63 percent of them choose the word “terrified” to describe how they feel about the subject, according to an annual Nationwide Retirement Institute survey.

Healthy Aging Magazine shares a few steps worth taking as you contemplate how health care costs may throw a wrench in your retirement plans.

Click Here to Access the Report
Members Message Board
HC Mental Health Authority 
Job Opportunity - Executive Director 
The Howard County Mental Health Authority is seeking an innovative leader to serve as Executive Director. HCMHA functions as the Core Service Agency (CSA) for Howard County and is responsible for planning, developing and managing the public mental health system. Qualifications are a minimum of a Master’s Degree in Mental Health with at least 10 years experience in the mental health field, with 5 years of which must have included management experience that includes budget preparation and contract management.

The Executive Director functions as the Chief Executive Officer, managing all aspects of the organization. Required skills include budget development and management, personnel management, providing leadership at both the county and state level on mental health issues, grant writing and management of various grants funded by the public and private entities, and interacting with Board of Directors that has fiduciary responsibility over the agency. Salary range is $75,000 to $90,000 based on skills and experience. Benefits include health insurance and retirement plan.

Send resume and cover letter by 3/2/16 to or mail to: CHRIS SCHAFFER Howard County Mental Health Authority 8930 Stanford Boulevard Columbia, MD 21045

American Heart Association  
HC DrugFree
HC DrugFree Teen Advisory Council Meetings 
HC DrugFree’s Teen Advisory Council (TAC) meets one Monday evening a month from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM at The Barn (Oakland Mills Village Center) and is open to all Howard County high school students. The next TAC meetings will be held on Monday, February 22. Community service hours are available. For more information, please visit and go to the Teen Advisory Council page, or contact Joan Webb Scornaienchi, HC DrugFree’s Executive Director at or call             

Howard County Office on Aging
Upcoming Community Events
Webinar: Eating for a Healthy Heart
Maryland University of Integrative Health 
Tuesday, February 23
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  
February is Heart Awareness Month. Cardiovascular health encompasses many aspects such as cholesterol and blood pressure. There are many lifestyle factors that go into cardiovascular health concerns. In this webinar, you will learn some tips you can implement now, whether you have a current cardiovascular concern or just want to improve your heart health.

click here to register.

Maryland University of Integrative Health 
Please click here for a complete listing of MUIH events. 

Effectively Managing Congestive Heart Failure
Thursday, March 3
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 
Wellness Center Medical Pavilion
10710 Charter Drive
Columbia, MD
Learn about prevention, risk factors, how a diagnosis is made, and healthy options. This event is for those living with congestive heart failure, their caregivers, and those who are at risk. Presented by cardiologist George Groman, M.D.

Please click here to register. 

Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center
Please click here for a complete listing of events at HCGH Wellness Center.

Howard County Library System 
The HC Library systems offers many educational classes and enriching experiences for all ages and interests. Click here for a complete listing and check out their Well and Wise category under Event Types. 
LHIC Meetings
Healthy Weight Work Group 
Thursday 2/25
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 
Ascend One Building 
8930 Stanford Blvd. 
Columbia, MD 21045
Barton Room A

Access to Care Work Group 
Thursday 2/25
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 
Ascend One Building 
Barton Room B

Behavioral Health Work Group
Wednesday 3/9
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
Ascend One Building 
Barton Room A


Community Health Forum
Thursday 3/24
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
Howard County Miller Library
9421 Frederick Rd
Ellicott City, MD 21042

Contact Us
Jeananne Sciabarra
Director, Health Care Transformation

Alvaro Ortiz
LHIC Program Manager

Our mailing address is:
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD 21045

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