May 23rd

Local Health Improvement Coalition Weekly Digest

Dear Howard County LHIC Members –

The Howard County Health Department is proud to announce the release of the Howard County Health Assessment Survey (HCHAS) results.  Please view our new website which contains an executive summary, fact sheets, and links to other data sources.  We would like to thank our partners the Horizon Foundation, Howard County General Hospital, and the Columbia Association.  This was made possible by our joint effort.  The survey will be repeated again in 2014, 2016, and 2018.

Howard County Health Assessment Survey Website {new}

Important Note: The Health Department will be closed from Friday, May 24th to Monday, May 27th and will re-open on Tuesday, May 28th. 

Please find below this week’s LHIC digest and corresponding attachments.  Additionally we w
elcome 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.  

Next LHIC meeting Monday, July 8th from 10:00am to 12:00pm.  Click here for calendar invitation.


Community Transformation Grant resources and upcoming webinars.

IOM: Low Sodium Intake May Also Cause Adverse Health Effects {new}
While multiple studies have shown that the average daily sodium intake for U.S. adults is far too high, lowering the intake too much could also lead to health problems, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine. The average daily intake is 3,400 mg, or about 1.5 teaspoons. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans call for a maximum of 2,300 mg, and even 1,500 mg for certain demographics. However, there is also some evidence suggesting low sodium levels could be harmful to people such as those with mid- to late-stage heart failure. For full article, click here.
Study: Teen’s Use of Smokeless Tobacco Steady Over Past Decade {new}
Despite a myriad of efforts to combat tobacco use by U.S. teens, their usage rate of “smokeless” tobacco products such as chew or snuff has remained steady since 2000, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The rate was 5.3 percent in 2000 and just barely lower in 2011, at 5.2 percent. While younger teens in the 9-14 age range have decreased their use, those in the 15-17 range have increased. The study suggests that the relatively low prices of smokeless tobacco products may be a contributor. About 9 million Americans used smokeless tobacco in 2012. For full article, click here.
Teen Girls Who Exercise Are Less Likely to be Violent {new}
A study from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health finds that high school girls who play sports or run have a lower risk of being in fights or in a gang. Researchers at the school reviewed results of a 2008 survey completed by 1,312 students at four inner-city high schools in New York to determine if there was an association between regular exercise and violence-related behaviors. The survey results found that girls who had exercised more than 10 days in the last month had decreased odds of being in a gang, those who did more than 20 sit-ups in the past four weeks had decreased odds of carrying a weapon or being in a gang and those who reported running more than 20 minutes the last time they ran had lower odds of carrying a weapon. Girls who participated in team sports in the past year had decreased odds of carrying a weapon, being in a fight, or being in a gang. For full article, 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
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.

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


Parents: Enter To Win HC DrugFree's Drawing for a $50 Gift Card to Stanford Grill in Columbia {new}
For the third consecutive year, HC DrugFree is holding a drawing for PARENTS of students who attended a Howard County PTSA sponsored After Prom. HC DrugFree thanks parents for keeping our children safe and not holding parties where alcohol might be served. To win a $50 gift card to Stanford Grill, please enter at before noon on Monday June 3rd. HC DrugFree is proud partners with the Howard County Public School System, the PTA Council of Howard County, the Howard County Police Department, the Howard County Dept. of Fire and Rescue Services and the Howard County Library System and provides substance abuse prevention services on behalf of the Howard County Health Department.

May 22. Living With Diabetes.  {new}
Have you recently been diagnosed with diabetes or have you been living with diabetes and would like to improve your health? Our diabetes specialists will teach you how to change your habits, give you practical, attainable solutions for staying healthy and design a diabetes management plan to fit your lifestyle. Living with Diabetes is a two-day, interactive, group course taught by an endocrinologist, diabetes nurse educator, dietitian, psychologist, podiatrist, and exercise specialist. Choose a day program or a condensed evening program. Day classes are held Friday and the following Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Evening classes are held Wednesday and Thursday from 6:00 -9:00 p.m. 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 call 443-718-3000
May 23, 7-8:30 p.m.  Living with Breast Cancer. {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. FREE. HCGH Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center. Call 410 964-9100 x5 for more information and to register.

May 23, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Smoke-Free Lungs{new}
Want to give up smoking but don’t know where to begin? Learn tips for quitting your tobacco habit and mastering long-term success. This program provides support and education for those wanting to quit as well as support for those who have already quit. Choose to attend one or all of the sessions. HCGH Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia. Click on the link to register, or call 410 740-7601 for more information.
May 25, 10-11:30. Together We Thrive{new}
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. FREE. HCGH Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource CenterCall 410 740-5858 for more information and to register.

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.

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 goal of the program is to teach you lifestyle changes geared towards reducing your risk. 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. This program includes eight 90-minute group-based behavioral lifestyle intervention classes, complimentary, weekly fitness classes, monthly support groups and biometric screenings at the beginning, end and 6-months post completion of the program. A physician referral is required. For details, contact Roslyn Snyder, Pre-Diabetes Program Coordinator, at 410-368-3244.

Breast Cancer Support Group
May 15, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Facilitated by Mary Dowling, LCSW-C. Meets the third Wednesday of each month. Registration is required. Call the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center at 410 740-5858 for more information.

2013 Mid-Atlantic Behavioral Health Conference
May 15-17, 2013 in Downtown Annapolis, MD
The Mid-Atlantic Behavioral Health Conference has become the premier event in the region for behavioral health care and somatic health care professionals including substance abuse counselors, mental health practitioners, physicians, nurses, licensed professional counselors, physician's assistants, justice system personnel, teachers, school counselors, and nurse practitioners.  Click
here for more information and to register. 

Anxiety  {free}
May 15, 2013 7:00 — 9:00 PM at NAMI Metro Baltimore
This event will be conducted by Linda Kohler, Executive Director of NAMI MB. For more information or to register, click here.

Living Your Best Life With Diabetes Group Education Class {new}
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. 

Training Opportunity: 4th Annual Maryland Workplace Health & Wellness Symposium
June 7, 2013, 7:45a.m.-2:00p.m., BWI Marriott Hotel.
Don’t miss one of the best attended events of the year: The Maryland Workplace Health & Wellness Symposium. Hear from experts and get the latest information on employee health and wellness, how to create a workplace wellness program for your organization, and how good employee health can generate bottom line results. Continental breakfast and healthy box lunch provided. Register now or call Carolyn Gutermuth at 410-494-2170 

Developed by: Maryann Thomas


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

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