Lots of local events - support LHIC member organizations and spread the word!
Follow on Twitter Friend of Facebook
September  24, 2014 

LHIC News and Updates

Hello LHIC members!

Thank you!
We would like thank all of our members who were able to attend the full LHIC meeting last Thursday. We had a really great turn out and a very successful meeting. We couldn't have done it without the support from each of you! To all of our new members, we hope you had the opportunity to attend the orientation session but if you missed it, please feel free to email us with any questions.

We also would like to congratulate Mr. Steve Snelvgrove, President of Howard County General Hospital, who was elected as the LHIC's new co-chair. 

Lastly, we want to recognize all the great work that the work groups are doing. Your commitment and effort is truly valuable. We look forward to the new 2015-2017 goals and strategies which will continue to make Howard County a great place to live. 

LHIC Facebook Page
The Howard County LHIC Facebook page recently underwent some changes that may have resulted in lost connections with our members. Please check your personal page and your organization's page to ensure you are still connected to LHIC. Here is the link to our page: https://www.facebook.com/HCLHIC. We would appreciate your feedback, and when you see things of interest, please share them on your own pages to help spread the word about the LHIC and our member organizations! 

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 

Important Message from MDAAP for Howard County Health Care Providers
If you live, work or treat patients from Howard County, the following message from Paula Miinsk, MDAAP, is for you:

The Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics has received a grant from the Horizon Foundation to create a learning collaborative for practice transformation in the area of pediatric obesity.
There are 2 opportunities for participation: 1) We are seeking 4-8 providers to serve on a task force to determine metrics and measurements for the project; we will meet 1-2 times in Columbia to review proposed metrics and measurements, and to finalize those we will use in the learning collaborative. 2) The learning collaborative is open to all providers who live, work or treat children in/from Howard County; the collaborative will begin in January 2015 and continue for 8-9 months. We will offer approximately 20 CME credits over the course of the collaborative and are exploring also offering MOC part IV credit.
So what do you do next?
 1)  Let me know if you are willing to serve on the metrics and measurements task force—there will be a meeting on October 13th at 6:00 pm at the wellness Center in Columbia and hopefully that will be our one and only meeting. If we need a second we will do that via conference call and email.
2) If you think you would be interested in the QI learning collaborative for practice transformation in treating kids with and at risk for obesity, please let me know. That will begin in January of 2015.
3) You can just respond with a quick reply- yes, I want to serve on the task force and/or yes, I would be interested in the learning collaborative!
I look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible and to working with you as we endeavor to improve the quality of care provided in addressing obesity and those at risk for obesity among Howard County kids.

Paula Minsk - Paula@mdaap.org.
Roving Radish

Health in the News
Healthy Weight
Examining the Use of Research Evidence in Policymaking for Childhood Obesity Prevention
Over the past 10 years, public health researchers have produced an enormous amount of policy-relevant research evidence about childhood obesity. But how much of this evidence is actually reaching state decision-makers responsible for crafting policies to address childhood obesity, and when it does reach them, how are they putting it to use? These were the questions a research team set out to answer in the state of Minnesota.

here to access the full article. 
Behavioral Health
Take a look at this great resource from HC DrugFree. 

Access to Care
Three Tips to Make Open Enrollment a Success
For many small businesses and their employees, one of the biggest benefits-related challenges is getting prepared for open enrollment. As a small-business owner, benefits planning, communication and employee engagement are just a few of the obstacles that can hold you back from a successful open enrollment season.

In addition, workers are not prepared for open enrollment. According to the 2014 Aflac WorkForces Report, only 20 percent of employees completely agreed they had enough information to be prepared to select benefits, and 90 percent said they typically choose the same benefits year after year.

here to read the entire article. 

Upcoming Events 

The Anonymous People
Friday, September 26
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
On Our Own Wellness And Recovery Center
6440 Dobbin Road, Suite B
Columbia, MD 21045
The Anonymous People is a feature documentary film about the more than 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.  Please join On Our Own of Howard County for this moving film. Popcorn will be provided during the movie and a panel of individuals in recovery will lead a discussion following the film. Generously co-sponsored by Value Options Maryland

Drug Take-Back Day
Saturday, September 27
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Howard County Police and HC DrugFree urge everyone to properly dispose of expired or unwanted medications. Two-thirds of teens who abuse prescription drugs are getting them from home, friends, or family. Please do not flush meds into the water system! Clean your medicine cabinets and bring your over-the-counter or prescription meds to one of the 9 convenient locations in Howard County. 

The location at HC DrugFree’s office is the only location that will accept needles, syringes and EpiPens. 

Drop-off Locations are as follow:

HC DrugFree's Office
10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Suite 206, Columbia 21044

Harpers Choice Community Policing Office
 5485 Harpers Farm Rd., Columbia 21044

Long Reach Community Policing Office
8775 Cloudleap Ct., Columbia, MD 21045

Oakland Mills Community Policing Office
5820 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, 21045

Owen Brown Community Policing Office
7154 Cradlerock Way, Columbia 21045

North Laurel Community Policing Office
9411 Whiskey Bottom Rd., Laurel 20723

Howard County Police Northern District
3410 Courthouse Dr., Ellicott City 21043

Howard County Police Southern District
 11226 Scaggsville, Rd., Laurel 20723

Gary Arthur Community Center
2400 Route 97, Cooksville 21723

Saturday, September 27
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
On Our Own Wellness And Recovery Center
6440 Dobbin Road, Suite B
Columbia, MD 21045

Please join On Our Own of Howard County for this great event. Featuring food, fun for kids, a bake sale and craft fair and information about recovery from mental health challenges, alcohol dependence and substance use. Listen to stories of recovery and messages of hope while enjoying a festive atmosphere. Free Face Painting, Popcorn, Hot Dogs, Balloons, Kids Prizes and Give aways!

Caribbean Culture Fest
Sunday, September 28
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Miller Branch Library
9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City
The Columbia/Howard County community is invited to enjoy an afternoon of Caribbean music, displays and dance performances. Refreshments will be available for purchase from local food trucks.

here for more information.

Parent Empowerment Education Forum 

How Community Design Can Promote Healthy Lifestyles
Thursday, October 2
Oakland Mills Meeting House
5885 Robert Oliver Place
Columbia, MD 21045
Have you ever wondered how community design can affect your health? The Columbia Association, in partnership with the Horizon Foundation, will answer that question and more in its next speakers series, called "How Community Design Can Promote Healthy Lifestyles." 

Mark Fenton, a national public health consultant and a best selling author, will be the guest speaker. Mr. Fenton will examine the topic of "complete streets" -- streets built to safely accommodate pedestrians, drivers, cyclists, and transit riders, in order to encourage healthier lifestyles.

here if you would like to register. 

Transition Fair at Wilde Lake High School
Wednesday, October 8
 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
5460 Trumpeter Road
Columbia, MD 21044
Join Wilde Lake High School at the Transition Fair on Wednesday, October 8th to learn about options available to young adults receiving special education services and transition planning for life after graduation.

Agencies will be onsite to provide information on the services that are available to you and your child.  New this year, HCPSS will provide a road map to guide you through the process based on your child’s age, and whether or not he/she is earning a diploma or certificate of completion.

The Transition Fair will include 3 breakout Sessions:
1. Resource Coordination – Service Coordination, MMARS RC & Total Care for Support Services
2. Department of Rehabilitation Services – DORS
3. Parent Forum with Jim Long and Chris Woodhead – each has transitioned a child to adult services

For more information about the event please click here. 

Free Depression Screening
Thursday, October 9 
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center
10710 Charter Drive, Suite G010
Columbia, MD 21044
In recognition of National Depression Screening Day, Howard County General Hospital offers a free, confidential screening for depression. The two-hour event includes lecture, video, self-assessment, and an individual evaluation with a mental health practitioner. Registration is recommended but not required.

If you would like to register please click

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

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
Copyright © 2014 Howard County Health Department, All rights reserved.
Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp