October 23, 2013

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Local Health Improvement Coalition Weekly Digest



Dear Howard County LHIC Members –

Please find below this week’s LHIC digest and corresponding attachments.  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 anugent@howardcountymd.gov .  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.  

Items Shared at Previous LHIC Meeting: 
Community Based Care Team Presentation 
 Hotspotting Video 
 

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE FIELD - RELEVANT NEWS & RESEARCH

Obesity Rates Remain High Among U.S. Adults (news from RWJF)
Obesity rates among U.S. adults remained level between 2009–2010 and 2011–2012, according to a report released last week by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. The report found that more than 34.9% of U.S. adults were obese in 2011–2012, a statistically insignificant drop from 35.7% in 2010. According to Cynthia Ogden, an CDC epidemiologist, “this is more evidence that we're not seeing a change in adult obesity." Adult obesity rates have remained fairly constant since 2004’s rate of 32%.
 
SNAP Stimulus Benefit Set to Expire October 31st (news from RWJF)
A temporary increase in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits enacted as part of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will expire on October 31, which will result a $5 billion reduction in overall program spending for FY2014 and a cut of $29 per month for the average family of three. According to a report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the expiration of the benefit means that SNAP participants will receive an average of less than $1.40 per person per meal in 2014.
 
Study: Marketing Parks Improves Physical Activity Levels (news from RWJF)
According to a RAND Corporation study published last week in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, modest efforts to market availability and access to parks can increase visitors’ physical activity levels.  The study—which examines 50 parks in Los Angeles between 2007 and 2012—finds that “simple interventions” such as increased park signage boosted physical activity by seven to 12% over the study period in relation to parks that did not make changes.
 
Food Policy 101: Expanding Healthy Food Access on Food Day 2013
October 24, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by PolicyLink, this webinar will share strategies for improving access to healthy foods. Register for the webinar.

Food Policy Councils:  Recipes for Success from the Local, County, and State Levels
October 31, 2:00 – 3:15 p.m.
Sponsored by the Institute for Public Health Innovation, this webinar will share perspectives on Food Policy Councils from elected officials and community members who have served on them. Register for the webinar.
 
“New Careers in Nursing” Scholarship Call for Applications
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing is a scholarship program to help alleviate the nursing shortage and increase the diversity of nursing professionals. Through grants to schools of nursing, the program provides scholarships to college graduates without nursing degrees who are enrolled in accelerated baccalaureate and master’s nursing programs. Deadline to apply is January 9, 2013.
 
Online Directory Comparing Doctors and Hospitals
A new directory from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation links to more than 200 websites or reports that compare the quality of care provided by different doctors and hospitals in states or local communities.

Affordable Care Act - Georgia Health Policy Center and the National Network of Public Health Institutes
"Leading through Health System Change"
Leading though Health Systems Change is a planning tool designed to assist state and local health department leaders in thinking strategically about the future in light of the changes created by the Affordable Care Act. To access the planning tool click here


MARYLAND HEALTH CONNECTION UPDATES 

New Resources on Maryland Health Connection Website
Maryland's new health insurance marketplace: MarylandHealthConnection.gov, has been updated. New and expanded content areas provide information for individuals, families and small businesses. Including: Videos in English and Spanish with closed caption, Fact sheets on Maryland Health Connection and health insurance basics, Information on consumer assistance, Glossary of health terms, Small business tax credit calculator, and Helpful links on health coverage.
MHC Overview 
MHC Fact Sheet 
MHC Tax Credit for Small Businesses
MHC SHOP Fact Sheet

Maryland Health Connection Opens Call Center
Maryland Health Connection has opened the first phase of its state-of-the-art customer call center in Baltimore to provide support for residents and small employers statewide. The call center assists Marylanders with general questions about health coverage and the process of enrollment. The call center will operate seven days a week during the open enrollment period, which began on October 1, 2013 and ends on March 31, 2014.
The toll-free phone number is 855.642(MHC).8572, and 1.855.642(MHC).8573 for TTY service.

Maryland Health Connection Launches Social Media Campaign 
Maryland Health Connection is excited to announce the launch of its social media campaign to communicate and engage with Maryland residents seeking information about health coverage options. Join the conversation on Maryland Health Connection’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube social media channels. Enrollment through Maryland Health Connection begins in October 2013 for individuals and families, with insurance coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2014. Engage with Maryland Health Connection through social media on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube


LOCAL ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Launch of Howard County’s Anti-bullying Campaign and New Initiative to Protect Howard County Public School Students
October 25, 9:00 a.m.

At the YMCA Dancel Family Center, 4331 Montgomery Road, Ellicott City. Please RSVP to Katherine Carpenter at kcarpenter@howardcountymd.gov.

School Food Forum: Creating a Vision of Fresh, Real Food in Montgomery County Public Schools (Cost $15+)
November 2, 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

At Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring. Cost is $15 and up depending on registration type. Register by October 29.

Forum: Your Health and Our Changing Climate {free}
November  9, 8:30 a.m. - noon
At Howard Community College
Climate change makes the weather erratic and more calamitous, but it also can be hazardous to your health.  Speakers include Drs. Cindy Parker, from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Steve Shapiro, from Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, authors of Climate Chaos: Your Health at Risk; What You Can Do to Protect Yourself and Your Family. Others will speak about the health effects of climate change on infants, children, the elderly and other vulnerable populations. Speakers from government agencies and local organizations will discuss the community resources available to face the challenges ahead. The forum is sponsored by Transition Howard County, HoCo ClimateChange, League of Women Voters of Howard County, and Howard Community College. Register online.

School Breakfast Summit for Parents and Community Leaders {free}
November 19, 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Join the MD/VA/DC Action for Healthy Kids team for breakfast while listening to presentations by MD Hunger Solutions, MSDE, and other local school breakfast experts who will:
* Identify the importance and central components of school breakfast.
* Discuss the current changes in school breakfast meal patterns.
* Discuss local school breakfast programs and initiatives.
* Identify and evaluate methods of parent and community involvement in the expansion of school breakfast.
At the USDA National Agricultural Library, 10301 Baltimore Avenue, Beltsville, 20705. Register online.
 

Howard County Public School System Released a Redraft of Policy 9090: Wellness through Nutrition and Physical Activity
A public hearing on the changes will take place on December 5th and the vote will occur on January 9, 2014. The policy will go into effect on July 1, 2014.

Healthy Howard to Help Residents Find Health Insurance
Healthy Howard's  Door to HealthCare Western Maryland is providing free help choosing affordable, quality health coverage through the state’s new health insurance marketplace, Maryland Health Connection. The Door is the official source for information in six Maryland counties, including Howard, and provides practical answers about new changes in health care, personal support for making the right choice and assistance with signing up for health insurance. Within Howard County, the Door will be working with local partners including Chase Brexton, Grassroots and the Korean Resource Center. Visit www.doortohealthcare.org for the latest information! For more information click here.
Connecting Howard County Residents to Coverage 
Health Care Reform and You 

HC DrugFree Teen Advisory Council
The HC DrugFree is seeking high school students to advise staff and board. Teen council meets monthly. Community service hours available. For more information, please contact HC DrugFree's Executive Director, Joan Webb Scornaienchi at 443-325-0040 or info@hcdrugfree.org.

Network 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 www.marylandaccesspoint.info.
 

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.  For more information, please visit the website www.CPS3HowardCounty.org.

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



UPCOMING EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS 
 
Knitting and Crochet Support Group {free}
Every Wednesday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Attention cancer patients, survivors and caregivers, join us each week for instruction, directions and good times for beginning or advanced knitters. Located at The Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Medical Pavilion, Columbia MD. For more information call 410-740-5858.

Living With Diabetes Executive Summary
October 23, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
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. An interactive, group course taught by an endocrinologist, diabetes nurse educator, dietitian, psychologist, podiatrist, and exercise specialist, Living With Diabetes Executive Summary is a condensed evening program. 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.
 
When Back Pain Keeps Coming Back {free}
October 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
So many of us suffer from back pain caused by a variety of factors. Hear a panel of speakers from different disciplines discuss causes and treatments for back pain as well as solutions ranging from medical management and physical therapy to new pain management techniques and surgery. Presented by pain specialist Mark Matsunaga, M.D., orthopedic surgeon Oren Blam, M.D., and physiatrist John Collins, M.D. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Road Columbia, MD.
 
Adult, Child  & Infant CPR and AED ($55)
October 24, 5:30-9:00 p.m.
Learn the skills needed to clear an airway obstruction, perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). Earn a two-year American Heart Association completion card. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia, MD.
 
Living with Breast Cancer Support Group {free}
October 24, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
This group facilitated by Mary Dowling, LCSW-C for patients with a stage IV cancer diagnosis meets each fourth Thursday of the month. Registration requested. Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia MD. Call 410-740-5858 for more information.
 
Living With Diabetes 
October 25 and 29, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
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.  Day classes are held Friday and the following Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 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.

Preparing for Total Joint Surgery. Are you considering total joint surgery? {free}
October 29, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Toni Keller, P.A., and Nicholas Grosso, M.D. will help you learn more about what to expect and how to prepare for the best possible outcome. At Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia.

Care Giver’s Support Group {free}
November 5, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. or the third Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m.- noon. Registration is required.  Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia MD. Call 410-740-5858 for more information.

Smoke-Free Lungs {free}
November 14, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Education and support for those wanting to quit or who have quit. Attend one or all sessions. 9/26, 10/17 or 11/14. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Road Columbia, MD.

Breast Cancer Support Group {free}
November 20, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
This group, facilitated by Mary Dowling, LCSW-C meets on the third Wednesday of each month. Registration requested. Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia MD. Call 410-740-5858 for more information.
 
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 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. A physician referral is required. For details click here or contact Roslyn Snyder, Pre-Diabetes Program Coordinator, at 410-368-3244.

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 www.well4lifeprogram.com or register for our free monthly information sessions by calling 1-866-690-9355.
 



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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 anugent@howardcountymd.gov

 Our mailing address is: 8930 Stanford Boulevard Columbia, MD 21045