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March 9, 2016

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You're Invited! 
If you haven't already, please register at and join us on Thursday, March 24, 2016 from 5- 8 p.m. at the Miller Branch of the Howard County Library System for our first Community Health Forum. Guest speakers include: County Executive Allan Kittleman, President and CEO of Howard County General Hospital, Steve Snelgrove, and Howard County Health Officer, Dr. Maura Rossman. Don’t miss it! We look forward to seeing you there! 

Healthy Aging Work Group - Kick Off Meeting! 
We are happy to announce that the date for the Healthy Aging Work Group kick-off meeting has been set. The meeting will be Monday, April 4th from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. at 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive Columbia, MD 21046, Room 401. If you haven't already, please email us if you would like to be part of this work group. 

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

Drinking More Water Associated With Numerous Dietary Benefits, Study Finds

Science Daily reports that for people who want to control their weight or reduce their intakes of sugar, sodium and saturated fat, tap water may be what the doctor ordered.

A new study that examined the dietary habits of more than 18,300 U.S. adults found the majority of people who increased their consumption of plain water -- tap water or from a cooler, drinking fountain or bottle -- by 1 percent reduced their total daily calorie intake as well as their consumption of saturated fat, sugar, sodium and cholesterol.

Click Here to Read Full Article
Access to Care

National Sleep Foundation Kicks Off Sleep Awareness Week 2016 with #7Days4BetterSleep 

“Sleep Awareness Week shines a light on the importance of sleep health,” says National Sleep Foundation chairman Max Hirshkowitz, PhD, in a release. “We look forward to the public engaging with this year’s campaign.” 

Reported by Sleep Review (The Journal For Sleep Specialists), sleep Awareness Week 2016 leads up to the beginning of Daylight Saving Time, when most Americans lose an hour of sleep. The timing presents a great opportunity for the public to adjust their sleep routines and make beneficial changes.
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Behavioral Health

Report: Joining Physical & Behavioral Health

A new set of policy recommendations that would improve the quality of behavioral health care patients receive in clinical settings has been developed by researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, with input from experts from across the country.

PsychCentral reports that The Eugene S. Farley, Jr. Health Policy Center, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, released their recommendations in a report titled “Creating a Culture of Whole Health.” The proposal offers practical improvements that would eliminate the artificial separation of “mental health” from “physical health.”
Click Here to Read Full Article
Healthy Aging

Active Social Life Associated With Well-Being In Life

As reported by Science Daily, staying active socially despite health-related challenges appears to help lessen the decline in well-being people often experience late in life.

"A socially engaged lifestyle often involves cognitive stimulation and physical activity, which in turn may protect against the neurological and physical factors underlying cognitive decline," said Gert Wagner from the German Institute for Economic Research, one of the co-authors of the research published by the American Psychological Association.
Click Here to Access the Report
Members Message Board
Howard County Health Department
Save the date!  The Howard County Health Department (HCHD) is celebrating National Public Health Week (NPHW) 2016 by hosting an EXPO “Public Health Matters – Public Health is Your Health” on Saturday, April 9th from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM. HCHD is pleased to invite the LHIC workgroups to represent our strong and diverse County partnerships in community health.  HCHD will be showcasing its public health services and roles in the community, emphasizing our collaborative efforts to improve the social determinants of health for all who live, work, and visit Howard County. 

 National Public Health Week (NPHW) is a time to recognize the contributions of public health and to highlight local issues that are important to improving our population’s health. This year, NPHW will be celebrated from April 4th through 10th, with the American Public Health Association promoting the theme of Generation Public Health-Creating the healthiest nation in one generation.  This movement shines a light on the many individual to local factors that impact health – from housing, education, and income to community design, transportation and environment.
To learn more about NPHW, visit HCHD at and

American Heart Association  
This year’s Howard County American Heart Association Heart Ball is on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Turf Valley.  Join the AHA as they celebrate their work and mission; their donors and volunteers; and — most importantly — the lives saved and improved because of everyone’s effort. The Heart Ball promises to be an engaging evening of fun and passion bringing community and philanthropic leaders together. Last year, the Heart Ball campaign raised just over $51 million nation-wide allowing the funding for over $123 million of research and programs across the country and in the community. Please click here for more information or contact Rolanda Oliver at
Howard County Office on Aging

Howard County Department Of Social Services 
SAVE the DATE: April 14th
The Local Children’s Board and the Continuum of Care have been hosting a workgroup on Homeless Youth in our community with other partner agencies. 
To raise awareness of this issue and build stronger connections to each other’s work, we will be hosting a viewing of “Homestretch,” a documentary that shows the experiences of three homeless youth in Chicago, Illinois.
We invite you to save the date of April 14, 2016 from 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM for this purpose. The tentative agenda will include an introduction to youth homelessness, viewing the documentary, and a panel after the film to dig deeper into the issue. Continuing education units (CEUs) will be offered. This event will be held at the Roger Carter Community Center in Ellicott City. More information will be forthcoming.
In the meantime, should you have any questions, please contact either: 

Marsha Dawson, MS, Local Children’s Board, 410.313.5929,
Michelle Hippert, MCP, CoC Manager,

We Promote Health 
Upcoming Community Events
Living an Organic Life with Maria Rodale
Maryland University of Integrative Health 
7750 Montpelier Road 
Laurel, MD 20723
Monday, March 14
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.  
Join MUIH for a thoughtful and insightful look into the history and movement of organic living. Presenter Maria Rodale is the CEO and Chair of Rodale Inc., the world’s largest publisher of health, wellness, and environmental content and the largest book publisher in the US. Their magazines include Prevention, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Runners, Bicycling, Organic Life, and Organic Gardening.

click here to register.

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

Medicare 101: What You Can Expect From Medicare
Tuesday, March 15
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 
Wellness Center Medical Pavilion
10710 Charter Drive
Columbia, MD
Are you currently on Medicare or soon will be? Do you provide care to someone covered by Medicare? This presentation will review Original Medicare (Part A Hospital and Part B Medical) and Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D). Learn what is covered, your costs, how Medicare works, and available benefit programs. Presented by the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), Howard County Office on Aging.

Please click here to register. 

Medicare 102: What You Can Expect From Medicare
Tuesday, March 22
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 
Wellness Center Medical Pavilion
10710 Charter Drive
Columbia, MD
Learn about Medicare Advantage/Health Plans (Part C) and Medicare Supplement policies (Medigap). What should you consider when deciding which Medicare choices are right for you? Understand how plans vary, your costs, and when is the best time to enroll. Learn how to protect yourself and Medicare from healthcare fraud. Presented by the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), Howard County Office on Aging.

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
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

Healthy Aging Work Group - Kick Off Meeting
Monday 4/4
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Howard County Office on Aging
6751 Columbia Gateway Drive
Room 401
Columbia, MD 21045

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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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