April 24th

Local Health Improvement Coalition Weekly Digest

Dear Howard County LHIC Members –

We hope that you had a great week.  Please find below and attached 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.  

New meeting schedule.  
Upcoming meetings:

Next LHIC meeting Monday, May 13th from 10:00am to 12:00pm.  Click here for calendar invitation.


New York City Moves to Ban Cigarette Sales to People Under 21 {new}
A bill introduced to the New York City Council would ban cigarette sales to anyone under the age of 21. The current age limit is 18. "Too many adult smokers begin this deadly habit before age 21," City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said. "By delaying our city's children and young adults access to lethal tobacco products, we're decreasing the likelihood they ever start smoking, and thus, creating a healthier city." Though not introduced by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, he does support the bill. For full article, click here.
Exercise, Healthy Eating Helps Keep Sleep Apnea in Check {new}
The combination of exercise and healthy eating is a simple way to ease the effects of mild sleep apnea, according to a new study in JAMA Internal Medicine. The key is weight loss. Researchers “found obese study participants who went through a one-year lifestyle intervention were about half as likely to see their sleep apnea progress to more severe disease,” according to Reuters. For full article, click here.

CDC: Cutting Smoking in Subsidized Housing Would Save $521M Annually {new}
Eliminating the ability to smoke in U.S. subsidized housing would save approximately $521 million each year in health care, renovation and fire-related costs, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This includes public housing and rental assistance programs. Secondhand smoke can be especially problematic in multi-unit buildings with at-risk populations and smoking in common rooms. "Many of the more than 7 million Americans living in subsidized housing in the United States are children, the elderly or disabled," said Tim McAfee, MD, MPH, director of the Office on Smoking and Health at CDC. "These are people who are most sensitive to being exposed to secondhand smoke. This report shows that there are substantial financial benefits to implementing smoke-free policies, in addition to the health benefits those policies bring." For full article, click here.

Senate OKs Mental Health Amendment To 'Effectively Derailed' Gun Bill {new}
The amendment, which was added to the gun control bill a day after the broader measure that included background checks on gun purchases was rejected by the Senate, would expand a range of mental health programs.The amendment, introduced by Sens. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), expands federal mental health programs, including in education, suicide prevention, substance abuse and trauma centers. For full article, click here.
Small Amounts of Daily Exercise Can Help Teens Quit Smoking 
As little as 30 minutes of daily exercise can help kids quit smoking, according to a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health. It can also help to reduce tobacco use. Researchers found that daily smokers were more likely to reduce or quit smoking if they combined a fitness program with a smoking cessation program, rather than just a cessation program alone. For full article, click here

Experts Debate Expected Changes to ADHD Diagnosis 
Medical experts are at odds as to what to ultimately expect from the predicted changes to the diagnostic criteria for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). The DSM-5 will be released in May by the American Psychiatric Association. The broadened criteria should increase the number of people diagnosed with ADHD in part by expanding the age time frame for the onset of symptoms. For  full article, click here.

South Not the Fattest Part of U.S. After All
It goes against popular belief, but a recent study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) shows that the southern region of the United States is not the fattest part of the country. according to data from the long-running REGARDS (Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke) study, the West North Central part of the country, which includes North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri, is the fattest area -- with a 41 percent obese population. These findings were recently published online by the journal Obesity. For full article, click here.
CDC: Nearly 1 in 3 Americans Suffers from High Blood Pressure 
Nearly one in three Americans have high blood pressure, according a new study in the journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The number climbed 10 percent from 2005 to 2009, demonstrating an increased need to focus on prevention and treatment. "What we are really concerned about as well is that people who have high blood pressure are getting treated. Only about half of those with hypertension have it controlled," said Fleetwood Loustalot, a researcher at the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For full article, click here. 

Smoking in Youth-rated Movies Up Dramatically 
According to a new study funded by Legacy, smoking scenes in youth-rated movies is back up to the same levels as about a decade ago, with approximately half of such movies in 2012 providing 14.8 billion “tobacco impressions,” . Tobacco impressions are calculated by multiplying incidents of tobacco use by the number of film tickets. From 2010 to 2012 alone the rate was up 169 percent; 2010 was an historic low for tobacco impressions. This trend is dangerous because of the way movies can influence youth behavior. For full article, click here.

Study Links Breakfast Cereal, Healthier BMIs for Kids 
Helping kids maintain a low BMI could be as simple as giving them cereal for breakfast, according to a new study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The study found that children who had cereal for breakfast four out of nine mornings were in the 95th percentile for BMI; kids who had cereal every day were in the 65th percentile. Researchers say the study shows the ability to combat childhood obesity by making breakfast cereal available to low-income kids. For full article, click here.

Study: School Lunch Standards Help Kids Maintain Healthy Weight 
States with strict school lunch standards may be helping students maintain healthier weights, according to a new study in JAMA Pediatrics. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National School Lunch Program standards include maximums calories for lunches and the serving of only skim or reduced-fat milk. Depending on grade level, school lunches are between 550 and 850 calories. The preliminary findings help refute the concern that students would simply compensate with unhealthy snacks, according to Daniel Taber, MD, lead author from the Institute for Health Research and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. For full article, click here.
Access to Mental Health Care Lacking for Children, Teens Across the U.S.
A new national U.S. survey shows adults who work and volunteer with children and teens do not believe youth have appropriate access to mental health. In addition, in communities where respondents perceived racial/ethnic inequities, they consistently reported less access to all healthcare services, including mental health, especially for teens. For more information about the study, click here.

Report Finds Most Restaurant Children's Meals Are Still Unhealthy
According to the New York Times, many menu items don't meet the restaurant association's own standards for healthful children's meals. A new study of the nutritional quality of meals for children on the menus of the nation's largest chain restaurants has found that 91 percent do not even meet the standards set by the National Restaurant Association's Kids LiveWell program. An even larger percentage — 97 percent of restaurant children's meals — failed to meet stricter standards developed by a panel of nutrition and health experts for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the nonprofit research and advocacy group that commissioned the study. For full article, click here.

CDC Ad Campaign to Continue to Share the Stories, Troubles of Former Smokers 
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has re-launched last year's successful national ad campaign with a second series of ads telling the true stories of former smokers now living with the effects of their addiction—such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, severe adult asthma and heart disease. The campaign will run on television, radio, billboards and online, as well as in theaters, magazines and newspapers. For more information about the campaign, click here.

Cash for Weight Loss? Works Better When Employees Compete for Pots of Money 
A growing number of companies are offering employees an opportunity to boost earning power at work via cash incentives to stay healthy. Under the Affordable Care Act, employers will soon be able to offer even larger financial incentives to prod healthy lifestyle behaviors among their workforce, such as quitting smoking and losing weight. For full article, click here.

Sustainable Communities State Designation Opens Funding Opportunities for Community Health
A new State-led neighborhood revitalization designation called Sustainable Communities provides a planning framework and funding for local governments and other community stakeholders to improve community health.  "Sustainable Communities" are eligible to apply for competitive grants and loans toward capital projects, tax credits, and other benefits. For more information on the designation, consult the Sustainable Communities website or click here to e-mail Mary Kendall. To see if you are located in a Sustainable Community, click here.
Job Vacancy
Part Time Director of Programs and Development for NAMI Howard County
Must be organized, energetic, and have good people skills.  Email resume and cover letter to: bfgibson.namihc@gmail.com or fax to: 410-772-9307 by May 1st.
Visit www.nami.org/sites/NAMIHowardCounty for more information. No phone calls, please.
HCC is Approved IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Site
HCC is partnering with the IRS to offer income tax assistance to individuals with income under $51,000. This free service is available to anyone, including HCC employees and students. There are trained volunteers available who will assist in your tax preparation. For more information, 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


Cherrybration Days 
The Blossoms of Hope project is helping to bring hope to individuals and families within our community who are coping with cancer through its contributions to Howard County General Hospital’s CLAUDIA MAYER CANCER RESOURCE CENTER. A variety of CHERRYBRATION DAYS events are held during the trees beautiful blossoming season each April. For the calendar of April events, click here.
Living with Breast Cancer {free}
April 25, 7-8:30 p.m.
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. HCGH Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center. Call 410 964-9100 x5 for more information and to register.

Together We Thrive {free}
April 27, 10-11:30
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. HCGH Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center.  Call 410 740-5858 for more information and to register.

WomenfestAn Interactive Day To Inspire Healthier, Fuller Lives {free}
Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m
The Howard County Department of Citizen Services’ Office on Aging is pleased to present their 5th annual WomenFest, a wellness event for women at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center, 2400 Route 97 in Cooksville.  WomenFest is an interactive day that focuses on health, wellness, fashion and beauty, and is designed to inspire women to live more balanced, healthier and fuller lives.  Keynote to be given by Glamour magazine contributing beauty editor, Andrea Pomerantz Lustig.  For more information click here.

3rd Annual “Remember Haiti” Fundraising Event {new}
Saturday, May 4,  6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The Wilde Lake Interfaith Center

Come experience the art, music and food of the Haitian culture while also helping to support schools, libraries and clinics. Purchase your tickets online: $50 per person at thebuildhaitifoundation.org

Baltimore City Resource Sharing Event!{free}
Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 from 1:00-3:00pm
Paul C. Wohlman Assembly Hall, War Memorial Building, 101 North Gay Street, First Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202
This event is sponsored by the Maryland Community Services Locator (MDCSL) Project at the University of Maryland, College Park and the Baltimore City Department of Social Services (BCDSS).  It will feature a presentation on how to use the MDCSL (www.mdcsl.org), and a presentation on BCDSS programs.  We invite your agency to bring information to share at this event.  
 For information about parking  and registration for the event as an organization or attendee, click here.

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.
WomenFest {free}
Saturday, April 27, 2013, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WomenFest is an interactive day focusing on health, wellness, fashion, and beauty, featuring 90+ vendors and exhibitors, engaging seminars and free health screenings. Admission is free.  A keynote address at 1:30 p.m. will feature Glamour Magazine Beauty Editor Andrea Pomerantz Lustig, author of How to Look Expensive  (click on the title for more information).  Free tickets for the keynote address will be distributed at the event, while quantities last. For more information, click here.
2013 NAMIWalk Maryland
Saturday May 18, 2013 at Baltimore Inner Harbor - Rash Field
Check-in: 10:00 am
Start Time: 11:00 am
NAMIWalks is the largest mental health education and fundraising effort in America. NAMIWalks brings together thousands of individuals and supporters to celebrate mental illness recovery, to honor those who have lost their lives to mental illness and to help raise funds, combat stigma and promote awareness. Join the thousands of people across Maryland to help raise awareness about mental illness and to raise money for the free vital support programs that NAMI offers to individuals with mental illness and their families. All the funds collected by Walkers will be used to fund NAMI’s programs here in Maryland. For information about this event, click here.
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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: 7178 Columbia Gateway Dr., Columbia, MD 21046