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November 04, 2015

LHIC News and Updates

Hello LHIC members!

Coffee, Network and New Member Orientation! 
Continuing the tradition, join us bright and early on Wednesday, November 18 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. for a coffee and network opportunity before our full LHIC meeting. At the same time, any new LHIC member is also encouraged to attend a brief orientation session to learn more about the LHIC, the Work Groups and meet other new members. We look forward to seeing you!  

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 aortiz@healthyhowardmd.org.


Howard County - Event Spotlight

 Health in the News

Access to Care 
HCC's dental center offers affordable care through student learning
Preventive dental care can cost anywhere from $60 to $200 and, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, is why more than a third of Americans skip it. But at Howard Community College's Dental Hygiene Center, which opened its doors to the community this fall, patients receive these services for a flat fee of $20 per visit. 

The Dental Hygiene Center offers students in Howard Community College's two-year dental hygiene program the opportunity to work with patients before graduating. In return, patients with and without dental insurance pay the same affordable price to get their teeth cleaned and examined by the students and double-checked by licensed hygienists who serve as instructors in the program.

Click here to read the full article.
Healthy Weight 
Does Insulin Influence What We Choose To Eat?
The more insulin there is in the brain, the more dopamine will be released, and this may affect what we choose to eat, says research published in Nature Communications. In one set of experiments on rodents, a rise in insulin led to 20-55% more dopamine being released in the striatal region of the brain. This is the area where dopamine's effects on the brain are felt, and which governs the body's response to getting a reward.

This appears to indicate a new role for insulin as part of the brain's reward system. It suggests that rodents, and presumably people, may choose to consume high-carbohydrate or low-fat meals that release more insulin, in order to heighten dopamine release. Neuroscientist Margaret Rice, PhD says this finding is important because chronically elevated insulin levels and lowered insulin sensitivity in the brain are closely tied to obesity and type II diabetes, both very prevalent in the US.

Click here to read the full article. 
Behavioral Health 
Behavioral Health System Baltimore names new CEO
HealthCare Access Maryland CEO Kathleen Westcoat has been tapped to head Behavioral Health System Baltimore, the nonprofit organization that oversees the city’s behavioral health system. Westcoat begins her new role December 1. She succeeds Bern McBride, who stepped down Sept. 9 after two years as CEO. 

Behavioral Health System Baltimore is a $66 million quasi-governmental organization designated to handle all of the federal, state and city funding for substance abuse and mental health services in Baltimore. The nonprofit is led by a 14-member board chaired by Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen.

Click here to read the full article. 

From Our Members - Message Board 

HC DrugFree's Teens Walk a Straight Line
On Friday, October 30 at Howard High School, members of HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council volunteered to assist the Howard County Police as teen participants wore the drunk driving goggles and attempted to walk a straight line. MVA MD Highway Safety Office (MHSO) hosted the 2015 Ford Driving Skills for Life event, presented by Ford Motor Company and the Governors Highway Safety Association to teach newly licensed teens the necessary skills for safe driving beyond what they learn in driver education programs. The mission is to provide resources and education to supplement teen driver training programs nationwide.

Pictured left to right are HC DrugFree Executive Director Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Max Lewis, Howard High School Principal Nick Novak, Jennifer Tao, Natalie Cross, HCPD Cpl. Chris Valentine, Rachel Lin, and Jordan Corley.
The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) began a new CDC-funded program to accelerate prevention and population-based strategies that will reduce chronic disease and health disparities. These efforts will contribute to building a strong base for evidence-based prevention programming across the nation. In Maryland, Danelle Buchman is the regional campaign manager to work specifically with like-minded stakeholders, as well as worksites and healthcare facilities who will work to promote nutrition and access to healthier food and beverages. Interested in learning more or technical
assistance for your facility? Contact Danelle Buchman at Danelle.buchman@heart.org

All LHIC organizations are invited to participate in Columbia Association's annual Team Member Health Fair. The event will be held March 15 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., at the new Columbia Association headquarters. There is no fee for vendors or attendees. Contact Shawni Paraska, Community Health Director410-715-3128 or shawni.paraska@columbiaassociation.org by the end of December if interested. Space is limited.

Upcoming Events 
Smoke-Free Lungs
Tuesday,  November 10
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  
Wellness Center Medical Pavilion
10710 Charter Drive
Columbia, MD
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 depending on your individual needs.  

Please click here to register. 

Home Sweet Home (Children's Stay Home Alone Course)
Saturday, November 14
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.   
Wellness Center Medical Pavilion
10710 Charter Drive
Columbia, MD
Is your child ready to stay home alone?  What do you need to do to make it a safe environment?  What does your child need to learn before being left alone? This course for parents and children ages 8-12 will teach safe and fun ways for children to stay at home alone.  Please be sure to register your children individuallyA completed waiver form is due before the beginning of class

Please click here to register. 

Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center
Lots of classes are available, please click here for a complete listing.

Eating with the Seasons: Autumn to Winter
Tuesday, November 12
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  
Maryland University of Integrative Health
7750 Montpelier Road 
Laurel, MD 20723 
Do you ever wonder why you crave different types of foods each season?  In the Autumn, temperatures begin to drop and summer smoothies fade away to be replaced by warming foods and spices.  We will be discussing the principles behind eating with the seasons and will provide an in depth look into eating specifically for Autumn and Winter.  

Please click here to register.

Maryland University of Integrative Health 
If you are interested in classes, please click 
here for a complete listing of MUIH events. 
Ongoing Events 
FREE Boot Camp in the Park 
Corporate Pavilion at Centennial Park 
All Fitness Levels
Every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Begins Saturday, March 21

Directions from Points East: from Rt. 29, take Rt. 108 West; cross over first light at Columbia Road, right turn onto Woodland Rd., immediate left to pavilion. Follow Get Active Howard County signs. From Centennial Lane and points West:  Pass first park entrance; U-turn at Columbia Road, first right on Woodland Road, immediate left to pavilion H.

here for more information.

Upcoming LHIC Meetings

Coffee Networking &
New  Member Orientation

Wednesday 11/18
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. 
Ascend One Building 
8930 Stanford Blvd. 
Columbia, MD 21045
Potomac Room

Full LHIC Meeting 
Wednesday 11/18
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
Ascend One Building 
8930 Stanford Blvd. 
Columbia, MD 21045
Potomac Room


Contact Us

Jeananne Sciabarra
Director, Health Care Transformation

Alvaro Ortiz
LHIC Program Manager
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