August 15, 2016





Full LHIC Meeting on September 22 2016


Work Group and Task Group Meetings:

Access to Care Work Group: 
August 25, 2016 09:00AM - 10:15AM  Severn

Behavioral Health Work Group: No Work Group Meeting in August

Behavioral Health Task Groups will meet in the Centennial Room as follows:
  • Overdose Prevention Task Group
    August 23, 2016 11:00am

  • Resource Toolkit Task Group
    August 25, 2016 1:00pm

  • Suicide Prevention Task Group
    September 14, 2016 8:30am

Healthy Aging Work Group Meeting
August 22, 2016 02:45PM - 04:15PM  Barton B

Healthy Weight Work Group Meeting

August 25, 2016 08:30AM - 10:00AM  Barton A

Meet the LHIC Team

LHIC Director
LHIC Director

Kelly Kesler is the Director of the Howard County Local Health Improvement Coalition. Kelly’s previous professional roles have included serving most recently as the Community Health Director for Komen Maryland. Ms. Kesler has also served as the Assistant Director of Health Promotion for the University of Maryland and the Vice President of Program Services for the American Lung Association of Maryland. Ms. Kesler earned her BS in School Health Education from the University of Maryland and earned her Masters Degree in Community Health Education from Towson University in 2002.  Kelly is a 16 year cancer survivor and an active volunteer for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society supporting newly diagnosed individuals. Kelly enjoys spending time with her family and friends and resides in Howard County with her husband and three children. 

LHIC Program Coordinator

Rhonda Jenkins is the LHIC Program Coordinator for Healthy Weight and Healthy Aging. Rhonda’s professional roles include currently teaching health courses as an adjunct professor, previous health insurance educator at CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield and human services associate at BCHD working in the childhood immunizations department. In addition, she has held leadership roles in community service organizations having served as a health initiatives chairman at a non-profit organization in Columbia, MD. Rhonda earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Health Science. Rhonda enjoys running, photography and community volunteerism. Ms. Jenkins resides in Reisterstown, Maryland with her family.

LHIC Program Coordinator

Vanessa Michel is the LHIC Program Coordinator for the Access to Care and Behavioral Health work groups. Vanessa’s previous professional roles have included serving most recently as the Research Program Coordinator for an asthma education research study for Johns Hopkins University, as the Outreach Assistant for the Urology Care Foundation, and as the Community Aide for B’more for Healthy Babies for the Baltimore City Health Department. Vanessa’s experience includes being an asthma educator, working on a teen pregnancy prevention initiative, and working on the Know Your Stats About Prostate Health campaign. Vanessa earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education from Morgan State University.  Vanessa enjoys reading, traveling, learning about different cultures, and volunteering with Komite Ayiti, a non-profit that serves as an advocate and resource for the Haitian community locally and abroad. Vanessa resides in Baltimore County with her family.

Healthy Weight
2015-2017 Action Plan Goal
Ensure Howard County residents achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
Healthy Aging

This newly formed Work Group is currently working to identify Action Plan Goals.
Access To Care
2015-2017 Action Plan Goal

Increase access to health care among Howard County residents.
Behavioral Health
2015-2017 Action Plan Goals

Expand access to behavioral health resources and reduce behavioral health emergencies in Howard County.
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Kelly Kesler, MS CHES
Director, Howard County Local Health Improvement Coalition

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