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June 18, 2014

LHIC News and Updates


Hello LHIC members! Thanks to all who were able to attend the full LHIC meeting on June 5. We reviewed almost all of the documents created since the retreat, and Jeananne will be sending out updated versions by the end of the week.

LHIC Recruiting for New Members
We are ready for our membership recruitment drive! You should have received the membership application earlier this week. Please fill out and return to Jeananne as soon as possible. The deadline is August 1.

At the recent LHIC meeting, there were a few suggestions for individuals/groups that should be part of the LHIC. If you have contacts within these organizations, have other organizations to suggest, or can recommend specific community members, please call or email Jeananne:
Urgent Care Centers
Dentists
Fire and Rescue Services
Faith-based Organizations


All Work Groups Meeting Next Week
If you serve on a work group, you should have received a calendar invitation to a work group meeting for next week. Please see the Upcoming LHIC Events section for the meeting schedule. We look forward to seeing you next week! If you are unable to attend in person but would like to call in, please email Jeananne to arrange.

Share Your News!
We would love to share more about what our member organizations are doing through the LHIC Digest. If you have news or events to share, please email them to Jeananne, jsciabarra@healthyhowardmd.org.
 

Howard County 

2014 Howard County Health Survey Getting Ready to Launch - Spread the Word and Answer the Call!
 

The Howard County Health Department, The Horizon Foundation, Howard County General Hospital, and the Columbia Association have partnered once again to conduct a county-wide health assessment survey. You may have seen ads on buses encouraging you to "Answer the Call." Please spread the word about this important survey! We will email flyers to LHIC members as soon as the final details regarding caller id and originating phone number are finalized. Flyers can also be obtained by contacting Al Nall, Public Affairs Officer, anall@howardcountymd.gov, 410-313-6351. For more information and to see the results of the 2012 survey, visit www.howardcountyhealthsurvey.com.

Get Up, Get Out, Get ACTIVE!
 
 
Congratulations to everyone who participated in this year’s Get Active Howard County! Collectively, participants logged over 500,000 minutes of physical activity throughout the 10 week initiative which ended on Sunday, June 1st at Howard County Family Wellness Day. Thank you to all of the LHIC member organizations that participated in the success of Get Active Howard County and Howard County Family Wellness Day!


We Promote Health will continue to offer the FREE “Boot Camp in the Park” every Saturday morning at Centennial Park (Corporate Pavilion H) from  8 a.m. to 9 a.m.  This is the perfect physical activity for all ages and fitness levels.  More than 1,000 individuals have participated in one or more of the FREE Boot Camp in the Park sessions since we started in 2011.  LHIC is all about improving the health of our community -- we hope that all LHIC members will include a link to the boot camp in the park (www.TheBootCampInThePark.org) on their web portals and other communication channels whenever possible! Encourage your friends, families, co-workers, customers and clients to "Get Up! Get Out! Get Active!"  

Health in the News
Healthy Weight
Reforms to SNAP Could Increase Fruit and Vegetable Consumption and Decrease Obesity Among Recipients
From Health Affairs: Sanjay Basu of Stanford University School of Medicine and coauthors modeled the effects of two policy approaches to reforming the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which serves one in seven Americans. They write in the June issue of Health Affairs that ending a subsidy for sugar-sweetened beverage purchases with SNAP dollars would result in a decrease in obesity of 281,000 adults and 141,000 children through a 15.4 percent reduction in calories. The researchers also report that a $0.30 credit back on every dollar spent on qualifying fruits and vegetables could more than double the number of SNAP participants who meet federal guidelines for fruit and vegetable consumption.

With more than forty-six million people receiving SNAP food stamp benefits, Basu and coauthors suggest that policy makers closely examine the implications of such proposals at the population level to determine which will benefit people's health the most and prove most cost-effective. Read the article 
here.

Behavioral Health
Resource Guide for Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery
Go to HC DrugFree's website at http://www.hcdrugfree.org/factsresources.html to download and print the Howard County Health Department's Resource Guide for Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery. In it you can find information about recovery meetings, treatment professionals, support groups, how to recognize substance abuse in a loved one, and contact information about support services in Howard County as well as other information about substance abuse.   

Access to Care
What Might be the Effects of the Increasing Number of Health Care Clinicians? 
Also from Health Affairs, Edward Salsberg warns that increases in the flow of health care clinicians through the educational pipeline could increase access but also lead to surpluses. Read the article here.

Upcoming Events 

Boot Camp in the Park
Saturdays, March 22 through November 15
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Centennial Park, Corporate Pavilion H
FREE program for all ages and all fitness levels. Start your weekends with some fun physical activity. Bring your family, bring your friends! Find more details and directions here.

AARP Driver Safety
Monday, June 30
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
10710 Charter Drive , Columbia
This classroom refresher course, taught by AARP instructors, is for drivers 50 years and older. Register online but pay by check or cash only at the door.  As of 2014, cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-AARP members.
 
Check with your auto insurance company to see if it is one of many who offer a discount to seniors who attend this class! Click
here to register.

Living Well Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs
The Living Well: Take Charge of Your Health program is a 6 week evidence-based self-management workshop developed by Stanford University.  Designed for people living with one or more chronic conditions, Living Well participants can experience positive health outcomes including improvement in their overall quality of life, reduced health complications and reduced need for emergency care. The program offers techniques to deal with problems often associated with chronic illnesses, including frustration, fatigue, pain, and isolation.
The Office on Aging also offers Living Well With Diabetes and Living Well for Men. Click 
here for more information on these programs and to learn how to register.
 

Upcoming LHIC Events

Behavioral Health Work Group Meeting
Monday, 6/23/14
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD
Barton A Conference Room

Healthy Weight Work Group Meeting
Tuesday, 6/24/14
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD
Humphrey Conference Room

Access to Care Work Group Meeting
Tuesday, 6/24/14
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD
Humphrey Conference Room

Full LHIC Meeting
Thursday, 7/17/14
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD
Potomac Room (enter from back of building)

LHIC Membership Applications Due
Friday, 8/1/14
 
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