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January 27, 2016

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A Message From The Howard County Health Officer
Dear LHIC members, 

As we begin this new year, I would like to thank you for your commitment to the LHIC and for your hard work in 2015.  Our work toward a healthier Howard County would not be possible without your continued effort and dedication. 

With that in mind, I want to remind you about the importance of your attendance at LHIC meetings. If you are the voting representative from your organization and you are unable to attend a meeting, we ask that you please arrange for another person from your organization or another LHIC member to be your proxy, and to notify the LHIC staff no later than 5:00 p.m. the day before the meeting.  

Based on our bylaws, in order to approve past minutes and conduct other business, we must have a quorum, or more than 50% of voting members, in attendance.

Thank you for your understanding, and I look forward to another successful year. 


Maura Rossman, MD, Health Officer, LHIC Co-Chair

Upcoming LHIC Forum 
Please mark your calendars and join us on Thursday, March 24 from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Howard County Miller Library for our 1st LHIC Community Forum. The purpose of the Forum is to share with community members the work that the LHIC is doing to improve health outcomes in the County. This will also be an opportunity for LHIC organizations to showcase their programs. 

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

Link Between Food Advertising, Child Food Consumption

As reported by Science Daily, the analysis of a new research by University of Liverpool health expert Dr. Emma Boyland showed that unhealthy food advertising exposure significantly increased food consumption in children, but not adults. 

Television and Internet advertising were equally impactful.

Click Here to Read Full Article
Access to Care

New Federal Standards For Marketplace Plans May Reduce Out-Of-Pocket Spending

According to Kaiser Health News, some consumers who buy coverage on the health insurance marketplaces in 2017 could see their out-of-pocket costs drop significantly under a federal proposal to create standardized plans.

The change is part of the government’s proposed regulation that sets out the benefit standards for plans sold on the health insurance marketplaces in 2017.

Click Here to Read Full Article
Behavioral Health

Research Confirms Racial Inequities In Mental Health Treatments

A new summary of research representing over 4.7 million individuals has provided data on the severity of the racial inequities.

According to 
Medical News Today, Asian Americans were less than half as likely as Whites to use mental health services, Hispanic/Latino(a) Americans were 25% less likely, and African Americans were 21% less likely.
Click Here to Read Full Article
Healthy Aging

Aging In Place: 4 Questions To Consider

The lure of re-locating after retirement is not as strong as it used to be. More and more older adults are choosing to remain in their own homes. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, over 75 percent of the 55-plus crowd own their own homes. They are choosing to “age in place.”

Reported in Healthy Aging, questions to consider include: What really matters to you? Will your current home accommodate your needs? What would renovation cost? and Do you have good support system?
Click Here to Access the Report
Members Message Board
Columbia Association 
Vendors Wanted
The Columbia Association is holding their annual Team Member Health Fair on Tuesday, March 15, 10am-2pm, Slayton House (Wilde Lake Village Center). This is a FREE event. Interested vendors should call Shawni Paraska at 410-715-3128 or email
by February 15.
HC DrugFree
Tobacco Retailer Training
On behalf of the Howard County Health Department, HC DrugFree will be offering Tobacco Retailer Training on February 9th at 10:30 AM at the Miller Library and February 11th at 5:15 PM at the Howard County Health Department. (ONLY if there are weather-related cancellations on either the 9th or 11th, a training will be held on February 16th at 10:30 AM at the Miller Library.) Feel free to call HC DrugFree's office at 443-325-0040 if you have any questions.

HC DrugFree Teen Advisory Council Meetings 
HC DrugFree’s Teen Advisory Council (TAC) meets one Monday evening a month from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM at The Barn (Oakland Mills Village Center) and is open to all Howard County high school students. The next TAC meetings will be held on Monday, February 22. Community service hours are available. For more information, please visit and go to the Teen Advisory Council page, or contact Joan Webb Scornaienchi, HC DrugFree’s Executive Director at or call             
Upcoming Community Events
Webinar: Ayurvedic Nutrition: Harmony with Nature
Maryland University of Integrative Health 
Thursday, January 28
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  
When we are cold, we put on a sweater. When we are hot, we find shade and drink cool water. Ayurveda is just that simple. "Ayur" means life and "Veda" means knowledge or science, so "Ayurveda" can be translated as "the science of life." In this webinar, you will learn the basics of Ayurveda, diet and lifestyle recommendations associated with living Ayurvedically, how to eat in season for your dosha, and how to maintain optimal health and wellness as you age gracefully. Improve your awareness and come back to nature.

click here to register.

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

Adult, Child and Infant CPR/AED 2016
Several Dates & Times Available   
Cost: $55
Wellness Center Medical Pavilion
10710 Charter Drive
Columbia, MD
This course will teach you the skills needed to clear an airway obstruction, perform cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). At the successful completion of this course, you will earn a two-year American Heart Association completion card. This course is for community members and does not meet the qualifications for health care provider. This class is registered per person, not per couple.

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
Coffee and Networking 
Thursday 1/28
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. 
Ascend One Building 
8930 Stanford Blvd. 
Columbia, MD 21045
Potomac Room

Full LHIC  
Thursday 1/28
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 
Ascend One Building 
Potomac Room

Access to Care Work Group
Thursday 1/28
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
Ascend One Building 
Barton Room A

Healthy Weight Work Group
Thursday 1/28
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
Ascend One Building 
Potomac Room

Behavioral Health Work Group
Thursday 1/28
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
Ascend One Building 
Severn Room

Contact Us
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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