October  2

Local Health Improvement Coalition Weekly Digest

Dear Howard County LHIC Members –

Please find below 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.  

Items Shared at Previous LHIC Meeting: 
Community Based Care Team Presentation 
 Hotspotting Video 


94 Percent of Schools Expected to Meet Nutrition Standards {new}
Ninety-four percent of U.S. school districts expected to meet updated nutrition standards for school lunch by the end of the 2012-13 school year, according to a report released today by the Kids’ Safe & Healthful Foods Project. However, the report also reveals that schools could serve healthier meals more effectively and efficiently with better equipment, infrastructure, and staff training.

McDonald’s Announces Updated Nutrition Standards for Marketing {new}
Following an agreement signed with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, McDonald’s announced its intentions last week to no longer market some of its less nutritious offerings to children in 20 of the company’s largest markets which represent more than 85 percent of global sales.  McDonald’s committed specifically to providing customers with a choice of a salad, fruit, or vegetable instead of French fries in its value meals; promoting only water, juice, or milk as a Happy Meal beverage on menu boards and in-store and external advertisements; and ensuring that 100 percent of children-directed marketing includes a “fun” nutrition or well-being message. According to the company, “all pieces of this commitment will be implemented in 30-50 percent of the 20 major markets within three years and 100 percent of the 20 markets by 2020.”   

Michelle Obama Plays Referee In The Food Tug-Of-War
Michelle Obama used the pull of the White House Wednesday to convene a meeting on food marketing to children, stepping directly into the tug-of-war between health advocates and manufacturers of processed food.

 State's Poor Health Care Affects All Income Levels
High-income people who live in states that generally do poorly in health care are worse off than low-income people in states with high health care scores, according to a Commonwealth Fund study released today.

More Kids Now Have Health Care, And You Have The Federal Government To Thank For That
More children are enrolled in health care coverage as a result of government safety net programs and provisions included in the Affordable Care Act, a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Urban Institute finds.


New Resources on Maryland Health Connection Website
Maryland's new health insurance marketplace: MarylandHealthConnection.gov, has been updated. New and expanded content areas provide information for individuals, families and small businesses. Including: Videos in English and Spanish with closed caption, Fact sheets on Maryland Health Connection and health insurance basics, Information on consumer assistance, Glossary of health terms, Small business tax credit calculator, and Helpful links on health coverage.
MHC Overview 
MHC Fact Sheet 
MHC Tax Credit for Small Businesses
MHC SHOP Fact Sheet

Maryland Health Connection Opens Call Center
Maryland Health Connection has opened the first phase of its state-of-the-art customer call center in Baltimore to provide support for residents and small employers statewide. During  September, the call center will assist Marylanders with general questions about health coverage and preparations for open enrollment. The call center will operate seven days a week during the open enrollment period, which begins on October 1, 2013 and ends on March 31, 2014.
The toll-free phone number is 855.642(MHC).8572, and 1.855.642(MHC).8573 for TTY service.

Maryland Health Connection Launches Social Media Campaign 
Maryland Health Connection is excited to announce the launch of its social media campaign to communicate and engage with Maryland residents seeking information about health coverage options. Join the conversation on Maryland Health Connection’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube social media channels. Enrollment through Maryland Health Connection is scheduled to begin in October 2013 for individuals and families, with insurance coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2014. Engage with Maryland Health Connection through social media on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube


Multicultural Community Engagement: Putting Childhood Obesity Prevention Strategies to Work in Diverse Communities
Wednesday, October 2, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Leadership for Healthy Communities, this webinar will explore strategies local governments can utilize to prevent childhood obesity in communities of color. Register for the webinar.

Effective Writing
Friday,October 4, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Participants will find out how to unclog writer’s block and start writing immediately with confidence and know-how. Cost is $30. The event location is Charles I. Ecker Business Training Center, Howard Community College, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, Maryland 21046. To register click here 

NAMI Howard County Fall Fundraiser
Friday,October 4, 7:00p.m.
NAMI Howard County is hosting its fall fundraiser at Ten Oaks Ballroom with The Fabulous Hubcaps. If you like rock-n-roll music, bring your dancing shoes and join us for a fun evening. Additional information and tickets can be purchased online at www.nami.org/sites/NAMIHowardCounty or call  410-772-9300.

Creating Effective Partnerships to End Childhood Obesity {new}
Monday, October 7, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Sponsored by the New York State Public Health Association, this conference will feature evidence-based programs and policies that have been developed by primary care representatives and public health organizations to prevent and treat obesity on the local level. Register for the workshop.

NAMI Basics {free}
October 12th-November 16th, 2013
Six week course specifically designed for parents and other primary caregivers of children and adolescents who are living with mental illness. The course includes practical insights on issues frequently faced by families dealing with mental illness. The 2.5 hour class is taught by trained parents who have lived similar experiences with their own children. It is not necessary that the child have received a specific diagnosis. The next course runs from Saturday, October 12th- Saturday, November 16th, 2013 in the mornings. Please call the NAMI Howard County office at 410-772-9300 to sign up. Please note: there is no fee to participate.

Healthy Howard to Help Residents Find Health Insurance
Healthy Howard's  Door to HealthCare Western Maryland is providing free help choosing affordable, quality health coverage through the state’s new health insurance marketplace, Maryland Health Connection. The Door is the official source for information in six Maryland counties, including Howard, and provides practical answers about new changes in health care, personal support for making the right choice and assistance with signing up for health insurance. Within Howard County, the Door will be working with local partners including Chase Brexton, Grassroots and the Korean Resource Center. Visit www.doortohealthcare.org for the latest information! For more information click here
Connecting Howard County Residents to Coverage 
Health Care Reform and You 

Opportunity for Former Smokers in Maryland
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office on Smoking and Health is recruiting individuals to feature in the next wave of CDC’s national tobacco education campaign. The CDC is seeking people across all populations, particularly candidates who are Asian or Spanish speaking. All applicants must be tobacco-free for at least 6 months  If you know of any people whom you feel would be a good candidate for this campaign, please pass their contact information on to the Recruitment Director, Mimi Webb Miller, at CDCTips@gmail.com or (855) 332-7277. The CDC will pay $2,500 and travel expenses for those selected.

HC DrugFree Teen Advisory Council
The HC DrugFree is seeking high school students to advise staff and board. Teen council meets monthly. Community service hours available. For more information, please contact HC DrugFree's Executive Director, Joan Webb Scornaienchi at 443-325-0040 or info@hcdrugfree.org.

Community Transformation Grant Resources (CTG)
For pdf click here

Affordable Care Act 
Georgia Health Policy Center and the National Network of Public Health Institutes
Leading through Health System Change
The Leading though Health Systems Change is a planning tool designed to assist state and local health department leaders in thinking strategically about the future in light of the changes created by the Affordable Care Act. To access planning tool click here
National Association of Chronic Disease Directors Affordable Care Act Website
Includes links to resources regarding the Affordable Care Act and slides from the recent webinar “The Affordable Care Act: A Primer for State Health Departments”. To access website click here.

Network 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 www.marylandaccesspoint.info.
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.  For more information, please visit the website.  www.CPS3HowardCounty.org

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


Knitting and Crochet Support Group {free}
Every Wednesday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Attention cancer patients, survivors and caregivers, join us each week for instruction, directions and good times for beginning or advanced knitters. Located at The Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Medical Pavilion, Columbia MD. For more information call 410-740-5858.
Care Giver’s Support Group {free}
October 1, 3:30 p.m.
Meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. or the third Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m.- noon at 10710 Medical Pavilion, Columbia MD. To register click here or   call 410-740-5858 for more information. 
‘Family First’ Workshops for Parents of Young Children $7.00
Every other Monday from September 9 - November 18 2013, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Presented by the Office of Children’s Services, the Howard County Department of Citizen Services will offer a series of workshops for parents and guardians raising young children, from birth to age 8. Classes will be held at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042.
 For more information or to register, please email children@howardcountymd.gov, call 410-313-1940 or visit www.howardcountymd.gov/children

Breast Cancer Support Group  {free}
September 18, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
This group, facilitated by Mary Dowling, LCSW-C meets on the third Wednesday of each month. Registration requested. Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Medical Pavilion, Columbia MD. For more information call 410-740-5858.

Prenatal Exercise Taught by a Certified Instructor
September 24 or September 26, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
 Physician permission required. Eight-week session beginning Tuesdays on 9/24, 6:30–7:30 p.m. or Thursdays on 9/26, 6:30–7:30 p.m. $88/eight sessions. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Road Columbia, MD.

Smoke-Free Lungs
Thursday, September 26, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Education and support for those wanting to quit or who have quit. Attend one or all sessions. 9/26, 10/17 or 11/14. Free. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Road Columbia, MD.

Living with Breast Cancer Support Group
Thursday, September 26, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
This group facilitated by Mary Dowling, LCSW-C for patients with a stage IV cancer diagnosis meets each fourth Thursday of the month. Registration requested. Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Medical Pavilion, Columbia MD. Call (410) 740-5858 for more information.

Get the Skinny on Weight Loss {new} {free} 
Thursday, October 3, 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Research shows a healthy weight is important for better health. Make the decision to weigh less now and learn a new perspective that will support you in your weight-loss management. Presented by Raj Dua, M.D. Free. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Road Columbia, MD.

Joslin Diabetes Centers' Diabetes Innovation 2013
October 3-5, 2013 in Washington D.C.

Join hundreds of your peers at world renowned Joslin Diabetes Centers' Diabetes Innovation 2013, where you'll find leading edge programs and solutions from all stakeholders in diabetes -purchaser, payer, providers, patients and suppliers. The deadline is July 21, and for more information and to register please visit the link: Diabetes Innovation 2013. 

Kitchen Wisdom {new}
Monday, October 7, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Sample foods and learn how to spice up healthy meals with herbs and spices for a variety of taste. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Road Columbia, MD.

Adult, Child  & Infant CPR and AED {new}
Wednesday, October 9, 5:30-9:00 p.m.
Learn the skills needed to clear an airway obstruction, perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). Earn a two-year American Heart Association completion card. Cost is $55.Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Road Columbia, MD.

Depression Screening {new} {free}
Thursday, October 10, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Depression screening includes lecture; video; self-assessment; and an individual, confidential evaluation with a mental health practitioner. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Road Columbia, MD.

Advance Directives {new} {free}
Thursday, October 10, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
 Understand what Advance Directives are, who needs them, how to get them and how to complete them. Leave with an Advance Directives document. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Road Columbia, MD.

You Can Prevent Diabetes! 
Saint Agnes Hospital is now offering a 4-month program designed to prevent the development of Type 2 Diabetes in people who test as Pre-Diabetic. The program combines the resources and expertise of the Saint Agnes endocrinologists, certified diabetes educators, dieticians, fitness professionals and other health educators in collaboration with the American Diabetes Association. A physician referral is required. For details click here or contact Roslyn Snyder, Pre-Diabetes Program Coordinator, at 410-368-3244.

Well4life® Program at Saint Agnes Hospital {free}
A holistic and comprehensive approach to weight loss and healthy living, the well4life® program at Saint Agnes Hospital provides medical oversight, your own personal health coach, educational and fitness classes, support groups, a web companion and more.  If you’d like to change your lifestyle habits and reach a meaningful health and wellness goal, we can give you the support and expertise you need. Find out more at www.well4lifeprogram.com or register for our free monthly information sessions by calling 1-866-690-9355.





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: 8930 Stanford Boulevard Columbia, MD 21045