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April 6, 2016

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Thank You!
Thank you to those who joined us for our first Community Health Forum this past March 24. Your support and commitment to the LHIC is what help us make our goals a reality. Please click here if you would like to access the presentations as well as the recorded video of the event.  

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

Howard County Council Passes BikeHoward, Publicly Funded Campaign System Heads To Ballots

As reported in The Baltimore Sun, in a unanimous vote, the Council passed Bike Howard, a long-awaited plan to promote bicycling as a safe and environmentally friendly mode of transport and create a network of countywide pathways connecting commercial and residential areas.

The plan includes a series of amendments — such as the creation of a pedestrian advisory board and language clarifying how the plan can be updated — that underscore the lengthy document's purpose as a planning tool.
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Access to Care

Electronic Records Offer A Chance To Ensure Patients’ End-Of-Life Plans Aren’t Lost In Critical Moments

In a perfect world, patients with advance directives would be confident that their doctors and nurses — no matter where they receive care — could know in a split second their end-of-life wishes. But this ideal is still in the distance. Patients’ documents often go missing in maze-like files or are rendered unreadable by incompatible software. 

Reported by Kaiser Health News, changes may lie ahead. Developers of record systems are introducing functions that could make it easier to find and read an advance directive, said Harriet Warshaw, executive director of the Boston-based Conversation Project, which encourages families to discuss end-of-life options.
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Behavioral Health

Men May Be More Vulnerable to Long-Term Effects of Stress

As reported by PsychCentral, emerging research contradicts the belief that stress increases the risk of depression more in women than men. In a new study, investigators at the University of Michigan School of Public Health found that men are 50 percent more vulnerable to the effects of stress later in life than women.

One explanation for what happens with men and depression is that they are less likely to talk about the emotions and stressors they encounter, compared with women, said Shervin Assari, M.D., M.P.H.

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Healthy Aging

World’s Older Population Grows Dramatically

Reported by the National Institute of Aging, the world’s older population continues to grow at an unprecedented rate. Today, 8.5 percent of people worldwide (617 million) are aged 65 and over. According to a new report, “An Aging World: 2015,” this percentage is projected to jump to nearly 17 percent of the world’s population by 2050 (1.6 billion).

“Older people are a rapidly growing proportion of the world’s population,” said NIA Director Richard J. Hodes, M.D. “People are living longer, but that does not necessarily mean that they are living healthier. The increase in our aging population presents many opportunities and also several public health challenges that we need to prepare for."
Click Here to Access the Report
Members Message Board

Build Haiti Foundation
The Build Haiti Foundation is planning its sixth annual Celebrate Haitian Culture Event (CHC – 2016). The event is set to take place on April 16, 2015 at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center in Columbia, MD and features music, art and food from this culturally rich nation. The success of the event is credited largely to our sponsors, who lend their names and provide financial support to the foundation. The funds raised each year support BHF’s decentralized Haiti reconstruction effort which is the foundation’s working model for self- sustaining communities. 
Tickets: $25 in advance; $35 at the door.

Howard County Citizen Association 
GETTING OLDER IS NOT OPTIONAL: HOW YOU DEAL WITH IT IS! Saturday, Apr 16, 2016 1:30PM-4:30PM at the Slayton House, Wilde Lake Village, Columbia. Panelist will address issues such as housing, transportation, etc. and answer audience questions on these and other issues. HCCA is partnering with the Howard County Office of Aging, Columbia Association, and NARFE. This is a free ticketed event, but seating is limited. To register, please click here

Howard County Health Department
The Howard County Health Department (HCHD) is celebrating National Public Health Week (NPHW) 2016 by hosting an EXPO “Public Health Matters – Public Health is Your Health” on Saturday, April 9th from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM. HCHD is pleased to invite the LHIC workgroups to represent our strong and diverse County partnerships in community health.  HCHD will be showcasing its public health services and roles in the community, emphasizing our collaborative efforts to improve the social determinants of health for all who live, work, and visit Howard County. 
National Public Health Week (NPHW) is a time to recognize the contributions of public health and to highlight local issues that are important to improving our population’s health. This year, NPHW will be celebrated from April 4th through 10th, with the American Public Health Association promoting the theme of Generation Public Health-Creating the healthiest nation in one generation.  This movement shines a light on the many individual to local factors that impact health – from housing, education, and income to community design, transportation and environment.
To learn more about NPHW, visit HCHD at and
Columbia Association 
Beginning May 1, the Columbia Association's introduction to exercise program, Fit Beginnings, will offer 8 weeks of fitness and recreation for $80. In addition, you meet with a personal trainer for an initial consultation, two training sessions, and a follow up consultation. A nutrition consultation is also included. For more information, contact Shawni Paraska, 410-715-3128 or
Upcoming Community Events
Eating Well: Prescription for Better Health
Tuesday, April 12
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 
Wellness Center Medical Pavilion
10710 Charter Drive
Columbia, MD
Nutrition and proper nourishment of your body is key to living healthy. A certified nutritionist/registered dietitian will discuss the relationship of your food and nutrients to immunity, chronic disease management, healing and more.

Please click here to register. 

Advance Directives
Friday, April 15
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 
Wellness Center Medical Pavilion
10710 Charter Drive
Columbia, MD
Leslie Rogers, MSW, LCSW-C, OSW-C, clinical oncology social worker at HCGH and the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center will review what advance directives are, who needs them, and how you get them. You will have the opportunity of leaving this class with a completed advance directive document. Also, learn what it means to appoint, or to be appointed, a health care agent. Registration is required for this free event.

Please click here to register. 

New Prostate Cancer Screening Guidelines: A Patient and Physician Perspective
Wednesday, April 20
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
Wellness Center Medical Pavilion
10710 Charter Drive
Columbia, MD
Prostate cancer screening recommendations have recently changed. Join Dr. H. Ballantine Carter, professor of urology and oncology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, for an explanation of the new guidelines. Dr. Carter, an internationally-recognized specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of prostate disease who served on the panel that developed the new screening guidelines, has studied thousands of patients with prostate cancer using a treatment approach called "active surveillance" where men undergo regular evaluations in order to determine whether treatment is necessary. 

Please click here to register. 

Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center
Please click here for a complete listing of events at HCGH Wellness Center.

Webinar: Estrogen: Exploring Food and Hormone Balance
Monday, April 18
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  
In this webinar, we will look at a few of the major factors that can lead to estrogen imbalance and explore some dietary methods of restoring hormone balance. We will explore some of the symptoms of estrogen dominance and discuss why this is an important issue for both men and women today. Learn about foods that play a key role in managing hormone health focused on clearing xenoestrogens while supporting natural hormone development.

click here to register.

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

LHIC Meetings
Healthy Weight Work Group 
Thursday 4/28
                                8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.                                
Ascend One Building 
8930 Stanford Blvd. 
Columbia, MD 21045
Barton Room A

Access to Care Work Group 
Thursday 4/28
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 
Ascend One Building 
8930 Stanford Blvd. 
Columbia, MD 21045
Barton Room B
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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