Healthy Howard manages Howard County’s Local Health Improvement Coalition (LHIC), a group of more than 40 organizations focused on addressing health disparities and improving health and wellness in our community. We work in close collaboration with the Howard County Health Department as part of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s State Health Improvement Process (SHIP).
Formed in 2011, the LHIC currently has more than 100 participants representing diverse organizations from all sectors of the community: government agencies, hospitals, the public school system, higher education, for-profit and non-profit businesses and providers of mental, somatic and oral health services.
The coalition developed a 2012-14 Local Health Improvement Action Plan which identified top priorities, measures and strategies for strengthening health equity in Howard County. The LHIC has established workgroups focused on three priority goals to:
- Increase access to care
- Enable people of all ages to achieve and maintain a healthy weight through healthy eating and physical activity
- Expand access to behavioral health resources and reduce behavioral health emergencies
In 2016, the coalition will be adding a fourth priority area, healthy aging, in response to data indicating a growing aging population and a strong desire among residents for initiatives to promote healthy aging.