What is HoCo Community Chat?

Hosted by Director Jackie Scott, of the Department of Community Resources and Services (DCRS), HoCo Community Chat is a new and entertaining way for DCRS to engage in conversations and provide tips on how to grow, thrive and live with dignity in Howard County.

HoCo Community Chat graphic for DCRS' new podcast

Episodes in English

Title

March 2024 - Celebrate National Nutrition Month

Content

n part one of this special two-episode month, Jackie Scott, host and DCRS director, kicks off March by honoring National Nutrition Month. She talks to experts Courtney Harangozo, health and wellness manager for our Office on Aging and Independence (OAI), and Carmen Roberts, registered dietician and OAI partner. Together, the group discusses National Nutrition Month, how we help our residents, and what nutrition looks like.

HoCo Community Chat will honor Women’s History Month later in March.

Key topics: 

Topic #1 -   Welcome and disclaimer from Jackie Scott [1:00] 

Topic #2 -   Guest introductions [2:20] 

Topic #3 -   What really is nutrition? [3:15] 

Topic #4 -   Registered Dieticians [4:45] 

Topic #5 -   Wellness management in our community [6:40] 

Topic #6 -   Food as medicine [8:00] 

Topic #7 -   Congregate Meal Program [10:00] 

Topic #8 -   Resources to help people understand healthy living [13:00] 

Topic #9 -   Healthy living through cultural boundaries [15:00] 

Topic #10 - Womens's History Month and nutrition [17:30] 

Topic #11 - Contact information and resources? [20:00] 

Topic #12 - March Episode 12 announcement and preview of Women’s History Month [21:00] 

Topic #13 – Howard County Commission for Women Women’s History Month Brunch [22:30] 

Resources: 

Department of Community Resources and Services (DCRS) 

Aging & Independence | Howard County (howardcountymd.gov) 

Health Promotion & Nutrition Services | Howard County (howardcountymd.gov) 

Howard County 50+ Centers  

Contacts: 

  • DCRS Main Office Line: (410) 313-6400 

  • Social Media: @hococommunity 

  • Office On Aging and Independence: (410) 313-1234 

  • Women’s History Month Brunch on 3/16 - Facebook: @hococfw 

Title

February 2024 - Raising awareness of romance scams and honoring Black History Month

Content

Segment 1: Romance Scams and how to look out for them this Valentine’s Day Season. 

In this first segment, Jackie Scott, host and DCRS director, kicks off the podcast to discuss romance scams and their prevalence during the Valentine's Day season with an investigator in the Office of Consumer Protection, Lila Boor, and Andre Lingham, the founder and president of the Center for Elder Justice and Education.  

Segment 2: Celebrating Black History Month and what it means in Howard County. 

In recognition of Black History Month, Director Scott honors the importance of Black History and why it should be celebrated all year round, with guests Bessie Bordenave, president of the Harriet Tubman Foundation of Howard County and Kori Jones, director of Howard County’s Harriet Tubman Cultural Center, part of Howard County Recreation and Parks Department.

Key topics: 

Topic #1 -   Welcome and disclaimer from Jackie Scott [1:05] 

Topic #2 -   Guest introductions [2:45] 

Topic #3 -   The Center for Elder Justice and Education [3:50] 

Topic #4 -   What is a romance scam? [5:25] 

Topic #5 -   How are romance scams evolving? [7:45] 

Topic #6 -   Who are the common victims and what are the common signs? [10:00] 

Topic #7 -   What can you do if you encounter a scam? [13:20] 

Topic #8 -   Resources for people experiencing romance scams [16:15] 

Topic #9 -   Black History Month and second guest introduction [18:25] 

Topic #10 - The Harriet Tubman Cultural Center (HTCC) and its history [20:00] 

Topic #11 - How does the Cultural Center serve Howard County today? [25:00] 

Topic #12 - Harriet Tubman Day [27:10] 

Topic #13 - Frank Turner [31:15] 

Topic #14 - Upcoming events at HTCC [22:30] 

 

Resources: 

Department of Community Resources and Services (DCRS) 

Office of Consumer Protection  

Center for Elder Justice and Education 

Harriet Tubman Foundation of Howard County 

Harriet Tubman Cultural Center 

 

Contacts: 

  • DCRS Main Office Line: 410-313-6400 (voice/relay)

  • DCRS Office of Consumer Protection: 410-313-6420 

  • Andre Lingham - Center for Elder Justice and Education: 443 -791-3114 

  • Harriet Tubman Cultural Center: 410-313-0860 

Title

January 2024 - Human Trafficking: defining & preventing, and treating survivors

Content

As we enter a new year, host and DCRS Director Jackie Scott is joined by Ashton Petta, manager of the Office of Human Trafficking Prevention; and Eric Kruhm, a lieutenant with the Howard County Police Department Vice and Narcotics Unit, and a member of the Human Trafficking Prevention Coordinating Council. Together, they take on the heavy topic of human trafficking to recognize Human Trafficking Prevention Month, discuss what trafficking looks like today, and address resources available and ways to make our community and country a safer place.

Key topics:

Topic #1 -   Welcome and disclaimer from Jackie Scott [0:35]

Topic #2 -   Guest introductions [2:20]

Topic #3 -   Polaris Project on human trafficking today [3:30]

Topic #4 -   What is human trafficking? [4:35]

Topic #5 -   Law enforcement and human trafficking in our modern day [8:10]

Topic #6 -   How is human trafficking monitored and tracked [10:35]

Topic #7 -   Prevention, collaboration, and treatment [13:35]

Topic #8 -   What resources are available to people who suspect human trafficking [16:05]

Topic #9 -   TurnAround partnership [21:50]

Topic #10 - Human Trafficking Coordinating Council [22:30]

Topic #11 - Ways to get help in our community [27:00]

Resources:

Department of Community Resources and Services (DCRS)

Office on Human Trafficking Prevention (OHTP)

Human Trafficking Prevention Coordinating Council (HTPCC)

Howard County Police Department 

National Human Trafficking Hotline

Polaris Project

TurnAround    

Contacts:

  • DCRS Main Office Line: (410)-313-6400
  • DCRS Office on Human Trafficking Prevention: (410)-313-6558
  • National Human Trafficking Hotline: (888)-373-7888 [Text* 233733]
  • Eric Kruhm: [email protected] 
Title

December 2023 - Homelessness does not define the person

Content

Segment 1: Homelessness in Howard County 

As we head into winter, host and DCRS Director Jackie Scott addresses the issue of homelessness.  She is joined by the administrator of the Office of Community Partnerships, Rose Burton; the director of the Howard County Department of Housing and the board chair of the Coalition to End Homelessness, Kelly Cimino; and the executive director of Grassroots Crisis Intervention, and a board member of our Howard County Coalition to End Homelessness, Dr. Marianna Izraelson. Together, they discuss homelessness in our community, state, and country, including Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day on December 21. 

Key topics: 

Topic #1 -   Welcome from Jackie Scott [0:40] 

Topic #2 -   Homelessness Awareness Week [1:20] 

Topic #3 -   Guest introductions [3:25] 

Topic #4 -   Homelessness in our community [4:30] 

Topic #5 -   The Office of Community Partnerships and the Coalition to End Homelessness [6:30] 

Topic #6 -   The Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center [8:50] 

Topic #7 -   Asset Limited Income Constrained and Employed (ALICE) [12:45] 

Topic #8 -   The Howard County Housing Department and Housing Commission [13:45] 

Topic #9 -   What does homelessness look like in our community [19:00] 

Topic #10 - Housing insecurity amongst seniors [20:40] 

Topic #11 - New initiatives to aid in the fight against homelessness [25:00] 

Topic #12 - Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day [28:00] 

Topic #13 - Advice and resources for people in need [29:40] 

Topic #14 - Housing Affordability Coalition [32:30] 

Resources: 

Department of Community Resources and Services (DCRS) 

Coalition to End Homelessness 

Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center 

Howard County Department of Housing 

Office of Community Partnerships 

Contacts: 

  • DCRS Main Office Line: (410)-313-6400 

  • DCRS Office of Community Partnerships: 410-313-6400 

  • Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center: (410)-531-6377 

Title

November 2023 - Caregiving & Support and Celebrating Veterans Day

Content

Segment 1: Caregiving and Support in Howard County 

November is National Family Caregivers Month. DCRS Director and host Jackie Scott is Joined by our Office of Aging and Independence Caregiver Support Program Manager Kathy Wehr, and Caregiver Specialist, Dr. Earnestine Thomas. Together the group discusses caregiving in Howard County and how the Caregiver Support Program can help with resources, aid, education, and support.  

Segment 2: Veteran’s Day 

Jackie is joined by our Office of Veterans and Military Families Manager (OVMF), Lisa Terry. The two discuss the veteran and military family experience in our country and county. OVMF offers resources and services as well as events being held through the month of November honoring veterans and military families.   

Key topics: 

Topic #1 -   Welcome from Jackie Scott [0:55] 

Topic #2 -   National Caregivers Month Segment [2:30] 

Topic #3 -   Why does caregiving matter? [3:55] 

Topic #4 -   New trends in caregiving [5:30] 

Topic #5 -   What does the Caregiver Support Program do? [8:20] 

Topic #6 -   Advice for caregivers [11:00] 

Topic #7 -   Classes for caregivers [14:20]   

Topic #8 -   Trualta (online education for caregivers) [15:25] 

Topic #9 -   Chronic Disease Self-Management (CDMP) [17:00] 

Topic #10 - National Family Caregivers’ Month [20:00] 

Topic #11 - Veteran's Day Segment [24:10] 

Topic #12 - The Office of Veterans and Military Families [26:30] 

Topic #13 - Purple Star Schools [28:00] 

Topic #14 - Being a part of a military family [29:00] 

Topic #15 - Support for military families [30:40] 

Topic #16 - Advice for new community members in Howard County [31:35] 

Topic #15 - Managing life as a member of a military family [33:00] 

Topic #16 - Upcoming events to honor veterans and military families in our community [35:50] 

Topic #16 - Commission for Veterans and Military Families [37:00] 

Topic #17 - Veterans and Military Families Monument [39:00] 

Resources: 

Department of Community Resources and Services (DCRS) 

Trualta 

Contacts: 

  • DCRS Main Office Line: (410)-313-6400 

Title

Late October 2023 - What does it mean to work and live with a disability?

Content

Segment 1: What does it mean to work and live with a disability in our community? 

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month! DCRS Director and host Jackie Scott discusses what it means to work with a disability from both an employee and employer perspective with the co-owner of Anegada Delights, Elizabeth Vanterpool, and her employee, Sam Ottenstein. The three expand on what it means to be in the workforce working and living with a disability. 

Segment 2: Impacts on the community and positive benefits for businesses.  

Jackie ties two more guests into the conversation, the administrator of our Office of Disability Services, Karen Booth; and our Administrator of our American Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordination, Michelle Henry. Together the group discusses the benefits of bringing people with disabilities into the workforce and the opportunities that partnerships with business can bring.  

Key topics: 

Topic #1 -   National Disability Employment Awareness Month [0:58] 

Topic #2 -   Welcome from Jackie Scott [2:40] 

Topic #3 -   Guest Introduction [3:20] 

Topic #4 -   Giving people with disabilities opportunities in the workforce [6:30] 

Topic #5 -   The ARC of Howard County [7:30] 

Topic #6 -   The advantages to hiring people with disabilities [12:55] 

Topic #7 -   Office of Disability Services on impacts in the community [16:40]   

Topic #8 -   The challenges that come with being a person with disabilities in the workforce [19:30] 

Topic #9 -   Advice for people with disabilities [20:40] 

Topic #10 - Advice for employers on hiring people with disabilities [21:16] 

Topic #11 - ServSafe Course and Certification [23:45] 

Topic #12 - Main takeaways on people with disabilities in the workforce [26:05] 

Resources:

Title

October 2023 - Tackling food insecurity

Content

Segment 1: What is food insecurity and how do we mitigate? 

DCRS' Director Jackie Scott address food insecurity in Howard County with Carrie Ross, director of the Community Action Council’s Food Bank Services; and Kim Eisenreich, the administrator of our Office of the Local Children’s Board. 

Segment 2: What resources are available to those who face food insecurity? 

Director Jackie Scott discusses resources that the Community Action Council and Office of the Local Children’s Board have to offer to the HoCo Community 

Key topics: 

Topic #1 -   What is food insecurity [1:10] 

Topic #2 -  Welcome from Jackie Scott [2:40] 

Topic #3 - Guest Introduction [3:05] 

Topic #4 - The Local Children's Board [4:40] 

Topic #5 - The Community Action Council [5:25] 

Topic #6 - What does it take to support a family in Howard County [8:00]  

Topic #7 - Honoring diversity with food access [11:05]  

Topic #8 - What does it mean to go to a food bank [12:15] 

Topic #9 - Getting food delivered to your door [15:15] 

Topic #10 - Specialized services for seniors [18:30] 

Topic #11 - How can the community help [20:05] 

Topic #12 - How can the community help [20:05] 

Topic #13 – A message of hope for the community [23:15] 

Title

September 2023 - Student behavioral & mental health post-pandemic 

Content

Segment 1: Student behavioral and mental health after the pandemic 

DCRS Director Jackie Scott discusses student behavioral and mental health post pandemic with Tracy Broccolino, president of the Community Action Council of Howard County; and Erin Bonzon, administrator for the DCRS Office of Children and Families.  

Segment 2: Resources for the community and accessing support  

The segment features resources, advice and best practices to keep in mind as the school year begins. Jackie Scott and her guests discuss resources available to the community such as the Early Childhood Advisory Council and Family Support Centers for parents and families.  

Key topics: 

Awareness Announcement [0:00] 

  • Topic #1 -  Welcome from Jackie Scott and social media back to school poll [1:45] 
  • Topic #2 -  Guest Introduction [3:30] 
  • Topic #3 -  Defining student behavioral and mental health [4:30] 
  • Topic #4 -  How the pandemic has affected student behavioral health [7:10] 
  • Topic #5 -  Aiding the transition from home back into the classroom [9:45] 
  • Topic #6 -  Resources for the community and accessing support [15:20] 
  • Topic #7 -  Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) [15:45] 
  • Topic #8 -  Family Support Centers [19:10] 
  • Topic #9 -  Behavioral and mental health in teens and young adults [21:00] 
  • Topic #10 - Advice for parents and families going into the school year [26:30] 
  • Topic #11 - HoCo Community Chat en espanol [32:25] 
Title

August 2023 - Being part of LGBTQIA+ community

Content

Segment 1: Being part of LGBTQIA+ community in Howard County 

DCRS' Director Jackie Scott discusses the LGBTQIA+ experience in our community with Byron MacFarlane, Howard County’s Register of Wills; and Jumel Howard, Howard County chapter president, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), and the founder of Howard County's first LGBTQIA+ Pride Festival. 

Segment 2: Older adults and LGBTQIA+  

This segment features Ofelia Ross Ott, administrator, Howard County Office on Aging & Independence on how the LGBTQIA+ experience effects older members of our community. 

Segment 3: Resources for LGBTQIA+  

This episode finishes off by discussing resources and new laws that are available to benefit Howard County’s growing LGBTQIA+ community.  

Key topics: 

  • Disclaimer [0:00] 
  • Topic #1 -   Welcome from Jackie Scott [1:10] 
  • Topic #2 -   Guest introduction [2:00] 
  • Topic #3 -   LGBTQIA+ life in Howard County [3:20] 
  • Topic #4 -   Being privileged and a member of the LGBTQIA+ community [9:12] 
  • Topic #5 -   Older adults as members of the LGBTQIA+ community [15:40] 
  • Topic #6 -   LGBTQIA+ estate planning and marriage equality [18:30] 
  • Topic #7 -   New Maryland partnership laws passing in October [22:50] 
  • Topic #8 -   PFLAG and Pride in Howard County [27:13] 
  • Topic #9 -   Resources for members of both the LGBTQIA+ and 50+ communities [31:20] 
Title

July 2023 - Consumer protection & common scams

Content

Segment 1: Consumer protection & common scams

DCRS' Director Jackie Scott helps us define consumer protection and describe the latest local scams with Ofelia Ross, acting administrator, Office on Aging & Independence; and Tracy Rezvani, administrator of the Office of Consumer Protection (OCP).

Segment 2: The targeting of older adults

This segment features Andre Lingham, retired Howard County police officer and founder of the Center for Elder Justice and Education.

Key topics:

  • Topic #1 -   Welcome from Jackie Scott [0:20]
  • Topic #2 -   All things consumer protection [1:16]
  • Topic #3 -   The concept of consumer fairness [3:35]
  • Topic #4 -   Exploitation of older adults [4:25]
  • Topic #5 -   Home repair scams - storm chasers and wood chucks [7:58]
  • Topic #6 -   Landlord & tenant scams [10:35]
  • Topic #7 -   Contact OCP [13:46]
  • Topic #8 -   Andre Lingham on protecting older adults [14:30]
  • Topic #9 -   Romance scams [21:15]
  • Topic #10 - Report to FBI via IC3.gov (Internet Crime Control Center) [22:36]
  • Topic #11 - Crypto currency scams [22:56]
  • Topic #12 - Card skimming scams [24.52]
Title

June 2023 - Why podcast are the focus on Aging Outloud

Content

Segment 1: Why podcasting?

DCRS' Director Jackie Scott kicks off HoCo Community Chat, talking about why the podcast was created and her desire for increased engagement with residents. Her guests are Lisa Brusio Coster, DCRS communications manager, and Cris Oviedo, owner, C.O. Communications.

Segment 2: Aging Outloud

The Aging Outloud segment features Ofelia Ross, acting administrator, Office on Aging & Independence, talking with Terri Hansen, Age-Friendly Howard County manager, about ageism and how we can combat it.

Key topics:

  • Topic #1 - Welcome from Jackie Scott; we want to hear from you! [0:20]
  • Topic #2 - What is this podcast all about? [1:47]
  • Topic #3 - What does it mean to be ageist and how can we change behaviors? [13:25]
  • Topic #4 - Coming up in July [27:38]

What is HoCo Community Chat en espanol?

Hosted by Cris Oviedo, producer and talent of the podcast Conectados, HoCo Community Chat en espanol mirrors the topics of the English version of our podcast by engaging our Hispanic residents and partners in conversations about how to live your best life!

HoCo Community Chat en espanol logo

Episodes en español

Title

October 2023

Content

Tema: Inseguridad Alimenticia

1 de cada 6 personas que viven en el condado de Howard sufren de inseguridad alimenticia. Este mes Cris Oviedo y la primera administradora latina de la Oficina de Adultos Mayores del Condado de Howard, Ofelia Ross Ott, nos cuentan qué recursos hay disponibles para personas mayores de 50 años que quieran obtener alimentos y a la vez tomar ventaja de las clases y oportunidades que ofrecen los 6 centros para adultos mayores de nuestro condado.

Puntos Importantes:

Introducción del programa, introducción del tema, y conociendo a la oficina de adultos mayores 0:00

El cambio de la población y la longevidad - 5:40

Hablando de recursos de salud para las personas que cuidan a los adultos mayores - 8:20

Definición de la inseguridad alimenticia -12:05

Factores que contribuyen a la inseguridad alimenticia - 13:50

Las consecuencias de la inseguridad alimentaria - 17:15

3 programas disponibles para combatir la inseguridad alimentaria -19:20

Quiénes son los grupos más afectados por la inseguridad alimentaria - 22:35

Elegibilidad para los programas - 24:40

Cómo erradicamos la inseguridad alimenticia - 27:00

La importancia de acceder los recursos - 28:40

Dónde están ubicados los 6 centros en el condado de Howard - 31:20

Qué es MAP (Maryland Access Point), número de teléfono de MAP 410- 313-1234 - 34:20

Información de contacto de Ofelia Ross Ott - [email protected]- 35:55

Mensaje final - 36:50

 

 

Title

Septiembre 2023

Content

Tema: Hablando de la Salud Mental de Nuestros Niños y Jóvenes    

Sabía usted que  uno de los factores determinantes más influyentes para el éxito de una persona es su habilidad de regular y expresar sus emociones correctamente? Este mes en HoCo Community Chat en Español nos enfocamos en la salud mental, qué es, por qué es importante cuidarla, cómo cuidarla, y qué recursos hay disponibles en el condado de Howard, junto a la coordinadora del programa de salud mental para inmigrantes del condado de Howard, Sophie Nabors.  

Puntos Importantes

  • Introducción del programa, introducción del tema, y conociendo a nuestra invitada 1:00
  • Definición de la salud mental y por qué cuidarla - 7:17 
  • La fe y la salud mental  8:35  
  • La salud mental de los niños- 12:00 
  • Relación entre salud mental y mal comportamiento  - 16:44
  • Qué es y cómo regular nuestras emociones  - 19:56     
  • Consejos para ayudar a nuestros niños a regular sus emociones - 24:52
  • Estadísticas y realidad sobre la salud mental de los jóvenes latinos de High School de Howard County y los factores contribuyentes - 29:09  
  • Indicadores que nuestros hijos pueden estar teniendo problemas de salud mental - 34:40
  • Información de contacto del programa de salud mental de Howard County - 40:53 
  • Mensaje final - 41:26 
Title

August 2023

Content

Tema: Estafas y el Centro de Protección al Consumidor

Este mes Cris Oviedo y la investigadora de la oficina de protección del consumidor del condado de Montgomery, Michelle Escobar, nos cuentan sobre las estafas más populares que están afectando a la comunidad latina en la primera mitad del 2023, así como maneras de protegernos, formas de identificar posibles estafas antes de que ocurran, y a quién podemos llamar y acudir en caso de ser estafados. 

Puntos Importantes:

  • Introducción del programa, introducción del tema, y conociendo a nuestra invitada 0:00
  • Entendiendo el rol de la oficina de protección al consumidor - 5:27
  • Definiendo lo que es una estafa 7:12 
  • La importancia de llamar a la oficina de protección al consumidor y la intersección con el estatus migratorio de una persona - 9:10
  • Las estafas más comunes que afectan a la comunidad latina  - 16:29
  • Qué hacer cuando te encuentras con un posible estafa - 27:34    
  • Estafas destinadas a inversionistas, bitcoin, y en línea - 30:08
  • Información de contacto  - 33:22

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Podcast music written and produced by Joseph Ross, Insta @mrjross325.

Special thanks to the Howard County Recreation & Parks Harriet Tubman Cultural Center for the use of its podcast studio.

To request this in an alternate format, please call 410-313-6313 (voice/relay).

 

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