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Guidance Update on Counting Transportation Services

Guidance Update on Counting Transportation Services on the Program Performance Report

This guidance is to clarify what constitutes a unit of service on the Program Performance Report under the Title VI, Part A supportive service of “transportation”. The definition in the Program Performance Report is as follows: 

Transportation (1 One Way Trip = 1 unit of service): Includes both transportation (provision of a means of going from one location to another) and assisted transportation (provision of assistance, including escort to a person who has difficulties using regular vehicular transportation). A round trip is counted as two units of services. 

An example would be: An elder is picked up at his/her home and transported to the store (1st trip), then transported to the senior center (2nd trip), then transported to a medical appointment (3rd trip) and then transported back home (4th trip). Therefore, the total count for this transportation service would be four (4).

Documentary: Comanche Activist, LaDonna Harris

Watch this documentary film about Comanche activist LaDonna Harris, who led an extensive life of Native political and social activism, and is now passing on her traditional cultural and leadership values to a new generation of emerging Indigenous leaders.”

November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month

...and in the words of IHS Elder Health Consultant Bruce Finke on the Indian Country Today Media Network: "It is a blessing to have more elders in Indian Country, but we know as our population ages that we expect to see more dementia. There are other conditions that contribute to the rate and severity of dementia, especially high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease and stroke. Those rates are higher in American Indian and Alaska Natives and increasing because of the relationship with diabetes." Read Bruce Finke's recent testimony on Alzheimer's Disease in Indian Country before the Senate Special Committee on Aging.

Medicaid and CHIP Outreach and Enrollment Efforts Aimed at American Indian and Alaska Native Children

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is pleased to award $3.9 million today for outreach and enrollment efforts aimed at American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) children eligible for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The grant awards will fund activities to engage schools and tribal agencies in Medicaid and CHIP outreach and enrollment activities.

More information about grant awards / More information about Medicaid and Indian Health

Press Release: Tribal Aging Directors Honored for Leadership, Organizational Excellence

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                               CONTACT: Kris Krasnowski – (608) 228-7210
September 29, 2014                                                                                      

Tribal Aging Directors Honored for Leadership, Organizational Excellence

Great leaders bring people together.  The Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources (GWAAR) recently presented ElderAce awards to two Wisconsin Tribal aging unit directors who not only demonstrate tremendous leadership ability, but who have used those skills to improve the lives of elders in their communities.  The awards were presented at the 2014 Wisconsin Aging Network Conference in Wisconsin Dells on September 12, 2014. 

The ElderAce Award for Leadership was presented to Menominee Department of Aging & Long-Term Care Director Denise Pommer.  Pommer has proven to be masterful in developing relationships to expand tribal capacity for sustainable home- and community-based services.  She organized leadership from many key tribal and county departments as well the Department of Health Services to provide services to tribal members in a culturally-competent environment with an emphasis on improving the timeliness of enrollment and service delivery and ensuring that more people get help.

Pommer chairs the Wisconsin Tribal Aging Unit Directors Association, is an active advocate for Tribes through the Wisconsin Aging Advocacy Network, and serves on the Wisconsin Department of Health Resources Long-Term Care Workgroup as well as in formal consultation between Tribes and the Department of Health Services.

Lac Courte Oreilles Elderly & Disability Services Director Mary Wolf received the ElderAce award for Organizational Excellence.  Wolf proves that while organizational change can be challenging, the effort is time well-spent when it improves the lives of Tribal members.  She played a key role in the formation of the Lac Courte Oreilles Elderly & Disability Services agency.  In a very short three-year period, she and her staff have built the new Tribal organization consolidating funding and staff positions into one program – under one roof.  She also remodeled and revitalized the existing Elder Center building increasing daily meals served by 75% and eliminated duplication of services and transportation routes.

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Wolf credits the tremendous teamwork of her staff for accomplishing so much in such a short period of time, but she created the collaborative environment where that kind of teamwork thrives.  Her drive and tenacity in creating an organization that aligns its services with the needs of the community is a remarkable demonstration of creativity and excellence in organizational management.

According to Robert Kellerman, Executive Director of GWAAR, Pommer and Wolf represent the very best in leadership and commitment to older people in Wisconsin.  “It is such a priviledge to call these exceptional people my colleagues,” says Kellerman. “I continue to be amazed at all they have done and continue to accomplish in support of the Tribal elders they serve.” 

Request for Applications - Targeted Technical Assistance to Build the Business Capacity of Community-Based Aging and Disability Organizations for Integrated Services Partnerships

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is announcing an opportunity for up to ten (10) networks of community-based aging and disability organizations to participate in a learning collaborative and receive targeted technical assistance related to business acumen. Read more about this opportunity here. 

Addressing Elder Issues in Indian Country Pre-Conference

Save-The-Date 12-10-14

What: Addressing Elder Issues in Indian Country Pre-Conference

When: Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Where: The National Weather Center, U of Oklahoma, 120 David L. Boren Blvd., Norman, Oklahoma 73072-7303

Time: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. (Central Time)

Register at

Submissions for the Commemorative Cultural Cookbook Needed

 Don't Miss Out on Being a Part of AMWA History!!


Dear AMWA members,

As one of our many contributions to advocate for health, wellness, and preventive medicine, we in the Diversity and Inclusion Section would like to publish a cultural cookbook to commemorate the AMWA Centennial Meeting. Our goal is to have 100 recipes for the long anticipated 100th anniversary of our great organization!

So far we have been asking members like you to please send in any cultural recipes (i.e. a family recipe, a recipe that was offered by a patient, a recipe that you found interesting that the author would be ok in us using, etc.) to be added in our cookbook; unfortunately we still have received a small number of recipes.

Don't miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be included in the commemorative cookbook for the

Centennial Annual Meeting!!

Here is what we would like for the cookbook (besides cultural recipes):

  • An article written by you that describes the significance, cultural importance, and/or history of certain ingredients in cultural meals (i.e. spices, okra, etc.)
  • An article written by you on the pros and cons of a type of diet (i.e. Vegetarian, Vegan, "American" diet, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Atkins, and even about the so called "air and sunlight" diet that was in the news earlier this year) with provided evidence and references

If there are other things that you would like to see added to the cookbook, please let us know.

We would like to have all submissions sent in by Thursday October 30th. Please have your submissions sent as well as a picture of the meal and a professional self photo. Those who send us a submission will be recognized in the cookbook. So please spread the word to your colleagues and others!

This published book will be in each registration bag as a free gift to those who attend the AMWA Centennial Meeting in April!

Please email us at if you have any questions. Thank you so much and looking forward to your submissions.


AMWA Diversity and Inclusion Section

Save the Date for the 10th Annual Native Caring Conference

April 15-16, 2015

Registration: $125

Location: Three Rivers Casino and Resort, Florence, Oregon

Click here for full details including topics, speakers, and registration information!


Crossing Great Divides

Take a look at the National Center on Senior Transporation's (NCST) Guide to Elder Mobility Resources and Solutions in Indian Country

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