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Arts Research Funding Opportunity
08-28-2014

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is now accepting proposals for its latest Research: Art Works funding opportunity. This program supports research for projects that investigate the value and/or impact of the arts on individuals and communities. The deadline for application submission is October 21, 2014 for projects that can begin as early as May 1, 2015.  Click here for more information on the application process.

Grant Guidelines Webinar:  September 3, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. ET

NEA will host this webinar to assist potential applicants. To join the webinar, please register in advance. You may listen using your computer's speakers or dial-in to 1-877-685-5350 and use participant code: 739587. Attendees will be muted but able to type in questions and comments through a Q & A text box. An archive of the webinar will be available on the NEA's website in the webinar section shortly after the event. 


Traditional foods making their way onto elders' plates in Northwest Alaska
08-28-2014

KOTZEBUE -- Picking berries, drying fish, butchering seals: For lifelong residents of the Northwest Arctic, these aren’t just “traditional” activities, they are a way of life. Knowing that, managers at “Utuqqanaat Inaat,” the long-term senior care facility at the Maniilaq Health Center, have worked hard to make sure such activities are folded into everyday life for residents.

“We try to get them to do the things they’ve always done,” said Val Kreil, administrator of Utuqqanaat Inaat. In Inupiaq, the name means a “place for elders.” But there was a basic activity they couldn’t do: Serving traditional foods like caribou, wild-caught salmon and other wild game from the region. The reason? It was illegal to serve wild-caught foods in hospitals, schools and long-term care facilities because the meat was not U.S. Department of Agriculture certified. Full article.  


Robin Williams: Raising Awareness About Depression - Kathy Greenlee's Blog
08-28-2014

It’s still hard to believe that Robin Williams – beloved comedian, actor, father, and friend – is no longer with us. To the public and even close friends, he appeared to be happy, upbeat and funny, and he was financially stable -- all of those things that seem worth living for. But behind the public persona that we knew and loved, we now know that he had battled addiction to alcohol and drugs, was struggling with depression, and was in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease, a known risk factor for depression.

That is the terrible truth about depression. It is a disease that can rob you of your perspective on life, and it often co-exists with substance misuse or addiction. Depression is not just being sad, and it’s not a character weakness or personal failing. It is a disease that can impact all facets of one’s life. It can make you think that life is not worth living. Because of public misperceptions of the disease, people with depression often try to conceal their disease until that too becomes too much to bear.

Robin Williams was only age 63. He was in the prime of his life. Yet we know that men age 45-64 have one of the highest suicide rates of any age group – rates that, according to the latest national data, grew by 40% between 1999 through 2011. And much of the suicide prevention and research efforts to date have been focused on other at-risk groups.

What we do know is that most suicides are preventable. There are treatments that work, and individuals can recover from mental health problems. But that takes awareness, support, and treatment. If you know someone who may be depressed, reach out and talk to them. Ask them if they are feeling down or contemplating suicide and give them the opportunity to open up and share their troubles, so you can work together to find solutions. 

We don’t try to cure cancer on our own, nor should we try to battle depression on our own. To quote one of Robin Williams’ movie personas, “You’ll have bad times, but it’ll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren’t paying attention to.” Everyone’s life has value, and mental illness does not diminish this. If you or someone you know is struggling with feelings of despair, someone at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) is available to help 24/7. For more information about mental health resources and treatment, please visit www.mentalhealth.gov.  

By Kathy Greenlee, J.D., Administrator, Administration for Community Living and Pamela S. Hyde, J.D., Administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration


Please Update Your Title VI Director/Program Contact Information
08-28-2014

Please update your contact information to ensure you’re getting the latest reminders and important information from ACL/AoA for your program.

You can fill out the online form.

Or you can email Marissa directly with all your information.

 


Protect Yourself from Scams
08-26-2014

Chances are good that someone you know has been scammed. They may not talk about it, but the statistics do. The truth is that sharing what you know can help protect someone who you know from a scam. Yes. You. People listen to you because they trust you. You’re a friend, a neighbor, a relative. And that’s why we created these articles, presentations, video and activities — to help you start that conversation, and pass on some information that could help someone you know. To read more about how you can avoid being a victim of scams, please click here!


2014 Flu Season is Here: Protect our Elders (Various Resources)
08-15-2014

The 2014-2015 flu season is right around the corner. It's time to prepare and raise awareness about flu vaccine options and availability in Indian Country. Thank you for your work protecting the health of American Indian and Alaska Native people. - Blake Harper, KAI

Native Talk Arizona, a community radio show in Phoenix, will dedicate a half-hour segment in August to flu vaccinations. Featured guests will be immunization expert Amy Groom of CDC/IHS and Susan Levy of Native Health Phoenix. Listen online at 7 p.m. MDT on Tuesday, August 19; catch the repeat at 8 a.m. MDT on Friday, August 22; or catch a podcast after that on TuneIN, SoundCloud, or YouTube.

The Urban Inter-Tribal Center of Texas will be the first AI/AN program spotlighted this year in the InFLUential Newsletter. The center is featuring flu vaccinations at a back-to-school event August 8 in Dallas. Look for the NIVDP InFLUential Newsletter later this month.

Manufacturers begin shipping flu vaccines in August, and seasonal flu activity can start as early as October. It's time to raise awareness about flu vaccine options with free materials and downloads from the Protect the Circle of Life campaign.

Order or download the fact sheet, brochure, post card, and flyer.

Download the radio public service announcements.

Download and post the flu vaccine quiz widget to your website.


Walmart - Apply for Grants - Local, State, or National
08-07-2014

Central to our commitment to operating globally and giving back locally are the grants we award to organizations of all sizes in communities around the globe.

Whether it's a small grant to a local school or a large grant to a hunger relief organization working across several states, we engage in opportunities that align with the Walmart Foundation's key areas of focus: Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Women's Economic Empowerment and Career Opportunity.

Globally, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $1 billion in cash and in-kind contributions during fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2013. And, we did it one grant and one community at a time. Read more here. 


Vocational Rehabilitation Services Projects for American Indians with Disabilities
08-07-2014

Full Title: Vocational Rehabilitation Services Projects for American Indians With Disabilities 

Issuing Agency: Department of Education

Eligible Applicants:  Native American tribal organizations and governments; the governing bodies of Indian tribes located on Federal and State reservations.

Funding Level: $21,000,000

Close Date: September 2, 2014

Funding Opportunity Number: ED-GRANTS-071714-001

CFDA Number: 84.250 

Description: The Vocational Rehabilitation Services Projects for American Indians with Disabilities program provides vocational rehabilitation (VR) services to American Indians with disabilities who reside on or near federal or state reservations so that they may prepare for and engage in gainful employment, including self-employment, telecommuting or business ownership. It also supports an important White House initiative on Job-Driven Training for Workers, which emphasizes the importance of developing a workforce with the skills that employers need.

Click here for more information on this grant opportunity, and to apply.


Coming Soon: Falls Prevention Awareness Day!
07-28-2014

Get ready—Falls Prevention Awareness Day is Sept. 23! The 2014 theme is Strong Today, Falls Free® Tomorrow. Last year, 47 states participated, and this year we hope to expand our reach even further. Use our resources to plan a successful falls prevention event in your community, and follow the conversation on social media using the hashtag #FPAD14!
Get ideas for activities | See the media toolkit


New Census Data on 65+ Population
07-28-2014

As the large Baby Boom generation ages, there will be significant social and economic implications. Read the new report from the U.S. Census Bureau to get a comprehensive look at the nation's older adult population, including information about health, socio-economic characteristics, geographic distribution, and longevity.
Learn more


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