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Webinar: 11/18/14, USDA Grant Funding for Broadband and Telecom

Community Connect and Distance Learning and TeleMedicine Grant Programs

Join us on Tuesday Nov. 18, 2014 at 3 p.m. ET for this free webinar presented by Randall Millhiser and Scott Steiner, USDA Rural Development – Rural Utilities Service.

The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an agency within USDA, offers two grant programs:

  1. The Community Connect program, a nationally competitive grant program designed to provide broadband service to the most rural and economically challenged communities; and

This Webinar features an RUS-led discussion about these two grant programs. The Webinar will give participants:

  • A general overview of the programs and current rules
  • An understanding of the application requirements, criteria, and award process
  • Expectations for FY 2015
  • Available online resources
  • Common mistakes in the application process

Read more and Register Here Now

Webinar: Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, USDA Funding for Telecom Infrastructure

Substantially Under Served Trust Areas (SUTA) Initiative and the Rural Utilities Service Telecom Loan Programs

Join us Tuesday Nov. 4, 2014 at 3 p.m. ET for a free webinar presented by Jessica Mailander and Laurel Leverrier, with USDA’s Rural Utilities Service. The Rural Utilities Service (“RUS”), an agency within USDA, was given new tools through the 2008 Farm Bill to finance electric, telecommunications, and water and sewer infrastructure in substantially underserved trust areas—land held in trust by the United States for Native Americans. (For more details, see “Additional Background,” below.)

This Webinar features a hands-on discussion of the SUTA provisions from the 2008 Farm Bill and what this program means for prospective RUS applicants. The Webinar will examine such questions as:

  •        What programs are eligible for the benefits offered by the SUTA provisions?
  •        How can a tribal applicant use this authority to assist them when applying for RUS financing?
  •        What criteria does RUS use in determining if SUTA applies to a prospective applicant?
  •        How does an applicant request SUTA consideration?

The Webinar will give participants:

  • An understanding of the SUTA provisions in the 2008 Farm Bill
  • An awareness of the programs that qualify for consideration under SUTA
  • Insight into how SUTA can be used to make it easier to apply for RUS financing
  • An practical understanding of how to request SUTA consideration
  • Opportunities to ask RUS specific questions regarding SUTA and its authorities

Read more and Register Here Now

Share the Love 101 - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Webinar: “Share the Love” 101
Presenters: Jenny Bertolette, Communications Director, Meals On Wheels Association of America
Colleen Clark, Director, National Partnerships, Meals On Wheels Association of America
Brian Cavallucci, National Advertising Manager, Subaru of America
Tim Getty, Nutrition and Healthy Living Program Coordinator, The Hertitage Area Agency on Aging, Cedar Rapids, IA
Lorain Crowl, Director of Development, Meals on Wheels of Greenville, SC

When: Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Time: 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST
Registration Fee: FREE


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

Our Town Grants

Deadline: December 15, 2014
Earliest Start Date: October 1, 2015

Launching the White House Conference on Aging Website

ACL is pleased to forward this blog post from White House Conference on Aging Executive Director Nora Super. While visiting the conference website, discover ways to get involved, including signing up to receive updates on conference activities.

By Nora Super, Executive Director, 2015 White House Conference on Aging

Recordings of the 8 latest LTSS webinars

Recordings of the 8 latest LTSS webinars are now uploaded to the archive and available for viewing. These webinars cover important topics in providing long-term supports and services (LTSS) in Indian Country.

If you missed any of the webinars or would like to watch them again, visit the LTSS webinar archive, a part of the LTSS Technical Assistance Center, to view the recordings.

AARP Oklahoma

(SPECIAL) – Native veterans, language preservationists, artists, a renowned female ceremonial dancer and a former Chief of the Choctaw Nation were among those recognized at the 6th Annual AARP Oklahoma Indian Elder Honors recently held in Oklahoma City. More than 700 family members, tribal leaders and honored guests from across the state attended the event which recognized elders from 30 Oklahoma tribes and nations. The AARP Oklahoma Indian Elder Honors is the largest event of its kind bringing together all Oklahoma tribes and nations to recognize the contribution of elders to their tribes, communities, family and state, said AARP Oklahoma State President Marjorie Lyons. - Read more.











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