Announcements

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Servsafe: Food Safety and Alcohol Responsibility
07-21-2014

Servsafe is developed by the National Restaurant Association and provides food safety and alcohol responsibility resources to help you in learning or sharing food and alcohol safety practices.  Look through this link for on-line courses, testing, posters, and other educational resources.


2015 RWJF Culture of Health Prize - Call for Applications
07-07-2014

Deadline: September 17, 2014, 3 p.m. ET

Purpose: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) 2015 Culture of Health Prize is awarded annually to honor outstanding community efforts and partnerships that are helping people live healthier lives. Winning communities will each receive a $25,000 cash prize and have their accomplishments celebrated and shared broadly with the goal of raising awareness and inspiring locally-driven change across the country.

Total Awards: Up to 10 RWJF Culture of Health Prize winning communities will be honored in 2015 and each will receive a $25,000 cash prize. To read more, click here. 

 


Tribes Join World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Events!
07-03-2014

TRIBES JOIN WORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY EVENTS!

The Winnebago and Nez Perce Tribes reported activities acknowledging World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.  Here’s what was reported:

  1. Winnebago Tribal Elder Abuse Program Coordinator Receives Elder Abuse Prevention Advocate of the Year Award from the Northern Nebraska AAA!!!  Congratulations Thelma Whitewater for getting us on the WEADD map for national activities!

Event Title: "Elder Abuse Prevention Advocate of the Year Northern Nebraska"

Event Description:
Thelma Whitewater, Indian Health Services, is the Elder Abuse Prevention Coordinator for the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. She is the recipient of the Elder Abuse Prevention Advocate of the year for northern Nebraska. She has created multiple culturally specific outreach materials. She organized a World Elder Abuse Awareness Day event scheduled for June 16, 2014 from noon to 3 pm to honor the elders 55 and older. She developed a community guide of resources for the elders and has spearheaded an effort to update the tribal code regarding elder abuse. Thelma has included the youth in her community to increase awareness regarding caring for our elders. The winners’ poster was made into a billboard.

Organization:
Nebraska Dept. of Health and Human Services

City: Winnebago State: NE

2.    Event Title: "Walk for World Elder Abuse Awareness"

Event Description:
We hosted events all month long.  On June 5th, we had an Adult Protection Educational Booth with Awareness Ribbon Face painting during the Nez Perce Tribe Housing Fair.  On June 12th, we held a Walk for Elder Abuse Awareness in Kamiah from 1100am-100pm. We all wore purple and walked to honor an Elder of our choice. We gave out free T-shirts, awareness trinkets, and lunch.  June 15th was Worldwide Elder Abuse Awareness Day. We observed a moment of silence and reflection at Noon to reflect and pray for our Elders in our communities…past, present, and future.  On June 18th we held our Walk for Elder Abuse Awareness in Lapwai from 11:00am-1:00pm.  June 25th was the launching of the Nez Perce Tribe Adult Protection Multi-disciplinary team. Our first team meeting consisting of tribal professionals from programs including Law Enforcement, Social Services, NMPH Behavioral Health, NMPH, and other programs in the field of providing Elder Services, was held.

Organization:
Nez Perce Tribe Adult Protection Program

City: Lapwai  State: ID

If you also held WEAAD events but didn’t report them please send us a summary to Cynthia LaCounte, cynthia.lacounte@aoa.hhs.gov, Meg Graves, margaret.graves@aoa.hhs.gov, or Cecelia Aldridge, cecelia.aldridge@aoa.hhs.gov. Thank you!


Department of Transportation Jobs
06-20-2014

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced the availability of approximately $100 million in competitive grant funds through the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) new Ladders of Opportunity Initiative. The funds may be used to modernize and expand transit bus service specifically for the purpose of connecting disadvantaged and low-income individuals, veterans, seniors, youths, and others with local workforce training, employment centers, health care, and other vital services.

“Throughout our history, Americans have always been able to leave their children a brighter future, thanks in part to the opportunities transportation has provided,” said Secretary Foxx. “Innovative initiatives like this one can offer people the ladders to success they need to join the middle class, provide for their families, and achieve a better quality of life.” Read more.


12 Simple Safety and Security Tips for Aging in Place
06-19-2014

In honor of June being National Safety Month, let’s review some simple and practical tips to keep elders who are aging in place safe, and contribute to their well-being.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than a third of adults ages 65 and older fall each year. Statistics show that every 18 to 20 seconds an older adult ends up in the emergency room because of a fall, many of which happen in their own homes.

Data suggests that only about 15 percent of those aging in place take proactive steps to safeguard their homes. As caregivers and professionals, it is a good practice to regularly assess a home’s safety.

Here are 12 useful tips. While this list may not encompass every potential hazard, it will serve as a good, practical start.


News from the CMS Tribal Affairs Office
06-17-2014

  • Navigator Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA):

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the availability of funding, totaling $60 million, to support Navigators in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces in 2014-2015.  The funding opportunity announcement is open to eligible individuals, as well as private and public entities, Indian tribes, tribal organizations, and urban Indian organizations applying to serve as Navigators in states with a Federally-facilitated or State Partnership Marketplace. It is open to new and returning Navigator applicants. 

Pre-application conference calls:

First call: Thursday, June 12, 2014 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

Audience URL: https://goto.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1036932

title: Navigator Funding Opportunity Announcement Pre-Application Webinar 6-12-14

 

Second call: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

Audience URL: https://goto.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1036407
title: Navigator Funding Opportunity Announcement Pre-Application Webinar 6-17-14

 

Third call: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

Audience URL: https://goto.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1036408

title: Navigator Funding Opportunity Announcement Pre-Application Webinar 6-24-14

 

Fourth call: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

Audience URL: https://goto.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1036406
title: Navigator Funding Opportunity Announcement Pre-Application Webinar 7-1-14

 

Applications are due by July 10, 2014.

To access the funding opportunity announcement, click here, or visit http://www.grants.gov, and search for CFDA # 93.332.

 

  • Healthcare.gov/tribal :

A new question and answer (Q&A) regarding the Special Enrollment Period for American Indian and Alaska Native families has been posted on healthcare.gov/tribal 

The Q&A explains that for those families that apply through the Federal-facilitated Marketplace, if one family member on the application is eligible for the Special Enrollment Period (SEP), all family members who apply on the same Marketplace application would be eligible for the SEP if otherwise eligible to enroll in a QHP.  The Q&A explains that for those who enroll in a state based marketplace, you will need to contact your state regarding whether this policy applies. 

To read the Q&A, please visit healthcare.gov/tribal or click here.

 

  • National Provider Call: New Medicare Prospective Payment System for FQHCs: On Wednesday, June 25; 1:30-3pm ET

CMS will hold a National Provider call to provide information on a new Medicare Prospective Payment System (PPS) methodology for Federal Qualified Health Centers (FQHCS). eview of the new Medicare PPS methodology, billing and claims processing, ost reporting.   Space is limited, please register at: http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Medicare-Fee-for-Service-Payment/FQHCPPS/index.html.

 

  • CMS ALL TRIBES’ CALL: Cost Sharing Reductions for American Indians and Alaska Natives who Enroll in Closed Panel Qualified Health Plans.

CMS will host an All Tribes’ Call on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, from 3:00 – 4:30 pm ET to obtain tribal input and advice regarding cost sharing reductions for American Indians and Alaska Natives who enroll in closed panel Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) in the Health Insurance Marketplace. A closed panel QHP is a type of health maintenance organization (HMO) that does not cover services furnished by a provider outside of the HMO’s network of providers.   The call in number is 1-888-778-9063 and the participant code is 148483.  For more information, please visit go.cms.gov/AIANSpotlight 

 


2014 Falls Free® Photo Contest
06-17-2014

Send us your high-quality action photos of older adults participating in a falls prevention program. NCOA and the Falls Free® Initiative will use the photos to promote falls prevention to the media and partners across the country in time for Falls Prevention Awareness Day on Sept. 23, 2014. See how to participate.


2014 Tribal MIPPA Funding
06-16-2014

Section 110 of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 extended funding for outreach and assistance for low income programs under the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA).   Title VI Native American Program grantees can fill an important role in providing valuable support to eligible Native American elders for the Low Income Subsidy program (LIS), Medicare Savings Program (MSP), Medicare Part D, Medicare prevention benefits and screenings and in assisting beneficiaries in applying for benefits.  ACL/AoA seeks certification from Title VI Native American Program grantees that they will use the funds to coordinate at least one community announcement and at least one community outreach event to inform and assist eligible American Indian, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian elders about the benefits available to them through Medicare Part D, the Low Income Subsidy, the Medicare Savings Program or Medicare prevention benefits and screenings and counsel those who are eligible.  To receive these funds you must complete and submit by July 31, 2014 the attachment at the end of the funding announcement entitled:  “Request for Tribal MIPPA Funding Attachment.”


N4a E-Learning Website
06-10-2014

n4a is proud to welcome you to its e-learning website for professionals who work in aging and community living! Please register today and explore the site. You will find resources, learning opportunities, trends, forums to interact with your peers and more! Click here to register.


ACL webinar on Oral Health
06-05-2014

Download a PDF of this announcement.

The listening session is open to 200 individuals interested in providing feedback related to older adult oral health education.  What participants share during the webinar will help inform the materials (type, topics, formats, etc.) we will be developing related to two oral health initiatives newly underway.  We will share more about the programs during the first ten minutes of the 60-minute webinar. 

 

Webinar Objectives:

·       Deliver a synopsis of the oral health of older adults in the U.S.;

·       Present an overview of ACL’s current oral health initiatives; and 

·       Provide the Aging Services Network with an opportunity to give feedback and have questions answered.

 

ACL Listening Session: Older Adults and Oral Health Education for SUAs, AAAs and Tribal Organizations

·       Tuesday, June 10, 3:00 - 4:00 pm Eastern

 

To Register for the Online Event:

1. Click the link https://aoa-events.webex.com/aoa-events/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=666288308

2. Click "Register" ­­

3. On the registration form, enter your information and then click "Submit"


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