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Title VI By-Laws
09-09-2014

Please click here for the Bylaws of the National Association of Title VI Grantees. This document should be used in conjunction with the September monthly webinar, Wednesday, September 10, 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

For questions/concerns, please email info@olderindians.aoa.gov

 


U.S. Department of Justice Launches the Elder Justice Website
09-09-2014

September 8, 2014

The site offers resources for victims, family members, prosecutors, researchers, and anyone who works with older adults.

  • Victims and family members will find information about how to report elder abuse and financial exploitation in all 50 states and the territories.
  • Federal, State, and local prosecutors will find three different databases containing sample pleadings and statutes.
  • Researchers in the elder abuse field may access a database containing bibliographic information for thousands of articles and reviews.
  • Practitioners -- including professionals of all types who work with elder abuse and its consequences -- will find information about resources available to help them prevent elder abuse and assist those who have already been abused, neglected or exploited. 

New HUD Report on Households Led by American Indians and Alaska Natives
09-08-2014

A new HUD report on households led by American Indians and Alaskan Natives suggests that housing problems for this group remain severe. Households in tribal areas were more than three times as likely to live in housing that was overcrowded and more than 11 times more likely to lack adequate plumbing. View full report [PDF]


Understanding Geographic Relationships: American Indian Areas
09-08-2014

Explains the relationships that exist between different types of American Indian Areas that are used by the U.S. Census Bureau. Includes a chart showing the relationships among these legal and statistical boundaries and how they relate to the standard geographic units of states and census blocks.
Organization: U.S. Census Bureau
Date: 08 / 2014 Read More Here 


NIH Funding Opportunities - Due Sept 25th
09-08-2014

National Indian Health Outreach and Education (NIHOE I)
Application deadline: Sep 25, 2014
Funding for a national Indian organization to provide tribal health outreach and education; research and analyze Medicare and Medicaid programs; provide support in regards to Affordable Care Act policy; provide tribal budget consultation; and provide consultation to the Department of Health and Human Services.
Sponsor: Indian Health Service

National Indian Health Outreach and Education (NIHOE III)
Application deadline: Sep 25, 2014
Provides funding to national Indian organizations to conduct Affordable Care Act/Indian Health Care Improvement Act training and technical assistance throughout Indian Country.
Sponsor: Indian Health Service


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!


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