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ACL/AoA Weekly Update

April 26, 2019

Please see below for the Administration for Community Living/Administration on Aging (ACL/AoA)  weekly update which includes upcoming events, upcoming webinars, funding and grant opportunities and other news announcements. 
Send Us Your Program or Tribal Newsletters!
We would love to learn more about your program or tribe. Please send us your program or trial newsletters so we can read about the exciting things you do for your community and elders!

ACL Social Media Spotlight: Orutsararmiut Native Council
ACL's social media spotlight on the Orutsararmiut Native Council was shared this week on both ACL's Facebook and Twitter pages. 

View the ACL Facebook post here which was shared by AoA.
View the ACL Twitter post here which was retweeted by AoA.

Send us your photos and maybe your program or tribe will be in the next ACL social media spotlight!

Over the last several months, ACL has been adding to their collection of materials to help you celebrate Older Americans Month 2019. Now, #OAM19 is a week away and everything is available online here.

Alright, Title VI:  Send us your Older Americans Month Activities!  You can use these templates and add your own logo, pictures, designs…be creative!!!  Who knows….we may be planning prizes to those of you who respond to our requests…..who knows…


The Caregiving Community Survey
Deadline: May 10, 2019
The National Indian Council on Aging has launched a new online survey for caregivers of older adults and we want to hear from you. If you’re caring for an aging spouse, partner, family member or friend, you may need support. The Caregiving Community Survey was developed to better identify the needs of caregivers.

This mobile-friendly survey is for adults 18 years of age and older who provide ongoing help without pay to a relative, partner, friend or neighbor who is 55 years of age or older and needs assistance because of ongoing health problems or disabilities. The caregiver and the relative or friend getting help could live in the same household or in different households. They could live in the same city, different parts of the U.S., or another country. Ongoing help from afar can be done by telephone, mail, or email.

If you’re providing support to a spouse, partner, parent, grandparent, friend, neighbor, or other family member, please tell us about your experiences. You could win a $25 Target gift card for participating!

This anonymous survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete and be used to develop tools to better meet the needs of caregivers in our communities. Your answers will be kept confidential and combined with about 800 other survey respondents.

The Caregiving Community Survey is being conducted by the Diverse Elders Coalition, a national advocacy coalition working to improve aging in communities of color, American Indian and Alaska Native communities, and LGBTQ communities. This research is generously supported by The John A. Hartford Foundation and has been developed in partnership with the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging.

If you’re caring for an older adult, you are not alone. We need your thoughts to create tools, resources, and programs to better support you. The Caregiving Community Survey ends May 10. Please feel free to share the survey via email and social media platforms.

For print copies, email the National Indian Council on Aging or call 505-292-2001.

The National Resource Center on Native American Aging (NRCNAA) encourages you to start early on your needs assessment surveys for the Title VI grant applications.

If you are planning to utilize the Identifying Our Needs: A Survey of Elders(Cycle VII), please contact the NRCNAA as soon as possible to begin the surveying process. The sooner you begin, the faster we can send you the vital data needed for your Title VI grant applications. This data will strengthen your application to ensure funding for nutrition, support services, and caregiving grants for Native elders in your communities.

How to Get Started
View the NRCNAA's website to download the assessment materials and learn how to: 
  1. Start the process of getting your resolution signed
  2. Count your elders
  3. Begin conducting interviews
  4. Mail signed resolution
  5. Mail completed surveys
  6. Receive report
We look forward to assisting you!

Collette Adamsen, Director
National Resource Center on Native American Aging
Tel: (800) 896-7628

In the upcoming June TA Call, scheduled for Thursday June 13, the Center for Benefits Access is looking to explore and highlight partnerships with organizations outside the traditional aging network, with a hope that we will hear from a few grantees who have some experience with faith based communities.  In reading the MIPPA narratives, it is clear that many of you have identified strong holds within your community that are worth a “partnership experiment” as part of your outreach strategy to low income Medicare beneficiaries.  It would be great to hear from a wide variety experiences across the partnership spectrum.     
Please contact Ann Kayrish at if you would be willing to share your innovative a partnership experience with the network. A special thank you to those grantees who have already agreed to share their pioneering partnership experiences.   
Please take a moment to register for the call at the link provided and do not hesitate to contact Ann Kayrish at with any questions.

Issue Brief: Care Coordination & Older Adults

The Eldercare Workforce Alliance (EWA) released an issue brief, "Care Coordination," in partnership with the National Coalition On Care Coordination (N3C) and the Center for Health and Social Care Integration (CHaSCi).

There has been significant emphasis in the last several years on care coordination’s role in supporting older adults and in reaching the key aims of health care reform, namely improved patient outcomes, enhanced care experience, reduced costs, reduced provider burnout, and equity in outcomes. 

The issue brief provides updates to the 2013 care coordination issue brief developed by EWA and N3C. The brief includes a synthesis of diverse strategies in use and a vision for how services could be improved.

To read the issue brief, click here.
For the issue brief pdf, click here.


Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map for Indian Country

The population of older American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) is growing — and quickly. Between 2014–2060, the number of AI/ANs aged 65 and older living with dementia is projected to grow over five times. These longer lives give more time for older generations to share knowledge and traditions with the next. But greater age brings increased risk for Alzheimer’s and other dementias (when memory and thinking problems interfere with daily life and activities). People living with this chronic condition gradually need more help caring for themselves. Family members, from the young to the old, play a vital role in caring for relatives with dementia. This care may include managing medications, bathing and feeding, paying bills and cleaning, and help going to appointments or social events.

View the executive summary here.

Funding Announcements
Funding: Legal Assistance Enhancement Program
Deadline: April 29, 2019

Click here for more information!Administration for Children and Families (ACL) invites applications that seek to achieve quantifiable and sustainable enhancements that build upon existing programmatic work to increase the effectiveness of legal assistance for older Americans with social or economic need. ACL’s new Legal Assistance Enhancement Program (LAEP) will support legal assistance enhancements and innovations for non-profits and Tribal/ Indian organizations. Available funding for this opportunity ranges from a minimum of $100,000 to a maximum of $250,000 per grant per year, for up to three years depending on the availability of funding.
AmeriCorps Indian Tribes Grants 
Deadline: May 2, 2019 

Funding for programs that are designed to strengthen tribal communities and solve local problems through service and volunteering.
Letter of Intent (Optional): April 10, 2019 
Sponsor: Corporation for National and Community Service

Seed Grants for Grandparents and other Relatives Raising Children are now available from the Brookdale Foundation Group
Deadline: June 12, 2019

The Brookdale Foundation Group has issued a Request for Proposals for creating or expanding supportive services to grandparents and other relatives raising children.Up to 15 programs will be selected to receive a seed grant of $15,000 based on progress made during the first year and potential for more in the future. Technical assistance will also be provided.Any 501 (c)(3) or equivalent not-for-profit organizations can apply.

The RFP proposal and guidelines can be downloaded by visiting this website: 

Proposals are due at the Brookdale Foundation Group office in New Jersey on Wednesday, June 12, 2019.  

For more information, please contact Melinda Perez-Porter at

NIHB Community Changemaker Grants for Native Youth-led Health Projects

Read more here.Applications accepted until funding is gone! Apply ASAP. American Indian and Alaska Native youth ages 14-24 years old are eligible to apply for Community Changemaker Grants. These are small amounts of money ($250) that can help supercharge a YOUTH-led and YOUTH-planned health event. 

Seventh Generation Fund Grant Opportunities
Dates Vary 

The Seventh Generation Fund is an Indigenous identity-based organization dedicated to the self-determination of Native Peoples and the sovereignty of our distinct Nations that mobilizes financial, technical, and informational resources directly to Native communities to empower action. Grant awards range from $250 to $50,000. An organization may apply for a single large grant per year, with the possibility of additional Traveling Song Initiative or Mini Grants. Read more here.
The Changing Burden of Diabetes in Rural and Urban America
Monday, April 29, 2019, 9:00 am Pacific, 10:00 am Mountain, 11:00 am Central, 12:00 pm Eastern

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of the death in the U.S. However, past scholarly work suggests that the burden of disease varies considerably between residents in rural and urban settings. The purpose of this webinar, presented by Dr. Timothy Callaghan and Dr. Alva Ferdinand, is to provide an up-to-date, in-depth look at how the burden of diabetes has changed over time. We'll look at diabetes-related mortality in and out of the hospital, complications of the disease, and progress toward Healthy People 2020 goals.

Connection Information 

Two-Part Webinar Series: Alzheimer's Facts, Figures, Resources, & Brain Health
Thursday, May 9, 2:00-3:30 pm ET
The Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline, in partnership with ACL, n4a, and the Eldercare Locator, is hosting this series to ensure professionals are knowledgeable about the impact of Alzheimer’s disease and brain health on American families, and have an understanding of critical community resources and supports.

Webinar 2 | Alzheimer's and Brain Health: What you should know and what you can do
Thursday, May 9, 2:00-3:30 pm ET
Register here for the webinar

This webinar explains the impact of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia diseases and practical, research-based lifestyle strategies for aging with a healthy brain and reducing the risk of cognitive decline. Learn the latest Alzheimer’s and brain health research including exciting studies happening now. Receive tips for how to be a savvy consumer of the news and detect fact from fiction when you hear amazing claims about Alzheimer’s research.

ACL/AoA Events
Title VI Cluster Training: Albuquerque, NM
May 21-22, 2019 in Albuquerque, NM

ACL/AoA will be hosting their Albuquerque Title VI Cluster Training on May 21-22, 2019 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Albuquerque. To book your hotel, please call 1-800-584-505. Please refer to the “Title VI Cluster Training” or use this link for your discounted rate.

The cutoff date to make all reservations is May 10, 2019. The group room rate will be $94 plus tax.

To register or to view the draft agenda, contact Melissa Szasz at


2019 National Title VI Training & Technical Assistance Conference
August 13-16, 2019 in Minneapolis, MN

ACL/AoA will be hosting their Title VI National Training & Technical Assistance Conference on August 13-16, 2019 at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center. To book your hotel, please use this link for your discounted rate.

The cutoff date to make all reservations is July 22, 2019. The group room rate will be $151 plus tax.

To register for the upcoming training, please use this link.

For more information, contact Melissa Szasz at
2019 National Tribal Public Health Summit
Monday-Wednesday, May 13-15, 2019 in Albuquerque, NM
Save the date! Please join NIHB in Albuquerque, NM for the 2019 National Tribal Public Health Summit. Look out for more information coming soon about registration, location, lodging, exhibitors, and sponsorships!
The call for Proposals is now open! Read more here.


Fostering Peer Support to Address Behavioral Health Needs Among Older Adults

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 3:00pm ET

Older adults may face unique challenges that impact their behavioral health as they age, including significant life changes, loss of loved ones, and economic insecurity, among others. Implementing intentional peer support programs in health care or community-based settings is one strategy to empower older adults to manage stress, life events, and difficult emotions. This webinar will provide information on three peer support programs implemented across the U.S— the Certified Older Adult Peer Specialists, the Wellness Recovery Action Plan, and the Veterans Health Administration Peer Support Services. Speakers will discuss the specialized needs of older adults seeking mental health treatment, the importance of peer support implementation from the national to local levels, and how you might use peer support in your community. Register here.

Tribal Grant Writers Workshop: “Vision, Design and Capacity”
 Wednesday, May 15 – Friday, May 17, 2019

Indian Health Service, California Area Office
John E. Moss Federal Building
650 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, CA
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is hosting a 2 ½ day FREE hands-on grant writing workshop for tribal organizations. 
The workshop’s goal is to develop, support, and increase the competence of technical writers to submit successful grant applications.
Registration is open until May 7th   –  SPACE IS LIMITED!*
*To allow as many Tribes as possible to participate in this training, at this time we
are limiting registration to two participants per Tribal Organization. Participants
who commit to attend the entire workshop will be given preference.
To register go to:
For more information, contact Valerie Gallo at 415.437.8095 or

2019 American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) National Behavioral Health Conference
Wednesday-Friday, May 15-17, 2019 in Albuquerque, NM
Save the date! Please join NIHB in Albuquerque, NM for the 2019 National American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) National Behavioral Health Conference. For the latest information on registration, location, lodging, exhibitors, and sponsorships, visit the summit website here.
The call for proposals is now open! Read more here.


8th Annual "Taking a Stand Against Elder Abuse" Prevention Event
May 16-17, 2019

Shoshone-Bannock Hotel & Event Center
View draft agenda here.
Register here.

National Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day 2019
Monday, May 20, 1:00pm - 3:30pm

Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Great Hall
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20201

Register to attend in person
View live streaming information

This event aims to:
  • Raise awareness of older adults’ mental health needs
  • Promote evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery supports
  • Encourage collaboration between mental health and aging networks
  • Highlight where to seek services when needed
CMS Outreach and Education Event
June 10, 2019 in Spokane, WA

In partnership with Indian Health Service, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is committed to helping the Indian Health Service (IHS), Tribal Health Programs, and Urban Indian Programs to maximize their ability to access third party resources. To meet this objective, CMS, in partnership with the States, the Veterans Administration, the Social Security Administration, and the IHS, provides training to patient benefits advocates on the programs and benefits available through Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the Health Insurance Marketplace.

 Click here to register.

Target Audience

  • Business Office Staff
  • Benefits Coordinators
  • Patient Registration Staff
  • Medical Records Staff
  • Contract Health Services Staff

Topics At A Glance

  • CMS Tribal Affairs Updates
  • Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP and the Health Insurance Marketplace
  • State-Administered Programs
  • Social Security, Veterans Affairs and much more…

June 12th, 2019

The one-of-a-kind 20th biennial intergenerational conference provides an opportunity for professionals from all over the world to learn, network and share about innovative research, policies, and practices in the intergenerational field. Click here for more information

Age + Action
June 17-20, 2019  in Washington, DC

Age+Action is the premiere national conference focused on ensuring every person's right to age with their best possible health and economic security. The event will bring together 800+ professionals from across the country who are dedicated to making aging well possible for all of us. Attendees will include members and grantees of NCOA’s National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC), Center for Healthy Aging, and Center for Benefits Access. View more information here
CMS ITU Outreach & Education Event
June 18-19, 2019 in Billings, MT

In partnership with the Indian Health Service (IHS), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is committed to helping the IHS, Tribal Health Programs, and Urban Indian Programs to maximize their ability to access third party resources. To meet this objective, CMS, in partnership with the States, the Veterans Administration, the Social Security Administration, and IHS, provides training to patient benefits advocates on the programs and benefits available through Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the CMS Health Insurance Marketplace.

Register here

Target Audience

  • Business Office Staff
  • Benefits Coordinators
  • Patient Registration Staff
  • Medical Records Staff
  • Contract Health Services Staff

Topics At A Glance

  • CMS Tribal Affairs Updates
  • Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP and the Health Insurance Marketplace
  • State-Administered Programs
  • Social Security, Veterans Affairs and much more…

Register by April 30, 2019 for the 2019 National Training Institute and take advantage of early bird pricing!

Registration is taking place for the National Center for Victims of Crime 2019 National Training Institute (NTI). Register by April 30 to receive an early registration discount. Each year, the National Training Institute brings together people from across professions to share current research, promising practices, and effective programs that are victim-centered. The NTI is a forum for law enforcement, victim service professionals, allied practitioners, policymakers, and researchers, where everyone is encouraged to share current developments and build new collaborations. Scholarships are available for this training. 

This communication is sent on behalf of the Administration for Community Living/Administration on Aging (ACL/AoA), Office of Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Programs “Title VI” and has been approved to be disseminated by Cynthia LaCounte, Program Director. Teya Services, LLC is an Alaska Native Corporation responsible for disseminating information as a contractor with ACL/AoA for this program.

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