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The newsletter exclusively for n4a members.
November 7, 2014
 

Survey of AAAs Featured in
Washington Post


The Trends and New Directions Area Agencies on Aging Survey, which was conducted in 2013 and released late last month, was showcased in a recent Washington Post story entitled “Efforts to Enable Americans to Age in Place are Expanding, Survey Shows.” The story, which focused on the expansion of AAA programs to help older adults remain independent in their homes and communities, has been republished on over 800 websites. The report contains a rich trove of data, so we encourage you to leverage the key findings to support your programmatic goals. 
ACL Technical Assistance Available to Build Business Acumen

ACL is soliciting applications for local networks of community-based aging and disability organizations to participate in the second cohort of their Business Acumen Learning Collaborative.  Chosen networks will receive targeted TA with the aim of contracting with health care entities to provide community-based LTSS and/or evidence-based preventative health programs. This is not a direct funding opportunity. Applications are due December 8.

Through an ACL grant to build the business capacity of the Aging and Disability Networks for MLTSS, n4a plays a lead role in the coordination of learning collaborative activities and provides targeted technical assistance to the sites. For more information about n4a’s work to enhance the business acumen of AAAs, please contact Mary Kaschak at n4a.


Brain Health Focus of Home for the Holidays Campaign
 

In mid-November, the Eldercare Locator’s Home for the Holidays campaign, focusing on strategies to promote brain health in older adults, will begin. We are pleased to announce that this year’s brochure draws from materials developed by ACL, in partnership with NIH and the CDC. In conjunction with the wide distribution of electronic and print copies of the brochure, we will undertake a public education campaign—working with national and local media outlets—to help spread the word about the importance of this issue. In our work with the media, reporters will be looking for innovative brain health initiatives in communities around the nation. Please contact n4a Communications Director Dallas Jamison to share information about your programs. 


n4a Webinar: Experts Discuss How the FTA's Section 5310 Works To Enhance Seniors’ Mobility
November 19, 2:00 p.m. ET

The NCST will bring together state and local experts to discuss their experiences with 5310 before MAP-21, their involvement in implementing the new program, lessons learned from New Freedom projects that may be relevant, and how the new 5310 is likely to impact transportation for seniors and people with disabilities.

Final speakers and discussion questions will be posted soon at www.seniortransportation.net. Please send specific questions or discussion topics to Eileen Miller at n4a. Register 


 n4a to Launch New Website

In early December, n4a will introduce its new website featuring exciting design, fantastic content and an ease of access and navigation that will enhance our members’ online experience like never before. Pre and post-launch, we will provide you with information, answer questions, gather your input and conduct any training needed to ensure seamless access to the tools and resources you have come to depend on. Stay tuned! 
Call for Presentations Ends Soon

After November 14, we will no longer accept workshop proposals for our 40th Annual Conference & Tradeshow to be held in Philadelphia, PA. Why not join your AAA and Title VI Native American aging program colleagues in sharing expertise vital to the success of the Aging Network? We can’t wait to hear from you!

Webinar on CMS Funding Opportunity

In last week’s Member News, n4a highlighted the ACA-sponsored, CMS-led Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative (TCPI). This model aims to continue helping health providers achieve large-scale transformation. For AAAs who are currently working with health care providers, participating in a Practice Transformation Network (PTN) under TCPI may present a valuable opportunity. CMS has published a fact sheet and FAQ on this initiative and is hosting informational webinars for interested applicants. The remaining webinar about PTNs is November 20. Strongly encouraged, but not required, Letters of Intent from eligible health care entities are also due November 20. n4a will continue exploring meaningful strategies to engage AAAs in federal health care delivery transformation efforts.


Resources
News of Interest

Funding Opportunities

Options Counseling for Dual Eligibles (CMS). Funding is available for state governments to provide financial assistance to SHIPs and/or ADRCs for counseling aimed at providing unbiased and consumer-friendly information to help dual eligible individuals better understand their options for Medicare and Medicaid benefits. 
Deadlines: November 13, 2014; January 15, 2015

n4a Webinars

Save Money on Background Checks
November 12, 1:00 p.m. ET (Register) or
November 19, 1:00 p.m. ET (Register)
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