Climate Change: The Science- Free Online Course— December 7, 2017

This free course begins January 22. 2018, is offered online through Future Learn. Their website states, "Climate Change poses an increasing threat to the stability of Earth's systems. If we want to protect our planet from dangerous and unprecedented change, first we must understand the science behind climate change.

On this course you will explore this science, looking back across 4 billion years of Earth's history to help you learn the difference between 'natural' and 'human' induced change; looking to the present to see how the impacts of climate change are already being felt; and finally looking to the future to see what it might hold for our planet."

The course is free and estimates that it will take around 3 hours per week for four weeks to complete the course.

Learn more about this educational opportunity or register HERE

Learn more about the National Indian Health Board's climate project HERE or contact Angelica at for more information

Read a recent highlight on Swinomish Indian Tribal Community and their climate health work HERE

Success Story from Northwest Tribes: Native CARS (Children Always Ride Safe) Partnership to Improve Child Passenger Safety— December 7, 2017

In the beginning of the 2000s, Northwest Tribes noticed that vehicle accidents leading to injuries and death were impacting their communities. The Northwest Tribal EpiCenter (NWTEC) confirmed this disparity and noticed, finding that American Indian and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) were experiencing the highest death rate compared to other groups as a result of vehicle accidents. The NWTEC contacted experts and formed partnerships to investigate if this mortality rate might be connected to the low use of safety seats. Partnerships included the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) and Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center (HIPRC). The group explored this data for six Tribes and found that correct safety seat usage was low - between 25 and 55 percent only.

The six Tribes are: Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Klamath Tribes, Nez Perce, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, and Spokane Tribe.

This led to community-based participatory research (CBPR) through the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) in collaboration with the six Tribes, NWTEC, and HIPRC. The Tribes gave the study a name: Native Children Always Ride Safe (Native CARS).

To Read More, Click Here

Read the NIMHD article that inspired and informed this broadcast article HERE

New Issue Briefing on Community Living for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Elders— October 27, 2017

One aspect of the Administration for Community Living’s (ACL) mission is to assist American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian Elders to live with dignity and self-determination, while participating fully in their communities. The Administration on Aging, which is part of ACL, implements this mission through its Older Americans Act programs and relationships with other federal agencies and their services. The Administration helps assure successful outcomes in part by recognizing the strengths and resiliency of American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian Elders and respecting Native communities’ sovereignty, culture, and self-determination.  To read more, click here.

The Green House Project— October 23, 2017

In  Green House homes, authenticity matters - for example, we strive to build real homes, not fake homes, not pretend homes, not places that look like a home but really feel more like an institution.  We want to create that sense of belonging, of warmth and deep knowing that we all crave.  We want the elders to feel connected to the people and the space. Best Life supports elders living with dementia (ELWD), and here too, we strive for authenticity.  For many ELWD, their experience has been one of loss and lack of choice.  Family, friends, and professionals may respond to their diagnosis rather than to the individual person, focusing on inabilities rather than retained talents and abilities.  The opportunities for real, authentic life experiences may be taken away, justified by saying, "It doesn't really matter, they won't know the difference."  To see the website, click here.

New Materials Available for Nutrition Services Program Outcome Evaluation— October 23, 2017

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is conducting a three-part evaluation of its Title III-C Nutrition Services Program (NSP), which promotes access to nutritious meals, facilitates social contact, supports family caregivers and helps older adults maintain dignity in their homes and communities.  For more information, click here.

ACL Grants to Promote Diversity and Cultural Competency Across Developmental Disabilities Network— September 28, 2017

Recently, ACL issued a series of grants to University Centers of Excellence on Developmental Disabilities to continue to promote diversity and cultural competence across the developmental disabilities network. The National Training Initiative grants will fund partnerships with minority-serving institutions (MSIs), a diversity and inclusion training program, and 12 diversity and inclusion fellowships.

MSI partnership planning grants will provide seed money for four UCEDDs to partner with MSIs or community colleges to jointly plan and co-design training and use innovative knowledge exchange and transfer strategies that promote and create interdisciplinary approaches to research, training, and services. To read more, click here.

Principles for person-Directed Services and Support during Serious Illness— September 1, 2017

By Edwin L. Walker, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging, and Bob Williams, Director, Independent Living Administration, Administration for Community Living (ACL)

At ACL, we believe that every person has the right to make choices and to control their own decisions. This right is independent of age or disability or stage of illness.  To help ensure that people who have serious illnesses are able to control their care and services, ACL, in consultation with its stakeholders, developed Principles for Person-directed Services and Supports during Serious Illness. ACL will be using these principles to inform policy discussions and enhance its existing programs and services related to serious illness among older adults and individuals with disabilities.

To develop these principles, ACL engaged in several activities: development of educational materials and resources, review of relevant literature, discussions with aging and disability stakeholders, and stakeholder review of draft principles.

American Indian Elder Group Benefits of Group-based Exercise Program for Older Adults— August 29, 2017

New research cited by the Philadelphia Inquirer shows that a standing-exercise program is more effective for seniors than commonly used seated exercises.

Among nearly 300 participants who were an average age of 80, the study showed that those who participated in a standing-exercise program were able to walk farther and faster than those in a seated-exercise program. Lead researcher Jennifer Brach, a professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, remarks, "Older adults who are interested in improving their mobility should consider participating in a group-based exercise program like 'On the Move.' The timing and coordination exercises are designed to be more challenging for participants, but they are important for walking and can improve mobility." According to Brach, the standing program was designed to enhance the motor skills and muscle control needed for walking. It includes a warm-up, stepping patterns, walking patterns, strengthening, and a cool-down period.

The alternate exercise program was done while seated, focusing on flexibility, strength, and endurance. It included a warm-up, along with arm and leg strength exercises, aerobic activities, and a cool-down. Those in the former exhibited a small increase in their speed and distance in walking for six minutes, while those in the latter did not show as much improvement. In total, 142 seniors completed the On the Move program, while 139 completed the seated program. It should be noted that those in the standing-exercise classes were more likely to experience falls, fatigue, and pain, while none of these occurred in the seated-exercise classes. The report was published online in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

New Report on Nutrition Services Program Availabe: Client Outcome Study- Part 1— July 13, 2017

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is conducting a three-part evaluation of its Title III-C Nutrition Services Program (NSP). The newest report, Client Outcome Study: Part I, is now available. To read more, please click here.

Implementation of the REACH model of dementia caregiver in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities — June 14, 2017

The Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregivers Health in the VA (REACH VA) dementia caregiving intervention has been implemented in the VA, in community agencies, and internationally. As identified in the 2013 and 2015 National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease, REACH is being made available to American Indian and Alaska Native communities.  Implementation activities are carried out by local Public Health Nursing programs operated by Indian Health Service and Tribal Health programs, and Administration for Community Living/Administration on Aging funded Tribal Aging program staff already working. The implementation is described using the Fixsen and Blasé implementation process model. Cultural, community, health system, and tribe-specific adaptations occur during the six implementation stages of exploration and adoption, program installation, initial implementation, full operation, innovation, and sustainability. Adaptations are made by local staff delivering the program. Implementation challenges in serving AI/AN dementia caregivers include the need to adapt the program to fit the unique communities and the cultural perceptions of dementia and caregiving. Lessons learned highlight the importance of using a clinically successful intervention, the need for support and buy-in from leadership and staff, the fit of the intervention into ongoing routines and practices, the critical role of modifications based on caregiver, staff, and organization needs and feedback, the need for a simple and easily learned intervention, and the critical importance of community receptivity to the services offered.

FY2017 Grant Update Notification— May 9, 2017

To all Title VI Grantees: Although Congress recently appropriated full year funding through September 30, 2017 (FFY), funds are apportioned by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and uploaded to HHS.  ACL receives allotments from HHS. Unfortunately, the grant award process could take approximately four to eight weeks before we are able to distribute final (FY2017) Notice of Award to grantees.

Coeur D'Alene Exercise Program: Powwow Sweat— April 17, 2017

In Indian Country, a gym membership isn’t a cultural norm. The incidence of heart disease and obesity are high there. So northern Idaho's Coeur D’Alene tribe is incorporating culture into its fitness programs. The Coeur D'Alene tribe has created an exercise program based on powwow dancing called Powwow Sweat.

Falls Prevention Tip Sheet— April 6, 2017

National Falls Prevention Resource Center’s new resource on engaging Tribal elders in falls prevention programs "Tip Sheet"

Profile of Older Americans: 2016— March 15, 2017

The annual summary of the latest statistics on the older population, A Profile of Older Americans: 2016, is now available. This profile covers 15 topical areas including population, income and poverty, living arrangements, education, health, and caregiving.  A description of the highlights of this document is below and the full document is attached.

The profile has proven to be a very useful statistical summary in a user friendly format.  It is a web based publication and is posted here.

FCC Discounted Internet Service— March 8, 2017

As of March 31, 2016 the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) has approved rules to modify the current Lifeline program, which previously provided discounted telephone services, to also include discounted Internet services for people who meet the qualifications.

This modernization update from the FCC will help provide 21st century access for any low-income individual, helping to reduce the barriers that prevent access to educational and career opportunities.   For more information about the updates to the Lifeline program, please visit the FCC web-page:

Study - Interventions to Prevent Alcohol Use Among AI/AN and Rural Youth— March 6, 2017

Study finds effective interventions to prevent alcohol use among American Indian and rural youth. Rural youths, including those who are a racial minority relative to their community, are at increased risk for alcohol misuse.

DOJ is Introducing ElderJustice.Gov— February 28, 2017

The Department of Justice is committed to supporting federal, state and local efforts to combat elder abuse, neglect, and financial fraud and exploitation through training, resources, and information.

Join the Department of Justice as they launch with the next webinars in the series catered to professionals involved in elder abuse cases.

Food Safety Tips— January 28, 2017

You've taken steps to train and encourage employees to follow the best procedures to ensure your kitchen is storing, preparing and serving food that is high-quality and safe. Yet it is important to remain vigilant and continually enhance your culture of food safety. Read More Here.

Tribal Resources for American Indians and Alaskan Natives from CMS— January 18, 2017

The CMS Division of Tribal Affairs is responsible for creating and disseminating informational materials to American Indian Alaska Native (AI/AN) beneficiaries, providers, and relevant health professionals on CMS programs.  This includes multimedia (video & radio), printed materials, webinars and training materials.  Many of these materials were developed in collaboration with HHS (Intergovernmental External Affairs), the Indian Health Service, the CMS TTAG, and national Indian organizations.  These materials can be downloaded from this page or ordered from the CMS warehouse. Click here to view the PowerPoint Presentations

National Institute on Aging Infograph on Genetics and Alzheimer's— January 18, 2017

Learning about your family health history may help you know if you are at increased risk for certain diseases or medical conditions, like Alzheimer's disease. Share this infographic and help spread the word about Alzheimer's genetics.

SSA Tribal Benefits Coordinator Guide— January 3, 2017

Please check out the the SSA Tribal Benefits Coordinator Guide. We believe it will be of great help to many of you working with tribal members as it relates to their Social Security.  It will also be an excellent resource to share with your outreach workers, benefits coordinators, information and referral specialists, caregivers and others.

NCUIH January e-news and Updates— January 3, 2017

National Council of Urban Indian Health January Newsletter