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Archive for the ‘Senior’ Category

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

National Health Observances (NHO) has a free toolkit to help promote your event.  The toolkit includes media and listserve announcements, tweets with links, e-cards, web badges and other ways to get involved.  Available here: http://1.usa.gov/ZjPGjN

May 29th is also National Senior Health & Fitness Day.  For more information, to register to host an event, materials and more visit: http://bit.ly/12ifeOW

The National Institute on Aging at NIH also has the resource Go4Life which aims for motivating older adults to become physically active for the first time, return to exercise after a break in their routines, or build more exercise and physical activity into weekly routines.  Visit http://1.usa.gov/UrMCPR

Health Equity and LGBT Elders of Color

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

As LGBT people of color age and face more health problems and health disparities, the same silence under which they live their lives is at play. Huffington Post says:  “A new policy report from SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) seeks to challenge that silence. Health Equity and LGBT Elders of Color explores 10 policy areas where health and wellness can be improved for older LGBT people of color (a population that encompasses multiple groups that are diverse across race, ethnicity, culture, language of origin and more). The report examines policy topics such as federal funding gaps, the ways in which health reform implementation can reach marginalized people, LGBT-specific barriers within programs such as Social Security and much more.” Download the free report here: http://bit.ly/15C169p

Get Ready: May Is Healthy Vision Month

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Spread the word about the importance of eye health to members of your community.  Many common eye diseases such as diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration have no early warning signs, making regular check-ups important.

Get free tools to help spread the word from the National Eye Institute: http://1.usa.gov/11LhA8L

Funding Opportunities Roundup pt. 1

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

National Health Service Corps Recruitment and Retention Assistance

National Health Service Corps  – Assistance for qualifying practice sites in recruiting and retaining community-responsive, culturally competent primary care clinicians.

Deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis

For more information: http://bit.ly/ZuBpFL

 

National Native American Youth Initiative (NNAYI)

Association of American Indian Physicians – Offers a summer program designed to prepare American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) high school students to pursue a career in the health professions and//or biomedical research.

Deadline: March 29th, 2013

For more information: http://bit.ly/XOUefZ

 

Massage Therapy Foundation Community Service Grants

Massage Therapy Foundation  – Offers small grants for programs and projects that provide massage therapy to people who have little or no access to such services.

Deadline: April 1, 2013

For more information: http://bit.ly/W6fLXh

 

The Eldercare Locator

Administration for Community Living  – Provides funding to operate the Eldercare Locator, which connects older Americans and their caregivers with sources of information on senior services.

Deadline: March 18, 2013

For more information: http://bit.ly/Ye4Zux

 

Rural Health Information Technology (HIT) Workforce Program

Office of Rural Health Policy  – Supports rural health networks that focus on activities relating to the recruitment, education, training, and retention of HIT specialists.

Deadline: April 15, 2013

For more information: http://bit.ly/YpnqtX

 

May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust Grant Program

May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust  – Grants for projects that target children and youth; the disabled and critically ill; disadvantaged adults and families; and elder populations.

Deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis

For more information: http://bit.ly/VPlmBB

 

Typical or Troubled?  School Mental Health Education Grants

American Psychiatric Foundation – Provides funding to schools to implement the Typical or Troubled? school mental health educational program.

Deadline: March 30, 2013

For more information: http://bit.ly/Xs2YJH

 

Grants to Expand Care Coordination through the Use of Technology-Assisted Care in Targeted Areas of Need (TEC-TAC)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration  – Grants for the use of technology, including web-based services, smart phones, and behavioral health electronic applications (e-apps), to expand and/or enhance the ability of providers to care for patients in treatment.

Deadline: April 10, 2013

For more information: http://bit.ly/157z3fv

Upcoming Webinars

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Breast Cancer (Mammography) Screening

IHS: Webinar will be discussing breast cancer rates, current screening guidelines, as well as strategies for improving mammography screening rates.

Friday January 25, 2013     1:00pm  – 2:00pm CST

Learn more: http://1.usa.gov/XDe3XP

 

Two-Spirit Learning Community Webinar.

SAMHSA’s Native American Center for Excellence Two Spirit Learning Community

Tuesday January 29, 2013     12:00 pm- 1:00pm CST

Learn more: http://bit.ly/Tt4uzb

 

Introduction to the Obesity Prevention Evidence-Based Toolkit

Sponsored by National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health

Tuesday January 29, 2013     2:00pm – 3:30pm CST

Learn more: http://bit.ly/WXmLQe

 

National Provider Call: CMS National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes

Sponsored by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Thursday January 31, 2013     12:30 – 2:00pm CST

Learn more: http://go.cms.gov/WRHBC8

 

Rural Community Collaborations and Veteran Outreach

Sponsored by Veterans Health Administration’s Office of Rural Health

Thursday January 31, 2013     1:00pm – 2:00pm CST

Learn more: http://bit.ly/14eP1nt

 

Let’s Move Faith and Communities: Transform your Food Pantry into a Source of Health and Wellness!

Sponsored by The Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships

Thursday, January 31st, 2013     1:00pm  – 2:00pm CST

Learn more: http://bit.ly/S9VJZb

 

Cervical Cancer (Pap) Screening.

IHS: Webinar will be discussing cervical cancer rates, current screening guidelines, as well as strategies for improving pap screening rates.

Friday February 1, 2013     12:00pm – 1:00pm CST

Learn more: http://1.usa.gov/XDe3XP

No-cost fitness DVD and workout books from the National Institute on Aging

Friday, December 14th, 2012

The National Institute on Aging’s Go4Life’s campaign provides resources for older adults to get active.  A highlight of the campaign is a series of exercises that are designed especially for older adults using materials already in their homes (chairs, soup cans, towels, etc.).  Seniors can set personal fitness goals, track their progress and watch success story videos.  Resources are also available for family and friends, organizations and health professionals.

Go4Life: http://1.usa.gov/UrMCPR

Order workout books and DVDs: http://1.usa.gov/SYYUSG

Social Security fast-tracks rare-disease claims

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

In an effort to ease the burden of being stricken with a debilitating condition, the Social Security Administration is expanding a program that fast-tracks disability claims by people who get serious illnesses such as cancer, early-onset Alzheimer’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease — claims that could take months or years to approve in the past.

Disability claims are up by more than 20 percent from 2008. The Compassionate Allowances program approves many claims for a select group of conditions within a few days, Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue said. The program is being expanded Thursday to include a total of 200 diseases and conditions.

Since the Compassionate Allowances program was started, 200,000 people have received expedited benefits, Astrue said. On Thursday, the agency is scheduled to announce that it is adding 35 more diseases and conditions to the program, bringing the total to 200.

To read the source article: http://yhoo.it/11Me4hm

Intercultural Cancer Fact Sheets

Friday, November 9th, 2012

The Intercultural Cancer Coalition has a series of fact sheets that can be used as educational pieces, background information and awareness raising resources.

Sample fact sheets:

  • African Americans & Cancer
  • Hispanics/Latinos & Cancer
  • Rural Poor/Medically Underserved Americans & Cancer
  • Workplace & Cancer
  • Elderly & Cancer

Access these and other fact sheets: http://bit.ly/VLTk8p

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

Friday, November 9th, 2012

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.  The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization has a series of brochures in English, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese: http://bit.ly/RJddtM

Brochures include:

  • Guides for Clinicians
  • Caregiver tips
  • End-of-life Planning
  • Pediatric Issues
  • Pain Management

 

Conference Call: Five New Medicare Preventive Services

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

National Provider Call: Five New Medicare Preventive Services

Sponsored by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Did you know that five new preventive services are now covered by Medicare?

  • Screening and Behavioral Counseling Interventions in Primary Care to Reduce Alcohol Misuse – Effective 10/14/11
  • Screening for Depression in Adults – Effective 10/14/11
  • Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Cardiovascular Disease – Effective 11/8/11
  • Screening for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and High-Intensity Behavioral Counseling (HIBC) to prevent STIs – Effective 11/8/11
  • Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Obesity – Effective 11/29/11

Wednesday Aug 15, 2012     1:00pm – 2:30pm CST

For more information and to register: http://go.cms.gov/QK0qGT