LTSS Newsletter – January 2019




Funding opportunities, news, events, and resources for tribal LTSS programs


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Upcoming webinar: Relationship Building in Indian Country—Outreach and Outcomes
Jan 23, 2019
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Traditional foods recipes for elders and caregivers

Chef Loretta Barrett Oden (Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma) shows how to prepare three Native meals in a series of videos she filmed for AARP at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC.

The videos feature ingredients like salmon, bison, wild rice, sea beans, and squash, which are healthy traditional foods for tribes in different regions of the United States. You can watch the videos on AARP's Native Origins page or download the following recipes.

Chef Lorretta Barret Oden stirs ingredients to prepare a traditional foods recipe

Traditional foods resources


Incorporating traditional foods into menus for Native elders provides physical and mental health benefits and honors elders.


Tribal Nursing Home Best Practices: Traditional Foods (PDF 1.6 MB, 12 p) is a CMS report produced in cooperation with the Uniting Nursing Homes in Tribal Excellence (UNITE) collaborative. The report:


  • explains how to plan a traditional foods menu
  • offers tips for sourcing traditional foods and navigating regulatory issues
  • provides links to webinars and additional resources

Also check out the CMS Long-term Services and Supports Technical Assistance Center webinar Tribal Nursing Homes: Traditional Foods, Traditional Lives.



Funding opportunities to support and protect elders and people with disabilities

Preventing Falls

Deadline: Jan 29, 2018
Apply: HHS-2019-ACL-AOA-FPSG-0312

This funding, provided through the ACL, will support grantees in developing or enhancing evidence-based programs to lower the number of falls and related injuries among elders.


Supporting self-management of chronic disease

Deadline: Jan 29, 2018
Apply: HHS-2019-ACL-AOA-CSSG-0311

These ACL cooperative agreements will help grantees design evidence-based programs that support elders and people with disabilities in managing their own health care for chronic conditions.


Empowering people with disabilities

Deadline: Feb 5, 2019
Apply: HHS-2019-ACL-NIDILRR-IFDV-0321

This ACL grant will promote research and development to ensure that people with disabilities, especially those with severe disabilities, can fully participate in their communities and live as independently as possible.


Keep an eye out for glaucoma

Help prevent glaucoma-related blindness by reminding elders and their caregivers to get regular eye exams.

A leading cause of vision loss, glaucoma results from damage to the eye's optic nerve. According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, people over age 60 and those with diabetes are at high risk for the disease.

Often, glaucoma causes no symptoms, so regular eye exams are key for early detection and treatment.

Logo that reads 'January is Glaucoma Awareness Month. Speed the cure. Spread the word.'


Age+Action Conference: Registration open

Age+Action Conference June 17–20, 2019; Washington, DC; NCOA (National Council on Aging)

June 17–20
Washington, DC

Registration is now open for the June 2019 National Council on Aging's Age+Action Conference.

This year, the conference will focus on women's aging experiences and innovative solutions that support their wellbeing as they age. Throughout the conference, participants can learn from each other as they explore the changing realities of aging.


Brain health and healthy aging webinar series

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) is hosting a webinar series about brain health, Alzheimer's disease, and dementia.

The first webinar, Virtual Open House, will cover implementation of the Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map. It will feature the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Alzheimer's Disease and Healthy Aging Program, the Alzheimer's Association, and the International Association for Indigenous Aging.

Upcoming webinars in the ASTHOConnects Series on Brain Health include:

ASTHOConnects Series on Brain Health:
Virtual Open House

January 23, 2019

9 a.m. Hawaii
11 a.m. Alaska
12 p.m. Pacific
1 p.m. Mountain
2 p.m. Central
3 p.m. Eastern


NIAMS community outreach website

The new year presents an opportunity to refresh elders’ understanding of their physical health and what they can do to lead healthy lifestyles.

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) provides caregivers resources regarding bone, joint, muscle, and skin health, such as an article that reviews links between diabetes and osteoporosis.

NIAMS outreach image for Healthy lifestyle featuring healthy examples, like hydration, nutritious food, and proper sleep habits.
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Upcoming webinar

Relationship building in Indian Country—Outreach and Outcomes

Tomorrow, January 23, 2019

Successful outreach and education about benefits in tribal communities require trust-building with those communities. This webinar will cover the planning and thought processes needed to develop and maintain relationships with tribal communities. Presenters will also talk about lessons learned in the field.

Learning objectives:

  • Gain insights on how to build trust with tribal communities
  • Learn successful strategies from experts in the field on how to build relationships in tribal communities

Ray Walker

Ray Walker 
Divisional Director
Oklahoma Insurance Department

Clarissa Duran

Clarissa Duran 
Senior Programs Administrator
Rio Arriba County Health and
Human Services Department


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location's call-in time:

8 a.m. Hawaii
10 a.m. Alaska
11 a.m. Pacific
12 p.m. Mountain
1 p.m. Central
2 p.m. Eastern

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Long-Term Services and Supports Solutions is published monthly by the CMS Division of Tribal Affairs to share information, funding opportunities, and resources with LTSS planners, tribal leaders, and supporters.

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