Center for Healthy Aging Enews- February 2016 Issue

February 2016

New! FQHC Partnership Guide

This interactive guide is just what you’ve been looking for to learn more about partnering with Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). It explains the steps to initiating and growing partnerships, presenting your value proposition, developing formal agreements, and more.

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NCOA CDSME & Falls Prevention National Resource Centers Annual Meeting 2016

Group of smiling older adults

Register for the 2016 Annual Meeting, Forging New Pathways to Growth and Sustainability, May 24-26, 2016 in Alexandria, VA. This conference provides an opportunity for organizations implementing CDSME and falls prevention evidence-based programs to learn about strategies related to outreach, community-integrated health care, business acumen, and sustainability, among other topics.

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Funding opportunities for Falls Prevention and CDSME Programs

The Administration for Community Living funding opportunity announcements for Falls Prevention and CDSME Programs have been posted and are open for applications. The deadline for applications is April 6.

Falls prevention funding | CDSME funding

Learn about your role in the federal funding debate

The FY17 budget process kicked off with President Obama submitting his last budget request to Congress on Feb. 9. Once again, the proposals for Falls Prevention and CDSME funding remained the same. Learn how your efforts to educate and build relationships with your elected officials during the Aging in America Conference, March 20-24, in Washington, DC, and back home throughout the year can help NCOA’s advocacy for these and other aging services.

Review our budget summary | Register for our webinar

New: 6 Steps to Prevent a Fall video in Spanish

NCOA’s animated video on 6 Steps to Prevent a Fall has been translated into Spanish! The 90-second video complements the Spanish 6 Steps to Prevent a Fall infographic.

Video in Spanish | Infographic in Spanish | Video in English

Community-Integrated Health Care Learning Collaboratives launched

In January, the National CDSME Resource Center launched two learning collaboratives to support 20 participants from a variety of organizations across the country to achieve reimbursement through Medicare benefits. One collaborative will focus on the Diabetes Self-Management Training (DSMT) benefit, and the other will support states in achieving reimbursement through the Health and Behavior Assessment and Intervention (HBAI) benefit.

Read the charters | Download the HBAI Readiness Assessment

Request for comment on HEDIS® 2017 falls risk management measure

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has proposed changes to the falls risk management measure and the use of high-risk medications in the elderly measure, among others. Review the changes and provide comment by March 16.

Provide written comment | Learn more about NCQA

Integrating falls prevention interventions into clinical and community practice

This article examines the challenges of translating and disseminating exercise-based falls prevention research findings and provides solutions to integrating research into practice. Solutions include increasing clinician awareness and adoption of proven interventions, conducting additional translation/effectiveness research, and improving collaboration between clinicians and providers.

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Network with other professionals via NCOA’s online communities

NCOA Crossroads logo

NCOA hosts several online communities to help you network with other professionals. Posting on our CDSME and falls prevention communities is a great way to share learnings about evidence-based programming. Our new guide explains how to sign up, post and find content, and change your email options.

Download the guide | Join a group

Learn more about the evidence-based programs offered by senior centers

NCOA’s National Institute of Senior Centers compiled nearly 200 survey responses from members, exploring the health promotion programs offered at centers across the country. The results are shared in two reports focusing on the implementation of evidence-based programs and relationships senior centers have fostered with health care partners.

Survey Results- Part 1 | Survey Results- Part 2

Emergency Medical Service (EMS): An underutilized opportunity for falls prevention

A new national study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that 17% of all 911 calls for adults 65+ were from falls. More than one in five of these emergency 911 calls did not result in a transport to the hospital. Since more than half of falls occur at home, this creates teachable moments for EMS providers to provide falls prevention education and referrals to community-based falls prevention programs and services.

Read the study

It’s Heart Failure Awareness Week

Heart disease and hypertension are frequently reported chronic conditions among individuals participating in the CDSMP. Participate in the Heart Failure Society of America’s “Do Your Part, Know Your Heart” campaign by promoting self-health awareness, such as encouraging regular check-ups and increasing knowledge about the signs and symptoms of heart failure.

Learn more | View the CDSMP Fact Sheet


March is…

  • National Nutrition Month: Celebrate this year’s theme of, “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right,” by implementing NCOA’s Next Steps to Better Nutrition program.
  • Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: Learn more about colorectal cancer treatment and prevention with the CDC’s “Screening for Colorectal Cancer: It’s the Right Choice” infographic.
  • National Kidney Month: Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure. Find six ways to share information about kidney health with friends and family, including tips for keeping your kidneys healthy as you age.
  • National Patient Safety Week: Download educational resources that help patients, families, and staff advocate for patient safety and appropriate medication management. March 13-19

Coming up…

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