August 2017

ACL announces 2017 CDSME and falls prevention grantees

Over the next 3 years, 15 new grantees will pilot innovative strategies to reach 38,000 older adults and adults with disabilities with Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) programs and more than 24,000 with falls prevention programs.

See all grantees 

2017 Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD): 10 Years Standing Together to Prevent Falls

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Use these materials to help educate your community, market your events, and engage local policy makers as you prepare for FPAD on Sept. 22. In addition, check out the recording from our FPAD webinar for ideas as you plan.

Find resources | View the webinar

There’s still time to educate your policymakers

Last month, we shared where things stand with FY18 funding for falls prevention and CDSME, and updated our resources for educating policymakers about these important programs. Members of Congress return to the Capitol after Labor Day, and action is expected on the House floor and in the Senate Appropriations Committee on the Labor-HHS-Education bill that funds healthy aging programs in September. There’s still time to tell Congress your story about why falls prevention and chronic disease self-management are crucial to seniors in your communities.

Review the latest federal budget information | Use our tools to educate policymakers about falls prevention and CDSME

Read about two organizations working to receive Medicare reimbursement for CDSME

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Visit the “Medicare Opportunities” section of the Roadmap to Community Integrated Health Care to read success stories from efforts in North Carolina and Virginia to receive Medicare reimbursement for CDSME through the Diabetes Self-Management Training and Health and Behavior Assessment and Intervention benefits, respectively.

See It In Action

Learn more about the 2017 Medicare Reimbursement Learning Collaborative participants

Participants are actively sharing best practices and lessons learned as they take steps towards obtaining reimbursement for CDSME programs through the Diabetes Self-Management Training, Health and Behavior Assessment and Intervention, and Medical Nutrition Therapy benefits through the NCOA-led Medicare Reimbursement Learning Collaborative. Read profiles about each participating organization, their partners, and the work they’re doing to accomplish their goals.


Apply now for the evidence-based program review

Apply for inclusion on the ACL-approved list of evidence-based health promotion/disease prevention programs. Approved programs satisfy criteria for Older Americans Act Title III-D support and funding opportunities through ACL.

Applications due Sept. 15

2017 Falls Free® Photo and Video Contests

Check out two opportunities to submit positive photos or videos of older adults engaged in a variety of falls prevention activities, such as evidence-based falls prevention workshops. Each photo or video entry must be accompanied by a brief story that describes it’s falls prevention significance. Contest winners will be awarded prizes and their photos and videos will be used to increase awareness about the impact of falls prevention.

Submit a photo and story by Aug. 25 | Submit a video and story by Oct. 31

Submit comments on the proposed Healthy People 2030 goals

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is soliciting comments on the proposed framework for Healthy People 2030. This framework includes the Healthy People 2030 vision, mission, foundational principles, plan of action, and overarching goals — and it will guide the selection and prioritization of objectives for Healthy People 2030.

Submit comments by Sept. 29

Coming up…

  • Tools and Resources to Combat Older Adult Malnutrition: Attend this webinar to learn more about the impact of malnutrition on health care and quality of life. Presenters will share details about the Community Malnutrition Resource Hub, a compilation of resources to help address malnutrition. Aug. 29 @ 2-3 p.m. ET
  • 2017 Malnutrition Awareness Week™ (Sept. 18-22): Join NCOA and the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) in raising awareness among health care professionals about malnutrition. Follow @NCOAging on Sept. 19 @ 1 p.m. ET to participate in a twitter chat with ASPEN.

Coming up…

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