February 2018

You helped us improve 1.4 million lives!

That’s the total number of individuals NCOA and our partners, like you, helped last year. Of those, 834,400 individuals completed an evidence-based program to take control of their health. Check out our 2017 Impact Report to see how we’re making a difference—together.

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Honoring black elders during Black History Month

Family enjoying time outside

Jenna McDavid from the Diverse Elders Coalition shares the lessons she learned at a recent Senate briefing about the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). Enjoy this reminder that it’s never too late to honor and support the elders who paved the way for younger generations.

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Session proposals due by Feb. 16!

This week is your last chance to submit a proposal to present at the 2018 Annual Center for Healthy Aging Meeting in Arlington, VA. Through the theme, Paving the Way Towards Sustainable Healthy Communities, this conference provides an opportunity to share best practices around the implementation and sustainability of evidence-based programs.


n4a’s Aging & Disability Business Institute highlights positive health impacts of community-based organizations

A recent Health Affairs blog examined the progress of community-based organizations in partnering with health care entities to better integrate services. Research has found that counties where area agencies on aging have developed informal partnerships with many types of health care organizations have significantly lower health care costs than those with fewer partnerships.

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Healthy Aging funding remains in limbo

The budget deal enacted on Feb. 9 provides some room for annual funding to grow over the next two years, but by Mar. 23, Congressional appropriators need to write the final bills to invest in falls prevention and Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) for the rest of FY18. On Feb. 12, the Administration released its budget request for FY19, which proposed to consolidate funding for Older Americans Act III-D Health Promotion and Disease Prevention with programs previously funded under the Prevention and Public Health Fund (falls prevention and CDSME) into a single Preventive Health Services account. No details are provided on how each of the individual programs would be funded under this consolidation, but the total cumulative funding would be $8 million less than current levels. Look for more details in the Feb. 20 NCOA Week and our CDSME and Falls Prevention Advocacy Toolkit.

Review our Aging Program Funding Table | Visit the CDSME & Falls Prevention Advocacy Toolkit

New research on integrating community-based health promotion programs and primary care

This article, published in BMC Health Services Research, shares the results of a mixed methods study to identify barriers to integrating community-based programs and primary care. Interviews with primary care clinicians and non-clinician stakeholders revealed that these services are provided in disconnected worlds and need intentional intervention to support individual’s efforts lead healthy lives.

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Disability-competent care webinar series

Individuals with disabilities enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid are at higher risk for poor health outcomes when compared to individuals without disabilities. This seven-part series from the Resources for Integrated Care is intended to aid providers and health care professionals in improving the delivery of care to persons with disabilities.


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