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February 2012 Newsletter

February 2012
Issue #3
In This Issue
Feature Article: Falls Among Older Adults: An Overview
HRSA Updates
Cultural Awareness Corner
Understanding Medicare
Advocacy and Policy
Need proof of income for energy assistance applications?
NAM Featured to Comment on Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
Upcoming Events
February is…

Heart Month


AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month


Prenatal Infection Awareness Month

February 3rd is…

National Wear Red Day


Give Kids a Smile Day

February 7-14 is…

 Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week

February 14th is…

National Donor Day

Health Tip: Dealing with Alzheimer’s




 Suggestions to help protect physical health

Getting a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t mean life as you know it is ending. People with Alzheimer’s can lead a purposeful and productive life if they take steps to care for their physical and mental health, the Alzheimer’s Association says.

Here’s what the association recommends to protect physical health:

  1. Get regular physical checkups.
  2. Take all medications as directed by a physician.
  3. Eat a healthy diet.
  4. Be physically active every day.
  5. Get rest when fatigued.
  6. Limit alcohol intake.
Osteoporosis: When to Scan?




How healthy are your bones? Osteoporosis is estimated to affect 200 million women worldwide. Do you know when you should have your first bone-density test, or when you should schedule follow-up screenings?

Some Women Can Go Longer Between Bone Checks: A Study

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Falls Among Older Adults: An Overview

Each year, one in every three adults age 65 and older falls. Falls can cause moderate to severe injuries, such as hip fractures and head traumas, and can increase the risk of early death. Fortunately, falls are a public health problem that is largely preventable.


Find the answers to the following questions: 


  • How big is the problem?
  • What outcomes are linked to falls?
  • How can older adults prevent falls?

To read more in depth about this topic and gain access to additional resources, click here.


(Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))



HRSA’s Wakefield on CHCs, ACOs and Strengthening the Health Workforce


One-On-One Interview with the Head of the HRSA, Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN click here.

(Source: Medscape News Today)

HRSA Announces $70M Grant Competition for HIV/AIDS Services for Women, Infants, Children and Youth   


Public/Private effort encourages organizations to promote organ and tissue donation


Last week, the HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part D Grants for Coordinated HIV Services and Access to Research for Women, Infants, Children, and Youth (WICY). According to HRSA the entire $70 million Part D program is being re-competed through this FOA in order to respond to changing HIV epidemiology and better address the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) by providing comprehensive health care services for the WICY populations in areas of greatest need for services.

Funding Opportunities 

HRSA-12-090  Rapid Response to Requests for Rural Data Analysis and Issue Specific Rural Research Studies


Program Details

Apply at Grants.gov by March 19


HRSA-12-098  Information Services to Rural Hospital Flexibility Grantees Program Cooperative Agreement (Technical Assistance Center) 

Program Details

Apply at Grants.gov by March 19

HRSA-12-169  Service Area Competition-Additional Area (SAC-AA) (Anchorage, AK)

Program Details

Apply at Grants.gov by February 21

Faculty Development in General, Pediatric, and Public Health Dentistry and Dental Hygiene

Deadline:  February 9, 2012


The overall purpose of the program is to increase access to oral health care through continued training, recruitment and retention of a diverse and cultural competent dental workforce.


Link to Full Announcement

Ashoka, Johnson Foundation Offer Funding for Universal Health Solutions 

Deadline:  February 13, 2012


The purpose of grants is to promote health care solutions with the potential to be applied in other countries.  Programs receive priority if they address challenges such as fragmented health care ecosystems, high costs, inconsistent quality of care, inefficient systems, barriers to access and capacity needs.


Click here for more info


(Source: CD Publications Private Grants Alert)



Cultural Awareness Corner

Socioeconomic Status May Explain Racial Disparities in Diet, Exercise, and Weight 

According to New Study Published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association  

Large disparities exist in obesity and other chronic diseases across racial/ethnic groups in the United States. Are racial differences in diet, exercise, and weight status related to better knowledge about healthy eating and awareness of food-related health risks? Or are they more closely related to differences in socioeconomic status (SES)? A new study published in the December issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association finds that people with a lower socioeconomic status are more likely to be overweight, regardless of racial/ethnic background, and that the level of nutritional knowledge and health awareness did not lead to significant racial differences in weight and diet.

(Source: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics)


Which Disparities Interventions Work?

How Can Efforts to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Care Succeed?  

In 2005, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation launched Finding Answers: Disparities Research for Change, a national program focused on discovering and evaluating interventions that can reduce racial and ethnic disparities in health care. In 33 sites across the country, Finding Answers researchers focus on reducing disparities in care for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and depression: diseases where the evidence of disparities in care is strong and the recommended standards of care are clear.

Read the updates and view the video.


Can electronic health records erase disparities?

Switching to electronic health records might help close health gaps between black and white Americans, researchers suggest in a new study.

Using government data on primary care visits from 2007 to 2008, they found a racial gap in well-controlled blood pressure among doctors who didn’t use digital records, but not among those who did.


Understanding Medicare  

How 2012 Poverty Levels Affect Medicare Savings Programs

On Jan. 26, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the new federal poverty levels (FPLs) for 2012. The annual poverty rate (100% FPL) is set at $11,170 annually for an individual ($15,130 for a couple) in the 48 contiguous states and District of Columbia, with slightly higher rates in Alaska and Hawaii. Stay tuned for official announcements from federal agencies confirming how these guidelines relate to benefits eligibility criteria. In the meantime, CMS has offered a chart to show how the income standards affect the Medicare Savings Programs. We will update our charts once the official announcements are made.

Understanding Medicare Claims

Refer to the source below to address the following topics.

  • What does a Medicare Summary Notice (MSN) reveal?
  • How to File a Claim
  • Changes to Your 2010 Medicare Claims
  • Check Your MSNs for Adjusted Claims
  • Medicare Appeals and Grievances

(Source:  Medicare.gov


Advocacy and Policy

Public Policy and Aging Report, Fall 2011, Volume 21, No. 4


America’s Opportunity: The Potential of an Aging Society

This National Academy on an Aging Society report calls on elected officials to prepare for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. The report looks at the future of aging by examining the 50 year history of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, housing policy, older workers, societal adaptation, and intergenerational cohesion.

The Aging Services Network:

Serving a Vulnerable and Growing Elderly Population in Tough Economic Times

As the number of older people increases with the aging of the baby boom population, the need for a wide spectrum of services is expected to place pressure on the aging services network. This National Health Policy Forum report shows that the Older Americans Act programs serve vulnerable older people, yet many more are likely to need, but not receive, certain services important to help them to live in their own homes. Whether the aging services network will be able to sustain its current capacity and fully realize its potential will depend on its ability to attract and retain additional resources.



Need proof of income for energy assistance applications? 

Winter is the time of year when many clients apply for heating assistance, and they often need proof of income for their application. Going online to the Social Security Administration site is the fastest and easiest way to verify Social Security benefit information (including Social Security, SSI, and Medicare). Clients can also prove their income with the cost-of-living letter they received from SSA in December. 


Obtain a proof of income letter

Get the latest news on LIHEAP funding



NAM Featured to Comment on Cervical Cancer Awareness Month 

The uninsured, the underinsured and those living in underserved communities in which health care services are scarce are the segments of the U.S. population that are disproportionately affected by cervical cancer.  These populations include women in rural areas, the elderly, those with less formal education, and women of color.  For example, the mortality rate for African-American and Vietnamese women continues to be twice as high as for white women – and about 50 percent higher for Latinas.  Meanwhile, in rural communities, uninsured white women have some of the poorest access to routine screening of any patient population.  Thus, cervical cancer incidence rates vividly demonstrate inequities in our health care systems and outcomes.

Read more… 



Vitamins, Omega-3s May Keep Brain From Shrinking: Study

Healthy seniors with higher levels of certain nutrients did better on thinking tests, researchers say

(Source:  U.S. National Library of Medicine)  


Swimming Lowers Older Adults’ Blood Pressure


Many older adults like to take a dip a pool, and now a small study suggests it can be good for their blood pressure.

(Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine)

Certain Seniors at Risk for Infection After ER Visit: Study

Going to hospital may spur respiratory, gastro illnesses in long-term care residents

(Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine)

Race, Gender, Dementia May Affect Parkinson’s Survival

Silent Strokes Lead to Memory Loss in Elderly 

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This publication was made possible by grant number U30CS22743 from the Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Primary Health Care and its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HRSA.