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2016 Webinar Schedule

  • April: Wednesday, April 27

Next Webinar

Join us on Wednesday, April 27 for the next LTSS Webinar, National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative


Jacque Gray, PhD
Associate Director and Associate Professor of Population Health Center for Rural Health
University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Services

Date and Time

Wednesday, April  27
2 p.m. eastern time

Time Zone
9:00 a.m. HAT
10:00 a.m. AKT
11:00 a.m. PDT
12:00 p.m. MT
1:00 p.m. CT
2:00 p.m. ET

About the Webinars

They are presented by CMS, IHS, and ACL as part of their joint technical assistance effort to support the development of LTSS in Indian Country.

Purpose: to share knowledge and promising practices and build an ongoing dialogue among tribal, IHS, and Urban Indian health programs engaged in LTSS delivery for American Indian and Alaska Native people.

Audience: anyone involved in LTSS care delivery to AI/AN people, including IHS, tribal, and Urban Indian health programs, Title VI grantees, community health representatives, and tribal program staff.

LTSS Webinars Archive

2016 Webinars

March 23: LTSS Resources—The New CMS Technical Assistance Website for Indian Country

Long-term services and supports resources for Indian Country will become more user friendly and easier to access with the redesign of the LTSS Technical Assistance Center website on CMS.gov. Learn how to access resources for program planning, research, grant writing, program evaluation, working with tribal leadership, collaborating with state long-term care programs, and more.

A special focus in this webinar will be a demonstration of the website's redesigned IHS, Tribal, and Urban LTSS program database, which provides valuable information on over 400 LTSS programs in Indian Country offering 1,000+ services. If LTSS research is part of your job, we want to hear from you about how you’d like to use this data.

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February 24: Touching the Spirit Through Music: The Wisconsin Music & Memory Program

Learn how the Wisconsin Music & Memory Program uses music to reignite the spirit of elders with dementia, and how tribal LTSS programs are implementing this program in non-institutional settings.

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January 27: LTSS and Tribal Leaders—New Resources on CMS.gov

Tribal leaders play a crucial role in making sure elders and people with disabilities in their community get the long-term services and supports (LTSS) they need. Whether you are a tribal leader yourself or are seeking to inform tribal leaders in your community, a new resource for you is coming soon to CMS.gov.

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2015 Webinars

December 16: Understanding the 2014 Title VI Survey Results

This webinar will provide an overview of the 2014 survey of Title VI Native American Aging Programs conducted by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging and Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University under a grant from the U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL).

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October 28: Alzheimer's Disease Services and Supports for Tribal Communities

Ruth Drew, Director of Family and Information Services for the Alzheimer’s Association, explained the disease’s impact in tribal communities and provided valuable information about the services and supports available through the Alzheimer's Association at the national and chapter levels.

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September 23: LTSS Resources Online: The LTSS Technical Assistance Center

Attendees will receive guided tour of the redesigned Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Technical Assistance Center (TAC) on CMS.gov.

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July 22: Tribal Nursing Homes: Best Practices and Challenges, Part II

Every tribally operated nursing home is different, and they all have stories to share about their successes, challenges, and what they’ve learned. These stories are part of a growing body of best practices among tribal nursing homes. This panel discussion will continue the conversation among tribal nursing homes started with Part 1 of this webinar series on May 27.

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June 24: Caring for the Caregivers:
Using REACH into Indian Country to Support People Caring for Patients with Dementia and Alzheimer's

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A discussion with IHS and VA staff on coordination, collaboration, and training opportunities for the REACH into Indian Country program. REACH is an award-winning, evidence-based program that supports caregivers of patients with Alzheimer's disease or dementia.

May 27: Tribal Nursing Homes: Best Practices and Challenges - Part 1

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This webinar features a panel discussion with presenters from three tribal nursing homes in Alaska, Nebraska, and Arizona. This webinar will also begin discussion about a potential tribal nursing home collaborative. Are you interested in meeting with other long-term care leaders to share experiences, educate one another, and champion culturally relevant best practices?

April 22: Tribal Partnerships: How the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System Addresses the Long-Term Care Needs of Tribal Medicaid Members

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Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) is Arizona's Medicaid managed care agency. Join presenters in a webinar that will provide you with:

  • an overview of Medicaid in the state of Arizona,
  • information about how the state has partnered with tribal communities and tribal health service providers, and
  • a look at the ways in which these tribal partnerships in Arizona have improved health outcomes for tribal Medicaid members who need LTSS.

March 25: Enhancing the Life of the Chickasaw Elder Through Enriched Living & Supportive Programs

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A mixture of programs in the Chickasaw Nation support tribal elders in achieving the best possible quality of life. Join presenters from the Chickasaw Department of Health in a webinar that will help attendees:

  • identify programs available to support elder home maintenance
  • compare health and wellness programs designed to maximize independence at home
  • learn about the needs of and support for transitioning elders to allow the most possible independence
  • promote socialization among elders so they can stay active and independent
  • learn about the holistic nature (mind, body, and spirit) of elder services within the Chickasaw Nation

February 25: Medicare Matters: A New Toolkit for Engaging AI/AN Elders

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Medicare enrollment helps supplement health care in Indian Country, providing greater access for elders. A new toolkit from the Administration for Community Living's Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) offers resources for your program. You will learn about:

  • Get a demographic snapshot of AI/AN elders
  • Identify barriers to Medicare enrollment
  • Learn about the SMP program
  • Walk through the SMP's new toolkit
  • Identify important community resources and contacts

January 28: REACH into Indian Country: Support for Dementia Caregivers

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The award-winning, evidence-based REACH program supports caregivers of patients with Alzheimer's disease or dementia. You will learn about:

  • Discuss the structure and principles of the REACH intervention and its results
  • Discuss how REACH VA has worked in Indian Country
  • Learn about the future implementation of the REACH VA program in Indian Country

2014 Webinars

September 24: Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin's Model of Long Term Care

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You will learn about:

  • Needs assessments
  • The importance of tribal waiver programming
  • Identifying stakeholders
  • Menominee's long-term care model
  • The Menominee waiver program's goals

July 23: American Indians and Alaska Natives: Counts, Definitions, and Boundaries

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Learning objectives:

  1. Provide an overview of the American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) data available on the U.S. Census Bureau's Website.
  2. Demonstrate how to search the website by both level of geography (AI/AN Home Land) and by Race/Ethnicity (A/IAN alone or AI/AN in combination with other races)
  3. Discuss how tribal data are defined and reported, as well as explain how the tribal boundaries are identified and mapped

June 25: Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program: Advocacy Services for Tribal Elders living in Long-Term Care (LTC) Facilities

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An interactive session covering the rights of residents in Long Term Care, accessing ombusdman services, and fostering culturally competent services.

May 28: Preventing Elder Falls and Injuries - Building a program that works

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Learning Objectives:

  1. Review the five building blocks of an evidence-based program of elder fall prevention in the elderly
  2. Discuss how community-based services and medical services can work together to prevent elder falls
  3. Review possible funding sources for fall prevention work

Presented By:

  • Bruce Finke, M.D., Indian Health Service and Sam Gabuzzi, Administration for Community Living

April 23: Long Term Services and Supports Technical Assistance Center

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If you missed the March webinar on the Long Term Services and Support Technical Assistance Center, this is another opportunity to receive an overview of the new center on CMS.gov.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Navigate the Technical Assistance Center on CMS.gov
  2. Sign up for email updates related to the Technical Assistance Center
  3. Find resources, FAQs, and the Roadmap for Planning long-term services and supports in their communities

Presented By:

  • Sarah Peterson, Content Designer, Kauffman & Associates, Inc.
  • Adrienne Wiley, Project Manager, Kauffman & Associates, Inc.

February 26: Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) & Tribal Communities - The Wisconsin Experience

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Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from the experiences of an LTSS program currently running in the Wisconsin area.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand why Wisconsin developed ADRCs
  2. Describe the Core Operating Principles Wisconsin tribes identified for a tribal ADRC or ADRC position
  3. Discuss building partnerships with key stakeholders to develop successful information and assistance programs to meet the long term care needs of tribal communities

Presented By:

  • Wendell Holt, Program Director, Tribal Technical Assistance & Benefits, Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council
  • Florence Petri, Program Director, Oneida Tribe Elder Services
  • Sherry Schuelke, Regional Quality Specialist, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Office of Resource Center Development

January 22: Medication Management Among the Elderly: Preventing Rx Abuse and Misuse

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Attendees will gain a more comprehensive understanding of how medication management can be used as a tool to prevent drug abuse and misuse and to empower older people to take control of their health. Sample programs using evidence-based medication management practices will also be highlighted.

Learning Objectives:

  1. The importance of medication management
  2. Rates of medication use and misuse
  3. Tips to manage medication

Presented By:

  • Sam Gabussi, M.S., Administration for Community Living
  • Paula Carter, Ph.D., Center for Rural Health, The University of North Dakota

2013 Webinars

September 25: Leveraging Resources for Long Term Services and Support

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How to use your resources like facilities, personnel, and equipment to maximize services for elders and persons with disabilities.

July 24: We:sijc t-we:m "Everybody Together": GEC / Tribal Partnerships

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the benefits of Native Nation and Geriatric Education Center (GEC) partnerships, and provide examples of linkages.
  2. Describe the Tohono "O'odham Archie Hendricks SR. Skilled Nursing Facility We:sijc t-we:m "Everybody Together" quality improvement and educational program, as an exemplar.
  3. Discuss the benefits and steps of creating a Native Nation Long Term Services Learning Community for Nursing Home Educators/ DONs.

Presented By:

  • Jane Mohler, NP-C, MPH, PhD
  • Deborah J Dyjak RN, BSN, MS

June 26: Desert Pathways: Helping Tohono O'odham have quality of life as they near then end of their life journey.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review the history of the development of hospice and palliative care services on the Tohono O'odham Nation.
  2. Discuss cultural and logistics factors that may define what services are needed/desired at end of life.
  3. Discuss the importance of having educational support to make informed care decisions.

Presented By:

  • Lee Olitzky, program administrator
  • Dorothy Low, RN, ANP-C, program manager
  • Charlene Conde, CNA Home Health Aide
  • Mark Joaquin, Jr, MSW, social worker

May 22: Gila River Indian Community: The Caring House — Development of an Adult Day Program

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify recruitment strategies for adult day services.
  2. Identify program impact for participants, families, and community.
  3. Identify the challenges and strengths to developing and providing adult day services in a culturally relevant and respectful manner.

Presented By:

  • Liz Antone, Pattie King, and Mark Klein (Administrator)

April 24: Home and Community-Based Services for Native Elders: Pathway to CHR Targeted Case Management at Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Learning Objectives:

Elders and people with disabilities will increase their ability to:

  • "Age in place"
  • Maintain connections to family, community, and traditions
  • Contribute to the community
  • Have their preferences honored

Presented By:

  • John Eagle Shield, Director of Community Health Representative (CHR) Program, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (SRST)
  • Elaine Keeps Eagle, Administrative Assistant for the SRST CHR Program
  • Chris Burd, Tribal Community Health Consultant & Trainer

March 27: Oneida Nation Elder Services: Cultural Adaptations to a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

Learning Objectives:

  • How does the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program work in Indian County?
  • What are the changes to Chronic Disease Self-Management Program curriculum?
  • How is the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program accessed?
  • Who benefits from the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program?

Presented By:

  • Anne Hvizdak, Public Health Educator, Statewide Coordinator Evidence Based Prevention Programs, Office on Aging - Wisconsin Department of Health Services

February 27: ACL and Intertribal Council of Arizona: The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the services provided by States' Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs
    1. What are the services?
    2. Who do long-term care ombudsmen serve?
  2. Understand how these services can be accessed
    1. Where a tribe would like access to the service from the State
    2. Where an individual lives in a facility off tribal lands
  3. Explore opportunities for ombudsman programs to increase or improve culturally competent ombudsman services to American Indians living in long-term care facilities
  4. Hear some examples of a tribal ombudsman program from Tiffany Yazzie at the Intertribal Council of Arizona

Presented By:

  • Louise Ryan, Ombudsman Program Specialist, Office of LTCO Programs and Tiffany Yazzie, Independent Living Support Program Specialist, ITCA, Area Agency on Aging, Region 8

February 6: Special LTSS Webinar – CMS Money Follows the Person (MFP) Tribal Initiative

Dr. Yuskauskas will review the information contained in the recently released MFP Tribal Initiative request, which offers existing MFP state grantees and tribal partners the necessary resources to build sustainable, community-based, long-term services and supports (LTSS) for Indian Country.

Through a supplemental budget request to their existing MFP grants, states and their tribal partners may use the MFP Tribal Initiative to address disparities, improve access, and advance the development of the infrastructure required to implement Medicaid community-based LTSS for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Presented By:

  • Anita Yuskauskas, Ph.D., Technical Director for HCBS Quality, CMS

2012 Webinars

November 28: An Overview of Medicare Advantage and Part D Plans, Medicare Marketing Rules, and the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP)

This presentation will briefly explain what Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug plans are and how they work. There will also be a discussion on the marketing rules for these plans. Attendees will gain an understanding of what insurance companies and agents can and cannot do when selling Medicare plans and how beneficiaries can protect themselves from unwanted marketing practices. Finally, there will be an overview of the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) program which uses volunteers to help Medicare beneficiaries protect themselves from Medicare fraud and abuse.

Presented By:

  • Rebecca Kinney, SMP Program Manager, Administration for Community Living and Josh Hodges, SMP Program Manager, Administration for Community Living

October 24: REACH VA: Support for Dementia Caregivers

Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregivers Health (REACH) VA is an award-winning, evidence-based program to assist stressed and burdened caregivers. The REACH intervention has been tested nationally by the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute for Nursing Research, and the Department of Veterans Affairs for dementia caregivers. Learn about this exciting program and resources available and discuss Alzheimer's disease in Indian Country.

Presented By:

  • Linda Olivia Nichols, PhD, Caregiver Center, Caregiver Support Program and Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center

September 26: Becoming a Federally Qualified Health Center: What, Why, and Can You Support It?

Becoming a federally qualified health center (FQHC) offers an opportunity to build the capacity of a tribe, provide an additional revenue stream, and offer needed long term services and supports (LTSS) for elders and persons with disabilities. To address the benefits and challenges of FQHCs, this webinar session will explore the potential of different kinds of FQHCs and how they relate to LTSS and American Indian and Alaska Native communities. It will identify key elements of these services and will describe how two programs successfully addressed the LTSS needs of their communities.

July 25: Case Management, a Tribal Perspective

Tribal involvement in case management: A major step for Tribes to enhance access to Long Term Services and Supports

Access to LTSS includes an assessment of financial eligibility as well as an assessment of an elder's ability to perform activities of daily living. The assessment and the ongoing management of the elder's services are the responsibility of the case manager. Learn more about case management and how it can work in your community.

Presented By:

  • Shelly Zylstra, Planning Director, Northwest Regional Council

June 27: Elder Justice in Indian Country

This webinar will focus on the often hidden problem of elder abuse and neglect in Indian Country, and what you should do if you are concerned that someone you know is being abused.

Elder Abuse does happen in Indian Country, but we really have no idea how big the problem is because there is little research on elder abuse in general, and none on elder abuse in Indian Country. It is even difficult to agree on what constitutes abuse; or what many indigenous elders would describe as disrespect.

Recognizing abuse is difficult because many elders suffer in silence. Yet, all of us working with Tribal Elders need to watch for warning signs, and to be prepared to intervene on behalf of the elder when appropriate.


The webinar will also provide information about the National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative (NIEJI), which has been established to examine this growing crisis. It is funded by the Administration on Aging (AoA) and is housed at the Center for Rural Health, The University of North Dakota. NIEJI's mission is to restore respect and dignity by honoring our Indigenous elders.

May 23: The Tohono O'odham Nursing Care Authority - Archie Hendricks Sr., Skilled Nursing Facility and the Tohono O'odham Hospice: A Model of Tribally Based Skilled Nursing and Hospice Care

Developing and operating a tribally based skilled nursing facility and hospice, certified by Medicare, is a major challenge and undertaking in and of itself. However, creating these programs is only the first step; successful multiyear operation and model program development are much greater challenges.

April 25: The Greenhouse Project Webinar

The Green House Project is a radically new, national model for skilled nursing care that returns control, dignity, and a sense of well-being to elders, their families, and direct care staff. In The Green House model, residents receive care in small, self-contained homes organized to deliver individualized care and meaningful relationships and to improve direct care jobs through a self-managed team of direct care staff working in cross-trained roles.

The Green House Overview Webinar is an opportunity to gain an initial understanding of The Green House model. In today's health care environment, culture change is no longer optional; it is demanded by the consumer and is a mark of good care. Through transformation of the philosophy, environment, and organizational structure, The Green House model is being proven to provide a high quality of life, better jobs, and excellent clinical care, and it is cost neutral to operate! This proven model is growing rapidly across the country.

March 28: Supporting Elders Across Settings: Care Transitions Opportunities and Tribal Organizations

This webinar focuses on preparing the Title VI Grantees and Tribal Organizations to participate in the Community-Based Care Transition Program demonstration (Sec. 3026 of the Affordable Care Act) through use of existing services and grantee infrastructure. This webinar provides an introductory overview of the Community-Based Care Transitions program and funding requirements. Presenters from AoA discuss how the program aligns with the existing mission of the Title VI program and provides opportunities to expand funding and services to elders across settings of care. The presentation also includes a closer look at specific care transitions resources and examples of care transition success stories and potential challenges based on those who have already successfully implemented programs.

February 22: LTSS in Indian Country - Part 2: Home and Community Based Services

A look at the array of services that make up Home and Community Based Services

January 25: LTSS in Indian Country - Part 1: An Overview

A comprehensive overview of long term services and supports paired with a look at one tribal system that has many of the pieces in place

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