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A monthly newsletter developed through a partnership with the  Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Indian Health Service,  and the  Administration on Community Living .
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Menominee's Model of Long-Term Care: Semifinalist for Honoring Nations Award


The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development's Honoring Nations program identifies, celebrates, and shares outstanding examples of tribal governance. Among this year's 70 applicants representing 110 tribes and 5 tribal consortia, Menominee Indian Tribe's model of long-term care has been selected as one of 19 semifinalists.


The Honors Nations Board of Governors evaluated Menominee's Model of Long-Term Care on its effectiveness, significance to sovereignty, cultural relevance, transferability, and sustainability. Award-winning programs serve as models of best practices in governance for tribal and non-tribal audiences.


Visit CMSHHSgov on YouTube to hear Denise Pommer, Director of the Department of Aging and Long-Term Care for the Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin, and Dennis Zack, a tribal case manager for the program, discuss their long-term care model.


Honoring Nations 2015 Semifinalists Announced (Honoring Nations press release)

National Healthcare Decisions Day


Wednesday, April 16, was National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD), when Americans are urged to take the time to consider health care decisions and advance care planning. Among other things, NHDD tries to help people understand that advance health care decision-making includes more than living wills; it is a process that should begin first with a conversation and choosing an agent. For links to more information and conversation starters, visit the NHDD websiteTo read an article about End-of-Life Care Issues for Native Americans, visit the National Cancer Institute website. 

Alzheimer's study seeks volunteers


Recruitment is under way at 57 locations for the Anti-Amyloid Treatment in Asymptomatic Alzheimer's Disease Trial ("A4 trial" for short), a large-scale clinical trial of a drug to prevent Alzheimer's disease that researchers are calling "a potential game changer." Study participants who are at risk for the disease but don't have memory problems will receive the drug. More information is available on the National Institute on Aging website.

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Join the Conversation on LinkedIn


Those involved in AI/AN health care can stay connected by joining the CMS Tribal Affairs LinkedIn group. Through this forum, members can network with others in the field, learn about upcoming events, join discussions, and access a variety of resources. 

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Upcoming Webinar Webinars

Tribal Partnerships:

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


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.




Bonnie Talakte
Tribal Relations Liaison, AHCCCS

Office of Intergovernmental Relations


Melissa Arzabal

Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS)

Case Management Manager
AHCCCS, Division of Health Care Management
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Success Through Partnerships: Oneida Nation of Wisconsin


Elders within the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin repeatedly expressed their strongest need: long-term services and supports provided on tribal land by their own people. The tribe answered this need by building a successful LTSS program. This 7-minute video shares the strategies that worked, many of which began with building strong relationships with the state of Wisconsin, CMS, nearby colleges, and others.

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New LTSS Research Posted


The LTSS Research section is a recent addition to the TA Center. It contains links to new literature reviews, research papers, fact sheets, and tribal program profiles.

Resources include:

To explore these examples and other resources, visit the LTSS Research section in the LTSS Resource Library.

LTSS Resource Library

Each month, we feature a tool from the LTSS Resource Library, which offers many resources to help you start, support, or improve LTSS in your community. 
Funding Opportunities Funding

Senior Companion and Foster Grandparent Grants for Indian Tribes


Just a reminder that the application deadline is approaching for the first-ever Senior Corps grant competitions for tribal communities. The Corporation for National and Community Service intends to award $500,000 in Senior Companion Program grants and $3.2 million in Foster Grandparent grants to Indian tribes.


Application deadline: Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 5 p.m. eastern time.


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The Long-Term Services and Supports Newsletter is published monthly by the Tribal Affairs Division of CMS to share information, funding opportunities, and resources with tribal leaders, LTSS health planners, and supporters.


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