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Native Aging in Place Project to expand efforts

The Native Aging in Place Project, housed within the National Resource Center on Native American Aging at the Center for Rural Health, will expand  its mission to build local capacity to care for community Elders while they remain in their homes.

The project engages community connections and utilizes the National Resource Center on Native American Aging(NRCNAA) Elder Caregiver Curriculum to train caregivers and health professionals on providing care for Elders who live at home. The new program cycle will run from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2024.

Expansion of work

Additional funding from Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies allows the collaborative work to grow with North Dakota tribal communities through assessing Long-Term Services & Supports starting points, providing on-site expertise, and creating individualized informational materials.

“Elders are such a vital piece of the foundation of North Dakota tribal communities,” said Michelle Meyer, senior project coordinator for NRCNAA, “and tribal providers strive to keep their Elders home in their community as best as they can. Our team is working to make that task a bit easier for them.”

Relationships & sustainability

The additional funding will allow the Native Aging in Place Project (NAPP) to continue the partnership with North Dakota’s inaugural tribal Qualified Service Provider (QSP) agency at Spirit Lake Nation, as well as explore additional options for long-term services & supports (LTSS) sustainability, and assist with building capacity for home and community-based services at the tribal level throughout the state.

Goals

  • Assist in the recruitment, training, and retention of tribal Elder caregivers, including tribal agency QSPs, individual QSPs, and family caregivers
  • Utilize NRCNAA Native Elder Caregiver Curriculum to train caregivers
  • Provide technical assistance to tribal veterans and offices in accessing supplemental resources, benefits, and services available through local, state, and federal LTSS networks
  • Assist with development of LTSS readiness survey, provide on-site expertise, and create informational materials

Benefits

  • Improve the care and quality of life for North Dakota tribal Elders
  • Provide education and resources to QSPs and family caregivers
  • Strengthen communication through a network of support
  • Preservation of family and culture

About the Center for Rural Health

Established in 1980 at the University of North Dakota, the Center for Rural Health is one of the nation’s most experienced rural health organizations. It has developed a full complement of programs to assist researchers, educators, policymakers, healthcare providers, and most important, rural residents to address changing rural environments by identifying and researching rural health issues, analyzing health policy, strengthening local capabilities, developing community-based alternatives, and advocating for rural concerns. For more information, visit RuralHealth.und.edu.