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                                                                                                                                 July 20, 2017

Washington Posts –  The Latest:

Appropriations:

Better funding news in the U.S. Senate.  On July 20, 2017, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved 16-15 the allocations for the 12 spending bills under the committee’s jurisdiction.  The Labor, HHS, Education bill allocation is $164.06 billion, a $3.04 billion increase from fiscal 2017 enacted levels.  This is good news, particularly since the bill that passed yesterday in the House Appropriations Committee had an allocation for Labor, HHS, Education that was more than $5 billion less than for FY 2017.  NAGE will be keep working for a higher GWEP funding level in the Senate.

More on yesterday’s Roybal-Allard Amendment for Health Care Professionals Education from HPNEC.  The amendment was not approved. Congresswoman Roybal-Allard’s amendment would have made the following changes to the Labor, HHS, Education bill:

  • Increase overall workforce funding by $90.5 million
  • Increase Centers of Excellence funding by $12 million (Total of $21.7 million, FY 17 level)
  • Reinstate the Health Careers Opportunity Program by granting it $14.2 million (FY 17 level)
  • Increase Geriatric Programs funding by $ 4 million (Total of $38.7 million, FY 17 level)
  • Increase Mental and Behavioral Health by $25 million (Total of $ 50 million, FY 17 level)
  • Reinstate the Public Health and Preventative Medicine programs by granting them $17 million (FY 17 level)
  • Increase the Nursing Workforce Development allocation by $18.3 million ((Total $229.5 million, FY 17 level for all Title VIII funding)
  • Requires HRSA to utilize $15.3 million to create a more diverse nursing workforce by increasing nursing education opportunities for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds

Congresswoman Roybal-Allard has posted a video of her remarks regarding her Title VII/Title VIII amendment on twitter. 

Brian W. Lindberg
NAGE Public Policy Advisor
1612 K Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006

202-789-3606


                                                                                                                                 July 18, 2017

Dear Colleagues:

The House LHHS Appropriations bill was released this morning with its report and details and will be put before the full committee for consideration tomorrow.  The “Geriatric Programs” (GWEP) were funded at $34.737 million for FY 2018.  This is a $4 million cut.  The president’s budget eliminated the program.  It appears on page 21 of the report.  The link is below.

I am in ongoing discussions with Hill staff and our partners to see how we will proceed.  We would need an amendment to put the funds back into the program to be offered during the bill’s consideration.  That would put members on record but we don’t know if the amendment would pass at this point.  The Senate has not begun to mark-up their bill and it is possible that they will provide a higher funding level.

 We will be back to you ASAP.

 Thanks, Brian

The bill and summary  are available on the Labor-HHS website –

Appropriation Committee Releases the Fiscal Year 2018 Labor, Heath and Human Services Education Funding Bill

Brian W. Lindberg
NAGE Public Policy Advisor
1612 K Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006

202-789-3606


                                                                                                                                 July 14, 2017

Washington Posts – The Latest:

Budget and Appropriations – Late into the evening on July 13, the House Labor HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee marked-up its FY 2018 appropriations bill.  Below are links to a summary and the bill.  In many cases the subcommittee ignored the president’s budget proposals, but it did cut the LHHS funding by more than $5 billion from FY 2017 levels.  HRSA’s health workforce programs are reduced less than Trump proposed, but the full details were not made available. The health workforce section starting on page 42 (Titles, III, VII, and VIII) has been reduced to $748,236,000 (page 43).  In the final Consolidated Appropriations Act for 2017, that level was $838,695,000.  We do not know yet how much funding the bill provides for each of the HRSA programs.  The bill does increase NIH by $1.1 billion, whereas Trump proposed a $5 billion cut.  The full Appropriations Committee is likely to meet to mark-up the bill on July 19.  During that mark-up, the bill could be modified by committee amendments.  NAGE (Brian) met today with the Ranking Democrat on the subcommittee (Rep. Rosa DeLauro and her staff) to discuss the possibility of an amendment to restore funding if the GWEP has been cut.  More to come on this as it unfolds.

Senate ACA Repeal and Replace – The Republicans have released the latest version of their repeal and replace legislation.  After ten days back in their states, many Republican senators have still not decided whether to support the bill.  The Congressional Budget Office should release its report on the cost of the bill and how many individuals will lose coverage early next week. The Senate may vote on the bill July 20 or July 21. Read all about the revised bill at:  https://www.budget.senate.gov/bettercare

Here is a piece on the Cruz amendment: https://www.cbpp.org/research/health/cruz-amendment-would-worsen-already-harmful-senate-health-bill-for-people-with

GWEP Reauthorization:

 NAGE continues to work with the Eldercare Workforce Alliance, The Gerontological Society of America, and the American Geriatrics Society on a bill that would reauthorize the GWEP for a five-year period at $51 million per year.  The bill would increase the number of GWEP sites by eight and provided funding for GWEPs and other institutions to compete for GACAs.  NAGE and its partners are working to secure the original sponsors of the bill.  House legislative counsel is working on drafting the bill now.

 Other News of Interest:

Assistant Secretary for Aging Nominee Announced – President Trump has announced his intent to nominate Lance Allen Robertson to be Assistant Secretary for Aging in the Department of Health and Human Services. There is a possibility that he could also serve as the Administrator of the Administration for Community Living, a position which does not require a senate confirmation. Read the announcement from the White House: President Donald Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts

Brian W. Lindberg
NAGE Public Policy Advisor
1612 K Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006

202-789-3606


                                                                                                                                July 10, 2017

Dear NAGE Colleagues:

On June 15, 2017, NAGE members partnered with the Eldercare Workforce Alliance (EWA) and the American Geriatrics Society’s (AGS) GWEP Coordinating Center to educate Members of Congress and their staff members about the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program.  As part of this effort, members of NAGE, and the GWEP Coordinating Center Board met with key Senate staff from 11 states.  Brian Lindberg, NAGE’s Public Policy Advisor and lobbyist, Amy York and her staff from EWA, Nancy Lundebjerg and her staff, and colleagues from the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Psychological Association, and the Paraprofessional Health Institute led teams of advocates up to Capitol Hill for the meetings.

GWEP Directors led the discussions focusing on the value of our programs to health care professionals, older adults, family caregivers and their communities.  Having advocates from GWEPs from the Senators’ states present helped raise real-life ramifications of the proposal to eliminate the GWEP funding in the Trump budget. Educating staff with leaders from each state is extremely effective and the responses from Senators and staff were very positive.

We must continue this education and advocacy! 

Join us on July 12 at 4 pm for the next NAGE Advocacy Mentoring Network call and webinar to learn what is happening in DC and how to help us win the support or your Members of Congress.  Details below.

Agenda:

  • Update on Appropriations – Brian Lindberg
  • Top Ten Points to Remember in a Meeting with Members or Staff – Brian Lindberg
  • Personal Experiences from Congressional Meetings
  • Q&A

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Meeting ID: 968 223 409

Thank you. 

Brian W. Lindberg
NAGE Public Policy Advisor
1612 K Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006

202-789-3606


Hello GWEPs,

The Annual NAGE/NAGEC Membership meeting will be held on Tuesday July 25, 2017 from 6 am to 8 am, in Pacific B, Marriott Marquis. At this meeting, Board members and the President-elect will be elected for the 2018 terms starting in November, 2017. Attached is the official notification and a call for nominations. Please join us for breakfast, an informative meeting, and the opportunity to network with GWEP colleagues.

If your GWEP is not a member of NAGE/NAGEC, you can join prior to or at the meeting and be considered for a position on the board. You are able to use the $2,000 of funds provided to each GWEP for professional memberships and education by the GWEP Coordinating Center to join NAGE.

Please consider running for the board or nominating a colleague. Your involvement is very important at such a crucial time for the future of GWEP funding.

Sincerely,

The NAGE/NAGEC Board of Directors

2018 NAGE/NAGEC Call for Nominations

2017 Membership Application

 


Lance Allen Robertson of Oklahoma to be Assistant Secretary for Aging, Department of Health and Human Services. Mr. Robertson served as Oklahoma’s Director of Aging Services for the past decade, overseeing a range of programs that included the Older Americans Act and a large 1915c Medicaid waiver. He was an administrator at Oklahoma State University for twelve years, where he co-founded the Gerontology Institute and directed a regional professional association, PartnerShips for Aging. He is a past president of the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) and has served on numerous boards and commissions. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army. Mr. Robertson has a B.S. from Oklahoma State University and Masters in Public Administration with Honors from the University of Central Oklahoma.

Brian W. Lindberg, NAGE Public Policy Advisor
1612 K Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006
202-789-3606                                                                                      


GWEP Presentations at IAGG

We would like to share with the network the GWEPs that will be presenting at the 21st International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) World Conference in San Francisco, CA between July 22-July 27, 2017. The presentations are listed both by presenting GWEP and by date and time. We look forward to seeing many of you at this conference and hope that you find time to attend a GWEP presentation.

IAAG presentations by GWEP

IAGG presentations by Date/Time


                                                                                                                              May 16, 2017

Dear NAGE members,

As you may know, the Gerontological Society of America meeting will be part of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics in July.  Thus, the Annual NAGE/NAGEC Membership meeting will be held on July 25, 2017 from 6 am to 8 am, in Pacific B, Marriott Marquis. At this meeting, Board members and the President-elect will be selected and will start their terms in November, 2017.

Attached is the notice of Change in usual date and time for our annual meeting as well as the Notice of Board nomination.

Please consider a more active role in NAGE.  You can join a committee or run for the NAGE Board.  We will welcome active membership on advocacy, web design, and publications.

Thank you for your membership.  We hope to see you in San Francisco for an early breakfast!

Kathryn Hyer, PhD, MPP President
Maura Brennan, MD, President –elect
Jan Busby Whitehead, MD, Past President

2018 NAGE-NAGEC Board Nomination Form


Dear NAGE members:

 We have just learned of the appointment of George Sigounas, MS, PhD as the new Administrator for HRSA. (See below)  

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that Dr. George Sigounas, MS, PhD has joined us today as the new Administrator for HRSA.  Dr. Sigounas was a Professor of Medicine at East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine.  His involvement in the establishment and operation of a Bone Marrow Transplantation program, clinical trials, and patient committees have provided Dr. Sigounas with extensive understanding of the various aspects involved in patient treatment, including treatment processes, and financial issues. 

‎On behalf of the entire HRSA team, I want to thank Jim Macrae for being our Acting HRSA Administrator.  Jim brought his enthusiasm to the job every day.  We’re all better because of his focus on using data to drive organizational change and Jim has remained focused on the people we serve which will be critical as he returns to lead the Bureau of Primary Health Care.

‎Please join me in welcoming Dr. Sigounas to HRSA and thanking Jim Macrae for his continued service.

Diana Espinosa
Deputy Administrator


Special Federal Government Budget Update by Brian Lindberg
Please watch for information on what is going on with GWEP funding.

Published 3.31.2017


Below is the link to the House Appropriations Committee Report for the FY 2017 LHHS appropriations bill. The Geriatric Programs are found on pages 25 and 195. Funding for FY 2017 remains at the FY 2016 level of $38.737 million.

2017 Appropriation Committee Report


NAGE/NAGEC 2017 Membership Letter


GWEP Funding for 2015 -2018

The recent announcement of the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) awards in conjunction with the White House Conference on Aging marked a significant change from past decades of federal funding provided to Geriatric Education Centers.  The purpose of the GWEPs is to maximize patient and family engagement, and to improve health outcomes for older adults by integrating geriatrics with primary care.  The awards emphasize providing the primary care workforce with knowledge and skills to care for older adults, and collaborating with community partners to address gaps in healthcare through individual, system, community and population level changes.

We congratulate the GWEP awardees and encourage them to join or maintain their membership in the National Association for Geriatric Education (NAGE) and National Association of Geriatric Education Centers (NAGEC).  We hope that GECs who did not receive this award will continue to belong to our organizations either as a GEC or through individual memberships.  We look forward to strengthening NAGE and NAGEC as we create a collaborative organization composed of members working together to advance geriatric education.

Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) Webpage


UPCOMING MEETINGS

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July 23 – 27, 2017: International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) World Conference in San Francisco, California

Over 6,000 professionals in gerontology and geriatrics are expected to attend the 2017 World Congress. The theme “Global Aging and Health: Bridging Science, Policy, and Practice” will bring representatives from medicine, nursing, social science, psychological science, finance, policy fields, and other disciplines to address the latest approaches to improving the quality of life of the world’s older adults. This is the premier meeting for professionals in gerontology and geriatrics.  Don’t miss this opportunity. Co-sponsors include GSA, ASA, and AGHE.

Follow this link for Key Dates
Follow this link for Registration
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March 1-4, 2018: AGHE’s 44th Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference in Atlanta,Georgia

The AGHE Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference is the premier international forum for discussing ideas and issues in gerontological and geriatric education. Educators, clinicians, administrators, researchers, and students share their experiences, expertise, and innovations regarding teaching and learning about aging and older persons.

Follow this link for Conference Information


August 3-6, 2017: American Psychological Association (APA) 125th Annual Convention in Washington, D.C.

This conference is also celebrating the APA’s 125th Anniversary. Registration is now open. Come hear several Psychologists working with GWEP’s talk about projects currently happening within their organization.  

Follow this link for Conference Information


November 14 – 18, 2018: Gerontological Society of America (GSA) in  Boston, Mass.

Details to be announced.
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NAGE – NAGEC JOB BOARD

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Illinois – University of Illinois at Chicago
Assistant Professor, Health Promotion & Aging Among Ethnic Minorities
Posted: 10.17. 2015 – Close Date 12.01.2015
Application information

Oregon – Western Oregon University, Monmouth
Assistant Professor of Gerontology
Posted:  9.16.2015
Application information

California – University of California, Long Beach
Assistant/Associate Professor of Gerontology
Posted: 8.11.2015
Application information

 

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