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Native Aging in Place Project to Expand Efforts

Dec 7, 2021

The Native Aging in Place Project (NAPP), housed within the National Resource Center on Native American Aging (NRCNAA), at the Center for Rural Health within the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences, 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 NRCNAA's Native 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

Michelle Meyer

Additional funding from Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies allows the collaborative work to grow with North Dakota tribal communities through assessing Long-Term Services & Supports (LTSS) 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 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 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

Questions?

Michelle Meyer, Senior Project Coordinator
(701) 777-5907
michelle.m.meyer@und.edu