Formerly IGSW News | VOLUME 20 | MAY-JUNE 2013 |

From the Director

Partnerships for quality are blooming

'SE4A University' Trains Service and Support
Workers on the Job

By Scott Miyake Geron

Fighting for Our HealthThis spring, as we watch the new growth in our gardens, we can also observe a growing development in the field of long-term-living services and supports: an exciting mix of partnerships and collaborations formed to promote quality care for increasing numbers of older adults and people with disabilities. This column is the first in an occasional series on partnerships in which we and others are engaged to strengthen the supports and services workforce.

One of the Center's most successful partnerships is with the Southeastern Association of Area Agencies on Aging (SE4A). Together, we created "SE4A University," which provides on-the-job online training to workers in more than 100 member agencies that serve older adults and younger people with disabilities. Read more

Boston University photo of Scott Miyake Geron

Issues and Views

How to screen, what to do

Suicide Prevention Among Older Adult Immigrants and Refugees

By Kathy Kuhn and Mary Johnson

Mrs. Nguyen is an 80-year-old woman who came to the United States from Vietnam 20 years ago, at the end of a traumatic journey. Her husband recently died, she has few friends, and she is experiencing health problems. She appears sad and keeps saying that others would be better off without her. Working with clients like Mrs. Nguyen, Nancy Peña (right), a clinical patient navigator at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center in Boston, often worried that she wasn't responding effectively to the possibility of suicide. "Patients are telling you, but if you don't have the tools, you can miss it," she says.... Read more

Photo courtesy Nancy Peña

Be prepared with this new online course

Suicide Prevention Among Immigrants and Refugees

This course will inform those who work with immigrant groups how to talk about suicide with people at risk, what they can do to prevent at-risk immigrant older adults from taking their own lives, and how to put them in touch with the mental health resources that can properly assess and treat them. For more information, or to enroll in this online course, click here.  

For agencies: Prepare your staff with a customized online and face-to-face program

Find out how the customized online and face-to-face program described above can be tailored to the needs of your staff and integrated into your training program. Contact Kathy Kuhn at

Editors welcome readers, authors in aging

New Journal Inclusion Will Focus on People with
Intellectual Disabilities Across Life Stages, Domains

As the Administration for Community Living marks its first anniversary as the federal agency bringing together the Administration on Aging, the Office on Disability, and the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, practitioners, researchers, and policy analysts in both fields are engaged in a range of efforts that highlight common ground. One promising example is Inclusion, a new journal from the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Inclusion, which has just published its inaugural issue, provides a multidisciplinary forum for discussion of interventions and strategies to promote the full engagement of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in all aspects and phases of life. The editors have specifically welcomed readers and authors from the aging arena.... Read more

Graphic courtesy American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

News to Note

For health and human-services providers

DHHS Releases Updated Standards to Advance
Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services

Photo"Avoid using untrained individuals and/or minors as interpreters in healthcare and human-service settings." "Recruit, promote, and support a culturally and linguistically diverse governance, leadership, and workforce that are responsive to the population in the service area."

From specific practice recommendations to broad policy prescriptions, the new improved National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care just released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services cover the gamut of factors that influence healthcare equity and availability for racial/ethnic minorities in the U.S. today.... Read more

Implications for 2014 Medicaid expansion

Landmark Study Shows Impact of
Medicaid on Program Participants

How does availability of public health insurance influence health-related behavior, clinical care, and healthcare outcomes? A good question, especially given that the Affordable Care Act is set to expand Medicaid to millions of low-income, uninsured Americans beginning in January 2014. Fortunately, timely answers are now available in the form of results from a landmark study detailed in the May 2 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

The study is part of an ongoing research project, The Oregon Health Insurance Experiment, which is the first-ever randomized examination of the impact of Medicaid in the United States.... Read more