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Jul 132015
Minnesota AAA directors receiving n4a Innovations Award

Minnesota AAA directors receive n4a Innovation Award: (left to right) Linda Giersdorf,
Catherine Sampson, Dawn Simonson, Lori Vrolson, Connie Bagley

On July 12, 2015, Minnesota’s Area Agencies on Aging received an Aging Innovations Award from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging. The award commends the Minnesota Agencies for their partner role in developing the ACT on Alzheimer’s initiative and providing technical assistance and support to communities statewide—helping them assess, analyze and work to achieve community goals for becoming dementia friendly.

m4a Innovation Award Info SheetDawn Simonson, executive director, Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging and Lori Vrolson, executive director, Central Minnesota Council on Aging, received the award at the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging annual conference and tradeshow in Philadelphia. Simonson and Vrolson also represented ACT on Alzheimer’s as participants in the conference panel, “Equipping Communities to Support People with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias.”

Read the an info sheet about the award. If you would like more information, please contact us.

Jan 302014
 January 30, 2014  Posted by  Aging in Place, Technical Support

Since the 2001 legislative session, the Minnesota Legislature has provided funding each year to the Department of Human Services (DHS) to help communities rebalance their long-term care service delivery system and increase their capacity to help people age 65 and older to stay in their own homes and communities.

These dollars are given out to organizations through the Live Well at Home RFP, formerly known as CS/SD. The purpose of the funding is to expand and integrate home and community-based services for older adults that allow local communities to rebalance their long-term service delivery system, support people in their homes, expand the caregiver support and respite care network and promote independence

Live Well at Home grants help:

  • Persons age 65+ stay in their own homes and communities
  • Improve chronic disease management in Minnesota’s communities
  • Expand long-term care capacity by linking formal and informal long-term care services
  • Support caregivers and promote independence through market-based solutions

Priority areas:

  • Essential Community Supports including caregiver support, chore, homemaker, personal emergency response devices, home delivered meals
  • Core Home and Community-Based Services to cover some fixed costs for small non-profit providers offering essential community supports and additional services but not limited home modification and transportation.  This may include Faith in Action, Living at Home Networks, Congregational Nurse, or similar community-based programs.
  • Chronic Care Management to increase access to evidence-based health promotion and disease management
  • Dementia Capable Health Care Home

Jacqueline Peichel, HCBS Development Lead
Department of Human Services,
Aging and Adult Services Division
PO Box 64976
St. Paul MN 55164-0976
Phone: 651-431-2583

Need help developing your Live Well at Home proposal?
Technical assistance is available from your regional Area Agencies on Aging.

Nov 162013
 November 16, 2013  Posted by  Technical Support

Participants in workshop for building sustainable programsAs the demand for services grows and resources decline, nonprofit organizations must focus on building sustainable programs more than ever before.

To help address this issue, the Minnesota Department of Human Services is funding a partnership between the Living at Home Network, the Nonprofits Assistance Fund and Eldercare Development Partnerships of the Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) to bring a series of finance workshops to nonprofits in the aging network.

The in-person workshops will be offered starting in January 2014 in each AAA Region and offered to the Living at Home Block Nurse Programs, the Community Service/Service Development Grantees, and other network providers within each AAA. The webinars will be offered at times and dates yet to be determined.

The following is a description of the workshops and webinars that will be provided. Contact the Area Agency on Aging in your region to learn about dates and locations.

What Do Your Programs Really Cost? 
(In-person workshop)

  • Do you know what it costs to deliver your programs? This workshop will help you allocate expenses, build realistic program budgets, and communicate what your work actually costs. You will learn to identify direct and indirect expenses using real life examples, and then review different methods of allocating these costs to programs. You will use this information in a Mission-Money Matrix to make informed decisions about your organization’s programs.
  • Strategic Financial Planning (In-person workshop)
    This is an advanced workshop designed for nonprofit leaders who want to take their financial management skills to the next level. At this workshop, you will learn about analytical tools to assist in understanding your organization’s current financial position and current business model, different techniques and approaches to having practical conversations critical to organizational decision-making, and factors to consider when scenario planning and multi-year budgeting.
  • Build A Better Budget (Webinar)
    This webinar is designed to build your confidence in the budgeting process. You will learn to create an effective budget process that will get everyone involved and ensure that your budget reflects your organization’s mission, strategic plan, and programmatic priorities. You will walk away with a proven 10-step process you can use to craft budgets within your organization. This workshop is right for you if you are leading your budget process for the first time.
  • Cash Is King: Managing Cash Flow For Nonprofits (Webinar)
    This webinar will help you anticipate and prepare for the ebb and flow of cash coming in and out of your organization. You will learn how to navigate your nonprofit’s cash flow and how different types of income and expenses impact your finances. You will learn ways to avoid and manage cash flow challenges.
  • Dashboard Reports: Making Your Data Work For You(Webinar)
    This webinar will help you create a dashboard for your nonprofit. You will learn how to select information to include on your dashboard and how dashboard reports can complement other important financial reports. This webinar is for you if you are a staff or board member who creates, reviews, and interprets dashboard reports.