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Showing posts from September 12, 2021

Supporting Adults with IDD to Safely Engage in Online Social Relationships

September 29, 2021 3:00 pm ET   Presented by: Mary Jo Krile, PhD, University of Kentucky   Social media, dating app, and internet use can be beneficial for connecting with others. It can also be risky. In this webinar, you will learn strategies and resources to assist adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD) in safely navigating these platforms to create and maintain meaningful relationships.  

Research Opportunity for Parents

This is an excellent opportunity for a parent to be a partner on a research project. The Principle Investigator is looking for two very specific parents to partner on the study and we are hoping you can help us find them. 1.        A parent whose child has experienced migraines AND has used the Emergency Department as a result of those migraines. 2.        A parent of a child who had COVID and as a result experienced multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C). This is a new research project that is seeking family partners interested in helping to develop an interview guide and probing questions, as well as help determine the most important outcomes to patients and families when asking the question “How well do children with MIS-C and migraines do when cared for using an existing clinical protocol vs. not using a protocol?” In other words, there is a “pathway” that specifies how to treat these problems in a certain order, but sometimes clinicians don’t follow it but rather develop their

Mapping New and Existing Community Health Coalitions in Indiana

  Connections in Health (affiliated with Indiana CTSI), the Indiana University Bloomington School of Public Health, and the IU Center for Rural Engagement are interested in identifying new and existing community health coalitions addressing concerns related to physical, social, and emotional well-being in local counties. We are also assessing the types of organizations that are leading coalitions in local counties and reasons for participation. We are looking for individuals 18 years of age and older participating in Indiana local coalitions to complete a 5- to 10-minute survey. Click here to participate in the study If you have questions, please contact Aaron Zych ( ) or Mylan Gaston ( ).

Speaker Opportunity for Youth & Parents

The Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana  is planning a virtual Family and Youth Engagement Summit (Family YES!) on October 22-23, 2021, and is looking for older youth and parents willing to share their stories of interacting with state and local programs and services. The family and youth speakers will help professionals to think about ways to improve their practice and make it more family-friendly. See the  call for speakers  and  apply to be a speaker  by September 19.

DHS Seeking Input on Public Charge Immigration Policy

From  Justice in Aging The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is in the process of developing a new “public charge” immigration rule. The first step is an  Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) , which is open for a 60-day public comment period through October 22. As a reminder, the Biden Administration ended the harmful public charge policy enacted by the previous administration. DHS is currently enforcing the longstanding 1999 Field Guidance.  Learn more about public charge in this PIF resource .

FCC Adds Current School Year to Eligibility Criteria for EBB

The FCC  announced  that households with a member approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision, in the current 2021-2022 school year are also eligible for the  Emergency Broadband Benefit . This expands on the original program eligibility rules that included the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years.    

Take Action to Ensure SSI Included in Reconciliation

From  Justice in Aging Members of Congress need to hear from you NOW . Tell your members of Congress that they MUST include key improvements to the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program in the reconciliation package that is currently being worked up in Congress.  A  new report from the Urban Institute  found that the SSI improvements Justice in Aging and others are advocating for could  reduce poverty for 1.2 million older adults and 1.2 million people with disabilities . The provisions would also  more than halve the percentage of SSI recipients in poverty  from 35.7% to 16.1%. That’s HUGE. Reconciliation is a rare opportunity to make needed investments in this critical program that hasn’t been updated in decades.  But your members need to hear from you to ensure it’s included in the process! Take Action This Week! How to take action Use our social media toolkit  and graphics on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Be sure to tag your members of Congress in your posts and use the ha

There Are Still 5 Ways to Sign Up for 2021 Coverage

  The COVID special enrollment period (SEP) might be over, but there are still  5 ways  for people to enroll in 2021 coverage at! People who submitted an application on and received an eligibility determination by August 15 have  30 days  to choose a plan. So, for example, if someone submitted their application on August 15, they can still enroll if they select a plan by September 14. People who receive or are approved to receive unemployment compensation in 2021 are eligible for a SEP. An applicant won’t be approved for a SEP directly in the application but will be contacted within a week by email or phone (according to the communication preferences they selected) to finalize their enrollment. See  here  and  here  for more information. Anyone who missed the COVID SEP window and has been affected by COVID-19 is eligible for the FEMA SEP. There are two ways to claim this SEP. People who lost job-based coverage any time since January 1, 2020 can indicate th