Promoting SUID, Medicare Fraud Work and Fostering Connections Around the Country

IA2 Leadership – Promoting SUID, Medicare Fraud Work and Fostering Connections Around the Country

Date: September 17, 2014
Contact: Dave Baldridge

The International Association for Indigenous Aging (IA2) leadership has been on the trail the last month sharing project results, presenting on issues of importance to elders, and meeting with organizations interested in American Indian and Alaska Native elder issues.

Executive Director Dave Baldridge spent nearly a week at Oklahoma University doing work on the Digital Stories project for Native Americans with diabetes. According to Director of the American Diabetes Prevention Center at OU, Dr. J. Neil Henderson, the video series provides a “powerful example of real people conducting real lives under the real duress of raising a real child with real diabetes…Digital Stories show people’s hearts through their eyes and faces. Viewers watching a Digital Story get to look into a family’s pre-diabetes days and identify with their sublime innocence regarding the disruption that awaits them.  But, they also see the family continuing to thrive, enjoy their children, and successfully live their lives “post-diabetes.”

Baldridge and IA2 President Bill Benson attended both the Title VI and Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Directors’ training conferences held simultaneously in Washington DC the week of August 18-22. Both conferences were sponsored by the Administration for Community Living (ACL). Presentation topics included Sudden Unexplained Infant Death (SUID), Alzheimer’s Wandering, and SMP Medicare Fraud Outreach to elders. While in DC, the pair initiated meetings with a number of organizations including: Native American LifeLines of Baltimore, Baltimore Urban Indian Center, National Indian Health Board (NIHB), and were welcomed by staff from the National Center for Urban Indian Health (NCUIH) among others.

Baldrige provided a plenary presentation at the Western Carolina University (WCU) Annual Public Health Lecture in early September, where he discussed the linkage between diabetes and depression.

Last week, Baldridge and Benson were on hand at the National Indian Health Board’s Consumer Conference in Albuquerque. They were honored to present about the SMP Medicare Fraud Outreach and Prevention project as part of NCUIH’s panel presentation.