An Invitation from the
NAO Conference Planning Committee Co-Chairs

On behalf of the National AHEC Organization, we hope you are planning to attend the 2018 NAO Biennial Conference in Washington, D.C. from July 8 to 11, 2018.

AHEC on the Hill:
Diversity, Distribution and Practice Transformation
The theme follows the goals in our new federal grant making this conference timely for our AHEC national network of 260+ centers and 49 program offices based in communities in 43 states.

Conference Activities

The NAO Conference Planning committee has worked diligently to put together a dynamic, comprehensive, and highly practical agenda which includes keynote addresses and plenary sessions with national leaders in health care, concurrent and poster sessions with skilled presenters, as well as a New Director Orientation session, and other small-group activities and committee meetings. Monday evening, July 9th, we will kick off the conference with our NAO Awards Ceremony on the Odyssey Harbor Cruise on the Potomac River.

We are certain you will leave this conference excited, energized, and ready to put into practice what you learned when you get home.

Odyssey Harbor Cruise

Arlington, Virginia and Washington, D.C. offer so many exciting, unique, and interesting activities for you and your family to enjoy. Monuments and memorials, free museums, eclectic neighborhoods full of local flavor – the nation’s capital truly is America’s front yard! For ideas of what to do and places to eat while in the area, check out the Arlington and Washington, D.C. Visitors Bureaus. The Crystal Gateway Marriott concierge will also be glad to help you plan adventures during your stay.

Don’t forget to book a tour of the U.S. Capitol through the offices of your Congressional Representatives or Senators when scheduling your Hill Visits!

We look forward to visiting with you during the conference. Please accept our deepest thanks for your hard work and diligence in working to advance the AHEC and National AHEC Organization mission!

Conference Co-Chairs,
Paula Overfelt, President/NAO Board of Directors
Anna Wenders, Member, NAO Board of Directors
Jacqueline Wynn, Past President/NAO Board of Directors

What to do from now until you arrive in DC.

Please call your Congressional members’ offices to schedule your visits on July 11th. We urge you to schedule visits starting at 10:15 a.m. with your two Senators offices then spend the rest of the day making visits to your Representatives in the House. 

Why the late start? We will have a brief awards ceremony in 216 Hart Senate office building from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. – Senate office information – House office information

We will provide NAO advocacy packets.

NAO will provide legislative packets, a leave-behind pocket folder for each member of Congress.  Each NAO Advocacy Packet for legislators will include an NAO “Ask” One-Pager and National Annual Data Highlights. There will be room in the packets for your business card, your State Data One-Pager for you to insert, and any state or local information you would like to share with your elected officials.  We urge you to pick up these packets at the registration desk and bring one of these packets to offices in your state as we are hoping to create a unified message. 

NAO has the conference goal to leave one of these packets in all 535 Congressional offices!  Big goal!  How will you help us!?!

Please follow these links to the two documents we will include in the packet so you can become familiar with the messaging:

Document 1: NAO 2016-2017 highlights
Document 2: Title VII: AHEC Background & Recommendations


Four webinars were developed for the 2016 NAO conference in Washington, DC. The content of the webinars is still applicable although a few of the people in the videos are no longer involved with NAO. We would like to suggest that those of you who plan to make Hill Visits for the first time on July 11 review the webinars.

The content for each topic in the series is designed to meet the membership needs and is based on results from NAO advocacy survey.

Webinar 1: How Washington Works! Understanding Advocacy: Describes Advocacy and how AHECs can influence legislative decisions, including budgets, by establishing and maintaining relationships with congressional offices.

Webinar 2: Strengthening the Foundation for Advocacy and Relationship Building: Focuses on Congressional Champions and how you can develop Congressional Champions for AHEC and how to use the State Data One-Pager that was developed for you by the NAO CORE.

Webinar 3: The Language of Advocacy: Developing a Strategy for Communication: Discusses the federal Appropriations process, NAO's legislative priorities and how to schedule office visits during the upcomingAHEC on the Hill:Diversity, Distribution and Practice Transformation Conference with tips on logistics and planning.

Webinar 4: The Final Checklist: Preparations to make an impact in Washington!: Summarizes the basic tips that have been shared throughout the series. Attendees and will hear about NAO's plans for the Capitol Hill Rally and Congressional Visits and will learn some key follow-up strategies to ensure ongoing successes with elected officials.

You can find links to these webinars, as well as other advocacy preparation material, on our Countdown to the Capitol page.

Kristina Fjeld-Sparks (New Hampshire AHEC)

Shawn Houck (Greensboro AHEC)

Kristin Juliar (Montana AHEC)

A Look at Our 2016 Conference

NAO Conference 2016 from Adam Rossmann on Vimeo.

Thank you for the support of our Medallion Members:

Silver Member:

Whatcom Community College

Gold Member:

South Carolina AHEC

Medallion Members are organizations, institutions, business or individual donors that provide annual financial support to NAO with or without current local or state affiliation with an AHEC. There are three levels of Medallion members:

  • Silver - $2,000
  • Gold - $2,500
  • Platinum - $3,000

For more information on becoming a Medallion Member, visit the Membership Section of the NAO Website.

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