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NAO Update
April 2, 2012

1. From the Executive Director's Office

FY13 AHEC Budget and National Advocacy Efforts
An enormous "thank you" to everyone for your Herculean efforts at reaching out to your Congressional Delegation over the past few weeks in support of AHEC funding for FY13! Our AHEC Network responded in a way we've never seen before. I believe our message is getting through and resonating with Congressional members, partner organizations, and our local and national colleagues. While it still may be 6-8 weeks—or perhaps even longer—before we'll know if the AHEC Program appears in either the House or Senate budget proposals, I do know this: Our national AHEC network is strong, responsive, highly engaged, and capable of doing great things that are good for the health of our country! I applaud you all for your consistent, timely, and effective outreach. While there may very well be some 'advocacy fatigue' setting in, I think we are all aware that in any marathon or long-distance effort that 'there will be good miles and there will be bad miles,' and one must continue to push towards one's goals, even when exhausted. This I believe: "It's all going to be OK in the end. If it's not OK, then it's not the end." We will work to make sure everything comes out OK.

AHRQ Knowledge Transfer Proposal
The NAO Fund Development Committee is working closely with Crosby Marketing regarding an AHRQ-funded “Knowledge Transfer" proposal. This opportunity is a five-year Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) multiple award task-order type contract of which NAO, and subsequently AHEC Programs and Centers, would be sub-awardees. We are still working out the details of which tasks NAO and the AHEC network may be a part of should Crosby be awarded one of 5-8 contracts, though for now the likelihood would be that of Train-the-Trainer activities regarding AHRQ's key focus areas: Quality, Safety, Effectiveness, and Efficiency of Health Care. As the process unfolds some more, I will be back in touch with more details.

NAO San Antonio Summer Conference
Please make every effort to attend this summer's NAO Conference in San Antonio, Texas from July 29-August 2, 2012. The conference committee is doing an incredible amount of work and we are on track for a fabulous conference. Registration should go "live” very soon. Check the NAO website regularly for details. Looking forward to seeing YOU there!

Have a great week, and thanks again so very much for your advocacy efforts. I think YOU ALL deserve a big pat on the back!


2. Upcoming A-TrACC Trainings
AHEC Project for Veterans/Service Members & Families Mental & Behavioral Health
Veterans Mental Health – TA Webinar 210T-A: TRICARE 101
Presenter Brian W. Corlett, Market Manager, Camp Lejeune Market, Health Net Federal Services, will explain this healthcare program and how civilian health professionals can become TRICARE providers. TRICARE serves over 9 million active duty and retired military and their families.
Register: April 3, 2:00 PM Eastern

2012 Performance Measures
A-TrACC Webinar 218T-A&B. A-TrACC Field Guide Suggestions: Collecting and Reporting Community Based Student Education (CBSE) Activities for BHPr Performance Measures led by Mary Wainwright, A-TrACC Project Director, and Gretchen Forsell, A-TrACC Project Manager.
Register: April 10, Noon to 1:30 pm Eastern
Register: April 17, 3 to 4:30 pm Eastern (repeat session)

3. Mark Your Calendars for the NAO Conference Jul. 29-Aug. 2, 2012
Historic San Antonio, TX is the setting for our conference. Don't forget to mark your calendars for this exciting event. There will be plenty of networking opportunities and informative speakers on a variety of topics that will impact your center or program. This year's theme is: AHECs in the Changing Healthcare Landscape. Stay tuned for more details coming online soon.

4. Reminder: Improving Children's Health through Federal Collaboration: Communities Working Together for Better Health Session April 12, 2012
Time: 4:00-5:30pm EST. This session will highlight projects where communities are working collaboratively with local, state and federal stakeholders to create healthier environments where children can live, learn and play. These community-based projects and programs focus on geographically, politically, demographically and/or socially defined areas. Learn about resources available for project assistance, funding, outreach, training, education, and capacity-building. Click here for details.


Mission Statement: The National AHEC Organization supports and advances the AHEC Network to improve health by leading the nation in the recruitment, training and retention of a diverse health workforce for underserved communities.

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