NAO Update
April 9, 2012

1. Message from the NAO President

Branding the Nation's AHECs
A new, vibrant logo and tagline were recently approved by the NAO Board of Directors as part of a campaign to define and publicize AHECs' major areas of emphasis and strength, and position the national AHEC network for the future. This process involved an ad hoc committee comprised of 20 AHEC Center and AHEC Program colleagues across the country, who worked with a marketing/communications consultant based on input from over 200 individuals from programs, centers and their boards. Please look for a special e-mail this week with detailed information and acknowledgements.

Help Wanted! Support National Programs. Develop a Shared Vision.
We are creating short-term/ad hoc work groups to focus on actions for two 2012 strategic plan priority areas and need expertise from AHEC Centers and AHEC Programs. These groups will meet perhaps two or three times by conference call to address the following tasks.

Support National Programs.

  1. Summarize outcomes of current national programs (VMH, CHSC, Amgen, SEARCH)
  2. Propose plan for communicating capacity and outcomes with members and current partners
  3. Identify potential partners and strategies for expanded/new programs

First call: Thursday, May 3, 4:00 p.m. (Eastern)
Call in: 1-877-366-0711, Passcode: 12040274#.
Contact: Rob Trachtenberg

Develop a Shared Vision.

  1. Draft vision statement
  2. Identify areas (committees/structure/processes) to realign based on mission and vision

First call: Monday, April 30, 4:00 p.m. (Eastern)
Toll Free Number: 1-877-366-0711, Passcode: 12040274#.
Contact: Mary Sienkiewicz

This is a great way to either begin or continue your involvement with the National AHEC Organization and contribute to our mission. Thank you in advance for your help!

Mary J. Sienkiewicz, MBA
President, National AHEC Organization
Director, New York State AHEC System

2. From the Executive Director's Office

NAO Advocacy
Advocacy efforts have slowed down a bit since the House and Senate appropriation requests deadlines have passed, though we are keeping a close eye on the committee appropriations process and timeline, and may know how AHEC fared in the next 6-8 weeks. Of course, we will keep you all posted. Should there be any action required, alerts will go out promptly. In the interim, I would suggest continuing to provide your Congressional Delegation with programmatic updates and success stories so as to keep AHEC front and center! You all may be interested in the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) Primary Care Workforce Priorities, so please click here to see it. You can see that AACOM support for the AHEC Program is strong. Please feel free to use and share widely.

Bits and Pieces
The NAO Social Media workgroup is up and running and will have some recommendation for Programs and Centers regarding enhancing a social media presence for your AHEC. Also, there is a fledgling group that is working on the development of more NAO-centric webinars for a whole host of uses; stay tuned for more info from both groups.

The Veterans' MH/TBI/PTSD workgroup is continuing. Should you like more information or wish to join, be sure to connect with Carol Giffin-Jeansonne, Executive Director of the Western Colorado AHEC, at I am anticipating that this workgroup will grow and expand its work in the coming months, as NAO gets more involved with Veterans' health affairs. We need your participation.

Finally, a huge shout-out to Kelley Withy, Program Director of the Hawaii Pacific Basin AHEC, for her work in doing an enormous amount of writing for NAO's piece of the AHRQ "Knowledge Transfer" proposal in partnership with Crosby Marketing. Kelley was able to pull together many disparate pieces that were needed for the proposal in a short amount of time and consolidated the work to make it straightforward and accessible to Crosby staff for inclusion into the overall proposal.

Have a great week and I hope you all had a relaxing Easter and/or Passover holiday (Our family does both—chocolate and matzah!). This is a great time of year; be sure to get outside and enjoy the warmth of spring!


3. Attention all Center Directors: Call for Nominations
The Center Director Constituency Group (CDCG) Leadership Team is recruiting 5 new members for the upcoming term (Oct. 2012–Sept. 2014).

Per the CDCG Guidelines:
The NAO's CDGC supports the professional development of all NAO Center Directors. The CDCG shall be committed to providing a forum and network for sharing and discussion and resources to facilitate and address the unique challenges faced by center directors, as well as assist center directors in the development and enhancement of their programs and centers.
The CDCG Leadership Group functions as the governing body of the CDCG and is authorized to act on behalf of the CDCG in all NAO matters.
The CDCG leadership team meets monthly via conference call and at the NAO annual conference.

Now more than ever strong leaders are needed in the NAO.

Please submit a nomination for yourself or another Center Director, including:
1. Brief biographical sketch
2. Statement of interest in being active on the CDCG Leadership Team
3. Description of NAO/CDCG activities you have participated in, including NAO committees or workgroups

Submit nominations to Tricia Harrity at by April 27, 2012.

The Slate of Nominees will be distributed via e-mail to center directors on May 29.
The electronic ballot will take place from May 29-June 12.

Announcement of the election results will take place on July 13, 2012 and again at the CDCG meeting at the NAO conference on July 29, 2012.

4. Upcoming A-TrACC Trainings

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)

5. Registration Coming Live Online Soon 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.

6. Agriculture Education Health Grant Closes May 15, 2012
Rural Health and Safety Education focuses on: 1) Individual and Family Nutrition and Health Education providing: a) info on the value of good health at any age; b) info to increase motivation to take responsibility for their own health; c) info about and access to nutrition and health promo and educational activities; and d) training for volunteers and health services providers on nutrition and health promo and healthcare services in cooperation with state, local and community partners. 2) Farm Safety Education that provides info and training on safety in the workplace, including but not limited to: a) the prevention of occupational injury and death rates; b) the prevention of exposure to farm chemicals; and c) the prevention of agricultural respiratory diseases and dermatitis. 3) Rural Health Leadership Development Education that assists rural communities in developing nutrition and healthcare services and facilities that will provide maximum benefit for resources invested and assist community leaders and public officials in understanding their roles and responsibilities. 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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