1. Message from the NAO President
With your input (over 200 AHEC center directors, program directors and members of staff and boards participated in a survey followed by a focus group at the Fall 2011 NAO Meeting), the NAO was able to determine common themes within the diversity that is the national AHEC network. The strongest theme that emerged was AHEC's role in the local economy, connecting individuals to healthcare job opportunities.
This insight, combined with the national dialogue concerning joblessness AND healthcare access, helped us answer the question, “What does AHEC stand for?” and then led to the tagline: AHEC Stands for Jobs.
The importance of AHEC's role in connecting within communities became central to the development of a visual understanding of AHEC. Working with an award-winning graphic designer, the Ad Hoc Committee and Board of Directors were able to convey the notion that AHECs connect people to care, connect communities to healthy futures, and do so in a vibrant graphic. The resulting logo has been crafted to look thoroughly modern. The colors are consistent with the healthcare world, and work within many palettes found on AHEC websites and elsewhere. The NAO logo consists of the AHEC block graphic and the tagline “Stands for Jobs” and the National AHEC Organization name below the tagline.
This logo will be integrated within NAO (Monday Update, e-alerts, website, letterhead, annual report, brochure, etc.) incrementally and as quickly as possible. AHEC Centers and AHEC programs are encouraged to use NAO's AHEC Stands for Jobs logo in its entirety in public-facing materials (website, brochures, social media channels, etc). Two additional resources are also available. A press release has been developed that AHEC Centers and AHEC Programs can localize for local media. An info-graphic has been created to present on one page the impact of AHEC on the development of the healthcare workforce.
Guidelines for using the logo and tagline have been developed. The AHEC block graphic and tagline may be customized for use by an AHEC Center and/or AHEC Program by replacing the National AHEC Organization name with that of a center or program. I am very pleased to report that for a limited time period, South Carolina AHEC has agreed to cover the costs of customization (THANK YOU!). Please contact Ragan DuBose-Morris, firstname.lastname@example.org, with your interest.
I am excited about this new graphic and brand for the National AHEC Organization. My appreciation to the following individuals who served on the Ad Hoc Committee on “Branding the Nation's AHECs” for a job well-done!
Mary J. Sienkiewicz, MBA
2. From the Executive Director's Office
Today I'm in Boston, watching Kenyan men and women runners again dominate the famed Boston Marathon while pining for my younger, faster self. Thankfully, due to a great many health professionals over the years (surgeons, chiropractors, physical therapists, and physicians—allopathic and osteopathic) I'm still able to run 50-60 pain-free miles each week and race occasionally. Not a day goes by that I don't realize how incredibly fortunate I am to have access to affordable high-quality care when I want, where I want, and with whom. This level of access, as we all know, is not something everyone in our country enjoys. Each day I get up heartened to know that every single AHEC Program and Center is working towards that same level of access and care for all and are making great strides through innovative programs, strategic partnerships, and vital community-based activities. We have an incredible national network that for 40 years has been working to improve health by leading the nation in the recruitment, training and retention of a diverse health workforce for underserved communities. Despite our funding challenges for FY13, I believe our greatest days are ahead of us, and I am working as hard as I can to develop the resources, strategic national partnerships, and opportunities to ensure that the AHEC Program is the "go-to organization" for healthcare professions. Thank you for all you do, and remember, AHEC Stands for Jobs!
Social Entrepreneurship Pilot Program Phase I
NAO 2012 San Antonio Conference
Veteran's Health Initiatives
NAO, as an organizational partner in Mrs. Obama's Joining Forces Initiative, has created a list of activities that AHEC Programs and Centers may consider pursuing as related to Veteran's health issues, and are located here. Please take a look and see what might be a good fit for your Program or Center. I encourage you to do as much as you can, and please let me know if you have any questions or comments.
Have a great week!
2. Register Online Now for the NAO Conference in San Antonio July 29-August 2, 2012!
3. 2011 NAO Annual Report and Updated NAO Brochure Soon Will be Available: Order your copies of the new NAO Annual Report and updated NAO Brochure. The theme for this year's annual report is “AHEC's Response to the Changing Healthcare Landscape.” The NAO Brochure includes updates for statistics that surround the AHEC “pipeline” graphic. Click here to get to the order form.
4. Upcoming A-TrACC Trainings
2012 Performance Measures
AHEC Project for Veterans/Service Members & Families Mental & Behavioral Health
Presenters Debbie Caton Rogers, Director, Mental Health Education, Eastern AHEC, Greenville, NC, and John Oliver, Chief of Chaplain Services and Clinical Pastoral Educ. Supervisor at the Assn. for Clinical Pastoral Education, Durham VA Medical Center, NC.
Register: May 1, 3:00 PM Eastern
5. Agriculture Education Health Grant Closes May 15, 2012
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.
To submit an item, please click here. Deadline: Thursdays, noon CST.