NAO Update
April 23, 2012

1. From the Executive Director's Office

NAO San Antonio Conference
Final preparations for this summer's NAO Conference—AHECs in Changing Healthcare Landscape—are swinging into high gear as the date approaches! Please make every effort to attend the July 29-August 2 conference. I'm especially excited to see you all and hear about what you are doing in your Programs and Centers. I'm also looking forward to hearing each of our keynote speakers. One of the three—T.R. Reid—is scheduled to speak Tuesday, July 31 during lunch. I had the opportunity to hear and talk with Mr. Reid a little a couple of years ago when he spoke in Rhode Island, and I think you'll agree after hearing him that he is one of the most engaging, interesting, and thought-provoking speakers on the circuit. There are so many great opportunities at this summer's conference—you don't want to miss it. Be sure to register now! Click here to get more conference details.

Developing a Shared Vision and National Programs for NAO
Just a reminder that a conference call to discuss NAO's National Programs will be held on Thursday May 3, 2012 from 4-5pm EST. Call in details: 1-877-366-0711; Passcode: 12040274#. Looking forward to talking with you and thinking together regarding NAO's national programming and future opportunities.

NAO Board President Mary Sienkiewicz will lead the "Shared Vision" call on Monday April 30, also from 4-5pm EST. Call in details: 1-877-366-0711; Passcode: 12040274#. Please contact her for more information:

Advocacy and Public Policy
Not a lot to report on the funding and advocacy front for now, though as soon as we learn what the House and Senate have appropriated in their respective bills for the AHEC Program in FY13, we will let you all know and re-engage our advocacy efforts. Please stay tuned and be ready to mobilize again soon.

Have a great week and be sure to register for the NAO San Antonio conference!


2. Register Online Now for the NAO Conference in San Antonio July 29-August 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. Please go here or go to and look for the link.

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

AHEC Project for Veterans/Service Members & Families Mental & Behavioral Health
Veterans Mental Health – TA Webinar 211T-A: Working Miracles in People's Lives: Connecting the Faith Community and Behavioral Health Professionals to Help Service Members and their Families

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. Improving Children's Health through Federal Collaboration Successful Asthma Management
Join us on Thursday, May 10, 2012
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM EST (2:00 PM – 3:30 PM MST)
To register, click here.

May is Asthma Awareness Month! Asthma affects almost 25 million people of all ages and races. Despite this prevalence, public awareness of common asthma triggers and effective asthma management strategies remains limited. Join us to learn the latest in successful asthma management, including identifying warning signs of an attack, avoiding triggers, asthma clinical guidelines, and successful intervention strategies. Click here for additional details.


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