NAO Update
April 30, 2012

1. The Spring 2012 Journal of the National AHEC Organization is Now Online
Click here to get access to this digital publication or go to, then to Publications, then to Journal of the National AHEC Organization. An Alternative Cover can also be accessed by clicking here or going to, then to Publications, Journal of the National AHEC Organization, then to Alternative Cover jpg. You can modify the text on the Alternative Cover for various purposes if you need to print and send an article or two to legislators, colleagues, etc.

2. From the Executive Director's Office

Please Read!
I've received some feedback recently that the weekly Monday Update might not be read as thoroughly as I've generally believed, given the (growing) number of items in each update. Please make every effort to scroll through and read each item fully, as the Monday Update is the primary way to communicate the most important NAO issues to you all each week. I try to post items to Facebook and Twitter fairly regularly as well, though the Monday Update is the most consistent way in which to get items of interest out to you all, beyond the specific action-items or E-Alerts (such as advocacy, for example). Until we are able to create another or add an additional communication method to ensure all Programs and Centers are consistently receiving the same information, please make a concerted effort to read the Monday Update fully. Many thanks!

NAO Website
The new NAO website is very close to being launched (I've seen a preview and it looks great!), and it's vital that Program and Center information is updated and correct. The directory still has quite a bit of information that is outdated. Please review your Program and/or Center's information and send your corrections as soon as you can to Karen Olsen at NAO headquarters: The NAO website is our public face and we need to have it populated with correct and updated information. Thanks much.

This and That
Here's a very interesting storymap resource that outlines how the availability of basic health care varies radically from place to place across the nation. The information is slightly dated, though I believe it stands up and is worth a look. I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts on how the data may align or impact your work. Please take a look by clicking here.

I hope most of you subscribe to the Medical Education Futures Study (MEFS), which provides a good (mostly) weekly update as to what's happening in Primary Care. You can go here to sign up for the newsletter if you don't. The MEFS comes out by partners at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, and is a terrific resource.

Please remember to register for the NAO San Antonio conference—it will be here before you know it: click here to register. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Have a great week!

3. 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

4. Have You Registered Yet 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.

5. 2011 NAO Annual Report and 2012 NAO Brochure Are Now 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.

6. K-20 Promising Practices Database
For some time now, you have been asking for a way to share ideas and replicate successful K-20 initiatives with other members. The Education Committee is very pleased to offer a way for all of us to do exactly that. We would like you to share your Center or Program initiatives for elementary, middle school, high school, or college/university students. Specifically, we would like to publish programs that focus on youth recruitment into health careers, health promotion and wellness activities, or enrichment programs in sciences, math or more, and workforce development certification programs in the public health or health careers pipeline. Please click here and enter your information. You will also see an option to search the database as well if you would like to view other AHECs' information. If you have any questions or concerns, please direct them to our Education Committee Co-chairs, Mary Craig at, or Gloria Pressley McGruder at

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