NAO Update
August 27, 2012

1. From the Executive Director's Desk

Fall NAO Conference
SAVE THE DATE: We have now made the official transition from the San Antonio conference to planning for the NAO fall conference, which will be from Wednesday, October 31 through Friday, November 2 at the Sheraton Crystal City (VA), which is just over the river from Washington, D.C. The agenda is nearly done, and details regarding making hotel reservations will be coming soon. This conference is shaping up to be excellent, and many of the sessions will build on the dialogue and outcomes from the San Antonio conference. Please let me know if you have any questions, and watch this space for more information.

SHOP Marketplace (PPACA) for Small AHECs
Please take a look at this presentation and resource from HRSA—which has begun planning for implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—regarding small employers and health insurance. Many of our community-based AHECs are considered 'small' employers and may benefit from this piece of the PPACA. Take a look by clicking here and let me know if you have any thoughts.

NAO Updated Website
I hope you've all had a chance to check out the new NAO website; I think it's terrific and has a number of excellent resources. We will be adding some additional resources and functionality soon, such as linking more to social media and developing some blogs, as well. Please take a look and send any feedback you have to me and I will share with the NAO Communications Committee.

Upcoming Travel
I'll be away September 13 and 14 in Washington visiting with House and Senate Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee Members to discus AHEC funding in FY13. We'll be ramping up our advocacy efforts very soon—stay tuned—and please be sure to connect with your legislators while he or she is in their home district. I also have the privilege of attending and participating in the North Carolina AHEC's 40th anniversary and statewide conference on September 19 and 20.

Have a great week, and today starts the school year in our town. I'll really miss having the kids around all day, though will appreciate some longer stretches of quiet time!


2. Send Us Your Vets Mental Health CE Data by August 30!
The final evaluation and reporting forms and guidelines for the A-TrACC Project for the Behavioral/Mental Health of Veterans/Service Members & Families are available on the A-TrACC website or in the A-TrACC Vets Mental Health Resource Room. Reports must be submitted on the spreadsheet provided. For this fiscal year, all reports are due by August 30, 2012. If you cannot meet this deadline, contact Gretchen Forsell at ASAP.

Complete a separate spreadsheet for each CE event. If you have already used previous versions of these materials, that is fine. Report what you have in the respective areas of the spreadsheet, and contact us with questions. Thank you for your participation in this project. We will be providing more TA and support in FY 2013, so keep up the good work!

3. Next Veterans Mental Health Webinar is Friday, September 7
Find out what we have accomplished and where this project is headed in the next fiscal year. Attend A-TrACC TA Webinar 214T-A, Project Wrap Up and Next Steps, led by Mary Wainwright, Project Director, and Kyle Peplinski, HRSA A-TrACC Project Officer.

Register: September 7, 1:00 PM Eastern

4. Performance Measures 2012 Webinars from A-TrACC

POSTPONED: NAO-CORE Suggestions for the BHPr Performance Report, September 4
To avoid confusion and to be able to provide the most accurate Suggestions document possible, CORE has elected to postpone this webinar until after the AHEC Branch Staff webinar on September 10. Registration will reopen when a new date has been set. Watch your e-mails for the new date and time!

September 10: 2012 BHPr Performance Measures Manual Q&A
Led by AHEC Branch Chief Lou Coccodrilli and staff members Meseret Bezuneh and Michelle Menser. Questions submitted to A-TrACC ( by September 3 will be addressed.

Register: Tuesday, September 4, 3:00 PM Eastern

5. Veterans Mental Health Project SPOTLIGHT!
Bennie Pettit, Education Consultant at Upstate AHEC in South Carolina, has the following VMH experience to share.

July 25, 2012, over 66 healthcare professionals attended "Serving Those Who Have Served: Educating Community Healthcare Providers Working With Service Members, Veterans and Their Families." The purpose of the program was to increase knowledge and improve practice for civilian healthcare professionals as it relates to behavioral/mental health issues and military culture of veterans, service members and their families; and increase access to culturally competent care for veterans, service members and their families. Presenters were Sergeant Gabe Henderson, Corporal Nathan Moore, Stacey Good, LISW-CP, Lynda Cox, PsyD, and Major Charlie Hall. Plans are underway to repeat the program later in the year. Upstate AHEC partnered with the Greenville Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic.

Share your plans, activities, successes, in the Monday Update. Send a 100-word or less description of what you are doing to Attach supporting materials or include links to online resources. These will be featured in the Monday Update on a regular basis.

6. Reminder Regarding Advocacy
To All Center Directors,
We have plenty of advocacy work to do. We know that our congressional representatives are on break from now until September 10. During this time, please try to engage your legislators in local AHEC activities as much as possible. The increased visibility for our programs, nationwide, is our most important asset right now.

If you can, please let us know what, and how you are doing. Send our Executive Director a quick e-mail so he can build on your local activity when he is in Washington, D.C.

Looking forward to seeing you at our Fall Meeting.

Mary Mitchell, Executive Director, MSI AHEC
President-Elect, NAO

7. Help Set the Rural Public Health Agenda for the Next Decade

Dear Rural Stakeholders:

Rural health policy makers and researchers are looking for your input on the most important health issues facing rural residents.

Rural Healthy People 2020, is designed to identify what rural stakeholders see as the most significant preventable threats to the health of rural people, identify existing rural models for practice that address these threats, and to establish goals for reducing these threats. The starting point for this conversation is an online survey.

You're invited to take the survey and to forward this link to people in your own networks so they can participate, too.

The more broadly we distribute the survey, the more likely we are to get results that match the health concerns of all rural Americans.

The survey link will be open through August 31, 2012. Please take a few minutes today to go on-line, complete the survey, AND share it with your networks.

The survey should take 5-10 minutes to complete and does not require professional background in health issues.

Thank you. If you have any questions please contact Dr. Jane N. Bolin, at or Dr. Gail Bellamy at


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