1. Message from the NAO President
2. From the Executive Director's Office
I hope everyone got a chance to take a look at the terrific new NAO Mission Statement last week. Please feel free to share widely! It is now posted to the NAO website. Here it is again:
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.
Last week, the NAO Public Policy Leadership Team completed a mini strategic planning meeting to prepare for FY12 and FY13, and it's clear that advocacy and regular and consistent outreach (both in Washington and at home) to your Congressional Delegation will continue to be vitally important for the AHEC network. We are committed to making progress towards the full Congressional authorized AHEC appropriation of $125 million annually in an incremental fashion. For FY13, our message is that AHEC should be funded at $75 million. We will ask our network of state AHEC Advocacy Leaders to coordinate advocacy efforts starting very soon, and I am sure you can count on a good number of alerts coming out from NAO over the course of the year. We saw the impact of those alerts and your hard work this past year with AHEC being funded at $30.142 million for FY12. It will take—and will continue to take—an "all-hands-on-deck" approach to ensuring that the AHEC Program is appropriately funded. We'll continue to provide the tools for effective advocacy to make your job easier. I'll also be spending a good deal of time in Washington in the next few months on the Hill meeting with key Congressional Committees and Members, and will report here the outcome of those meetings.
In terms of state AHEC Advocacy Leaders: I still need a few more: Florida, Kentucky, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, and Washington (state). Please let me know as soon as possible who the Advocacy Leader will be for these states. It's vitally important that we have the country covered in terms of coordinated advocacy efforts, especially as we're gearing up to make our pitch. Please let me know if you need any more information regarding the role of the Advocacy Leader; happy to answer any questions!
Finally, please make every effort to attend one of the remaining Veterans' Mental Health Train-The-Trainer Workshops: For more information and the complete workshop schedule visit the A-TrACC website. To view recordings of past VMH webinars visit the A-TrACC Vets Mental Health Resource Room. For more information, contact email@example.com. NAO, as you know, is getting more engaged in a variety of ways with Veterans' health issues, and a strong AHEC presence at the workshops is very important. Beyond the obvious in terms of improved health for the many Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, there are increasing partner, policy and potential funding implications for NAO and the AHEC network. I'm headed to the Baltimore, MD Train-the-Trainer workshop toward the end of the month and I can't wait to participate and learn more. Hope to see some of you there!
Have a great week!
3. Upcoming A-TrACC Trainings
2012 Performance Measures
At the workshop you will learn how to organize continuing education programming for civilian healthcare providers on the behavioral/mental health issues of veterans and service members returning from combat. Every center sending staff can get up to $1000 to support CE offerings on this topic.
Contact Mary Craig to register.
For more information and the complete workshop schedule, visit the A-TrACC website. To view recordings of past VMH webinars, visit the A-TrACC Vets Mental Health Resource Room. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Have You Taken Action on the National AHEC Organization Award Nominations?
We encourage you to visit the NAO Awards website (www.nationalahec.org) and click on the individual award categories to review the criteria and instructions for nominating candidates. Only NAO members are eligible for awards, and you may nominate yourself, as sometimes, you are the person/organization who best knows your work. No individual or organization may receive more than one award in any one year.
5. Support for Heart Health Programs
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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