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NAO Update
February 27, 2012

1. From the Executive Director's Office
NAO Advocacy Activities
Thank you to all those who were able to participate in one of the two NAO Public Policy calls we conducted to discuss the President's proposal to eliminate the AHEC Program in the FY13 Budget. We had nearly 100 people on the first call and between 50 and 60 on the second call. It is very important that everyone across the country is working from the same base of information as we move forward with a highly targeted national advocacy effort. Materials are currently being developed for you all to use and should be available for dissemination very soon. Activating our national network of advocacy leaders will be vital in our effort to be reinstated in the budget; be ready to act!

I will be in Washington, D.C. from March 13-March 16, 2012 meeting with House and Senate Appropriations Committee members, as well as lawmakers who have previously expressed strong support for the AHEC Program and who may be able to influence their Congressional colleagues regarding support and funding for the AHEC Program for FY13. I'll report the outcome of my meetings here.

Baltimore Veteran's Mental Health/Substance Abuse Train-the-Trainer (TTT) Workshop
I had the pleasure of attending the Baltimore Veteran's Mental Health/Substance Abuse Train-the-Trainer workshop last week and was hugely impressed by the workshop and the workshop logistics. Sheryl Pacelli from the Southeast AHEC in Wilmington, NC did a fabulous job in presenting the workshop materials over 2 days, and Jeanne Bromwell from the Eastern Shore AHEC in Cambridge, MD did an incredible job with workshop logistics. The workshop was well attended and provided a great deal of useful information for AHECs planning on providing CE in their home states. Additionally, I had the chance to meet with HRSA staff who attended, as well as new external partners, including the American Nurses Association, the Veteran's Health Administration Office of Mental Health Services, and the Delaware National Guard. There will be some interesting partnership opportunities for NAO to explore. 

Though I know I've said this before, I believe it is worth repeating: Please make every effort to attend one of the remaining TTTs. This initiative is vitally important for many reasons. For more information, click here.

Social Media
FaceBook, Twitter, and Google+ are social media tools that allow us to connect with friends, family and colleagues, as you all know, and are increasingly important in organizational visibility. I know many AHEC Programs and Centers post to these sites to highlight program successes and innovative activities, as do I occasionally, though I believe we can do more in a more systemic manner. If you have an interest in being part of a "NAO Social Media workgroup," please do let me know by next Friday 3/9/12. I believe we can develop a cadre of savvy social media folks who can help advance the NAO and AHEC network and significantly raise our national visibility. 

Thanks for all your hard work, day in and day out. Have a great week!


2. Upcoming A-TrACC Trainings
2012 Performance Measures
A-TrACC Webinar 216T-B. A-TrACC Field Guide Suggestions: Collecting and Reporting Continuing Education (CE) for BHPr Performance Measures - a component of AHEC Professional Education and Support Activities led by Mary Wainwright, A-TrACC Project Director, and Gretchen Forsell, A-TrACC Project Manager.
Register: March 2, Noon ET
AHEC Project for Veterans/Service Members & Families Mental & Behavioral Health
Veterans Mental Health – TA Webinar 209T-A: Substance Abuse Among Veteran Populations
Presenters Jason Yates, P-LCSW, CCS, Director, Caring Services Inc., and Carlos Graham, LCSW, Combat Veterans' Readjustment Counselor/Substance Abuse Social Worker will discuss issues and circumstances that contribute to substance abuse among veteran populations and how health professionals can help. Yates is participating courtesy of Duke University Dept. of Psychiatry with approval from the Duke AHEC Director, Dr. Marvin Swartz.
Register: March 15, 3:00 PM Eastern

3. WV AHECs Seek Info on Statewide Rural Health Workforce from Other States
The WV AHEC Program is partnering with the WV state Rural Health Association on a major statewide rural healthcare workforce study. The WV Rural Health Association will contract with an entity to determine both the demand and supply of primary healthcare providers for WV over the next 10 years. We are seeking any statewide rural health workforce reports from other states. If you have any reports, please send them to Sandra Pope, Director of WV AHECs, at You may also call her at (304) 347-1216.

4. Don't Forget to Nominate Your Center for an AHEC Award
Don't wait any longer to nominate your AHEC for one of the AHEC Center Awards for Excellence, which will be given at the NAO Conference in San Antonio this summer. Nominate one of your health careers programs that has had a particularly powerful impact on recruiting students into health careers. Consider nominating a community-based student experience developed by your AHEC in collaboration with an academic partner to provide health science students with a unique community experience. These and other opportunities are available to centers, and the application process is easy. Simply click on the links below and complete the short application to nominate your center for one of these prestigious awards.

Questions? Contact Tom Bacon or Suzanne Matthew, Awards Committee Co-Chairs, if you have an idea but aren't sure if it is worthy of an award nomination.

Suzanne Matthew (WI)
Awards Committee Co-Chair

Tom Bacon (NC)
Awards Committee Co-Chair

5. Allegiance Corps Request: Qualifications Due April 6, 2012
Northwestern Connecticut AHEC is requesting qualifications from AHECs who are interested in participating in the Allegiance Corps Program as an AmeriCorps member host site.

The Allegiance Corps Program will place 20 full-time AmeriCorps members at AHECs across the nation to develop a public health approach that meets the increasing health and social support needs of service members, veterans and their families.

The AHEC Program is uniquely positioned to provide AmeriCorps members with the resources necessary to bring about positive sustainable change in the lives of service members, veterans and their families, a growing medically underserved population. Building synergy between the AmeriCorps mission of mobilizing volunteers to create solutions to our nation's toughest challenges with the AHEC mission of improving health care for vulnerable populations will provide innumerable benefits to our military families.

Please use the following link to learn more about this opportunity and how to submit a proposal.

6. Improving Children's Health through Federal Collaboration: Affordable Care Act Session March 8, 2012
Join us on Thursday, March 8, 2012, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM EST (2:00 PM – 3:30 PM MST). This Session will include an overview of the new health reform law, the Affordable Care Act, and highlight those sections of the law that are especially helpful for children and families. The Affordable Care Act increases access to necessary preventative services to help keep children and families healthy. This session will describe the new protections for health insurance consumers, and provisions to lower costs and improve care. For more details, click here. To register click here.

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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