1. From the Executive Director's Office
The National AHEC Organization, as a result of its activities with ATrACC and Behavioral/Mental Health of Veterans Service Members and Families, has been invited, along with a number of other national organizations working to address veterans' behavioral/mental health issues, to a January 10, 2012 roundtable discussion at the White House on how to raise awareness and promote best practices among civilian healthcare providers in caring for neurological and psychological health issues among military service members, veterans, and their families. This discussion will be preceded by dinner the night before at the residence of Admiral James Winnefeld, Jr., Vice Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff, and a tour of the National Intrepid Center of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury. I am thrilled that the National AHEC Program has been invited to participate in this important national initiative, and I wanted to share this good news with you. Please do let me know if you have any questions regarding the Joining Forces Initiative. I'll be sure to report back here the outcome of the meeting and any next steps for NAO.
A number of you have asked if NAO is planning on holding "Spring Policy Days" in Washington, DC this coming spring. We WILL NOT be having Spring Policy Days in Washington in 2012, given that it is an even year. This means that NAO will be holding the 2012 San Antonio Conference July 29-August 2, 2012. There may be a "Spring Policy Days at Home" initiative, though nothing has been finalized as of yet. I'll keep you posted if something develops. In the meantime, please be sure to make plans to attend the NAO Conference this summer; it is shaping up to be another excellent conference!
A few other questions regarding health career activities for middle school students have come my way recently. If anyone has any innovative and historically successful programs for exposing middle school students to healthcare careers that you would be willing to share, please do let me know by the end of the day on Friday, January 20.
Have a great week, and I hope that all of you who are writing AHEC grants are doing well and that you had a chance to take some down time over the break.
2. Special Offer for Healthcare Professionals from the Duke AHEC
3. Upcoming A-TrACC Trainings:
AHEC Project for Veterans/Service Members & Families Mental & Behavioral Health
4. Register for this FREE
See schedule for dates/locations. Workshop times are 4 hours in the afternoon of day 1 and 4 hours in the morning of day 2. To register, e-mail the contact person for the workshop you wish to attend. One workshop is being held in each of HRSA's 10 Regions. You can attend the workshop in any region, not just your own.
This project is enabling AHECs to improve behavioral health services for a significantly underserved population—returning veterans/service members and their families.
The TTT is for AHEC Center and Program staff. AHECs may invite and bring staff from organizations they regularly partner with to provide CE, but each CE completed through this project must be offered as an AHEC continuing education program.
In the TTT workshops, you will learn how to use provided and online curriculum and resources to develop continuing education offerings for civilian healthcare professionals who treat or want to treat service members, veterans and their families in an environment that is safe and culturally sensitive.
You will learn:
Centers sending staff to a TTT workshop are eligible to receive a minimum of $500 to support providing Veterans Behavioral/Mental Health CE offerings in their service area. Centers participating will be eligible to receive additional funds upon completing at least one CE offering and submitting required documentation by August 1, 2012.
An extensive assessment has identified 16 geographic regions nationwide that have a high need for continuing education on this topic. Centers serving those regions have been contacted individually to ensure that that need is met.
This project is supported by HRSA Contract No. HHSH250200900063C/0004 to the National AHEC Organization - 09/30/2011.
5. Call for Applications: Participate in the Healthy Weight Collaborative (Phase Two)
7. Looking for Your AHEC Stories: Deadline for Abstracts is January 20, 2012
The theme of this year's report is “AHEC's Response to the Changing Healthcare Landscape.” Highlight innovative processes, new methods for data collection and reporting, or share how federal stimulus funds have enabled your AHEC to continue providing essential services. If your AHEC's abstract is accepted, you will be asked to provide a 300-word article and photo (or graph) within a two-week period. E-mail abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, January 20, 2012.
To submit an item, please click here. Deadline: Thursdays, noon CST.