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NAO Update
January 9, 2012

1. From the Executive Director's Office
Well, things have picked up in 2012 right where they left off when 2011 ended, and things have been busy and exciting! This week I'll be in Washington, DC with Carol Giffin-Jeansonne, where we'll be representing NAO at the Joining Forces Roundtable discussion. As you may know, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden are leading 'Joining Forces,' which is a "national initiative that mobilizes all sectors of the society to give our service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned."

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.


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3. Upcoming A-TrACC Trainings:

Program Evaluation
A-TrACC Online Discussion 206D-A. Sharing AHEC Logic Models.
TODAY! - January 9, 3 PM ET
Toll Free: 1-800-857-5166
Participants Code: 2828788#
Moderated by A-TrACC Project Director Mary Wainwright with contributors Elyse Perweiler, Director, New Jersey AHEC Program; and Terrell Zollinger, Professor, Dept. of Public Health & Assoc. Director, Bowen Research Center, Indiana University School of Medicine.

AHEC Project for Veterans/Service Members & Families Mental & Behavioral Health
Veterans Mental Health – TA Webinar 207T-A: Assessment & Treatment of Combat PTSD.
January 26, 3 PM ET
Register: )
Toll Free: 1-800-857-5166
Participants Code: 2828788#
Lieutenant Commander Erin Simmons, PhD, will discuss signs and symptoms of combat PTSD, the incidence of PTSD in veterans/service members deployed since 09/2001, and assessment measures for practitioners to use in making referrals to behavioral health specialists. Simmons is a clinical psychologist in the US Navy who has served two tours of duty in Iraq and was recently appointed Junior Psychologist for the Year.

4. Register for this FREE Train-The-Trainer Workshop
AHEC center and program staff are invited to attend a FREE 8-hour Train-The-Trainer (TTT) Workshop to 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.

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:

  • the importance of military culture to providing care to service members, veterans and their families so that you are more competent and confident in explaining the topic.
  • the signs and symptoms of PTSD and TBI.
  • about deployment issues and the various stages.
  • how to use resources available to connect with Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), National Guard, TRICARE, and/or military posts/bases and other potential partners.
  • how to organize training in your local AHEC service area.

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.





Region 1


13-14 Mar

Lisa Fletcher

Region 2


28-29 Feb

Mary Craig

Region 3


21-22 Feb

Jeanne Bromwell

Region 4


24-25 Jan

Christina Mathis

Region 5


22-23 Mar

Atara Young

Region 6


13-14 Mar

Kristen McAndrews

Region 7


10-11 Jan

Sarah Cunningham

Region 8


6-7 Mar

Jordan Ingram

Region 9

Los Angeles

21-22 Feb

Andrea Porter

Region 10


22-23 Mar

Patty Petersen

5. Call for Applications: Participate in the Healthy Weight Collaborative (Phase Two)
A Call for Applications is being made for community teams to participate in Phase Two of the Healthy Weight Collaborative, a national quality improvement effort to test and spread evidence-based and promising interventions to prevent and treat obesity. The Call for Applications may be found by clicking here. Click here for even more details.

6. Safety Net Medical Home Initiative Webinars
NAO members, consider examining the Webinars and other resources on several Change Concepts that are available on the Safety Net Medical Home Initiative's website. A variety of topics will be covered.

7. Looking for Your AHEC Stories: Deadline for Abstracts is January 20, 2012
The National AHEC Organization is compiling data and stories for the 2011 Annual Report, which gets published in 2012. This annual publication highlights the wide range of programs that AHEC provides the current and future healthcare workforce. Interested in having your AHEC's success story included in the 2011 edition? Develop a 50-word abstracting touting one of the services your AHEC provides:

  1. Health Careers Promotion/Preparation; P-16+ Pipeline
  2. Health Professions Students/Residents Training; Community-Based Education
  3. Health Professionals Recruitment and Retention; Practice Entry and Support
  4. Continuing Education
  5. Health Literacy/Promotion
  6. Health and Community Development
  7. Healthcare Workforce Planning and Assessment

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 by Friday, January 20, 2012.

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