1. From the Executive Director's Office
The new NAO 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.
As you all know, the HRSA Grantee Technical Assistance A-TrACC (AHEC-Training and Consultation Center) is conducting the Train-the-Trainer workshops for the Behavioral/Mental
Health of Veterans/Service Members & Families throughout the country and conducting monthly webinars regarding Veterans' health issues. One way in which we all can help get
the word out is to share the attached press release and release suggestions, authored by Carol Trono, ATrACC Program Manager from the Texas AHEC/University of Texas Medical Branch.
The ATrACC Program is but one of NAO's national programs, and, given that enhancing NAO's national programs is one of the four core initiatives born of the new strategic plan, I thought it would make sense to list the current national programs NAO is engaged with as a reference. These will be posted to the NAO website soon should you need additional information.
Finally, the NAO Board has recently completed a survey (The Brief Leadership Team Assessment) to determine board effectiveness from both a group and individual perspective. The NAO Executive Committee and the "Culture Change" group will be meeting this week to discuss results and develop a strategy and work-plan for addressing the survey results, with an overall goal of making the NAO board as effective and impactful as possible. I am very excited about this initiative and believe that it will help NAO move along a process of continuous improvement. I will be sure to report periodic updates from this group as it evolves.
Have a great week and I hope everyone is close to finishing their AHEC Proposals. Good luck in wrapping them up!
2. Online Call for Presentations: Deadline Extended to Feb. 5, 2012
The conference theme for 2012 is AHECs in the Changing Healthcare Landscape. The goals of the conference are: 1) to provide practical skills and information to implement or improve AHEC-sponsored programs; 2) to enhance the professional development of AHEC directors, staff, and board members; and 3) to enable participants to develop new approaches that advance the AHEC mission.
Proposals are to be submitted online this year. Please click here to access the online submission system.
3. Upcoming A-TrACC Trainings
2012 Performance Measures
4. Reminder: National AHEC Organization Award Nominations
The NAO Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for the NAO Awards for Excellence, which will be presented at the 2012 National AHEC Workshop in San Antonio.
At each of the bi-annual national workshops, the National AHEC Organization recognizes projects and individuals that epitomize the AHEC spirit of excellence in five major categories:
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.
The deadline for nominations is March 14, 2012.
For further information about the 2012 NAO AHEC Awards, please contact either of the Awards Committee co-chairs:
5. Take Note: Content for Next Monday Update Due Wednesday, Feb. 1 by Noon CST
6. Academic & Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health March 22-23, Atlanta, Georgia
Tuition is $400 for attendees and $200 for presenters. A $50 late fee will apply if registered after February 15. Tuition includes breakfast and lunch both days. Continuing education credits will be offered.
Additional information can be found on the conference website.
To submit an item, please click here. Deadline: Thursdays, noon CST.