NAO Update
July 31, 2012

1. From the Executive Director's San Antonio Desk

I'm in San Antonio and the 2012 NAO Conference is just getting into high gear, with the NAO board meeting yesterday and the pre-conference sessions and the new director orientation presently occurring. I'm looking forward to this afternoon's committee meetings, poster session viewing and judging, and, of course, the Opening Ceremonies! I know the week's sessions, keynotes, and special events will be outstanding!

If you're with us here in San Antonio, I look forward to catching up with you, and if you're not, we miss you and hope to see you soon!

Have a great week!


2. Veterans Mental Health Project SPOTLIGHT!
Noreen Moderalli, Center Director, Eastern Ohio AHEC, Youngstown, has the following VMH experience to share.

Eastern Ohio AHEC presented "The Returning Veteran: Not Your Typical Patient" on July 11, 2012. Sixty-four health professionals attended the workshop including the Municipal Judge who presides over the Youngstown Veterans Treatment Court. The evening began with the Color Guard from the Vienna Air Base. Captain Scott Allen sang the National Anthem. Former Marine Sgt. Robert Eggleston and CWO Emiliano DeLeon, who Robert served under, conducted the Boots On The Ground segment. Keynote speakers from the Louis Stokes Cleveland Medical VA Center were Dr. Ronald Riechers presenting current TBI protocol; Dr. Padin-Rivera speaking on PTSD, and Pat Hall presenting TRICARE and VA information.

Share your plans, activities, and successes in the Monday Update. Send a 100-word or less description of what you are doing to Attach supporting materials or include links to online resources. These will be featured in the Monday Update on a regular basis.

3. Next Veterans Mental Health Webinar on August 7
A-TrACC TA Webinar 213T-A. The Story of War & Warriors & Rural Mental Health: Community Partnerships and Technology Vital to Rural Health led by Harold Kudler, MD, Mid-Atlantic Veterans Health Care Network Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center, Duke University Medical Center.

Register: August 7, 3:00 PM Eastern

4. Final Veterans Mental Health Reporting Forms Available: Send Us Your Data Now!
The final evaluation and reporting forms and guidelines for the A-TrACC Project for the Behavioral/Mental Health of Veterans/Service Members & Families are now available on the A-TrACC website or in the A-TrACC Vets Mental Health Resource Room. Reports must be submitted on the spreadsheet provided. For this fiscal year, all reports are due by August 30, 2012. If you cannot meet this deadline, contact Gretchen Forsell at ASAP.

Complete a separate spreadsheet for each CE event. If you have already used previous versions of these materials, that is fine. Report what you have in the respective areas of the spreadsheet, and contact us with questions. Thank you for your participation in this project. We will be providing more TA and support in FY 2013, so keep up the good work!

5. Field Guide Now Available: July 2012
The July 2012 edition of the A-TrACC Field Guide Suggestions for Collecting and Reporting HRSA BHPr Performance Measures can now be downloaded from our website and the Adobe Connect Resource Room. This Field Guide was created by A-TrACC to foster data collection from the perspective of AHEC center staff. The sample forms and associated guidelines gather all field data needed from participants, students and AHEC staff to meet the requirements of the current BHPr Performance Measures. AHEC Centers and Programs are free to adapt and use these forms to meet their specific needs. Their use is not required by HRSA. For more information contact A-TrACC at

For guidance regarding performance measure requirements, tables and definitions, contact your HRSA Project Officer or refer to the current version of the Performance Report for Grants and Cooperative Agreements manual posted on the HRSA website at

6. Improving Children's Health Through Federal Collaboration Learning Opportunity Thursday, August 9, 2012

Topic: Children's Environmental Health Research
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM ET (2:00 PM – 3:30 PM MT)

The EPA and NIEHS Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers Program ("Children's Centers") was established in 1998 to explore ways to reduce children's health risks from environmental factors. The long-range goals of the program include understanding how environmental factors affect children's health and promoting translation of basic research findings into intervention and prevention methods to prevent adverse health outcomes. This session will share current research and discuss how the Children's Centers foster research collaborations among basic, clinical, and behavioral scientists with engagement and participation from local communities.

To register, click here.

7. K-20 Promising Practices Database
For some time now, you have been asking for a way to share ideas and replicate successful K-20 initiatives with other members. The Education Committee is very pleased to offer a way for all of us to do exactly that. We would like you to share your Center or Program initiatives for elementary, middle school, high school, or college/university students. Specifically, we would like to publish programs that focus on youth recruitment into health careers, health promotion and wellness activities, or enrichment programs in sciences, math or more, and workforce development certification programs in the public health or health careers pipeline. Please click here and enter your information. You will also see an option to search the database as well if you would like to view other AHECs' information. If you have any questions or concerns, please direct them to our Education Committee Co-chairs, Mary Craig at, or Gloria Pressley McGruder at


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