NAO Update
June 4, 2012

1. From the Executive Director's Office

NAO FY13 Funding & Advocacy Effort
As you saw last week, four action alerts went out asking that ALL AHEC Programs and Centers contact their Senators to REQUEST THAT THEY SUPPORT FUNDING FOR THE AHEC PROGRAM AT A LEVEL OF $33.14 MILLION FOR FY13. It is imperative that everyone call before the June 12th mark-up date by the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services and Education (L-HHS) Appropriations Subcommittee. Please make every effort to call, and do let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Health Workforce News
Sandra Pope, Director of the West Virginia AHEC, was interviewed in the May 2012 Health Workforce Information Center's newsletter, Health Workforce News. It's a terrific interview and can be found here. Please take a look, and congratulations Sandra!

NAO National Programs Call
The second call of the NAO's discussion of National Programs will be held on Thursday, June 7 from 4-5pm EST. The call in number is 1-877-366-0711 followed by 12040274#. We will pick up where left off from the first call and finalize a plan to expand NAO's nation programs. Those who were on the call should have received the meeting minutes. If you were not on the first call and want to participate on the second call, please join us. If you'd like the meeting minutes, please let me know as well.

NAO San Antonio Conference
Only 2 months until the NAO conference in San Antonio! Be sure to register and book your hotel room soon! The pre-conference sessions are getting filled up fast, breakout sessions look fantastic, and we have superb keynote speakers. You do not want to miss the 2012 NAO Conference; register now! See YOU there!

Have an excellent week!


2. Looking for "Gift Basket" Donations for the 2012 NAO San Antonio Conference
The Membership Committee is putting out a Call to all AHECs planning to attend the NAO 2012 San Antonio Conference in July. As we have done in the past, we are asking AHEC Centers and/or Programs to provide a small "gift basket" of some sort to be provided as door prizes throughout the conference (no more than $50 please). Be creative and fun—make the gift reflect something about your state or region. It could be something as small as a gift certificate (though it would need to be one that could be used by someone from any other state) or something larger. We do want to respect the fact that airlines now charge for extra bags and extra weight—so your gift should be a "packable" size (both for you in transporting the gift and for the person who wins your gift). This is always a fun part of the conference, so think "out of the box" here. If you are planning to bring a gift, please e-mail Sharon Womak (, Membership Committee co-chair, so we can keep a running list of how many items we will have. If you wish to ship the gift basket directly to the hotel, please contact Paul Rossmann or Karen Olsen at NAO Headquarters for directions.

3. Upcoming A-TrACC Trainings

AHEC Project for Veterans/Service Members & Families Mental & Behavioral Health
Veterans Mental Health – TA Webinar 212T-A: Suicide and the Military: Gaining Ground in the Battle.
Presenter Jodi Flick, LCSW, Clinical Assistant Professor, Family and Children's Resource Program, Jordan Institute for Families, School of Social Work, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Flick has over 30 years' experience in crisis intervention and facilitates a Survivors of Suicide Loss support group.
Register: June 5, 3:00 PM Eastern

Vets Mental Health Train-The-Trainer 5-Hour Workshop to be Held During the NAO Conference – Last Chance!
Come experience the training that over 200 AHEC staff from more than 130 Centers have already attended. Learn how to organize CE for civilian healthcare providers on the behavioral/mental health issues of veterans and service members. By attending, your center can participate in the nationwide AHEC commitment to the A-TrACC Veterans Mental Health Project; however, you will not be eligible to receive the additional financial assistance offered earlier this year to those attending the 10 regional workshops.

Tues., July 31 from 1:45 to 5:45 pm & Wed., Aug. 1 from 8:45 to 9:45 am – NAO National Conference, San Antonio, TX

  • Participants MUST attend all Sessions
  • Separate Pre-Registration is Required
  • Email to Sign Up
  • For more Information Click Here.

4. Attention AHEC Center Directors: Vote for the CDCG Leadership Team Now!
It's time to vote for new members for the Center Director Constituency Group (CDCG) Leadership Team. 5 of the 8 Leadership Team positions will be vacant at the end of June. In accordance with CDCG guidelines, an electronic election is being conducted to fill the vacant seats.

If you did not receive an e-mail last week from Tricia Harrity, CDCG Chairperson, announcing the CDCG Leadership Team election, please send her an e-mail and she will send you the nominations/biographical sketches for the 11 nominees; reach her at

Once you review the nominations and bios, you can vote for 5 of the 11 candidates. The ballot is due to Tricia no later than June 12, 2012.

CDCG Leadership Team Slate of Nominees

_____Christina Mathis, Center Director
Gulf Coast North AHEC (FL)

_____Dallice Joyner, Center Director
Northern VA AHEC

_____Joel Davidson, Center Director
South Central WI AHEC

_____Kathy Suvia, Center Director
Northern CA AHEC

_____Kelly Cheek, Center Director
Big Country AHEC (TX)

____ Lisa Benzel, Center Director
South Central MT AHEC

____ Martha McCabe, Center Director
Scenic Rivers AHEC (WI)

____ Mary Ross, Center Director
North East IN AHEC

____ Noreen Moderalli, Center Director
Eastern OH AHEC

____ Tommy Sweat, Center Director
Panhandle AHEC (TX)

The announcement of results of new CDCG Leadership Team members will take place at the NAO meeting in San Antonio.

5. What Every Healthcare Professional Needs to Know About Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Distance Learning Opportunity June 21, 2012
12 pm (noon) until 1 pm EST. MS is a chronic and often disabling disease affecting more than 400,000 people in the U.S., yet many healthcare providers do not know much about this disease. Jeffrey B. English, MD, of the Multiple Sclerosis Center of Atlanta, will present a variety of information about this disease. Click here to learn more and to register.

6. Reminder: Improving Children's Health through Federal Collaboration: Healthy Homes Webinar June 14, 2012
Join us on Thursday, June 14, 2012
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM EST (2:00 PM – 3:30 PM MST)
For more details click here.
To register visit here.

7. See You Soon in San Antonio! Don't Forget to Register for This Conference
The conference will take place July 29-August 2, 2012. Historic San Antonio, TX is the setting for our conference. Don't forget to mark your calendars for this exciting event. There will be plenty of networking opportunities and informative speakers on a variety of topics that will impact your center or program. This year's theme is: AHECs in the Changing Healthcare Landscape. Please go here or go to and look for the link

8. Reminder: Allegiance Corps Request For Qualifications
Intent to Apply Due Date Was May 25, 2012
RFQ Due Date is June 22, 2012
Northwestern Connecticut AHEC is requesting qualifications from AHECs (Program Offices and Centers) 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.

Members of the National AHEC Organization are 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.

You can access the Allegiance Corps RFQ at the following web address:
Thank you for your consideration of the Allegiance Corps Program.

9. Don't Forget: HHS Partnership Health Care Conference Calls
The HHS Partnership Center continues to host a series of interactive conference calls discussing the benefits and provisions of the health care law, the Affordable Care Act.

All calls are open to the public and include a question and answer session where you can ask HHS staff any questions you may have about the health care reform law. We also encourage you to submit questions you would like to have answered on the calls to

To participate in one of the conference calls, please select the date below and submit the necessary information. Call-in information will be made available 24 hours in advance.
June 26th at 2:00 pm ET – The Health Care Law 101 in Spanish: A presentation on the main provisions in the Affordable Care Act and how to access care in Spanish.

10. Let's Share Initiatives: Enter Your Info into the 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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