NAO Update
June 11, 2012

1. From the Executive Director's Office

FY13 Funding and NAO Advocacy
Thank you all for your calls and e-mails to your Senators encouraging their support of AHEC funding in FY13. The Senate Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee is scheduled to begin marking up their bill tomorrow—June 12—with the House tentatively scheduled for their mark-up on June 20 or June 27. We will have additional NAO Action Alerts coming out to remind NAO advocacy leaders to rally their AHEC partners, staff, board members, and students to make calls as soon as we have a definitive date for the House mark-up. I will be in Washington tomorrow and Wednesday meeting with Administration staff at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)—which builds on our meeting with OMB last month—as well as with members of the Senate and House L-HHS Appropriations Committee making the case for AHEC funding for FY13 at the FY11 level ($33.14 million). I will report the outcome of those meetings in next week's Monday Update. 

From our Partners at AHRQ: Free Diabetes Education "Videonovela" Available in Spanish
The Federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is pleased to announce Aprende a vivir, a free videonovela to help Spanish-speaking people with type 2 diabetes adhere to medication, dietary, and exercise instructions. Using telenovela-style drama, combined with humor, Aprende a vivir tells the story of Don Felipe, head of the Jiménez family, and his health problems caused by poor management of his type 2 diabetes. The videonovela and accompanying patient literature on diabetes and related conditions are available here and on AHRQ's Spanish-language Facebook page. AHECs and others interested in showing Aprende a vivir for patient education use can order the DVDs and up to 100 copies of each of the five patient pamphlets listed on the websites at no charge. For orders or information, contact

Congratulations to the MassAHEC Program
Congratulations to the MassAHEC Program for their award from the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care for their work in building a robust, skilled medical interpreter training program! You can read the press release here.Well done!

NAO San Antonio Conference
Only 48 days until the conference—that's less than 7 weeks! Make sure you register for the conference and book your hotel room as soon as possible! A cool new feature that you can use to see what sessions are available and to manage and schedule your time while in San Antonio is a dedicated conference website available here. You can customize your settings, as well as utilize a social media platform to keep in touch with colleagues and friends during the conference. Please take a look—and for those of you who are doing presentations, you can see how many AHECers will be attending your session as people sign up. 

If you are undecided as to attend or not, please consider this: The biennial NAO Conference is THE primary opportunity for all AHECers from all over the country and the territories—directors, staff, board members, partners—to work, learn, and play together, which in turn helps to strengthen our national network. As we expand national programs, increase partnerships, and continue our excellent work towards meeting our mission(s)—local and national—and long-term goals, it's vital that we be as strong and and inter-connected as possible. I look forward to seeing you soon!

Have a great week and keep making those calls to your Senators in support of AHEC Funding in FY13! Our message needs to be loud and clear!


2. Reminder: 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. Veterans Mental Health Project Spotlight
Share your plans, activities, and successes in the Monday Update. Momentum is growing and AHECs nationwide are rolling out their CE programs. According to our unofficial count, 12 have been offered already and more than 60 are planned for this summer. 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.

4. Upcoming A-TrACC Trainings

HRSA Performance Measures 2012
A-TrACC TA Webinar 220T-A. Tools for Uploading Data to the BHPr Electronic Handbook. AHEC Branch Chief Lou Coccodrilli and staff members Meseret Bezuneh and Michelle Menser will share and review Excel spreadsheets developed by HRSA to assist in BHPr reporting.
Register: June 27, Noon 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
  • E-mail to sign up
  • For more information click here.

5. Medical Education Futures (MEFS) Newsletter Possibly a Valuable Read for You
MEFS produces a newsletter that covers a variety of topics that may be of interest to you, including policymakers supporting primary care, doctor shortages, rural healthcare, attracting medical students to primary care, and more. For more information on MEFS, please visit the newly updated MEFS website. To sign up for the newsletter, click here.

6. Reminder: AHEC Center Directors Should 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.

7. Learn about Multiple Sclerosis (MS) 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.

8. Webinar on Improving Children's Health through Federal Collaboration: Healthy Homes, 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.

9. Have You Registered Yet? 
The NAO 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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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