NAO Update
June 25, 2012

1. From the Executive Director's Office

Advocacy and FY13 AHEC Funding
Thank you all again for your recent efforts in reaching out to your Senators regarding AHEC funding in the FY13 Federal budget. As soon as the House Labor-HHS Sub-Committee on Appropriations determines a date for their mark-up, we'll let you all know and, as such, we will need another huge effort in our push to get AHEC funded in the House Bill. As I mentioned last week—and I think it bears repeating: Getting our program funded in the current economic and political climate comes down to a member-driven process. Only we can make it happen! You all have seen what we can do in terms of AHEC funding in the recent past; we'll need to do it again and again and again.

Advocacy, regular outreach, and communication to Congressional members while both in home districts and in Washington, D.C., plus a sharp focus on the Federal budgeting process, need to be a part of every AHEC's core activities. NAO has an incredibly skilled Public Policy and Advocacy Leadership Team which works tirelessly on behalf of our national network. They provide strategic direction and guidance, and pay extremely close attention to what's happening on the Hill. Their leadership and your consistent communication with your elected officials well positions the AHEC Program to be funded now and into the future. Keep up the great work, and let me know how I can help or what questions I can answer. Please continue to send me updates regarding your communication with your Congressional Delegation if you like. Keep the pressure on!

A number of months ago, I sent out my Skype name for folks who wanted to meet using this form of communication. While I haven't "Skyped" with too many people, I do find it to be an effective tool, and would like to use it more. My Skype name is robert.trachtenberg1. If you're interested, please connect!

NAO Website Launch
The launch of the new NAO website is right around the corner! I've had the chance to review it a number of times and it looks fantastic. The NAO Communications Committee and TEI—NAO's association management company—have done an extraordinary job in developing the new public "face" of NAO. Please make every effort to check the old site for outdated Program and Center contact information and send any corrections to Paul Rossmann at TEI as soon as you can. Stay tuned for a more formal announcement regarding the release of our new website!

New Family Medicine Clinic in Shreveport, LA
Congratulations to Susan Moreland, CEO/Executive Director, and the staff of the North Louisiana AHEC as they prepare to cut the ribbon of the new University Family Medicine Clinic at Provenance in Shreveport, LA on June 28, 2012. I know Susan, her staff, and their partners have worked straight-out for months on getting this new family medicine clinic up and running. The Clinic Project is a collaboration of Louisiana State University Health Shreveport, Department of Family Medicine, and North Louisiana AHEC (NLAHEC). Congratulations, Susan and NLAHEC!

Have a great week, and as a reminder, I'll be away from June 22 to July 4. I will be back in my office on July 5. Enjoy the first few weeks of summer, and have a great Fourth of July!

2. Have You Organized Your "Gift Basket" Donation 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!
Lisa Littlejohn, Education Specialist for the Charlotte NC AHEC, shared this information on their upcoming Veterans Mental Health CE program. Check out the flyer by clicking here. The goal of this program is to bring general awareness to the behavioral, mental health, and family dynamic issues that surround veterans, service members and their families. This educational offering seeks to help participants understand military culture and the hierarchy, recognize the behavioral and mental health needs of service members returning from combat, explain the importance as to why civilian providers must ASK THE QUESTION, and discuss TRICARE insurance and how to become a provider. Active duty service members, TRICARE representatives, and Dr. Harold Kudler (Durham, VA) are scheduled as guest speakers.

Share your plans, activities, and successes in Monday Update. Send a 100-word or less description 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 – June 27 Webinar
A-TrACC TA Webinar 220T-A. Tools for Uploading Data to the BHPr Electronic Handbook. Led by AHEC Branch Chief Lou Coccodrilli and staff members Meseret Bezuneh and Michelle Menser with Yvonne Ferguson, BHPr Office of Workforce Policy and Mgmt. They will share and review Excel spreadsheets developed by HRSA to assist in compiling and reporting BHPr performance measures.
Register: June 27, Noon Eastern

5. 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.

6. Early-Bird Registration for the NAO Conference Has Been Extended to June 29!
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.

7. Interactive Conference Call June 26
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.

8. Reminder: 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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