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NAO Update
March 12, 2012

1. From the Executive Director's Office

AHEC FY13 Advocacy Efforts
I am on my way to Washington this week to meet with the Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee members to make the case that the AHEC Program should be funded at the FY11 level of $33.142 million in FY13. I am looking forward to these meetings and am so very pleased that many of you have been calling your Congressional delegations to highlight the value and importance of the AHEC program (as well as sharing the outcome of the calls with me!). Because of your initial efforts—which need to continue—it will be easy for me to reference that AHECs throughout the country are reaching out and making the case that our network improves health by leading the nation in the recruitment, training and retention of a diverse health workforce for underserved communities. The full-court press must continue, and I know by now everyone understands that we all have to make our case for AHEC funding by March 20th—the House deadline—and by March 29th, which is the Senate deadline.

Many, many thanks to the Center Director and the Program Director Constituency Leadership Teams, the NAO state advocacy leaders, and those AHEC Program and Center staff in states with Congressional members on the L-HHS Appropriations Committee (House and Senate) for making extra calls and sending out additional e-mail reminders that complement the NAO E-Alerts—which you'll see again this week into next. An integrated, coordinated and multi-tiered/comprehensive approach is the only way that we'll be successful in getting our funding restored; thanks for the extra effort and please keep it up!

Have a great week and I look forward to sharing the outcome of my meetings on the Hill with you all.


2. Upcoming A-TrACC Trainings

AHEC Project for Veterans/Service Members & Families Mental & Behavioral Health
Veterans Mental Health – TA Webinar 209T-A: Substance Abuse Among Veteran Populations
Presenters Jason Yates, P-LCSW, CCS, Director, Caring Services Inc; and Carlos Graham, LCSW, Combat Veterans' Readjustment Counselor/Substance Abuse Social Worker, will discuss issues and circumstances that contribute to substance abuse among veteran populations and how health professionals can help. Yates is participating courtesy of Duke University Dept. of Psychiatry with approval from the Duke AHEC Director, Dr. Marvin Swartz.
Register: March 15, 3:00 PM Eastern

2012 Performance Measures
A-TrACC Webinar 217T-A&B. A-TrACC Field Guide Suggestions: Collecting and Reporting Health Careers Promotion & Preparation (HCPP) Activities for BHPr Performance Measures led by Mary Wainwright, A-TrACC Project Director, and Gretchen Forsell, A-TrACC Project Manager.
Register: March 28, Noon Eastern
Register: March 29, 3 pm Eastern (repeat session)

3. Have You Nominated Your Center for an AHEC Award?
Don't wait any longer to nominate your AHEC for one of the AHEC Center Awards for Excellence, which will be given at the NAO Conference in San Antonio this summer. Nominate one of your health careers programs that has had a particularly powerful impact on recruiting students into health careers. Consider nominating a community-based student experience developed by your AHEC in collaboration with an academic partner to provide health science students with a unique community experience. These and other opportunities are available to centers, and the application process is easy. Simply click on the links below and complete the short application to nominate your center for one of these prestigious awards.

Questions? Contact Tom Bacon or Suzanne Matthew, Awards Committee Co-Chairs, if you have an idea but aren't sure if it is worthy of an award nomination.
Suzanne Matthew (WI)
Awards Committee Co-Chair

Tom Bacon (NC)
Awards Committee Co-Chair

4. Allegiance Corps Qualifications are Due April 6, 2012
Northwestern Connecticut AHEC is requesting qualifications from AHECs 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.

The AHEC Program is 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.

Please use the following link to learn more about this opportunity and how to submit a proposal.


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.

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