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NAO Update
March 19, 2012

1. From the Executive Director's Office

AHEC FY13 Advocacy Efforts
I had a very productive few days in Washington last week meeting with the Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee members and other supportive Congressional members making the case that the AHEC Program should be funded at the FY11 level of $33.142 million in FY13. Because of your efforts—which need to continue—it was quite 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. Remember: AHEC Stands for Jobs.

I went into many Congressional offices—about 23 or 24 altogether—and repeatedly heard that AHEC Program and Center staff had made multiple calls to their Congressional Delegations in advance of my visit. The coordinated advocacy effort is paying off and needs to continue! 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—tomorrow, the House deadline—and by March 29th, which is the Senate deadline. The only solution—as I heard many times during my visits—was that member participation (i.e., calls and e-mails) are the key for AHEC to be reinstated into the FY13 Federal Budget.

Many, many thanks to all who made extra calls and sent out additional e-mail reminders that complement the NAO E-Alerts, which conclude this week. 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!

Rob

2. AHEC Awards: Deadline Extended Until March 30
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
715-849-2432
smatthew@nahec-wi.org

Tom Bacon (NC)
Awards Committee Co-Chair
919-966-8981
tom_bacon@med.unc.edu

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
715-849-2432
smatthew@nahec-wi.org

Tom Bacon (NC)
Awards Committee Co-Chair
919-966-8981
tom_bacon@med.unc.edu

3. Upcoming A-TrACC Trainings

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)

AHEC Project for Veterans/Service Members & Families Mental & Behavioral Health
Veterans Mental Health – TA Webinar 210T-A: TRICARE 101
Presenter Brian W. Corlett, Market Manager, Camp Lejeune Market, Health Net Federal Services, will explain this health care program and how civilian health professionals can become TRICARE providers. TRICARE serves over 9 million active duty and retired military and their families. Register: April 3, 2:00 PM Eastern
Register: April 3, 2:00 PM Eastern

4. Reminder: 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. www.nwctahec.org

 

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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Executive Director Rob Trachtenberg | 414-908-4953 | rtrachtenberg@nationalahec.org

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