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NAO Update
March 26, 2012

1. From the Executive Director's Office  

AHEC FY13 Funding
Thank you all for your repeated calls and e-mails to your Congressional Offices regarding AHEC funding for FY13. Our message is getting through, we're making our collective voice heard, and we are getting stronger as a network. The Senate deadline for funding requests is this Thursday, March 29, so it is essential that you and your colleagues, board members, students, etc., CONTACT (CALL AND E-MAIL) YOUR TWO SENATORS AND REQUEST THAT THEY RECOMMEND FUNDING FOR THE AHEC PROGRAM IN THEIR FY13 BUDGET REQUESTS AT THE FY11 LEVEL OF $33.142 MILLION. I know you all have been doing this regularly over the past few weeks, but we are approaching the deadline and it is vital that everyone makes their final-push calls! As Paul Tergat, the great Kenyan runner and an inspiration to me, once said: "Ask yourself: 'Can I give more?'. The answer is usually: 'Yes'.". I think his words align very well with what we are trying to accomplish!

In my Congressional visits two weeks ago, the prevailing message regarding restoration of AHEC funds in the FY13 budget was that "IT IS A MEMBER-DRIVEN PROCESS" that drives funding requests, and it was fabulous to walk into a Congressional Member's office and hear that the AHEC from that state had made multiple calls and had sent programmatic material in advance of my visit. That means it takes everyone making a few more calls and sending a couple more e-mails this week. Thanks so much. As soon as I hear anything regarding the FY13 budget out of the House or Senate, I will let you know. It could be a couple of months, though I will provide regular updates as I get them.

Senator Pryor Comment Regarding the AHEC Program 
Senator Mark Pryor (AR) makes some complimentary remarks regarding the AHEC Program during Secretary Sebelius's testimony regarding the FY13 HHS Budget. It's worth a look. Please click here and go to 80:56 in the webcast.

Rural Assistance Center 
This could be a good resource: On the Rural Assistance Center web page there is a resource that allows you to input data and it shows the economic impact. It may be helpful to centers and programs. Some of you may use this already, though it appears to be a good tool that may enhance AHEC's ability to gauge the economic impact of our program. I'm eager to hear your thoughts. Click here to get to this resource.

Have a great week and keep making those calls to your Senators! Let me know how I can help and do not hesitate to call or e-mail me (I mean it!).


2. Plan on Attending the NAO Conference Jul. 29-Aug. 2, 2012
Lovely San Antonio, TX is the setting for our conference. Mark your calendars for this exciting event, which will be chock-full 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. Stay tuned for more details.   

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. Improving Children's Health through Federal Collaboration: Communities Working Together for Better Health Session April 12, 2012
` Time: 4:00-5:30pm EST. This session will highlight projects where communities are working collaboratively with local, state and federal stakeholders to create healthier environments where children can live, learn and play. These community-based projects and programs focus on geographically, politically, demographically and/or socially defined areas. Learn about resources available for project assistance, funding, outreach, training, education, and capacity-building. Click here for details.


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