NAO Update
May 7, 2012

1. From the Executive Director's Office

Washington, D.C. Advocacy
Tomorrow I'll be in Washington, D.C. with NAO Board President Mary Sienkiewicz (New York State AHEC System), President-Elect Mary Mitchell (Manhattan-Staten Island AHEC), and Immediate Past-President Andy Fosmire (Rural Health Projects/NwAHEC), where we'll be meeting with staff from the Office of Management and Budget and then with HRSA Administrator Dr. Mary Wakefield to discuss AHEC outcomes and initiatives that are highly aligned with HRSA strategic priorities, as well as discuss AHEC Program effectiveness and impact. We are looking forward to highlighting the depth and breadth of AHEC activities throughout the country, as well as sharing the impact of our recruitment, retention and continuing education programs in underserved rural and urban areas. Additionally, we'll be discussing cross linkages with other HRSA programs, the effectiveness and capacity of our network to conduct national-scope projects, and a number of NAO's and AHEC's collaborative partnerships. I will report back here the outcome of our meetings.

Primary Care and Public Health Integration
Please click here to take a look at this document that came out of an Institute of Medicine-led committee that looked at ways in which effective primary care and public health integration might occur with collaboration occurring between the CDC and HRSA. I have been in contact recently with Dr. Lloyd Michener—one of the committee leaders—and HRSA staff assigned to this project to discuss potential NAO and AHEC involvement in this initiative, which was very favorably received. I have been invited to attend a meeting this summer in Washington, where community-engaged research will be discussed as part of the Primary Care and Public Health Integration initiative. Please let me know your thoughts on the report or how you think the AHEC network might become further involved.

Roots of Health Inequity Project
Here's a fascinating resource and free course that might be of interest. The Roots of Health Inequity Project is a course that provides an online learning environment from which to explore root causes of inequity in the distribution of disease, illness, and death. Funded by the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health, its audience is primarily the local public health workforce. It seeks to ground participants in the concepts and strategies that could lead to effective action. Given NAO's and AHEC's increasing interest and activity in public health initiatives, you may find it useful; simply click here to learn more. I'd be interested in hearing your experiences and feedback with the course.

NAO Annual Report and Brochure
I hope you all have had a chance to take a look at the excellent 2011 NAO Annual Report and Brochure. Marty Schaller, Chair of the NAO Communications Committee, along with the committee members, did an outstanding job on both documents! I shared the annual report and the brochure with some folks who are not overly familiar with the AHEC program and their feedback was positive and highly complimentary, particularly regarding how clear each document is in terms of AHEC activities ("I really get it now—the pipeline graphic makes great sense") and how broad and impactful our national network is ("wow—AHECs do all that!?"). Please share widely! Click here to get the order form.

Have a terrific week!

2. Join Us in San Antonio, TX for the NAO Conference in San Antonio 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.

3. Upcoming A-TrACC Trainings

Health Careers Promotion and Preparation (HCPP)
A-TrACC TA Webinar 219T-A: Examples of Successful Tracking Strategies for Health Careers Preparation and Promotion Students.
Presenters Ida Castro, VP Community Engagement & Equity, Commonwealth Medical College; Lourdes Rivera, Evaluation Specialist, UC San Diego; and Stephanie Taylor, Executive Director of the West Central Missouri AHEC will share their tracking strategies and how they document outcomes.
Register: May 23, 3:00 PM Eastern

AHEC Project for Veterans/Service Members & Families Mental & Behavioral Health
Veterans Mental Health – TA Webinar 212T-A: Suicide and the Military: Gaining Ground in the Battle.
Presenter Jodi Flick, LCSW, Clinical Assistant Professor, Family and Children's Resource Program, Jordan Institute for Families, School of Social Work, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Flick has over 30 years experience in crisis intervention and facilitates a Survivors of Suicide Loss support group.
Register: June5, 3:00 PM Eastern

4. Don't Forget to Order the 2011 NAO Annual Report and 2012 NAO Brochure
Order your copies of the new NAO Annual Report and updated NAO Brochure. The theme for this year's annual report is “AHEC's Response to the Changing Healthcare Landscape.” The NAO Brochure includes updates for statistics that surround the AHEC “pipeline” graphic. Click here to get to the order form.

5. 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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