NAO Update
May 21, 2012

1. NAO Business/Membership Meeting Tuesday, July 31: Please Plan on Attending
8:15 to 9:30 a.m.
Marriott Rivercenter, San Antonio, TX

All attendees from AHEC Centers and AHEC Programs are invited to attend the NAO Business/Membership Meeting at the "AHECs in the Changing Healthcare Landscape" conference. The agenda will feature updates on NAO initiatives during the past year, committee reports (Awards, Communications, CORE, Conference Planning, Editorial Board, Education, Finance, Fund Development, Membership, Nominating, and Public Policy), constituency group reports, Executive Director and Bylaws revisions. This is a great opportunity to learn more about NAO and where your talents can contribute to NAO activities.

2. From the Executive Director's Office

NAO Social Enterprise Pilot Report and Update
I was in Burlington, Vermont very briefly last week to meet with Richard Merchant, executive director of the Northern (NY) AHEC to be comprehensively (and individually tutored!!) trained in the SE Model and to strategize next steps in the NAO Social Enterprise Initiative. As you know, Richard recently conducted five excellent trainings with AHECs throughout the country as part of Phase II of the project. The full report of Phase II can be found here. There are currently 15 people signed up for the Social Enterprise Pre-Conference Session at the NAO San Antonio conference. If you are interested in learning more, please register for the pre-conference session. The SE Initiative provides a number of important tools and strategies to help engage Centers and Programs in adopting a social entrepreneurship approach. Please take a look at the report and consider getting more involved with SE. With Federal and state funding variable and under constant pressure, employing a SE model to diversify funding streams and build capacity may make great sense.

Health IT Workforce Online Training Opportunities
The HITECH Act authorized the creation of educational programs to train a highly skilled workforce to implement and maintain electronic health record systems (EHR/EMRs) in physician offices, rural health centers, and hospitals. Since September of 2010, the Community College Consortia has graduated over 10,000 professionals (with either healthcare and/or IT backgrounds). Over 70 community colleges are providing cross-training to both IT and healthcare professionals as the federal mandate for transitioning to electronic health records continues. If your Center or Program is doing work in EHR/EMRs—or you wish to get involved—you can learn more by clicking here and here.

Veterans' Health Issues
The First Lady's Joining Forces Initiative continues to grow and the opportunities for NAO and AHEC Programs and Centers to engage in Veterans' health initiatives are wide and variable. Please take a look at the NAO Joining Forces Commitments. I encourage you all to consider what your Program or Center can do to advance and call attention to the critical health issues facing Veterans and their family members. Click here for details.

Many AHECs are creating "Save the Date" announcements and putting brochures together from CE events planned by those who attended an A-TrACC Veterans' Mental and Behavioral Health "Train-The Trainer" Workshop. There seems to be quite a bit of momentum! Here are some for your review: North Carolina, Missouri, Texas, and Iowa. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas!

Have a terrific week!

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: June 5, 3:00 PM Eastern

4. Let the 2011 NAO Annual Report and 2012 NAO Brochure Help You Tell the Story
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. Please Register 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.

6. Reminder: Allegiance Corps Request For Qualifications
Intent to Apply Due Date: May 25, 2012
RFQ Due Date: June 22, 2012

Northwestern Connecticut AHEC is requesting qualifications from AHECs (Program Offices and Centers) 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.

Members of the National AHEC Organization are 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.

You can access the Allegiance Corps RFQ at the following web address:

Thank you for your consideration of the Allegiance Corps Program.

7. Open to the Public: HHS Partnership Health Care Conference Calls
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 your preferred date from the list below and submit the necessary information. Call-in information will be made available 24 hours in advance.

May 22nd 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.

May 30th at 2:00 pm ET – The Health Care Law and Home and Community-Based Services: A discussion of the new home and community-based services that are now available as a result of the health care law, the Affordable Care Act. The new Community First Choice Option will be discussed. Speakers are from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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. 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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