NAO Update
May 29, 2012

1. From the Executive Director's Office

FY13 AHEC Funding Advocacy Action Alert
An action alert will be coming out shortly to you all, as the Senate is preparing to begin the budgeting process for FY13 in early June. The House has yet to set a date to begin budget deliberations. We will need—as in the recent past—our state advocacy leaders to mobilize AHEC staff, board members, students, and community partners to call and e-mail Congressional members in support of AHEC funding for FY13. Stay tuned for more specific messaging information, and please do let me know if you have any questions regarding the Congressional budgeting process for FY13.

Branding Infographic
The NAO Branding Ad-Hoc Committee has developed an infographic for your use. Click here to see it. It's a terrific one-pager that clearly demonstrates the AHEC Network's impact on the "recruitment, training and retention of a diverse health workforce for underserved communities.” Please share the infographic widely!

Social Enterprise (SE) Model for Sustainability
As was mentioned in last week's Monday Update, the SE Initiative provides a number of important tools and strategies to help engage Centers and Programs in adopting a social entrepreneurship approach. There are currently 19 people signed up for the pre-conference SE session in San Antonio, so if you are interested in learning more, please register as soon as you can!

Interpreter Training to Prevent Medical Errors
Congratulations to Dallice Joyner, Executive Director of the Northern Virginia AHEC, for mention of her Center's work in training medical interpreters on May 22, 2012 in "Shots," which is NPR's Health Blog. You can access the blog by clicking here. Well done!

NAO San Antonio Conference
Registration is open for the NAO Conference this summer in San Antonio; please click here to register. The Conference Planning Committee, Chaired by Sally Henry, Executive Director of the Centennial AHEC in Greeley, CO, and Anne Maynard, Program Director of the University of South Florida AHEC, has done an incredible job in putting together what promises to be an excellent conference. It's hard to believe the conference is only 2 months away; register now and I'll see you in San Antonio!

Have a terrific week and I hope you all had an enjoyable Memorial Day Holiday.


2. Upcoming A-TrACC Trainings

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

Vets Mental Health Train-The-Trainer 5-Hour Workshop to be Held During the NAO Conference – Last Chance!
Come experience the training that over 200 AHEC staff from more than 130 Centers have already attended. Learn how to organize CE for civilian healthcare providers on the behavioral/mental health issues of veterans and service members. By attending, your center can participate in the nationwide AHEC commitment to the A-TrACC Veterans Mental Health Project; however, you will not be eligible to receive the additional financial assistance offered earlier this year to those attending the 10 regional workshops.

Tues. July 31 from 1:45 to 5:45 pm & Wed. Aug. 1 from 8:45 to 9:45 am – NAO National Conference, San Antonio, TX

  • Participants MUST attend all Sessions
  • Separate Pre-Registration is Required
  • Email to sign up
  • For more information click here.

3. Improving Children's Health through Federal Collaboration: Healthy Homes Webinar June 14, 2012
Join us on Thursday, June 14, 2012
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM EST (2:00 PM – 3:30 PM MST)
For more details click here.
To register visit here.

4. 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.

5. Reminder: Allegiance Corps Request For Qualifications
Intent to Apply Due Date Was May 25, 2012
RFQ Due Date is 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.

6. Don't Forget: 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 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.

7. Take Advantage of 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

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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