NAO Update
November 12, 2012

1. From the Executive Director's Desk
Now that the election is over and President Obama has been re-elected, it will soon be time to ramp up our national advocacy efforts as Congress tackles sequestration—or the 'fiscal cliff'—which refers to a $600 billion cluster of automatic spending cuts and tax hikes, all coming together at year's end. The NAO Public Policy Leadership team is gearing up to provide alerts and information to you and it will be very important that we all weigh in once we've finalized our talking points so as to ensure that the AHEC Program does not get cut. Additionally, as a result of the election, the PPACA (Affordable Care Act) is now here to stay and we will be monitoring any implications for AHECs in the coming months and years. Please stay tuned and please do let me know if you have any questions.

Congratulations to Andy Fosmire, and the Rural Health Projects/Northwest AHEC in Enid, Oklahoma for celebrating 20 years of helping rural and under-served communities address the recruiting, training and retaining doctors and health-care professionals challenge for rural communities throughout northwest OK! Click here for a link to the article in the Enid News from November. Well done, Andy!

White House Meeting: Educating and Training Clinicians for a Transforming Delivery System
A few weeks ago—as I mentioned here—I was privileged to attend a meeting at the White House with partner organizations and with members of the Obama Administration to discuss the transformation of education and training for healthcare professionals. I recently received a number of documents that were shared by meeting participants, and I'd like to share them with you. Below is a list of resources from our colleagues, and I will make sure they are all posted on the NAO website. Please let me know if you have any questions.

From Bob Phillips at ABFM:
-Summary of ABFM response to the discussion questions
-Article on Title VII
-Recent IOM Study of Primary Care-Public Health Integration

From Jeff Gold, University of Toledo Medical Center:
-White Paper: The Future of Health Science Education

From Hank Chaudhry, Federation of State Medical Boards:
-"A Census of Actively Licensed Physicians in the United States," Journal of Medical Evaluation
-A Model Act to Regulate the Practice of Medicine Across State Lines (FSMB, 1996)
-"Maintenance of Licensure: Supporting a Physician's Commitment to Lifelong-Learning," Annals of Internal Medicine
-Brief Background on the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE)

From Daisy Smith, American College of Physicians
-High Value Cost Conscious Care Curriculum

From Sue Estroff and Alex Blum; Behavioral & Social Science Consortium for Medical Education
-Responses to the Discussion Questions from the 16 Consortium Member Medical Schools

Papers mentioned during the discussion:
-"Transformation of Health Care at the Front Line" – Conway, Clancy; JAMA Feb 2009
-"Engaging Physicians and Leveraging Professionalism - A Key to Success for Quality Measurement and Improvement" – Conway, Cassel; JAMA 2012
-"Effective Team-Based Care, Core Principles and Values" – IOM, 2012

Have a great week and stay tuned for further information regarding the re-scheduling of the NAO Fall Conference for Spring 2013.


2. NAO Disburses $175,000 to Support VMH CE
93 AHEC centers recently received checks for fulfilling their agreements with NAO to offer, evaluate and report on CEs provided through the AHEC Veterans Mental Health Project.

A-TrACC is very pleased that the final amount of financial support was almost triple what was estimated in the MOU. It is our sincere hope that centers view the additional funds as "seed money" to support future trainings on this topic. HRSA is continuing to fund the project this contract year, although at a lower level than last year. All centers that sign an MOU to participate this year will receive modest additional support next September—at least $500 and maybe a little more. There are no restrictions on the use of these funds.

The Goal of the AHEC Veterans Mental Health Project is to provide CE to 10,000 healthcare professionals by September 2013. We have reached over 3,500 so far.

This project has garnered national attention for AHECs and spurred new collaborations at all levels—statewide, regionally and nationally. This is an opportunity for programs and centers to show stakeholders that our network can mobilize to address national issues efficiently and effectively. Your continued work will make the difference in meeting the national goal! All AHECs should be making a visible contribution to this project.

3. A-TrACC Wants to Hear From You and Needs Your Input
A-TrACC Wants to Hear From You
If you think your AHEC (Center or Program) does a particularly good job with using data (especially your HRSA Performance Measures report data) to evaluate your program effectiveness and/or inform stakeholders, please share. Send descriptions of your examples to

A-TrACC Needs Your Input
Are you interested in looking at the HRSA Performance Measures and other data to discuss strategies that can create the greatest value in telling your AHEC story? If so, email us at

4. Be Part of the A-TrACC Veterans Mental Health Project
Webinar for New Participants: Find Out How to Enlist on November 14 at 3 pm EST
A-TrACC's new contract provides a second chance for centers that did not attend a Train-the-Trainer Workshop or provide Vets Mental Health CE last year to sign on, get basic training, and qualify for funds to support CE efforts this year. All AHECs should be part of this project that is garnering national attention and spurring new collaborations at all levels – statewide, regionally and nationally. Now is the time to visibly make a contribution!

Register: Wednesday November 14, 3:00-4:00 pm Eastern - VMH Webinar 302T-A: Phase II for New Recruits

Webinar for Current Participants: Re-Enlist Now to Continue Providing Vets Mental Health CE. Webinar on November 15 at 3 pm EST
A-TrACC's new contract provides more opportunities and funds to help your Center reach its goal of training 100+ providers by September 2013 so AHECs can demonstrate their ability to reach 10,000. Continue to be part of this high profile project. THANK YOU for visibly making a contribution!

Register: Thursday November 15, 3:00-4:00 pm Eastern - VMH Webinar 302T-B: Phase II for Re-Enlisting Centers

For more information contact

5. Don't Forget: CORE Needs Reports by Nov. 20, 2012
The NAO Committee on Outcomes, Research and Evaluation (CORE) would like to remind all programs to send in a PDF copy of their 2012 BHPr Performance Report, along with the NAO Core critical data tables. We would like to thank you in advance for sharing your data. It truly helps us understand and share the impact AHECs have at the national level. Please send all data to by Nov 20.

For more information about these documents, please contact CORE co-chairs:
Steve Boulanger,, South Carolina AHEC
Mindy Bateman,, Crossroads Utah AHEC

6. HRSA Needs Your Feedback by Nov. 16
HRSA is asking for a prioritized list of feedback on the 2012 performance measures by November 16. CORE would like to encourage anyone with suggestions or comments to participate. We would also appreciate if you could share your feedback with CORE ( any feedback on the 2012 NAO CORE Suggestions document. We're hoping to get a better understanding of what types of problems people had this year to see if CORE can help address them in time for 2013.

We would also like to remind folks that our AHEC Branch staff are always looking for new topics for their monthly webinars. If you have any ideas, please let Meseret Bezuneh know (

7. Reminder: AHRQ Announces PCOR Pathway to Independence Award Funding Opportunity
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released its fiscal year (FY) 2013 funding opportunity for its Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Pathway to Independence Award Program. Authorized by Section 937(e) of the Public Health Service Act, which was enacted by Section 6301(b) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) (P.L. 111-148), this program aims to increase and maintain a strong cohort of new and talented AHRQ-supported independent investigators trained in comparative effectiveness methods to conduct PCOR. The PCOR Pathway to Independence Award Program is designed to facilitate a timely transition from a junior non-tenure track faculty or a postdoctoral research position (or their equivalents) to a stable independent research career. Specifically, the program targets investigators early in their careers to support their development in new sophisticated and methodological comparative effectiveness research skills, interdisciplinary perspectives, and capabilities in PCOR. Letters of Intent due November 19, 2012; Applications due December 17, 2012.

To ensure adequate time for the registration process, AACOM recommends that potential applicants proceed to register immediately by clicking here and here. If you do not complete the registration process, you will be unable to submit an application. Additionally, letters of intent (LOI) are due November 19, 2012, and must be submitted electronically to

8. Come to the Knowledge for Equity Conference, Nov. 13-14 in Silver Spring, MD
CCPH is cosponsoring the National Conference on Using Data to Promote Health Equity and Address Disparities. The conference aims to help community-based organizations to better use data and other sources of knowledge to promote health equity and address health disparities. For more information and to register, visit

9. Reminder: Late Applications Considered for 2nd National Community Partner Forum on Community-Engaged Health Disparities Research, Dec. 5-7 in Washington, D.C.
Join community partners from across the U.S. who seek to deepen their knowledge and skills in community-engaged research and advance an agenda for equity in how health research is funded, conducted and used. Applications to attend are being considered on a space-available basis. For more information, including the call for applications, click here. Skill-building workshops include:

  • Covering the Basics of Developing Community-Institutional Research Partnerships & Conducting Community-Based Participatory Research: What Community Partners Need to Know
  • Demystifying The Process of Applying for and Managing Federal Research Grants: Practical Strategies for Success
  • Making the Leap to the National Leadership Level: Preparing to Serve on Federal Advisory Committees & Grant Review Panels
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Developing a Community IRB or Community Research Review Board
  • Moving from Knowledge to Action: Ensuring Research Findings are Disseminated and Used

10. Hurry! NASW Call for Proposals Concerning National Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families Due Nov. 16, 2012
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has issued a call for proposals (due November 16, 2012) for journal article authors and/or online continuing education courses related to veterans, service members, and their families that will be made available, for free, to all social workers across the Nation and provide them with continuing education credits. All proposals must be submitted by social workers with an MSW or BSW. The original deadline was Nov. 2 and many proposals were already submitted, but the deadline has been extended to Fri., Nov. 16 due to Hurricane Sandy. Veterans Mental Health Training Initiative Advisory Committee and training faculty, as many of you, would be well suited for this project. Others of you may have recommendations for potential authors/trainers. Click here for details.

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