NAO Update
November 19, 2012

1. From the President's Desk
It is unfortunate that we were not able to meet in Virginia for our fall meeting. Please know that your NAO Executive Committee, Executive Director, and Board continues to work on your behalf. We are in agreement that as we move forward with our Strategic Plan Priorities for this year, it is important that we strengthen our foundation through the development of a Diversity Committee. This ad hoc committee will develop a Diversity Agenda for the NAO, inclusive of ethnic, geographic, and health profession diversity. Its members will identify diversity initiatives, key organizations to collaborate with, and seek potential funding opportunities to support this work.

Thereby Board members have already expressed interest in working on this committee. We need YOUR input. I know the talent pool is huge among our AHEC programs and centers, and I am calling on you to get involved with this new initiative.

Please e-mail me and I will get you to the table.

Thank you for your continued support.

Mary J. Mitchell

2. From the Executive Director's Desk
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all have a wonderful and relaxing holiday this week. I always look forward to Thanksgiving. It's one of my favorite holidays and full of tradition: A road or cross-country race in the morning, a fantastic meal with family and friends, a football game or two (and a nap!), and a movie in the evening with leftovers makes for a perfect day for me. I'm in Arizona all this week visiting and celebrating with family, though will be available as much as possible. I give you all my deep thanks and gratitude for everything you do in advancing the work of NAO and the AHEC Program. We have an incredible national program that—everyday—impacts health care and healthcare access as we continue to lead the nation in the recruitment, training and retention of a diverse health workforce for underserved communities. Happy Thanksgiving, and my best to you and your families.

As PPACA (The Affordable Care Act) implementation continues, the Kaiser Family Foundation website is a good source of information (thanks to Mary Craig from the Erie-Niagara AHEC in NY for sharing the link) to use to stay up-to-date. There is a great deal of information and a number of interactive features, and I've used it quite a bit in the last week; this is important for us. Here's the site--I think it's worth a look:

Phase II of the A-TrACC Veteran's Mental Health Initiative
Phase II of the A-TrACC Veteran's Mental Health Initiative kicked off last week. I hope many of you were able to participate in one of the two offered webinars. There is much to do over the next year, and I hope we have excellent AHEC participation. I'm very excited about the activities and trainings planned for the year, and I hope that you are as well! Clearly, the national need for provider training has not changed.

Congratulations to Dr. Carol Giffin-Jeansonne, Executive Director of the Western Colorado AHEC, for a very successful and impactful summit to support Veterans' health in Grand Junction, CO a few weeks ago. Click here to see a short video and news report that describes the summit in detail.


  • "The Safety Net Medical Home Initiative" has a good deal of new information on their website, particularly as it relates to health team care and health team roles. There are webinars available to download and listen to, as well as a good deal of print information. Please take a look at some of the new information and resources by clicking here.
  • For those of you wanting additional information regarding PTSD, the VA has a good resource through the "About Face" project. Please take a look by clicking here.
  • The Defense and Veteran's Brain Injury Center has a winter webinar series (thanks to the folks at the Western Washington AHEC for letting me know) entitled "Hot Topics in Traumatic Brain Injury". Click here to see it.

Have a great week and Thanksgiving Holiday. Catch you next week!


3. Hurry! 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

Please click here to see the tables.

4. Don't Forget: 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

5. NHSC Students to Service Loan Repayment Program Now Open: Application Deadline: December 13, 2012

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S LRP) application cycle is now open and accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2013. The purpose of the S2S LRP is to provide loan repayment assistance to medical students (DO and MD) in their last year of school, in exchange for a commitment to provide culturally competent primary healthcare services in eligible health professional shortage areas (HPSAs) of greatest need. The NHSC is seeking applicants who have an interest in serving communities with limited access to health care and in providing care through their initial service commitment and beyond.

A complete online application must be submitted by 5:00 PM ET on December 13, 2012. Please note: All supporting documentation for the application must be uploaded before an individual can submit a complete application package. The NHSC will not accept documentation by fax or mail.

Click here for more info. Click here for frequently asked questions.

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.

©National AHEC Organization | 7044 S. 13th Street, Oak Creek, WI 53154 | 414-908-4953 x131|
Executive Director Rob Trachtenberg | 414-908-4953 |

To submit an item, please click here. Deadline: Thursdays, noon CST.

NAO Resources
Links to new resources and information:

NAO Home Page |Upcoming NAO Meetings and Conferences |Committees
NAO Board |Membership Information |Contact Us