1. Message from the President
It is my pleasure to greet you as your new President of the National AHEC Organization. I look forward to working on the many challenges and opportunities facing us this year.
Thanks to the work of your Board of Directors, Executive Director, and Committee Leadership, we are positioned well with a strong Strategic Plan guiding us to accomplish our mission. Over the past year we focused on Branding, Shared Vision, Culture of Evaluation and Learning, and National Programs as our priority areas.
We were successful in the completion of activities that developed a new brand and resulted in the creation of a new vision statement. This year we will continue working to increase our presence in the area of National Programs and adopting a Culture of Evaluation and Learning. In addition, the Board has agreed to put forth significant energy on Advocacy, Funding, Collaboration, and Capacity Building as our priority areas.
With your help, it is also my intent to strengthen the NAO network through the development and incorporation of a diversity agenda that will enhance the work we do around the country on behalf of students, health professionals, and medically underserved communities.
Please know that only with your help and support will we be able to continue to move the NAO network towards our vision as stated below.
"Our vision is that the AHEC network is the national leader in developing a highly competent and diverse health care workforce for underserved populations."
I am very hopeful that I will see many of you at our Fall Conference.
Yours in progress,
2. NAO Fall Meeting October 31-November 2, 2012: Don't Forget to Secure Rooms by October 4!
The planned agenda includes presentations by the new HRSA leadership team on AHECs working with various bureaus in HHS, updates on performance measures, and Primary Care initiatives. There will be plenary speakers and panels addressing Inter Professional Education, Diversity in the Health Professions, and AHEC Sustainability. You will hear from NAO Leadership on Board activities and the Washington Update on legislative work. There will be over 2 hours of constituency group meetings, NAO Committee meetings, and opportunities for individual technical assistance.
We need every center director and program director "joining forces" at this meeting, for the solid future of our AHEC network!!
To secure rooms in the NAO room block, hotel reservations must be made before October 4 to receive the group rate of $169/night, as well as to make sure we have adequate meeting space. The National AHEC Organization leadership strongly encourages you to register soon, as prices will increase after the October 4 deadline. Availability is limited, so make your reservations now.
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3. From the Executive Director's Desk
I've been traveling quite a bit the last few weeks, and have had a number of productive conversations with Congressional members, NAO partners, and potential funders. In meetings in Washington, D.C. with House and Senate members of the Labor-HHS Appropriations Sub-Committee, I continued to press the point that the AHEC Program needs to funded at $33 million for FY13, and that the work AHECs do throughout country is vital to the health of the nation. I will be traveling a bit more to Washington in the coming weeks to meet with additional Congressional Members to ensure that the AHEC Program is a key priority area as we move into the new year. We'll all need to keep pushing on our Congressional members to ensure AHEC is on the right track. As I was told in D.C. recently, any Federal program that is still around in this economic and political environment has 2 things going for it: 1) It is a strong and effective program; and 2) it has a significant degree of support. It is essential that we never let support for the AHEC Program wane—meaning we all must regularly connect with our Congressional delegation and keep them informed of AHEC activities, successes and impact.
I've also had the opportunity to speak with a number of organizations that are or may become partners. As I describe the skills, the capacity, and the great work that AHECs are doing every day in every corner of the country, there is great interest in learning more and seeing how collaborative relationships can expand or develop. I've also started some initial conversations with possible funders, so stay tuned and I'll keep you all informed as we move forward. Please do let me know if you have any questions or ideas!
Congratulations to the University of Minnesota AHEC Program
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Have a great week and looking forward to seeing you in a few weeks!
4. Call for Articles: 1st Draft Article Submission is due October 31, 2012
The Editorial Board is looking for articles that address these and other questions:
Articles on related topics, such as individual and institutional success stories relating to innovative education programs, strategic planning processes with educational partners, and effective evaluation solutions, are welcomed.
Please submit drafts, photos and accompanying materials to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Refer to the NAO website for Journal submission guidelines
Submission Cover Sheet must be included with the article.
5. Children's Health Webinar Thursday, October 11, 2012
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.
To submit an item, please click here. Deadline: Thursdays, noon CST.