NAO Update
October 8, 2012

1. From the Executive Director's Desk

Don't Seek Happiness
Ironically, if you want to be happier, don't seek happiness. Instead share your strengths and decide to work with passion and purpose and happiness will find you. The research shows that people are most energized when they are using their strengths for a bigger purpose beyond themselves. Whatever your job, decide to bring passion to it and find purpose in it. I've met bus drivers, mortgage brokers, janitors, and fast-food employees who are more passionate about their jobs and happier than some professional athletes making millions of dollars. Every job will get mundane and "old" if you let it, but purpose and passion keep it fresh and make you happier.

I saw the statement above a few weeks ago and it deeply resonated for me. I thought I would share it, as I know everyone who works within NAO and the AHEC network brings great energy to their work. However, we all know it can be hard to keep the purpose and passion firing on all cylinders all the time, particularly in an always-tough economic and political environment. This statement seemed to reinforce for me so much of what we all do every single day to transform health care throughout the country, and I think it's worth the occasional simple reminder—certainly it is for me—to keep the passion and purpose out front. I'd be curious to hear your thoughts on how you stay energized and focused too!

Congratulations to the Hawaii AHEC Program
Congratulations to the Hawaii AHEC Program and Dr. Kelley Withy for launching a new program to attract doctors and nurses to under-served areas by offering to help them pay off their medical school loans. Please take a look at the article and video; this looks like a great program! Click here.

AAMC Joining Forces Wellness Week to Recognize Military, Veteran Health
A week-long initiative to increase awareness of the unique health and wellness challenges faced by the military, veterans, and their families will be held Nov. 12–16. The AAMC will sponsor a Webinar series focused on a variety of military-related activities, including cultural competence, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and health issues of women Veterans. The AAMC encourages Joining Forces-participating institutions to host their own local educational events, and has developed a communications toolkit to assist participants in conducting outreach and raising awareness in their local communities. To learn more, visit here or contact Anita Navarro at Additionally, NAO is seeking ways in which to further collaborate with AAMC regarding Veterans' health issues. As details are finalized, I'll share them in a near-future Monday Update.

NAO CORE Marketplace
The NAO CORE Data Marketplace is live! Please click here to get more information. We are hoping to keep populating the marketplace with additional data tools. Please take a look. Many thanks to the "charter member" AHECs for providing their data systems and many thanks as well to the NAO Committee on Research and Evaluation (CORE) for successfully launching this project!

NAO 2012 Fall Conference
I know you've seen a lot of reminders regarding the 2012 NAO Fall Conference. Here's one more: Please make EVERY EFFORT to attend! This is an extremely important conference, one with many opportunities to dialogue with colleagues, hear from our partners at HRSA, and learn from invited guests and one another. I hope to see you there. As a bonus, early-bird registration has been extended to October 11; register now by clicking here!

Have a great week and keep those passion and purpose fires burning!

2. Request for Proposals for A-TrACC Continuing Education Certification Packet
A-TrACC has issued a request for proposals to facilitate the accreditation of continuing education (CE) curriculum used in trainings for the A-TrACC Veterans Mental Health Project. This request seeks an appropriate CE accrediting organization to provide national level certification of one 4-hour and one 1-hour CE program developed by A-TrACC with standardized content and learning objectives matched to that content. This would be done via one application completed by the National AHEC Organization that would certify all of the potential content with 3 global learning objectives. For a copy of the RFP, email The RFP submission deadline is October 15, 2012. Date of anticipated award is October 22, 2012.

3. Children's Health Webinar Thursday, October 11, 2012
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM MT (3:00 PM – 4:30 PM ET)
To register, click here. More than 12 million children in the U.S. (including infants, toddlers, and pre-schoolers ages 3 to 5) spend a significant portion of their days in childcare settings. In this webinar you will learn about major environmental health issues in childcare settings and resources to promote and maintain environmental health; the National Health and Safety Performance Standards for Early Care and Education Settings; and Healthy Child Care America, a collaborative effort of health professionals and childcare providers working to improve the early education and health and safety of children in out-of-home child care. You will also learn about many resources for helping develop healthier learning environments and more effective caregivers in childcare centers and family childcare homes across the country. Click here for details.

4. HRSA Announces Preventive Medicine and Public Health Training Grant Program Funding Opportunity

TA Call October 16 at 2:00 PM ET; Applications due November 28, 2012
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To ensure adequate time for the registration process, AACOM recommends that potential applicants proceed to register immediately at and also at If you do not complete the registration process, you will be unable to submit an application.

(October 4, 2012) The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently released its fiscal year (FY) 2013 funding opportunity for its Preventive Medicine and Public Health Training Grant Program. Authorized by Title VII, Section 768 of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, 42 U.S.C. 295c, as amended by Section 10501(m)(1) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) (P.L. 111-148), this program aims to increase the number of preventive medicine physicians and promote greater access to population-based health care. Grant funds may be used to plan, develop (including the development of curricula), operate or participate in an accredited residency or internship program in preventive medicine and public health; defray the costs of practicum experiences, as required in such a program; and establish, maintain, or improve academic administrative units in preventive medicine and public health or programs that improve clinical teaching in preventive medicine and public health.

A technical assistance (TA) call will be held as follows:

October 16, 2012
Time: 2:00 PM ET
Toll-Free Number: 888-946-7211
Participant Code: 1679415
To join the meeting via Adobe Connect, visit

Application deadline is November 28, 2012.

Instructions on how to register, tutorials and FAQs are available on the website at Assistance is also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (excluding Federal holidays) from the help desk at or by phone at 1-800-518-4726. Applicants should ensure that all passwords and registration are current well in advance of the deadline.


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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