NAO Update
October 15, 2012

1. From the Executive Director's Desk
I'll be in Washington, D.C. all day tomorrow to continue meeting with members of the House Labor-HHS Subcommittee on Appropriations to discuss the AHEC Program and AHEC funding for FY13 and beyond. I'll report on my meetings in next week's Monday Update. As we move deeper into the program year, having a consistent presence with Legislators is vitally important. Please continue to meet with your Legislative Delegation in your home state while Congress is on recess.

I have been trying to find the time to plan a one-hour call for all AHEC state advocacy leaders, but time has been slipping by very quickly! I will make sure that this call gets planned very soon. If you work in an AHEC Program or Center in New Mexico, Maine, Tennessee or Virginia, and have an interest in public policy and advocacy, please let me know as soon as you can. We need advocacy leaders from every state! Stay tuned for more information.

Young Invincibles
I've had some recent conversations with an organization called Young Invincibles which is is a non-profit, non-partisan organization in Washington, D.C. that grew out of the healthcare reform debate in 2009. They seek to amplify the voices of young Americans and expand economic opportunity for the 18-35-year-old demographic. Young Invincibles is looking for partners to co-host trainings across the country this fall and next spring. These train-the-trainer events seek to include healthcare stakeholders at the state and local level who engage young adults in their individual communities on getting healthcare coverage. I am aware that there was AHEC representation at a recent training in Texas. Click here to see their information if you are interested in learning more or participating.

Fall NAO Conference
Only two short weeks until the NAO Fall Conference in Crystal City, VA. If you are not registered, please do so soon! The agenda is all wrapped up, and this conference promises to be highly interactive and very productive. I am looking forward to seeing YOU there! Register now by clicking here!

Have a great week and see many of you in a couple of weeks!


2. Field Guide Revisited – Webinar 301T-A, Tuesday, October 23 at 1 pm Eastern
With the 2012 Performance Report completed, now is a good time to revisit the A-TrACC Field Guide Suggestions for Collecting and Reporting HRSA BHPr Performance Measures. Join us for A-TrACC Webinar 301T-A presented by the A-TrACC team: Mary Wainwright, Gretchen Forsell and Carol Trono. Download the Field Guide from the A-TrACC website or the Adobe Connect Resource Room. This Field Guide fosters data collection from the perspective of AHEC center staff. The sample forms and associated guidelines gather all data needed to meet current BHPr Performance Measures. Phone lines will be open for questions and sharing; however, to preserve audio quality all participants must mute their phones when not engaged in the discussion. The A-TrACC team will also be available to provide individual TA during the Fall NAO Meeting October 31-November 2.

Register Now: Tuesday, October 23, 1:00 – 2:00 PM Eastern

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