1. From the Executive Director's Desk
Washington, D.C. Report
In most cases, the Congressional Members I visited with had heard from their state AHEC Program Office and Centers at least once, and, in a few cases, multiple times. It is enormously helpful that this practice continue. For the Members I visited last week, I was able to get some very specific programmatic information that made the visits quite meaningful and connected the national AHEC program to the local level. Thanks very much to those AHECs that sent me information and anecdotes. We'll keep that practice going forward, and, of course, it only underlines again the vitally important role regular outreach and advocacy plays in keeping the AHEC Program visible to appropriators.
Beyond my meetings on the Hill, I was privileged to represent NAO and attend the roundtable discussion: Education and Training for a Transformed Delivery System on October 18 at the White House. The roundtable included remarks from Cecelia Munoz, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council; Mary Wakefield, Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA); and Dr. Patrick Conway, Chief Medical Officer and Director of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality at CMS. Dr. Nancy Nielsen, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of HHS, was joined by Dr. Victor Dzau from Duke University to moderate the discussion. Closing remarks were made by Elizabeth Fowler, PhD, JD, who is the Special Assistant to the President for Healthcare and Economic Policy at the National Economic Council.
Three basic questions were considered by the group of 45 or so healthcare thought leaders during the three-hour discussion:
The dialogue was rich and networking opportunities were good, as well. The themes that emerged from the opening remarks are something that we—collectively, the AHEC Network—need to discuss. What was laid out for priority areas in the opening remarks—in light of many PPACA provisions coming into play in the next few years—will likely influence the direction of AHECs and NAO. Themes from the discussion include the need for enhanced Interprofessional Education initiatives, a greater emphasis on quality improvement, greater diversity in the health professions, a stronger link between primary care and public health, and increased efficiency within the healthcare system. I will keep you all posted as to how this group and the dialogue progress.
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HHS posted the press release for Corps Community Day. This press release announces HRSA's field strength for FY 2012, as well as FY 2012 NHSC funding. The press release also links to the Fact Sheet with info on the FY 2012 awards. In addition, you may enjoy reading Secretary Sebelius' blog.
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2. Healthy People 2020: Comments Encouraged
The proposed new objective reads: "Increase the proportion of academic health centers with health professions education programs whose prevention curricula include interprofessional educational experiences."
No previous Healthy People publication has made reference to interprofessional education, and prevention provides an excellent way for students from different health professions disciplines to learn how to work together to improve the health of populations. As we look to the future, prevention and population health will become increasingly more important in the delivery of healthcare services, and our nation's AHEC system can play a valuable role in advancing interprofessional education with a focus on prevention.
Please take a couple of minutes and add your words of support for the addition of this new objective to Healthy People 2020 by registering/logging on to the Healthy People website. Click here for info on Objective ECBP-17.
The public comment period runs to November 2. Please show your support by writing comments and encouraging your colleagues to do the same.
3. Call for Articles: 1st Draft Article Submission is due October 31, 2012
The next edition of the Journal of the National AHEC Organization will focus on collaborative education and training strategies to improve the quality of and access to care for underserved communities. With budget cuts a constant threat, the need to collaborate with community organizations, educational partners, workforce investment boards, and state/national programs is critical. AHECs historically have been immersed in communities linking them to educational institutions and other training programs.
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 email@example.com.
Refer to the NAO website for Journal submission guidelines
Submission Cover Sheet must be included with the article.
4. Field Guide Revisited – Webinar 301T-A, Tuesday, October 23 at 1 pm Eastern
Webinar for New Participants: Find Out How to Enlist on November 14 at 3 pm EST
Webinar for Current Participants: Re-Enlist Now to Continue Providing Vets Mental Health CE. Webinar on November 15 at 3 pm EST
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.