NAO Update
September 10, 2012

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1. From the Executive Director's Desk
On The Hill
I'll be in Washington later this week meeting with House and Senate Members of the Labor-HHS Subcommittee on Appropriations to discuss AHEC funding for FY13 ad to reinforce the messages you all have sent regarding the importance of funding for your state AHEC Program. I'll be meeting with some of NAO's organizational partners if time permits, as well. Additionally, I'll have a better sense-which I'll share \with you-as to when it makes sense for us to activate the advocacy network for FY13 funding. As you all know by now, it will take another huge effort to ensure that AHEC is in the budget for next year.

From the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust
The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, a private foundation focused on healthcare issues in North Carolina, is now accepting applications for the "Innovations in Rural Health Award."
We are looking for original, innovative solutions to drive health improvement in rural communities. Up to three winners will receive a $25,000 New Rural Award for their creative and inspiring ideas. Entries can be submitted until October 31, 2012. Any individual or organization across the U.S. is invited to participate. We encourage you to think big and help us identify exciting approaches that will work to address health challenges in rural areas. Download the "Call for Submissions" to learn more.

We are also pleased to announce our National Review Committee for the Award. Visit our website to learn more about the Committee members. If you have questions about the Award, please contact Program Associate Delvon Worthy at

NAO Fall Conference 10/30-11/2
The National AHEC Organization's Fall Conference will be held October 30 (Board Meeting only) until November 2 at the Sheraton Crystal City Arlington, VA. This meeting is designed for center directors and program directors to connect with colleagues and learn about any changes regarding the AHEC Program, as well as professional development and opportunities for collaboration and partnership. The planned agenda includes presentations by the HRSA leadership team for the AHEC Program, updates on performance measures, and Primary Care initiatives. There will be some interesting 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 you will get a "Washington Update." There will be over two 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! Please keep an eye on the NAO website for registration information.

I hope you all had an enjoyable Labor Day holiday last week and are easily transitioning into Autumn. The days are getting shorter and the mornings are cooler (thankfully!) and darker, necessitating a headlamp for my early morning runs.

Have a great week, and be sure to keep your eye on the NAO website for conference registration and hotel reservation information; we need YOU there!


2. Journal of the National AHEC Organization Winter 2013 Call for Articles: 1st Draft Article Submission is due October 31, 2012
Theme: AHEC Collaborative Educational Innovations

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:

  • How does AHEC effectively train the healthcare workforce for the future using our linkages to education and training programs?
  • How can AHEC help clinics and community health centers address new patient- centered medical home, electronic health records, and telemedicine needs?
  • How does AHEC invest in the future healthcare workforce using our educational partnerships?
  • How does AHEC impact health professions schools' curricula?
  • How do educational partners help AHEC respond to emerging healthcare issues, such as Bioterrorism or Veterans' Health?
  • How can AHEC show the impact of training and educational programming to help secure more stable funding?

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

Refer to the NAO website for Journal submission guidelines

Submission Cover Sheet must be included with the article.

3. Webinar on Children's Health 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.


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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