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 email@example.com.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.