NAO Update
September 17, 2012

1. From the Executive Director's Desk
NAO Fall Conference
Registration is now open for the NAO Fall Conference! This promises to be another excellent conference that YOU cannot afford to miss. Please see the conference registration link and note below.


National AHEC Organization Fall Conference
Arlington, VA
October 31–November 2, 2012

Registration is now open for the National AHEC Organization's 2012 Fall Conference, which will be held from October 31–November 2, 2012 at the Sheraton Crystal City in Arlington, VA.

This meeting is designed for center directors and program directors to connect with colleagues and learn about changes coming down the line for AHECs, as well as professional development and creating opportunities for collaboration and partnership.

The planned agenda includes presentations by the new HRSA leadership team on AHECs working with various bureaus in HHS, updates on performance measures, and Primary Care initiatives. There will be 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 the Washington Update on legislative work. There will be over 2 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!!

To secure rooms in the NAO room block, hotel reservations must be made before October 4 to receive the group rate of $169/night, and to make sure we have adequate meeting space. The National AHEC Organization leadership strongly encourages you to register before Sept. 28, as prices will increase after the October 4 deadline. Availability is limited, so make your reservations now.

We'll see you in October in Arlington, VA!


NAO CORE Data System Marketplace

If you are less than satisfied with your current data collection system or you currently have no data collection system, this announcement is for you!

CORE has put together a list of vendors that have been used and recommended by other AHECs from across the country. Click on each of the links in this sentence to I T Savvy Consulting's response, the questionnaire, the TruServe document, and the TruServe flyer.

If you know of any other vendors to be added to this list, please let me know:

Note: NAO can't give any of these systems an official endorsement, nor does NAO receive any money for including anyone on this list. Our goal is merely to help

Healthcare Pathways

This is a resource that is provided free to NAO. We'll be getting this up on the NAO website very soon. In the meantime, please take a look by clicking here.

Have a great week. I'll provide a report next week of my meetings in Washington. I'm headed to North Carolina this week to participate in the North Carolina AHEC's 40th Anniversary and annual statewide meeting. Congratulations to the NC AHEC for 40 years of excellent service to North Carolinians!


2. NAO President and New Vision Statement

At the NAO Membership/Business meeting in San Antonio, I provided an update on progress with the first year of a three-year NAO strategic plan. A Shared Vision is one of the four priority areas for this year, which included the development of a vision statement for NAO. I am very pleased to report that the NAO Board of Directors approved the following vision statement at its September 13 meeting.

"Our vision is that the AHEC network is the national leader
in developing a highly competent and diverse health care workforce
for underserved populations."


Thank you to the 20 individuals representing both centers and programs in 14 states and the Executive Director who comprised the ad hoc Shared Vision workgroup. In addition to the Executive Committee, Executive Director, and several board members and committee co-chairs, the workgroup was comprised of individuals who responded to the NAO Monday Update "Help Wanted" request for volunteers.

The ad hoc workgroup met over several months to develop a vision statement that broadly reflects NAO's desired future: 1) NAO's role to member centers and programs, 2) focus on underserved communities and preparing the workforce, and 3) the national AHEC network as a leader in health workforce development.

This vision statement will be effective October 1, 2012 and will be incorporated in the website and other NAO materials.

Shared Vision Workgroup

Tom Bacon (NC)
Mindy Bateman (UT)
John Blossom (CA)
Steve Boulanger (SC)
Linda Cragin (MA)

Andy Fosmire (OK)
David Garr (SC)
Matt Janey (OK)
Rick Kiovsky (IN)
Mary Mitchell (NY)

Noreen Moderalli (OH)
Elyse Perweiler (NJ)
Gloria Pressley-McGruder (KY)
Mary Sienkiewicz (NY)
Teresa Strum (IL)

Kathy Suvia (CA)
Rob Trachtenberg
Mary Wainwright (TX)
Kristin Wentworth (IA)
Jill Whitson (IA)

Mary J. Sienkiewicz, MBA
NAO President
Director, New York State AHEC System

3. Reminder: The Journal of the National AHEC Organization Seeks Articles for the Winter 2013 Issue

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.

4. Webinar You Don't Want to Miss: 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.


Robert M. Trachtenberg, MS
Executive Director
National AHEC Organization
7044 S. 13th Street
Oak Creek, WI 53154

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.


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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