NAO Update
Provided as a NAO member benefit
April 1, 2013

1. From the Executive Director's Desk
NAO Spring Meeting 2013
Only slightly more than a week before the NAO Spring Meeting; I'm looking forward to seeing many of you there! As I've mentioned before, the agenda looks great and the planning committee did an incredible job putting together a conference. I know it will be highly informative, purposeful and forward-looking, and it aligns well with many of the opportunities and challenges in the current healthcare environment. There will also be ample time for networking, learning from colleagues, and catching up with friends. Many thanks—again—to the planning committee, to our HRSA colleagues, and to the staff at NAO headquarters—have worked diligently with us over many months to put together a top-notch meeting.

Center Director and Program Director Leadership Updates
If you know of any Center Directors or Program Directors—or are one—who are making a professional transition in or out of the AHEC network, please be sure to send any updated contact information to either the Center Director's Constituency Group Chair, Mary Craig: or Elyse Perweiler, Program Director's Constituency Group Chair: It's very important that both Mary and Elyse have the most up-to-date information. Please be sure to send any new information to the appropriate person.

The National AHEC Organization (NAO) Community Health Worker Collaborative
Late last week and the week before, a survey was sent out regarding NAO's work in establishing a nationally accepted minimum or baseline core training standard for the Community Health Worker profession. Leslie Hargrove, director of the CHW Collaborative, has gathered training curricula from over 40 training programs nationally, including curricula for Community Health Workers, Community Health Representatives, Community Health Advocates, Community Health Advisors, Promotor(a) de Salud, Outreach Workers, and other professionals grouped under the CHW umbrella. Thank you all for those who completed the survey. Should you wish for any additional information, please let me know or e-mail your questions to Leslie directly: This initiative is really taking off and kudos to Leslie and her team for moving NAO forward in CHW development.

Veteran's Mental Health Initiative
Participation in Veteran's MH Initiative is VERY important! As you know, our goal is to provide CE to 10,000 providers nationally. We are almost halfway there, and need a strong push to get us to 10,000 trained by the end of the project period. I know many AHECs are considering doing their events in spring and summer, though the more we can do now, the closer we get to the goal before time runs out. I look forward to hearing about your trainings and CE events; this project is a big deal. Many thanks to those who are participating!

Have a great week and see you soon.


2. Hurry! Register Now for the NAO Spring Conference April 9-12, 2013
The event will take place at the Sheraton Crystal City in Arlington, VA. Please click here to get registration details and to register. We look forward to seeing you at the conference!

3. From A-TrACC
VMH Webinar 311T-A: Issues of Women Returning from Combat led by Lieutenant Commander Erin M. Simmons, PhD, a US Navy Clinical Psychologist. Women military service members returning from deployment to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan face gender-specific readjustment issues as they transition back to their local communities. This webinar will provide an overview of the mental health concerns of women veterans within the context of military culture, gender-specific roles, available support resources, and effective treatments.

April 25, 3 to 4 pm EST. Register

4. Opportunities and Trainings by Other NAO Partners
Webinar: Fostering and Expanding Peer Support Services for Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVH) Wednesday, March 27, 2013; 1:00–2:30 p.m. (EST)
Peer support has been recognized as an important strategy in supporting the behavioral health needs of SMVF. Individuals with experience provide a bridge to services and help ease SMVF transition to their communities. Peers with military experience and experience with recovery from trauma, mental health, or addiction issues offer valuable knowledge and skills to assist others. This support can be provided through a variety of established peer models. Many states have already begun to bring their peer initiatives together across systems and now stakeholders must assess how best to work together. Coordinated systems of peer support services for SMVF can succeed with collaboration and consensus. This webinar will include discussions related to best practice resources and tools, how communities can build on commonalities, and the many roles peers play. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session. To register in advance of the event, please click here. If you have any questions about your registration, please contact Michelle Cleary, Project Associate, at

5. National AHEC Annual Report and Brochure
The 2012 NAO Annual Report and 2013 update of the NAO Brochure will be available for the NAO Spring Meeting. Order your copies for legislative visits! Click here for the order form, which will be updated soon.


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