NAO Update
Provided as a NAO member benefit
December 4, 2013

1. From the Executive Director's Home Office
I hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable Thanksgiving Break!

I have a just few items to share, as last week was a short week, and mostly dedicated to catching up after being in Washington the previous week.

New Publication
Delores Walters, Director of the Southern RI AHEC, has co-edited a new book, which deals with women's resistance to enslavement both contemporary and historic that translates well to overcoming disparities in other realms—whether access to education or health care. Entitled Gendered Resistance: Women, Slavery, and the Legacy of Margaret Garner (New Black Studies Series), it is edited by Mary E. Frederickson and Delores M. Walters, with foreword by Darlene Clark Hine. It's worth a look. Congratulations, Delores!

NAO 2012 Annual Report
The 2012 NAO Annual report can now be found at Thanks to the Communications Committee and our communications consultant for getting it up on the NAO website.

Health Affairs and Academic Medicine Briefing
As I mentioned in last week's update, I attended the November 14th Health Affairs briefing in D.C. dedicated to "Redesigning The Health Care Workforce. "The November issue of Health Affairs and the briefing video (iPad compatible) have been posted on the Health Affairs website, which you might find very interesting and useful. You also can download the briefing audio, agenda, slides, and bios. I'm interested in hearing your thoughts regarding the content and presentations.

Have a great week!


2. Don't Forget to Save the Date for the NAO Conference: July 7-11, 2014
Exciting and historic Charlotte is the setting for this must-attend NAO event. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more info as it becomes available. We look forward to seeing you there!

3. From A-TrACC
The Health Insurance Marketplace 101 led by Carla Haddad, MPH, Office of Planning, Analysis and Evaluation, HRSA. This webinar will provide AHEC staff a high level overview of the Affordable Care Act and the Health Insurance Marketplace.

  • Marketplace 101 Webinar 403T-A. Wednesday, Dec. 11, 3-4 pm Eastern. Register

Marketplace Project Orientation, Sessions A&B led by the A-TrACC team. This webinar will orient AHEC staff to the project and how to participate. Two sessions are being offered, with the same content included in each. Attend on the day/time that works best for you.

  • Orientation Session A Webinar 405T-A. Wednesday, Dec. 17, 3-4 pm Eastern. Register
  • Orientation Session B Webinar 405T-B. Tuesday, Jan. 7, 3-4 pm Eastern. Register

4. Online Call for Presentations
The Conference Planning Committee for the National AHEC Organization (NAO) 2014 Conference invites you to submit a proposal for a concurrent session or poster presentation for the conference scheduled for July 7 – 11, 2014 in Charlotte, NC.

The conference theme for 2014 is AHEC: Driving Access to Quality Healthcare through INNOVATION, IMPLEMENTATION & IMPACT. The goals of the conference are: 1) to provide practical skills and information to implement or improve AHEC-sponsored programs; 2) to enhance the professional development of AHEC directors, staff and board members; and 3) to enable participants to develop new approaches that advance the AHEC mission.

Proposals are to be submitted online this year. Please read all of the directions carefully to ensure that all submission requirements are met.

Please click on the following link to access the online submission system:

Note: The due date for final submissions is Monday, January 20, 2014.

5. Rural Healthy People 2020 (RHP2020) Announcements
Thank you for participating in the recent Rural Healthy People 2020 (RHP2020) Webinar sponsored by Texas A&M University School of Rural Public Health. If you were unable to attend, you can view the webinar by linking to and going to "link to our Rural Healthy People 2020 Webinar – 11/13/13."

As we announced, the RHP2020 project will be conducting a Delphi Survey starting on December 2 and ending no later than December 18. We are looking to recruit 60 rural stakeholders representing all 10 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Regions. Specifically, we want to create four panels of 15 people each. One panel will represent providers that could include, but are not limited to: doctors, nurses, public health practitioners, local health department directors, and FQHC and hospital administrators. A second panel would represent academics involved in rural education and/or research. A third would include people broadly involved in state policy (e.g., State Offices of Rural Health, Primary Care Associations, state public health, or rural health associations). The fourth panel will represent rural community members; those not employed in health care but with more than a passing knowledge or appreciation of health issues in their community. Some examples could be members of a federally qualified health center board of directors, local health department board, hospital board, health ministry, and social services.

Additional details about the Delphi can be found on the webinar recording around the 17-minute mark.

If you are interested in participating in the Delphi Survey or know of others who might be interested, please click on the following link:

If you have difficulties linking, try cutting and pasting the link into your browser. The link will take you to a web-based survey site where you will be asked to read an informed consent about the project. If you agree to participate, provide us with an email address you use regularly, and complete a few demographic questions that will enable us to place you in the appropriate panel.

Please act now. As we get closer to the December 2 start date, we may be sending out another email soliciting your help with recruitment for specific panels.

6. National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education News
Experiencing Buckeye IPE
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National Advisory Council holds first meeting; members urge National Center to "inform, connect, engage and advance"
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Nexus Innovations Incubator sites launched; research agendas set
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Post articles, presentations, or videos on National Center's Resource Exchange!
Post them at

All Together Better Health is inviting student poster presentations for its conference June 6-8, 2014.
This opportunity is available to students, graduate students, residents and new practitioners. Abstracts are due January 10, 2014. For more information, log onto

National Association of School Nurses has posted a three-segment video series on oral health.
Watch it at:

Collaborative Change Leadership: A Certificate Program for Healthcare & Health Education Leaders
University Health Network in collaboration with the University of Toronto Centre for Interprofessional Education invites registrations for Collaborative Change leadership: A Certificate Program for Healthcare & Health Education Leaders, April 2014 – January 2015 (five in-class sessions), Toronto, Canada. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2014. For more information, contact Program Coordinator Jelena Kundacina at or find the program brochure at

Improving Quality & Safety for Diverse Populations: An Innovative Interprofessional Curriculum Webinar
Thursday, December 12, 12:00pm – 1:00 pm ET, to present strategies about how to improve quality, address disparities and achieve equity. This web seminar is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit

7. The Next NAO Update Will be Released Dec. 10
The next NAO Update will go out on Dec. 10. Content will be due Thursday, Dec. 5 at noon CST. Send content to please. Thanks!

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