1. From the Executive Director's Desk
As you know, on March 1, 2013 "Sequestration" could occur, which means significant cuts to the entire government might happen, unless Congress acts. If they don't act, then across the board cuts will occur to virtually every federal program. While these cuts will vary in size, no discretionary programs are exempted, as we stated last week. At present we are unsure how this would impact the AHEC Program in terms of cuts and what the timeline of those cuts might be, though as soon as we know that information it will be shared.
In terms of advocacy and outreach, the NAO Public Policy Leadership Team will soon be releasing a series of Action Alerts to membership regarding Sequestration, the FY13 Continuing Resolution (which expires on 3/27/13), and FY14 budget process (which has not yet begun). Please stay tuned and be ready to act, especially if you are a designated "AHEC State Advocacy Leader." We'll need everyone on board and active for each of these alerts.
For 12 years, Meseret served as the Vice President for Operations at the Anthony Jordan Health Center in Rochester, New York. She managed daily operations of this $10M federally qualified community health center with 160 staff. Following her move to Maryland from New York State, she served for 3 years as the Associate Director for Program & Community Development, University of Maryland Statewide Health Network within the University of Maryland, School of Medicine. She established statewide administrative and functional infrastructure of four regional offices covering 16 of the 23 counties of Maryland and Baltimore City. Then, in 2003, she moved on to be the Deputy Director of the Maryland AHEC program in Baltimore, MD, where she provided administrative and program leadership to the MD AHEC Program and the three AHEC Centers.
In 2010, Meseret was recruited to work at HRSA as a project officer in the AHEC Branch under Lou's leadership. In this role, she developed, managed, monitored, evaluated, and directed implementation of up to $30M in annual cooperative agreements, grants, and contracts for approximately 60 AHEC Program grantees nationwide working to improve access to health care in underserved areas. Meseret has a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Arts, both in Community Health Education from the State University of New York, College at Brockport.
Please join me in congratulating Meseret on her new role!
Help Wanted (Gentle reminder)
Have a great week and looking forward to seeing you all in a few weeks in Washington!
2. The NAO Spring Conference April 9 - 12, 2013
3. Reminder: Funding Opportunities
Health Professions Extern Program: Indian Health Service - Provides externship opportunities for Indian Health Service Scholarship recipients, as well as other health professions students. Deadline: March 1, 2013. For more information: http://bit.ly/Va13Ou
4. New VMH CE Toolkit Available
The fully developed optional training curricula have been pre-approved by the Post-Graduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) for 1 and 4 hours credit respectively for physicians, nurses, social workers, marriage counselors, and family therapists.
5. Next A-TrACC Webinars
The Suicidal Patient in Primary Care - Prevention Resources for Providers. Peggy West, PhD, MSW, Senior Advisor, Suicide Prevention Resource Center
(SPRC) and Julie Goldstein Grumet, PhD, Director of Prevention and Practice, SPRC.
Mining HRSA Performance Measures
Session A: Using Performance Measure Data to Improve Evaluation & Stakeholder Communication
Session B: Digging Deeper into the Data Nuggets led by Amy Dunkak, Executive Director, Northeast Oregon AHEC, and Lori Millner, Ph.D., Executive
Director, Texas AHEC East DFW Region.
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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