1. From the Executive Director's Desk
AHECS and The Affordable Care Act
With many thanks to Mary Sienkiewicz, Mary Mitchell, and Mary Craig—all from the NY State AHEC System—an extraordinarily comprehensive summary of the role
AHECs nationwide are playing in implementing key components of the Affordable Care Act is here and on the NAO website under "Urgent News." This state-by-state summary is
important, will be highly useful, and will provide a good number of resources for all. Please take a look and please join me in expressing deep gratitude to the Marys from NY!
Here is the One-Pager that the NAO Public Policy Leadership Team developed. This has been shared with key partners and House Labor-HHS Appropriations Sub-Committee Members
and is another useful resource.
I hope that you all received the E-Alert regarding the possible effects of Sequestration that went out last week. Here is a brief note that summarizes the outlook. As
this unfolds we will keep you updated with additional information:
The House and Senate both recessed for the week of February 18 for the President's Day holiday. When legislators return the week of February 25, there will only be
a few days before sequestration kicks in on March 1. Most observers believe that the March 1 deadline will pass before anything substantive can occur. Once sequestration
becomes a reality and its impact becomes clear, then Congress and the president will face tough choices on how to deal with it. Some want sequestration to stick, while
others hope to fashion a solution to avoid the indiscriminant cuts. The next likely battleground for this debate will be the overarching spending bill for the federal
government. Currently, federal agencies are operating under a continuing resolution (CR) until March 27. Congress must pass legislation to keep the government running
and avoid a shut-down after the March 27 expiration of the existing CR. If sequestration is not addressed before then, it is expected that there will be an effort
to incorporate a sequestration solution into the legislation to keep the government operating. Similar to the fiscal cliff negotiations which occurred during the holiday
season, this will be a major debate about fiscal responsibility, deficit reduction, and tax fairness.
Health Professions Network (HPN) Las Vegas Summit
I'll be in Las Vegas, NV for most of this week representing NAO at the HPN 2013 Spring Conference: "Healthcare Workforce Summit." For several years, the HPN has promoted
collaborative efforts among many of the 'major players' in healthcare workforce development and is attempting, through this summit, to identify funding sources for
various programs aimed at the promotion of healthcare careers. The purpose of the conference is the presentation, awareness, and review of current workforce development
initiatives as a means of working toward developing agreement among attendees to collaborate, advocate, and support and improve emerging already-funded projects. I'll report
more here after the conference has concluded.
The Founding Fathers Write a Grant Proposal
For a bit of comic relief from the "Health Care Blog" (courtesy of Mary Wainwright), please take a look at this brief blog post that posits what might happen if the
Founding Fathers sat down to write a grant proposal. It's worth a
Have a great week!
2. Registration is Now Open 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. Mining HRSA Performance Measures
This 2-part webinar will help AHEC center staff recognize and use DATA THEY ALREADY COLLECT to evaluate program performance and communicate with stakeholders. With
input from over 30 AHECers who participated in work groups in Nov/Dec/Jan, A-TrACC developed tools that identify key data elements, evaluation measurements, and
communication strategies for HCPP, CBSE and CE/PES.
Session A: Using Performance Measure Data to Improve Evaluation & Stakeholder Communication
February 26, 3 – 4 pm EST. Register
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.
March 19, 3 – 4 pm EST. Register
4. Missed the VMH Orientation Webinars?
You're in luck. The Veterans Mental Health Phase II Orientation was recorded and can be viewed at any time. Click
here to access the recording. You can fast forward by clicking on the play bar at the bottom of the screen. Thank you for participating in this very important
national AHEC initiative that is addressing the behavioral and mental health needs of our service men and women and their families. To date, just over 4,400
health professionals have attended these AHEC trainings, bringing us that much closer to meeting our goal of reaching 10,000 health professionals by September.
5. National Center for PTSD
Click here to see a good resource for those AHECs doing Veteran's MH trainings.
6. 2013 Collaborative Family Healthcare Conference October 10-12, 2013
The Collaborative Family Healthcare Conference is the preeminent annual convening for the collaborative care and integrated primary care movement. This year's
conference is October 10-12, 2013 at the Omni Interlocken Resort near Denver, CO. The Call for Proposals is now open. Click here for info.