NAO Update
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January 14, 2013

1. From the Executive Director's Desk
AHECs and the Affordable Care Act
Thank you to those who provided examples as to how our AHECs all throughout the country are playing a role with Affordable Care Act implementation. The response far exceeded my expectations and I believe will well position the AHEC Program in the President's and Congress's FY14 Budget. As you may recall from the December 10, 2012 Monday Update, NAO President Mary Mitchell and I had a set of productive meetings at HHS, OMB and on the Hill in early December. There presently is a great deal of interest in:

-What the AHEC program is doing to RIGHT NOW to improve the SUPPLY of health professionals, particularly regarding rural and underserved areas. There is a great degree of interest in SUPPLY right now at the HHS level.

-What the AHEC Program is doing to advance the goals of the PPACA. It was made apparent and perfectly clear that demonstrating a discernible AHEC role within the context of the ACA is important.

Our strategy is to compile the great information you all sent and create a one-page document that outlines AHEC's integral role in ACA implementation that will be shared with HHS, HRSA, OMB and Congress when I am in Washington, D.C. in early February for meetings and Hill visits. We will also be sharing the finished document with you all. Additionally, please see the attached document here from Dr. Janet Heinrich, Associate Administrator BHPr, HRSA, DHHS, that outlines opportunities for AHECs with the ACA (as presented on the HRSA 1st Wednesday Webinar January 9, 2013.

Where the Jobs Are
Given the new AHEC tag line, Michael French of the Missouri AHEC Program passed along this interesting graphic. This is something we already know, but impressive in graphic form. Health care showed consistent growth in new jobs even through the recession, and growth continues in the recovery. So, someone needs to be building the pool of individuals to fill these jobs. Sounds like a job for AHEC. Thanks for sharing, Michael; clearly the role of the AHEC Program is not dwindling in any sense of the word.

ATrACC Veteran's Mental Health Initiative Year 2
The second phase of Veteran's MH underway: WE NEED GREAT PARTICIPATION FROM AHECS EVERYWHERE for this next phase of the project. It is vital the NAO and the AHEC Network have excellent and comprehensive participation in the second phase of the Vet's MH initiative. The Vet's MH need is great and our national network is well-poised to play a significant role in addressing it. Please do everything you can to participate and encourage your partner AHECs to participate as well.

Rural Community Collaborations and Veteran Outreach
The VA Office of Rural Health and the Rural Health Professions Institute (RHPI) are proud to announce the next in a continuing series of rural health learning events broadcast live on MyVeHU Campus. This broadcast will feature Dr. Bret Hicken from the Veterans Rural Health Resource Center–Western Region (VRHRC-WR), and Dr. Bruce Goodrow from RHPI discussing the very important issues surrounding how a CBOC builds relationships that allow it to integrate itself into the rural community, enhancing the quality of care received by rural Veterans, as well as how to actually reach out to those rural Veterans you serve or could potentially serve. This broadcast will highlight and make available to each of you a toolkit developed by VRHRC-WR just for those purposes. This is open to rural health professionals inside and outside the VA. You are welcome to share this invitation with interested peers. There is no cost to participate, but you must be a MyVeHU Campus enrolled user and register for the event. Enrollment is fast and simple by going to selecting the "Entry Kiosk" and following on screen instructions. If you need help enrolling, simply contact We look forward to sharing this learning event with you and encourage you to stop right now, watch the imbedded event commercial, and enroll for the broadcast using the links provided below.

The Office of Rural Health, Rural Health Professions Institute presents: Rural Community Collaborations and Veteran Outreach Thursday, January 31, 2013, 2:00 – 3:10 pm ET

Click here to register for this event. Click here to view commercial for this event.

Broadcast Live in MyVeHU Campus. Course Credit: The live broadcast is pursuing approval to provide ACCME, APA, ANCC and ASWB/CA BBS continuing education credits and that effort should be complete before the broadcast date. Target Audience: All VA Employees and any healthcare professional working in rural communities and supporting rural Veterans. For participation in this broadcast you will need: A computer with audio, Internet connection, and your time and undivided attention

For a direct link to the registration page, please select:

The registration page will check your computer's minimum system requirements to confirm compatibility. Once you've registered, you will be provided with a link to a test stream for you to confirm accessibility and compatibility with your system. Please login 10-15 minutes before the start of the event. Social Media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, Q&A and Polling features will be available during this event. Join the Twitter conversation using the #vVeHU hashtag. Join the VeHU Facebook group to receive the latest information and announcements on all our future events!

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Have a great week!


2. NAO 2014 Conference: Host Site Update
The NAO Board recently approved Charlotte AHEC as the host site for the 2014 Conference. Congratulations to the Charlotte AHEC team! The Charlotte AHEC and NC AHEC teams will have a fantastic national conference in 2014. This marks the second time that the NC AHEC Program has hosted the national conference. The first national conference was held in the Mountain AHEC region in 1976 and 38 years later we are looking forward to coming back to NC.

Daphne Byrd-Verrizani
Anne Maynard
Jacqueline Rollins-Wynn
Co-Chairs, NAO Conference Planning Committee

3. Next A-TrACC Webinars
Basic Evaluation Question Design: Good data starts with good questions. Cindy Lewis, MPH, Bowen Research Center, Indiana University School of Medicine.
TA Webinar 306T-A.
January 30, 3 - 4 pm Eastern. Register.

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.
VMH Webinar 307T-A.
February 20, 2 - 3 pm Eastern. Register.

4. Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) Program: Grant Info.
NWD grants are awarded to increase nursing education opportunities for individuals who are from disadvantaged backgrounds (including racial and ethnic minorities under-represented among registered nurses) by providing (1) student scholarships or stipends for diploma or associate degree nurses to enter a bridge or degree completion program, and (2) student scholarships or stipends for accelerated nursing degree programs, pre-entry preparation, advanced education preparation, and retention activities. Click here for more details.

5. Look for the Next NAO Update on Tuesday, January 22
The next NAO Update will be released on Tuesday, January 22 instead of Monday, January 21. Thanks!


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