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July 15, 2013

1. From the Executive Director's Desk
FY14 AHEC Funding
Thank you all for your efforts in reaching out to your Congressional Delegation regarding AHEC funding for FY14. I believe we are having a very profound impact, though our work is not yet done. We need to continue to push for FY14 Funding. Once the House schedules their budget markup, we will be in touch with more Action Alerts.

The FY 2014 Senate Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations bill that passed the subcommittee on Tuesday, July 9 would fund HRSA's total discretionary at about $6.335 billion and program level at about $6.365 billion. This would be roughly a $471 million increase over HRSA's discretionary FY 2013 operating level, but this increase would not take into account sequestration in FY 2014 Labor-HHS funding/full committee. The AHEC Program was recommended to receive $30.025 million for FY14. As of this writing (Wednesday, July 10) the full Appropriations Committee is scheduled to mark-up the bill all day on Thursday, July 11, 2013. As soon as I have any additional information I will pass it along. I am still hopeful that funding for the AHEC Program will be $33.142 million for FY14.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Corps

Northwestern CT AHEC is Requesting Proposals from AHECs Interested in Participating in the Youth Mental Health First Aid Corps
I know you all saw this announcement in last week's Monday Update, though we are running it again because it's such an important and timely initiative.
The Northwest Connecticut AHEC (NWCTAHEC) is seeking AHECs to participate in the Youth Mental Health First Aid Corps by serving as the host site for a full-time AmeriCorps member. AmeriCorps members will be trained as Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructors and will implement Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings for a wide cross-section of community members who work with young people. This is a great opportunity for interested AHECs to play a significant role in raising public awareness about the problems of violence and mental illness in our communities, given our national network's reach. So far 2 AHECs have committed, though for this initiative to have the impact we believe it should, we need 13 more AHECs to sign on ASAP!

As you know, the Youth Mental Health First Aid Corps is made possible through an award from the Corporation for National and Community Service AmeriCorps National Direct. Youth Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based training program that helps individuals and communities respond appropriately to young people who may be experiencing a mental health issue. In the aftermath of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, President Obama and other national, state and local leaders are calling for the widespread implementation of Youth Mental Health First Aid as a strategy to improve access to mental healthcare services for young people suffering from mental illness.

The national network of AHECs is uniquely positioned to provide AmeriCorps members with the resources necessary to bring about positive sustainable change in a community's ability to improve access to mental health care. Building synergy between the AmeriCorps mission of mobilizing volunteers to create solutions to our nation's toughest challenges with the AHEC mission to improve access to health care for vulnerable populations will position AHEC as a national leader responding to pressing community health care issues. I believe this is just the beginning of funding opportunities for mental health initiatives and that there may very well be more coming. If you consider your AHEC to be an "early adopter' of innovative programs, then I strongly recommend you sign on, as you will be well positioned to pursue other similar initiatives.

Click here to download a copy of the Youth Mental Health First Aid Corps Request for Proposals. Please be sure to take a look and consider signing on; I know you'll be glad you did!

Rural Assistance Center and Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis Launch Rural Oral Health Toolkit
Resource will help rural communities improve oral health
Grand Forks, ND – July 10, 2013 – The Rural Assistance Center (RAC) and NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis are announcing a new Rural Oral Health Toolkit to help rural communities improve access to oral health care. This toolkit contains resources to help communities develop oral health programs, building on best practices of successful oral health program models. The  toolkit is available for free on the RAC website.

"Rural areas in the United States face unique challenges in providing access to high quality oral health care," said Alana Knudson, Principal Research Scientist and Co-Director of the Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis at NORC at the University of Chicago. "This Rural Oral Health Toolkit will help communities address issues such as limited public transportation options, lack of fluoridated water and inadequate reimbursement."

The Rural Oral Health Toolkit contains seven modules with information and links to resources, websites, publications, and tools such as evaluation strategies. Included in the toolkit are things such as an overview on oral health in rural areas, program model examples, guidance on implementation, and evaluation methods.

"We are excited to provide this toolkit on RAC," noted the Rural Assistance Center's Kristine Sande. "It provides easy access to evidence-based strategies, allowing communities to make the best use of limited funding and resources for program development."

Content for the Rural Oral Health Toolkit was developed by the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis as part of the Community Health Gateway. The Gateway, located on the RAC website, is designed to help rural communities learn about proven methods of providing rural residents with better access to health care services. Development of these resources is part of an ongoing effort by NORC and RAC to provide evidence-based health information to rural America.

Funding for this project is provided by the federal Office of Rural Health Policy, part of the Health Resources and Services Administration.

About the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
The Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis' mission is to conduct timely policy analysis, research and evaluation to inform policy makers and other key stakeholders on issues that impact the health status of rural Americans. Learn more about the Walsh Center at walshcenter.norc.org and NORC at www.norc.org.

About the Rural Assistance Center
The Rural Assistance Center (RAC) helps people learn about programs, funding and research that can assist them in improving and maintaining healthcare and human services in rural communities. Located at the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, RAC provides information and customized assistance through its call center and online resource library, www.raconline.org.

Contacts
Rural Assistance Center
Kelly Quigley, Outreach Coordinator
(701)777-2094
kelly.quigley@med.und.edu

NORC at the University of Chicago
Eric Young, Public Affairs Manager
(703) 217-6814
young-eric@norc.org

Addition to Last Week's Monday Update
In last week's Monday Update we referenced the changes taking place with the Oklahoma, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, and Iowa AHECs. The Oklahoma AHECs want you all to know that they will continue working with their partners to secure funding for recruitment, training, and retention of health professionals, as well as activities involving performance improvement for primary care providers. I am pleased that the OK AHEC will continue its work to the degree that it is able under the circumstances.
Have a great week!
Rob

2. From A-TrACC
VMH Webinar 313. AHECs & CSSP Partner to Promote Online VMH Training Options. All AHECs can continue to improve behavioral health access and services for veterans by referring providers to the free CSSP online courses. Each AHEC has been assigned a unique web link for accessing the courses. Providers using your link to access and complete the course are tracked so that they can be included in your CE reports. This outreach extends the impact of the national AHEC Veterans Mental Health Project and increases awareness of the tremendous work AHECs have done in the past 2 years. This is something every AHEC in the country can do! Tools and methods for encouraging targeted providers to take the online courses will be shared.

Monday, July 22, 3 to 4 pm Eastern: Register

VMH Training Reports Needed ASAP!
Thanks to those who have sent their data and to those who have contacted us about when we can expect your reports. If we have not yet heard from you, please contact us and/or send your reports to info@atracc.org ASAP. Not sure if your AHEC has outstanding reports? These spreadsheets list all trainings for which we still need data.

Click here for a list of trainings by date.
Click here for a list of trainings by state.

A-TrACC cannot accept reporting after September 29, 2013. If your training is in July, August or September, we must get reports as soon as you complete the follow up evaluation.

3. Northwestern CT AHEC Requesting Proposals from AHECs Interested in Participating in the Youth Mental Health First Aid Corps
NWCTAHEC seeks AHECs to participate in the Youth Mental Health First Aid Corps by serving as the host site for a full-time AmeriCorps member. AmeriCorps members will be trained as Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructors and will implement Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings for a wide cross-section of community members who work with young people.

The Youth Mental Health First Aid Corps is made possible through an award from the Corporation for National and Community Service AmeriCorps National Direct.
Youth Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based training program that helps individuals and communities respond appropriately to young people who may be experiencing a mental health issue. In the aftermath of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, President Obama and other national, state and local leaders are calling for the widespread implementation of Youth Mental Health First Aid as a strategy to improve access to mental healthcare services for young people suffering from mental illness.

The national network of AHECs is uniquely positioned to provide AmeriCorps members with the resources necessary to bring about positive sustainable change in a community's ability to improve access to mental health care. Building synergy between the AmeriCorps mission of mobilizing volunteers to create solutions to our nation's toughest challenges with the AHEC mission to improve access to health care for vulnerable populations will position AHEC as a national leader responding to pressing community healthcare issues.

Click here to download a copy of the Youth Mental Health First Aid Corps Request for Proposals.

4. Children's Oral Health Programs Funded
Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children
Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children (HSHC), an initiative of the Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, is committed to improving the quality of pediatric oral health in the United States. HSHC's Access to Care Grants support community-based initiatives throughout the country that provide dental care to underserved/limited access children. Special consideration will be given to programs that have demonstrated success and/or have potential for replication in other communities. These grants of up to $20,000 require cash or in-kind matching funds equal to the grant request dollar amount. Online letters of intent must be submitted by August 1, 2013. Visit the Foundation's website to download the Access to Care Grants guidelines.

5. Funds for Healthy Food and Activity Initiatives in Selected Communities
Aetna Foundation Regional Grants Program
The Aetna Foundation is dedicated to promoting wellness, health, and access to high-quality healthcare for everyone. The Foundation's Regional Grants Program supports nonprofit organizations in selected communities and states that serve people who are most at risk for poor health–low-income, underserved, or minority populations. The 2013 focus is on the following categories: Healthy Food Choices grants support programs that provide nutrition education and help increase the availability of affordable fresh fruits and vegetables in underserved communities. Healthy Activity grants support programs that provide opportunities for physical activity in underserved communities. Applications that focus on healthy food choices and physical activity through a racial and ethnic health equity lens will receive priority consideration. The application deadline is September 15, 2013. Visit the Foundation's website to submit an online application.

6. Toyota USA Foundation K-12 Education Grants
Available amount: up to $500,000. FUNDING USES:

The foundation is committed to enhancing the quality of K-12 education by
supporting innovative programs and building partnerships with organizations dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of mathematics, science, and environmental science.

DEADLINE: Open. NUMBER OF AWARDS: Approximately 5-10.

GENERAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: 501(c)(3) organizations located within and serving the people of the United States. Click here for RFP.  

7. Safety Net Medical Home Initiative (SNMHI)
SNMHI is announcing the publication of the second edition of the SNMHI Implementation Guide Series, which includes updated materials and many new tools. Many members of the SNMHI Medical Home Learning Community provided feedback and contributed tools.

SNMHI Materials:
         NEW Introductory materials describe how and where to begin PCMH transformation.
         NEW Executive Summaries provide a concise description of each Change Concept, its role in PCMH transformation, and key implementation activities and actions.
         Implementation Guides, which provide an introduction to the Change Concept, implementation strategies and tools, and case studies, were updated and expanded. New additions include: the role of health information technology (HIT), case studies, and additional resources.
         NEW 23 tools that can be used to test or apply the key changes. Tools include an interactive Do-it-Yourself Run Chart, Determining the Right Panel Size Worksheet, and a Secret Shopper Exercise to test the ease of scheduling an appointment from the patient's perspective.
         A revised interactive PCMH-A (Version 3.1).
         Change Concepts for Practice Transformation and 2011 NCQA PCMH™ Recognition Standards: A Crosswalk.
         NEW downloadable registry of tools and resources, which includes all resources and tools hosted on the site and those hyperlinked within documents on the site.
We also recently publishedSNMHI Project Summary: July 2013, which provides a snapshot of the Initiative's achievements, provides more information about the SNMHI library, and describes what comes next.

www.safetynetmedicalhome.org. Please contact us with questions or comments at info@qhmedicalhome.org.

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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