NAO Update
Provided as a NAO member benefit
July 29, 2013

1. From the Executive Director's Desk
I hope everyone is having a good summer! The heat and humidity here in the East has been tough, but I think (I hope!) we're past the worst of it, at least for now. There's quite a bit in this week's Monday Update, so please be sure to read through it carefully.

AHEC-VA Collaboration
There has been a bit of interest in the AHEC-VA Summits, and I am curious to know who is collaborating with the VA. Can you let me know your AHEC's role if you are, and what the financial impact might be? It appears that HRSA is quite interested in this partnership. Please let me know if you are partnering in any way; thanks much!

Teaching Health Centers (THCs) Awards
Congratulations to the Mountain AHEC (NC) and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/AHEC West for their Teaching Health Centers Awards for FY14; well done!

You will see in the chart below the other Teaching Health Center awardees for 2014. If your AHEC is involved with any of the other awardees, please let me know as soon as you can. It will be helpful to know the degree of connectivity to the THCs, as it will help further demonstrate that AHECS are involved in all parts of the production pipeline.

Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Payment Program FY 2014 Awards

Organization

City

State

Award

Cahaba Medical Care Foundation

Centreville

Ala.

$75,000

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/
AHEC West

Little Rock

Ark.

$150,000

Fresno Healthy Communities Access Partners

Fresno

Calif.

$150,000

Valley Consortium for Medical Education

Modesto

Calif.

$712,500

Shasta Community Health Center

Redding

Calif.

$150,000

Social Action Community Health System

San Bernardino

Calif.

$525,000

Connecticut Institute for Communities, Inc.

Danbury

Conn.

$112,500

Family Medicine Residency of Idaho

Boise

Idaho

$225,000

Northwestern University/McGaw

Chicago

Ill.

$862,500

Primary Health Care, Inc.

Des Moines

Iowa

$375,000

Appalachian Osteopathic Postgraduate Training Institute Consortium (A-OPTIC)

Pikeville

Ky.

$75,000

Penobscot Community Health Center

Bangor

Maine

$150,000

Greater Lawrence Family Health Center

Lawrence

Mass.

$225,000

Detroit Wayne County Health Authority

Detroit

Mich.

$1,012,500

Hamilton Community Health Network

Flint

Mich.

$150,000

Ozark Center

Joplin

Miss.

$75,000

Montana Family Medicine Residency

Billings

Mont.

$112,500

Hidalgo Medical Services, Inc.

Lordsburg

N.M.

$75,000

Long Island FQHC

East Meadow

N.Y.

$525,000

Institute for Family Health

New York

N.Y.

$1,350,000

Mountain Area Health Education Center, Inc.

Asheville

N.C.

$75,000

Tahlequah Medical Group

Tahlequah

Okla.

$225,000

Choctaw Nation Health Services Authority

Talihina

Okla.

$225,000

Morton Comprehensive Health Services

Tulsa

Okla.

$150,000

Osteopathic Medical Education Consortium of Oklahoma

Tulsa

Okla.

$975,000

Cornerstone Care, Inc.

Greensboro

Pa.

$150,000

Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education

Scranton

Pa.

$2,175,000

Lone Star Community Health Center

Conroe

Texas

$262,500

Puyallup Tribal Health Authority

Tacoma

Wash.

$225,000

Community Health of Central Washington

Yakima

Wash.

$375,000

Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic

Yakima/Toppenish

Wash.

$150,000

Community Health Systems

Beckley

West Va.

$337,500

AHECs and IPMA CO*RE Initiative
Many thanks to those AHECs who have signed on to offer the CO*RE REMS (opioid prescribing) education to their AHEC prescribers. We have had 2 recent excellent webinars that outlined the project and its expectations. It is not too late for more AHECs to participate and get on board. If you have an interest in this initiative, please let me know as soon as you can; we'd like to reach a few more AHECs and extend our reach with this important initiative.

Please keep making those calls to the House Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee. I can't understate the importance of those calls. Thank you for making the extra effort.

Have a great week and be sure to take a look at the new homepage of the NAO website and my new blog!

Rob

2. From A-TrACC
Over 8,000 Participants and Still Climbing!
As of July 23rd, reports received show that VMH CE training has reached 8,004 health professionals!! Keep up the fantastic work and sending your reports to info@atracc.org. The goal is in sight!

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3. Submit Now! Journal of the National AHEC Organization Call for Articles
"AHECs: Successfully Adapting to Meet the Nation's Healthcare Needs"
It's been 30 years since the Journal of the National AHEC Organization began documenting how AHECs have responded to meet the nation's evolving primary healthcare access needs through education, training, and other healthcare workforce initiatives. In this edition we continue this tradition by highlighting how AHECs are once again responding to changes in the fiscal, education, and healthcare environments.
The Editorial Board is looking for articles that address five important topics:

  1. Interprofessional Education (IPE)
    • How does providing IPE differ from previous educational activities at your AHEC?
    • What challenges have you overcome and do you have a success story to share?
    • How has this affected health professions student training?
  2. The Affordable Care Act
    • What role(s) will your AHEC play in its implementation?
  3. Diversity in the Healthcare Workforce
    • How is the workforce changing in terms of demographics, economics, student loan debt burden, and other ways?
    • How do AHECs encourage more diversity in the healthcare workforce?
  4. Social Entrepreneurship
    • What does social entrepreneurship mean in an AHEC context?
    • What role does a readiness assessment play for your AHEC in determining whether to pursue a social entrepreneurship strategy?
    • What challenges have you overcome and do you have a success story to share?
  5. Social Media
    • What is social media in an AHEC context?
    • How is your AHEC using social media?
    • What is the future for AHEC's use of social media?

Articles on related topics, such as individual and institutional success stories relating to innovative education programs, strategic planning processes with educational partners, and effective evaluation solutions are welcomed.

Please submit drafts, photos, and accompanying materials to editor@nationalahec.org

Refer to the NAO website for Journal submission guidelines
Submission Cover Sheet must be included with the article.
1st Draft Article Submission is due September 15, 2013

4. Funding Opportunities
HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau has announced a funding opportunity for a Perinatal and Infant Oral Health Quality Improvement Pilot program. This project aims to integrate a community-based approach into a health care system with a statewide reach, increasing the utilization of quality preventive dental care and restorative services for pregnant women and infants. All applications are due August 19, 2013. For more information on the program please visit here. To apply, click here.

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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