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1. From the Executive Director's Desk
I will be on vacation this week and will be periodically checking e-mail. I'll be back in the office on Monday, July 1; I hope you all have a great week. I will certainly be in touch if I hear anything regarding HRSA's decision to address the U76-U77 issue and/or the FY14 competitive cycle issue. I am hopeful we will get a response in the very near future.
Should I hear anything regarding the FY14 Appropriations process, I will be in touch as well. Please continue to make calls to your Congressional Delegation and ask that Members weigh in with the Appropriations Committee and the Labor-HHS Subcommittee on Appropriations in support of AHEC Funding for FY14 at $33.142 million. As Adrienne Hallett, staffer on the U.S. Appropriations Committee frequently says in terms of getting programs such as ours funded, "it's a Member-driven process." It is vital that your Congressional Member weigh in with the committee in support of the AHEC Program. Please keep making the calls-it matters. Thank you!
"Odds and Ends"
Have a great week and see you again (virtually) the first week of July!
2. From A-TrACC
Respond today! We need to hear from you by June 28th.
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
Remaining Veterans Mental Health Trainings
Click here for the schedule of remaining Veterans Mental Health CE programs. While all programs were to be completed by August 1, some AHECs ran into scheduling issues with venues, institutions and/or speakers and extensions were granted. The A-TrACC contract for this project ends September 29, however, so it is essential that all participating AHECs complete their trainings and submit reports by August 15 if possible.
Nearly 6,500 health professionals have attended 149 trainings offered in 38 states by 91 different AHECs. What an amazing effort by the network! All participating AHECs that have not yet offered a training should be listed here. If your AHEC is not listed, please contact A-TrACC ASAP (email@example.com).
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.
To submit an item, please click here. Deadline: Thursdays, noon CST.