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June 24, 2013

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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"

  • As NAO and the AHEC Network expand engagement in Interprofessional Education and Interprofessional Practice, I thought you might be interested in this dialogue sponsored by The Wall Street Journal. One piece discusses the role of MDs and NPs as part of the healthcare team (click here). The author of this piece, Reid Blackwelder, MD, is President-Elect of the AAFP. I find the broad dialogue regarding the healthcare team very interesting. I am curious to hear your thoughts. The full Wall Street Journal healthcare segment is available when you click here.
  • As a corollary to the above piece, has anyone had any experience with a Medical-Legal Partnership initiative? I recently had an interesting initial call with leadership from the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership (click here to see details). There may be some good partnership/collaborative opportunities, and I will be further in touch with more information. It was interesting to consider the legal profession as members of the healthcare team.
  • I recently stumbled on to an excellent article regarding opioid addiction and treatment in Brown Medicine, the magazine of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. The article may provide additional context or information for those of you who have signed on to participate in the CO*RE REMS CE Initiative. The article was compelling and very much reinforces the need for national-scale continuing education. Please take a look here.
  • "Groups Launch Multimillion-Dollar Push to Promote Healthcare Law, Sign up the Uninsured" is a Washington Post article (click here to see it) regarding the effort to get uninsured Americans signed up for healthcare coverage this fall. I will be reaching out to some of the organizations to assess a role for the AHEC Program.
  • Click here to see another view of the FPs' Working Relationships with NPs and PAs.

Have a great week and see you again (virtually) the first week of July!


2. From A-TrACC
Evaluation Discussion Group - Members Needed
Does Data Excite You? Do Logic Models Make Your Heart Race . . . OR NOT!! Then join the A-TrACC E-Discussion Peer Learning Group! A-TrACC is developing a peer learning group of interested AHEC staff to promote evaluation and performance measurement quality. This group will help each other with problem-solving, share past experiences, clarify barriers/issues faced, look at training needs, and identify and foster best practices. It is for anyone with an interest in, or perhaps even a passion for evaluation, whether or not it is part of your AHEC work. It is also for anyone who struggles with how to use data to show the success of your programs. We will meet monthly for the first 3 months, and then as often as the group decides. An initial conference call is planned for the third week in July. To sign up, click here and complete the poll indicating your availability for a first meeting. If you cannot access the poll, email when you can meet on July 16, 17 or 18 to If you are interested but not available any of those days, email us too!

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.

Goal Thermometer

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 (

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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