NAO Update
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March 25, 2013

1. From the Executive Director's Desk
NAO Spring Conference

I am looking forward to seeing many of you at the NAO Spring Meeting in just 2 short weeks! I was reflecting the other day on how long it's been since we've all been together; over 7 months will have passed since the San Antonio NAO conference last summer when we meet in early April. There's so much going on right now; it's a very exciting time to be doing the work we do. The agenda for the Spring Meeting is excellent and chock-a-block full, as the planning committee did an excellent job in putting together what I believe will be a very useful, informative, and well-structured meeting. I know it will be highly valuable for all.

AHEC Funding for FY13 and FY14
In terms of AHEC funding for FY13, last week the House and Senate passed a Continuing Resolution for the Fiscal Year 2013 budget. The bill has been forwarded to the President to sign. The impact on AHEC funding is not known yet. Work can now begin on the FY 2014 budget. The President is expected to release his FY14 budget on or about April 8.

Health Insurance Exchange Information
The Colorado Health Benefits Exchange has issued an RFA for what they are calling "Assistant Sites and Hubs." This could provide talking points for AHECs who are in states that are not as far along as Colorado, and want to get ahead of the game in proposing their AHEC become the resource of choice, should there be interest. Please see the link here.

Dribs and Drabs
A few items of note that might be worth a quick look:

  1. RWJF Resources: I get the Policy Update every day and find it to be a useful resource:
    -Click here for the Health Policy.
    -This resource provides information about your state and county's health status.
  2. Click here for Match Day Article: More medical graduates entering primary care (Good news!).
  3. An interesting and brief article here from a student who chose primary care over the objections of his parents.
  4. Health Insurance Marketplace This site is geared towards consumers and provides general information about the Marketplace and health insurance. Consumers can sign up for e-mail and/or text message updates. This is our partnership page that has a wide variety of tools and resources to help you help people prepare to apply, enroll and get coverage in 2014. At this site, you will find the following information:
-Census data on where the uninsured live—down to the PUMA level;
-Widgets and badges you can use on your own websites;
-Multimedia presentations explaining the Marketplace;
-Brochures, drop-in articles, and other information in English, Spanish, Russian, Tagalog, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese; and
-You can also sign up for updates.
-State-by-state calls: Please check the Open Door Forum page for the tentative schedule and updates on the state-by-state calls that will occur throughout 2013. Here you will find the best point of contact for your state in one of the 10 CMS Regional Offices nationwide.

Have a great week and see you soon!


2. Hurry! Register Now for the NAO Spring Conference April 9-12, 2013
The event will take place at the Sheraton Crystal City in Arlington, VA. Please click here to get registration details and to register. We look forward to seeing you at the conference!

3. From A-TrACC
AHECS & Health Centers: Working Together to Improve the Health of Underserved Communities and Vulnerable Populations – Caring for Veterans and their Families led by Donald L. Weaver, MD, Chief Medical Officer, NACHC, and Andrew Behrman, President & CEO, Florida Association of CHCs. Learn how to expand your AHEC work with Health Centers and build partnerships with your state's PCA/PCO by examining a successful AHEC-Health Center partnership. Florida's AHECs and PCA are working together to expand opportunities for training health professionals through the Veterans Mental Health Project.

You will learn about:

  • the community-based structure of the family of health centers
  • how to identify health centers in your region
  • potential opportunities for collaboration in general and
  • AHEC/PCA/CHC collaboration in Florida on the AHEC Veterans Mental Health Project CE initiative.

March 28, 3 to 4 pm EST. Register

VMH Webinar 311T-A: Issues of Women Returning from Combat led by Lieutenant Commander Erin M. Simmons, PhD, a US Navy Clinical Psychologist. Women military service members returning from deployment to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan face gender-specific readjustment issues as they transition back to their local communities. This webinar will provide an overview of the mental health concerns of women veterans within the context of military culture, gender-specific roles, available support resources, and effective treatments.

April 25, 3 to 4 pm EST. Register

4. Opportunities and Trainings by Other NAO Partners
Webinar: Fostering and Expanding Peer Support Services for Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVH) Wednesday, March 27, 2013; 1:00–2:30 p.m. (EST)

Peer support has been recognized as an important strategy in supporting the behavioral health needs of SMVF. Individuals with experience provide a bridge to services and help ease SMVF transition to their communities. Peers with military experience and experience with recovery from trauma, mental health, or addiction issues offer valuable knowledge and skills to assist others. This support can be provided through a variety of established peer models. Many states have already begun to bring their peer initiatives together across systems and now stakeholders must assess how best to work together. Coordinated systems of peer support services for SMVF can succeed with collaboration and consensus. This webinar will include discussions related to best practice resources and tools, how communities can build on commonalities, and the many roles peers play. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session. To register in advance of the event, please click here. If you have any questions about your registration, please contact Michelle Cleary, Project Associate, at

5. National AHEC Annual Report and Brochure
The 2012 NAO Annual Report and 2013 update of the NAO Brochure will be available for the NAO Spring Meeting. Order your copies for legislative visits! Click here for the order form, which will be updated soon.


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