NAO Update
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May 6, 2013

1. From the Executive Director's Desk
AHEC Funding FY13
This information was shared last week, though bears repeating. Please read carefully:
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has released their sequestration operating plan for fiscal year 2013 (FY13). The FY13 enacted level for the AHEC program is at $30.025 million. The AHEC account is not being tapped in FY13 and the $2.78 million that was tapped in 2012 for World AIDS day was returned. After sequestration reduction cuts of 5.1%, AHEC's operating level funding is at $28.311 million for FY 13. This is an increase in $1.081 million from fiscal year 2012 (FY12). As a reminder, FY13 Federal resources provide funding for the FY14 AHEC Program year. The NAO Public Policy Leadership Team certainly deserves a great deal of credit for their hard work, their diligence, and their excellent counsel in guiding NAO's advocacy efforts.

We are continuing to monitor the FY14 budgeting process and will share advocacy information when most appropriate. NAO Board Chair Mary Mitchell and I will likely be in Washington, D.C. and on the Hill in mid-June. As details develop we will share them and begin the process of engaging our national advocacy leaders to reach out to Congress with calls and letters in support of the AHEC Program.

IOM Best Practices Innovation Collaborative
I was honored to attend and present at the IOM Best Practices Innovation Collaborative (BPIC) discussion at The National Academies in Washington, D.C. last week, along with Karen Purcell, executive director of the Capitol AHEC in Richmond, VA. The discussion focused on advancing BPIC's collaborative work on the patient's role on the care team, spotlighting technologies and strategies to improve patient engagement, and increasing the effectiveness of community care networks in engaging with health professionals and patients. Many splendid presentations led to a robust conversation, offering ample opportunity for follow-up and new partnerships and engagement. I will follow up with additional information as it evolves.

NAO Communications Consultant on Board!
Mike Plumb from Southern Utah University is NAO's new Communications Consultant, and has begun working closely with the NAO Communications Committee. Mike will be charged—in 4 to 6 hours per week—with ensuring that the NAO website content is up-to-date and fresh. He will also be working on enhancing NAO and the AHEC's network visibility on social media platforms, and will work to complement and support the activities of the Communications Committee. I'm thrilled that Mike is part of the NAO team; please join me in welcoming him!

Have a great week!

2. From A-TrACC
Webinar 312T-A: Data Analysis & Report Development for AHEC Center Staff
Data analysis does not have to be scary or complicated. Learn how to use data to tell your Center's story. Presenters Shannon Carlin-Menter, PhD, Director of Evaluation, New York State AHEC System, and Greta Lax, MS, Center Director, Akron-Region Interprofessional AHEC, will help you learn how to use collected data and how to explore that data in the context of questions that need to be answered. Center-level data analysis should establish the outcomes or value of the program/s you provide, tell your story to stakeholders, and inform program improvement. Register

AHEC Network Veterans Mental Health Training Schedule
Click here to see the full schedule of upcoming Veterans Mental Health CE programs. How exciting! 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 ( This schedule is being shared nationally with the American Association of Medical Colleges, the National Board of Certified Counselors, the Bureau of Primary Health Care, Army OneSource, and other organizations interested in promoting and supporting these trainings.

AHECs and Health Centers Webinar
This recorded webinar is a "must see" for all AHEC staff. It explains how community-oriented primary care works and how AHECs and health centers can work together, not just within the context of the AHEC Veterans Mental Health Project, but also through other collaborations. Click here to watch the recording and e-mail to get the slides and handouts.

Do We Have Your Data?
As of May 1, CE has been provided to 4,745 health professionals through the AHEC Veterans Mental Health Project. We are still less than halfway to meeting our goal. If your AHEC has sponsored an event but has not submitted your report, please do so as soon as the follow-up evaluation is completed. Questions? E-mail


3. Veterans' Mental Health Resource
Click here to find a resource that may be helpful to those engaged in Veterans' Mental Health initiatives. Included in the resource is a link to the map of VISNs, which may help any individual AHEC know which VISN they are in with possible contact information listed; page 10 has a list of potential partners which could also be partners the AHEC could contact for their trainings and other initiatives.

4. Recorded Webinars
The following webinars are now available to view and receive full CME credit. To register and view pre-recorded Webinars, visit Submit evaluation and receive FREE CME CREDIT.

-Team-based Primary Care
-Financial Planning for Primary Care Physicians
-Veterans Mental Health
-Teaching Preceptors: One Minute Preceptor
-Preventing Clinician Burnout Part 1: Personal and Professional Issues and Plans
-Preventing Clinician Burnout Part 2: Understanding and Addressing Burnout in your Work Environment
-Transgender Health Care
Register for live webinars by clicking here. For assistance call Berenice Vega, (559) 241-7694.

-May 15, 2013: Retention Workshop for Clinic Administrators

For questions or to register by phone, call 559-241-7650.

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