NAO Update
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May 13, 2013

1. From the Executive Director's Desk
Spring has finally arrived for good in the Northeast, and I'm pleased to report the trees are finally blooming, the birds are singing and the longer, warmer days mean more time outside. I hope that those of you who are mothers had a lovely Mother's Day!

FY14 Federal Budgeting Process
Spring and Summer also mean Congressional Budget development time, and as such, we will be closely monitoring the FY14 Budgetary Process and will engage those of you who are state advocacy leaders to rally your state AHECs to support FY14 AHEC Funding. NAO President Mary Mitchell and I will be going to Washington, D.C. June 12-13 for meetings on the Hill with Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee Members as well as Members of the Armed Services Committee (to discuss our Veterans' MH Initiative). I will provide more information as we get closer to our meetings and as the final schedule gets developed.

A few items of note:

  • Here's an interesting article regarding how state spending on consumer assistance could have an impact on the healthcare marketplace enrollment. Click here to see the article from Kaiser Health News.
  • Click here to see a link to a RWJ Report that looks at some of the factors that may have played a role in driving a recent slowdown in healthcare spending. I found this to be quite interesting and worth a look.
  • I hope many of you had a chance to watch "60 Minutes" on Sunday, May 5. There was a segment entitled "The Invisible Wounds of War'' which focused on service members struggling with traumatic brain injury. The segment featured our good friend and colleague, Dr. James Kelly, who is the Director of the The National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), which is a DoD institute dedicated to providing cutting-edge evaluation, treatment planning, research, and education for service members and their families dealing with the complex interactions of mild traumatic brain injury and psychological health conditions. It is a fabulous facility and is doing great work. Click here to see the very moving 13-minute segment. Please take a look if you haven't yet seen it. I'm eager to hear your thoughts.

NAO Social Media & the NAO Website
Mike Plumb, our NAO communications consultant, has already been posting NAO & AHEC tidbits to the NAO Facebook Page and the NAO Twitter feed to increase visibility; please be sure to take a look for updates and information. He will also be conducting a comprehensive review of the content on the NAO website and making recommendations regarding ensuring that content is up-to-date, useful, and in a format that increases ease of access. Please be sure to take frequent looks.

Center Director Position Announcement
The West Central Alabama AHEC has recently been established and is ready to hire its first executive director. Click here to see a copy of the Position Announcement for Executive Director. Please note that the application deadline is May 31, 2013.

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.

3. Recent NAO Spring Meeting Presentations Now Online
The Spring meeting presentations are now available on the NAO website for download. To see them, go to, click on EVENTS tab, then CONFERENCES, then PAST CONFERENCES. Then login.

4. The SBIRT Alert
This newsletter, brought to you by the Institute for Research, Education & Training in Addictions, is chock-full of helpful info, blogs, and has details on upcoming webinars in (May 15 and 22). Click here to see the newsletter.


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