NAO Update
Provided as a NAO member benefit
May 20, 2013

1. From the Executive Director's Desk
Happy early Memorial Day! I imagine some of you will be traveling over the upcoming long weekend—as I am. As such, next week's Monday Update will be out on Tuesday, May 28. I'll be —as I do every year—running in the Vermont City Marathon as part of a relay team in Burlington over the Memorial Day weekend. I'm looking forward to this fun event and maybe even doing a bit of mountain running, as well. Whatever you wind up doing, enjoy the long weekend!

Congressional Hearings Regarding the Primary Care Workforce
Titles VII and VIII were recently raised at several hearings, including the House and Senate Labor-HHS Hearings with Secretary Sebelius on the President's FY 2014 budget request for HHS and a Senate HELP hearing on the primary care workforce. During the House hearing with Secretary Sebelius, Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.) asked how the administration expects to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of the health professions workforce when the president's budget eliminates HCOP and AHEC. At the Senate hearing, Senator Pryor (D-Ark.) asked about the elimination of AHEC,  while Senators Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Tester (D-Mont.) submitted questions regarding AHEC's elimination. Senator Tester submitted a question for the record as well as a letter to Secretary Sebelius encouraging her to issue a competitive AHEC grant cycle for Fiscal Year 2014. Senators Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) also praised HRSA's workforce programs at the Senate HELP hearing.

IOM Interprofessional Education Report
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) May 13 released a report, which summarizes two Global Forum meetings focused on interprofessional education (IPE). The report discusses IPE, challenges to IPE, lessons learned, and more. The appendix includes a list of faculty development programs at various universities, and highlights a few AHEC programs and a Geriatric Education Centers (GEC) program. Click here for details.  

2014 Interprofessional Healthcare Case Competition 
The Wisconsin AHEC announces a new statewide program for all Wisconsin college students. Please see below for details: 

Teams of 4-5 health professions students from different majors/degrees will work on the case together during the Fall 2013 semester and compete for cash prizes when presenting their findings to a panel of healthcare professionals. The statewide competition event will be held January 9-10, 2014 in the Wisconsin Dells. Room accommodations at the Kalahari Resort will be provided by Wisconsin AHEC. Please see the program announcement flyer for details online by clicking here. Students are encouraged to form a team over the summer. Teams can apply online beginning September 3, 2013. The contact person for this event is Jill Niemczyk, Northeastern WI AHEC; Phone: 920-652-0238; E-mail:

While this particular competition is for Wisconsin college students, the initiative may serve as a great resource for other AHECs interested in similar activities that promote interprofessional education and practice. For more information or to provide input and/or suggestions, please contact Keri Robins at the Wisconsin AHEC System at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. E-mail:; Phone: 608-265-2442.

Press Clips
Here's a recent article that highlights the importance of a North Carolina AHEC, as well as the role of Title VII in bolstering the primary care workforce and serving underserved populations. Please take a quick look!

Collaboration for REMS Education (CO*RE)
CO*RE, a 10-partner collaboration that includes primary care, addiction medicine, pain medicine, and hospice-palliative care specialty perspectives, is designing, developing, delivering and evaluating a multi-faceted, multi-phase, multi-year competency-based educational initiative to the targeted prescribers of extended-release/long-acting (ER/LA) opioids. Content will meet requirements for the FDA's Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) program for ER/LA opioids. Please click here for more information regarding sign-up and participation. Looking forward to a great AHEC turnout!

Have a great week and long weekend!

2. Announcement on $1Billion Initiative
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recently announced a nearly $1 billion initiative that will fund awards and evaluation to build on the Obama administration's work to transform the healthcare system by delivering better care and lowering costs. This second round of Health Care Innovation Awards will fund applicants that have a high likelihood of driving healthcare system transformation and delivering better outcomes. Click here for more info.

3. Journal of the National AHEC Organization Call for Articles
"AHECs: Successfully Adapting to Meet the Nation's Healthcare Needs"
It's been 30 years since the Journal of the National AHEC Organization began documenting how AHECs have responded to meet the nation's evolving primary healthcare access needs through education, training, and other healthcare workforce initiatives. In this edition we continue this tradition by highlighting how AHECs are once again responding to changes in the fiscal, education, and healthcare environments.
The Editorial Board is looking for articles that address five important topics:

  1. Interprofessional Education (IPE)
    • How does providing IPE differ from previous educational activities at your AHEC?
    • What challenges have you overcome and do you have a success story to share?
    • How has this affected health professions student training?
  2. The Affordable Care Act
    • What role(s) will your AHEC play in its implementation?
  3. Diversity in the Healthcare Workforce
    • How is the workforce changing in terms of demographics, economics, student loan debt burden, and other ways?
    • How do AHECs encourage more diversity in the healthcare workforce?
  4. Social Entrepreneurship
    • What does social entrepreneurship mean in an AHEC context?
    • What role does a readiness assessment play for your AHEC in determining whether to pursue a social entrepreneurship strategy?
    • What challenges have you overcome and do you have a success story to share?
  5. Social Media
    • What is social media in an AHEC context?
    • How is your AHEC using social media?
    • What is the future for AHEC's use of social media?

Articles on related topics, such as individual and institutional success stories relating to innovative education programs, strategic planning processes with educational partners, and effective evaluation solutions are welcomed.

Please submit drafts, photos, and accompanying materials to

Refer to the NAO website for Journal submission guidelines:
Submission Cover Sheet must be included with the article:

1st Draft Article Submission is due August 1, 2013

4. From A-TrAAC
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.

5. Reminder: 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.

6. Next Update
Content for the next Update will be due Thursday, May 23 at noon CST firm. NAO Headquarters will be closed on Monday. The update will go out on Tuesday, May 28. Thanks!

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.

©National AHEC Organization | 7044 S. 13th Street, Oak Creek, WI 53154 | 414-908-4953 x131|
Executive Director Rob Trachtenberg | 414-908-4953 |

To submit an item, please click here. Deadline: Thursdays, noon CST.

NAO Resources
Links to new resources and information:

NAO Home Page |Upcoming NAO Meetings and Conferences |Committees
NAO Board |Membership Information |Contact Us