NAO Update
Provided as a NAO member benefit
November 25, 2013

1. From the Executive Director's Desk

NAO Strategic Planning Meeting

As I write this, I am waiting on my Friday afternoon flight home to Rhode Island after a tremendously successful week in D.C., both doing Hill and HRSA visits and engaging in strategic thinking and board development and board governance activities. Once the dust settles and the final report is completed, I'll provide a good deal of information as to our decisions, agreements, and exciting future plans. Needless to say, the work the board, the committee chairs, and a past-president or two did during the week was quite impressive and will help move NAO forward in a variety of important and strategic ways. Many, many thanks to NAO president John Blossom for his excellent leadership, and thanks to the board and committee chairs for being so engaged and committed to NAO's success. Finally, kudos to the planning committee for building such a productive and well-organized meeting.

One of the themes that did emerge is the issue of communication and member needs. With so many moving organizational parts, it can be challenging to inform you all on the myriad activities and initiatives in which NAO is engaged. I'm very interested to hear from you all regarding communication from my office. Do you feel sufficiently informed? Would you like more and different forms of communication? Do you check out the NAO Facebook page periodically and has that has been a good tool to use? Please let me know your thoughts; I'm eager to hear them. Also, if I can help you tell the story of your AHEC, particularly to your elected officials in D.C., please feel free to send me one-pagers that highlight your successful and impactful programs.

I hope you all have a fantastic and well-deserved Thanksgiving Break, and look for more information regarding our strategic thinking meeting very soon. Now it's time to find a local race for Turkey Day, because Thanksgiving just isn't Thanksgiving without a hard run in the morning!

Enjoy the Holiday and look for the next Monday Update to come out mid-week next week.

Look how hard NAO's leaders work for you!

Mary Mitchell receiving an award during NAO's recent meeting in recognition for her excellent work as NAO board chair 2012-2013.


2. Save the Date for the NAO Conference : July 7-11, 2014
Exciting and historic Charlotte is the setting for this must-attend NAO event. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more info as it becomes available. We look forward to seeing you there!

3. From A-TrACC
RFP Issued – Submission Deadline is Dec. 3
A-TrACC has issued a request for contract proposals (RFP) to identify a contractor to determine appropriate topics and courses for enhancing training curricula related to educating health professionals about the Health Insurance Marketplace. The contractor will develop curricula and collateral material as necessary and incorporate existing resources where appropriate. The RFP is posted on the NAO website at For more information contact

Final Session on the Field Guide Spreadsheets is December 3
A-TrACC has developed Excel spreadsheets that center staff can use to organize and aggregate data collected with the A-TrACC Field Guide forms. Recordings of Sessions A and B on CBSE and CE/PES can be accessed by clicking here. Email to get the most current Field Guide Forms and Spreadsheets. See below to register for the final session on the HCPP spreadsheets.

  • Session C: HCPP Field Guide Spreadsheets for HCPP Coordinators

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 3 to 4 pm Eastern: Register

The Health Insurance Marketplace 101 led by Carla Haddad, MPH, Office of Planning, Analysis and Evaluation, HRSA. This webinar will provide AHEC staff a high level overview of the Affordable Care Act and the Health Insurance Marketplace.

  • Marketplace 101 Webinar 403T-A. Wednesday, Dec. 11, 3-4 pm Eastern. Register

Marketplace Project Orientation, Sessions A&B led by the A-TrACC team. This webinar will orient AHEC staff to the project and how to participate. Two sessions are being offered, with the same content included in each. Attend on the day/time that works best for you.

  • Orientation Session A Webinar 405T-A. Wednesday, Dec. 17, 3-4 pm Eastern. Register
  • Orientation Session B Webinar 405T-B. Tuesday, Jan. 7, 3-4 pm Eastern. Register

4. Online Call for Presentations
The Conference Planning Committee for the National AHEC Organization (NAO) 2014 Conference invites you to submit a proposal for a concurrent session or poster presentation for the conference scheduled for July 7 – 11, 2014 in Charlotte, NC.

The conference theme for 2014 is AHEC: Driving Access to Quality Healthcare through INNOVATION, IMPLEMENTATION & IMPACT. The goals of the conference are: 1) to provide practical skills and information to implement or improve AHEC-sponsored programs; 2) to enhance the professional development of AHEC directors, staff and board members; and 3) to enable participants to develop new approaches that advance the AHEC mission.

Proposals are to be submitted online this year. Please read all of the directions carefully to ensure that all submission requirements are met.

Please click on the following link to access the online submission system:

Note: The due date for final submissions is Monday, January 20, 2014.

5. NAO Awards Committee Seeks Members
The NAO Awards Committee invites you to join us in our mission to recognize projects and individuals that epitomize the AHEC spirit of excellence. At the upcoming national conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, the committee will present awards in four major categories:

  • AHEC Center Awards for Excellence
  • Eugene S. Mayer Program of Excellence Award
  • Red Koelling Award for Service to AHEC
  • Andy Nichols Award for Social Justice
  • The process of identifying and selecting recipients is beginning. The Awards Committee co-chairs and past NAO presidents Mary Mitchell and Mary Sienkiewicz welcome your participation as a member of the Awards Committee. We would like committee members from all regions and individuals from centers and programs. The commitment will involve three to four conference calls and review of application materials to select winners.

    Mary Mitchell
    Manhattan-Staten Island AHEC

    Mary Sienkiewicz
    New York State AHEC System

    6. Updates from the National SBIRT-ATTC


    December 4, 2013; 1:00 - 2:30 PM EST; Brief Intervention for Marijuana

    December 5, 2013; 2:30 - 4:00 PM EST; Replacing Myths with Facts: Ways of Informing and Engaging Justice-Involved Youth

    December 11, 2013; 1:00 - 2:30 PM EST; SBIRT in Action: An Accelerator for Healthcare Reform

    Special Focus: Hospital SBIRT; Hospital SBIRT: The Reasons

    National SBIRT ATTC partner on bringing alcohol and drug screenings in-house

    Of Interest

    SBIRT in Action: Another Vital Sign" webinar available for anytime viewing

    Health Literacy has Momentum

    Need more info and have questions? Contact: IRETA, 425 6th Ave., Ste 1710, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, P: 412-258-8565, F: 412-391-2528,,

    7. Next NAO Update Will Get Released December 4, 2013

    Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Please note: In light of the upcoming holiday, the next NAO Update will be released on December 4, 2013. Content will be due Monday, December 2, 2013 at noon CST firm (send to Thanks!

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