NAO Update
Provided as a NAO member benefit
April 7, 2014

1. From the Executive Director's Office
Start Planning
It's hard to believe, but the NAO 2014 Conference in Charlotte, NC is only three months away! It's time to START PLANNING YOUR TRIP TO THE 2014 NATIONAL AHEC CONFERENCE IN CHARLOTTE, NC! The NAO Conference Planning Committee has done an outstanding job in developing a tremendous agenda for you all. This is a conference you DO NOT want to miss; please refer to the e-blast that went out last week (4/1/14) for details. Spring seems to have sprouted in most parts of the country, and thoughts of spring lead to thoughts of summer, which, of course, means it's the perfect time to take a moment and think about our exciting upcoming conference taking place in beautiful Charlotte, NC. More details on the event will follow very soon. Please contact me or any member of the planning committee if you have any questions. I'm looking forward to seeing YOU in just three short months!

Video of Charlotte
Don't know anything about Charlotte? Click on the image below to see a short video from the Charlotte Convention and Visitors Bureau about the beautiful city of Charlotte.

Check out our New and Exciting Online Agenda
Our online agenda automatically stays up-to-date so you can view the most recent updates to the agenda as you plan out your week. Check out our keynote speakers, find information about our Charlotte AHEC-sponsored evening event, our exciting Awards Gala, which is sure to be a hit this year, and read about our exciting sessions taking place.

Even more exciting is the ability to create an account on our site, which will allow you to network with other conference attendees, and to even create your own personal agenda to follow throughout your week at the conference.

Want a Sneak Peak?
Just click here and you can see what is currently being planned for our exciting conference. Save the link to your tablet or smartphone and you can follow us whenever you want.

Registration Will be Available Soon


Registration Type

Early Bird Registration
(Before June 6)

Late Registration
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Hotel Information
Hotel information is also included in the e-blast that went out last week. Please proceed in booking your hotel room now. A SPECIAL ROOM RATE of $159/night single/double has been reserved for NAO Conference attendees and is available to reserve using the online links below. Please have your credit card available when making your reservation. The hotel will charge a one-night's deposit to your credit card in order to hold your reservation. NOTE: Reservations must be made by 5pm on June 18 in order to take advantage of the specially negotiated NAO room rate. Book early to ensure you get the group rate. CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR HOTEL ROOMS FOR THE CONFERENCE.

Become a Sponsor of the NAO Annual Conference
Sponsoring one or more conference activities places your name in front of the attendees in the Conference Program, on the NAO Conference Website, and on sponsor signage displayed during the chosen event. Secure your Sponsorship by May 2, 2014. Click here to see the Sponsorship Opportunities document. Please contact Jill Tucker to explore your options or if you have any questions at or 414-908-4953 x111.

Washington, D.C. Update
Thank you all for making calls last week to your Congressional Delegation asking Members to support funding for the AHEC program at $75 million in their appropriations request for FY2015. I know the past few weeks have been incredibly busy and I very much appreciate the extra effort and time it took to make the calls. We need to keep it up and ensure that we're regularly in touch with our Congressional Delegation regarding the effectiveness and impact of our AHECs. I'll be back on the Hill in early May to visit with members of the House and Senate Labor-HHS Appropriations Sub-Committee, as well as with members of the Full Appropriations Committee. As those visits get scheduled, the NAO Public Policy Leadership Team will be in touch with AHEC state advocacy leaders (who are doing a great job; thanks!!!) to make calls in advance of my meetings.

NAO PR and Social Media
You may have noticed that the NAO and AHEC presence on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ has dramatically increased in recent days. Thanks to a comprehensive social media and PR strategy by the NAO Communications Committee and our communications consultant Mike Plumb, expanded updates and information regarding NAO and AHEC activities have been shared across a variety of social media platforms which results in greater visibility for NAO and our AHECS. The NAO website is increasingly updated as well, as the feeds from Facebook are posted under the "Latest News" section. Also, you will see additional blog posts from me, too (as soon as I can find more time!). I'd love to hear your feedback, and please be sure to "Like" the National AHEC Organization Facebook page and follow our Twitter feed, too!

Have a great week!


2. From A-TrACC

*****We Need Your Marketplace Info!*****

We've heard from a lot of you about what you're doing not only to educate health professionals on the health insurance marketplace, but also on consumer outreach and enrollment! We would like to recognize your efforts in our quarterly report to HRSA. Want to make sure your AHEC information is included? Drop us a note about ACA activities your center is involved with at

Marketplace Curriculum Update
We're getting closer to having the curriculum ready for you! The state fact sheets are just about ready. The PowerPoint presentation is currently going through the HRSA review process. We still expect the curriculum to be released this Spring. As soon as we get it, we will pass it on to you. Promise! We're just as anxious as you are! Still thinking about joining us? More than 110 AHECs are participating in the marketplace project to train health professionals and staff on the health insurance marketplace. We are approaching capacity for this project. Stop thinking about it and get your application in today! Contact for additional details or check out our Marketplace FAQ.

Upcoming Surveying Webinar
How do you know when a survey is the best way to collect data? What are the pros and cons of surveying? Pick up practical guidelines and examples on how to survey program participants effectively at our upcoming webinar "Survey Strategies," Thursday, May 1, at 3 p.m. Eastern. Register Now

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.

Vision: Our vision is that the AHEC network is the national leader in developing a highly competent and diverse health care workforce for underserved populations.

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