NAO Update
Provided as a NAO member benefit
April 14, 2014

1. From the Executive Director's Office
"No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it." -Albert Einstein
Food for thought....

Washington, D.C. Update
Thank you to those of you who called asking for members of Congress to submit funding for the AHEC program at $75 million in their appropriations request before the April 5 deadline. I know it's been a hugely busy time and I appreciate the extra effort you all made. It's very important that we have a robust national effort, as you know. Also important is to follow up with the healthcare staffer and ask them if the Congress member submitted an appropriations request on behalf of the AHEC program. Please express your thanks if 'yes.' Work needs to continue with calls and ongoing outreach. Please see below and attached for information regarding the Title VII support letter and the Minority Health letter.

Letters:
The "Title VII Burgess-DeGette Dear Colleague Letter" (click here to see the letter) had 98 signatures, a 15% increase from last year. It's important for AHEC state advocacy leaders to follow up with healthcare staffers in these offices and thank their member of Congress for supporting the AHEC program, and continue providing them with education about what you do in and for their district and state.

Member

Party

State

1

 Grijalva, Raul

D

 Ariz.

2

 Kirkpatrick, Ann

D

 Ariz.

3

 Bass, Karen

D

 Calif.

4

 Bera, M.D., Ami

D

 Calif.

5

 Capps, Lois

D

 Calif.

6

 Cardenas, Tony

D

 Calif.

7

 Chu, Judy

D

 Calif.

8

 Eshoo, Anna

D

 Calif.

9

 Farr, Sam

D

 Calif.

10

 Huffman, Jared

D

 Calif.

11

 Lee, Barbara

D

 Calif.

12

 McLeod, Gloria Negrete

D

 Calif.

13

 Ruiz, M.D., Raul

D

 Calif.

14

 Speier, Jackie

D

 Calif.

15

 Takano, Mark

D

 Calif.

16

 Vargas, Juan

D

 Calif.

17

 Waxman, Henry

D

 Calif.

18

 DeGette, Diana

D

 Colo.

19

 Perlmutter, Ed

D

 Colo.

20

 Courtney, Joe

D

 Conn.

21

 Castor, Kathy

D

 Fla.

22

 Deutch, Theodore

D

 Fla.

23

 Grayson, Alan

D

 Fla.

24

 Hastings, Alcee

D

 Fla.

25

 Wilson, Frederica

D

 Fla.

26

 Johnson, Hank

D

 Ga.

27

 Scott, David

D

 Ga.

28

 Gabbard, Tulsi

D

 Hawaii

29

 Hanabusa, Colleen

D

 Hawaii

30

 Davis, Danny

D

 Ill.

31

 Foster, Bill

D

 Ill.

32

 Schakowsky, Jan

D

 Ill.

33

 Yarmuth, John

D

 Ky.

34

 Pingree, Chellie

D

 Maine

35

 Keating, Bill

D

 Mass.

36

 Lynch, Stephen

D

 Mass.

37

 McGovern, Jim

D

 Mass.

38

 Tierney, John

D

 Mass.

39

 Cummings, Elijah

D

 Md.

40

 Delaney, John

D

 Md.

41

 Ruppersberger, Dutch

D

 Md.

42

 Sarbanes, John

D

 Md.

43

 Van Hollen, Chris

D

 Md.

44

 Dingell, John

D

 Mich.

45

 Levin, Sander

D

 Mich.

46

 Peters, Gary

D

 Mich.

47

 Peterson, Collin

D

 Minn.

48

 Walz, Tim

D

 Minn.

49

 Butterfield, G.K

D

 N.C.

50

 McIntyre, Mike

D

 N.C.

51

 Price, David

D

 N.C.

52

 Kuster, Ann McLane

D

 N.H.

53

 Shea-Porter, Carol

D

 N.H.

54

 Payne, Donald

D

 N.J.

55

 Bishop, Tim

D

 N.Y.

56

 Clarke, Yvette

D

 N.Y.

57

 Collins, Chris

R

 N.Y.

58

 Crowley, Joe

D

 N.Y.

59

 Engel, Eliot

D

 N.Y.

60

 Higgins, Brian

D

 N.Y.

61

 Jeffries, Hakeem

D

 N.Y.

62

 McCarthy, Carolyn

D

 N.Y.

63

 Meng, Grace

D

 N.Y.

64

 Nadler, Jerrold

D

 N.Y.

65

 Owens, Bill

D

 N.Y.

66

 Rangel, Charles

D

 N.Y.

67

 Slaughter, Louise McIntosh

D

 N.Y.

68

 Chabot, Steve

R

 Ohio

69

 Wenstrup, Brad

R

 Ohio

70

 Blumenauer, Earl

D

 Ore.

71

 Bonamici, Suzanne

D

 Ore.

72

 DeFazio, Peter

D

 Ore.

73

 Brady, Robert

D

 Pa.

74

 Cartwright, Matt

D

 Pa.

75

 Fattah, Chaka

D

 Pa.

76

 Cicilline, David

D

 R.I.

77

 Langevin, Jim

D

 R.I.

78

 Cohen, Steve

D

 Tenn.

79

 Burgess, M.D., Michael

R

 Texas

80

 Castro, Joaquin

D

 Texas

81

 Doggett, Lloyd

D

 Texas

82

 Gallego, Pete

D

 Texas

83

 Green, Al

D

 Texas

84

 Green, Gene

D

 Texas

85

 Hinojosa, Ruben

D

 Texas

86

 Jackson Lee, Sheila

D

 Texas

87

 Johnson, Eddie Bernice

D

 Texas

88

 O'Rourke, Beto

D

 Texas

89

 Veasey, Marc

D

 Texas

90

 Vela, Filemon

D

 Texas

91

 Moran, James

D

 Va.

92

 DelBene, Suzan

D

 Wash.

93

 Larsen, Rick

D

 Wash.

94

 McDermott, Jim

D

 Wash.

95

 Smith, Adam

D

 Wash.

96

 Kind, Ron

D

 Wis.

97

 Moore, Gwen

D

 Wis.

98

 Pocan, Mark

D

 Wis.

Please click here to see a letter that was recently circulated by Congressman Hank Johnson's office (D-GA-4) regarding helping to end ethnic and racial health disparities, which includes support for the AHEC program with a funding level of $75 million. It's also important to follow up with healthcare staffers in these offices, thank their member of Congress for supporting the AHEC program, and to continue providing them with education about what AHECs do in their district/state.

Thank you again for the continued efforts and outreach. Remember, this is a "Member-Driven" process! Please let me know what questions you have.

NAO Membership List (Gentle Reminder #1)
As I was going through the NAO online directory recently, I found a number of old/out-of date member information. Please, please please (please!) go to the NAO website (nationalahec.org) and make sure your AHEC contact information is correct and up to date. If changes are necessary, please send to Nicole Cheever at TEI by the end of day on Monday, April 21. Many thanks; I'm sure you understand the need for an accurate and up-to-date list.

NAO Board and Committee Chairs' List (Gentle Reminder #2)
NAO Board Members and Committee Chairs: Please also go through the list under "NAO Leadership" on the NAO website to make sure that your board member information is correct and committee chairperson and committee members' lists are accurate. I know there are a number of edits to be made to bring the lists up-to-date. Please send to Paul Rossmann also by the end of the day Monday, April 21. Thanks!

REMS ER/LA Opioid Training
The REMS ER/LA Opioid initiative is off to a great start and trainings are currently under way by participating AHECs. Our partner in this initiative, the Interstate Postgraduate Medical Association (IPMA), has informed me that we still have time (through April and possibly into May) to have more sites participate if interested. Please consider joining your AHEC colleagues in offering the REMS Opioid training! If interested, please let me know by the end of this week (April 18, 2014).

I love this time of year; Spring has sprung, Passover and Easter are on their way, the baseball season is in full swing, and next Monday is the Boston Marathon. I'll be at the marathon again this year cheering on a few of my training partners, and will also be taking a little time off next week for April break. I wish you and yours a very Happy Passover and Easter!

Have a great week,
Rob

2. From A-TrACC
Marketplace Curriculum Update
A-TrACC marketplace curriculum will include a scripted PowerPoint presentation with an emphasis on what providers and staff need to know; a companion handout of the PowerPoint; and state-specific handouts. Those materials will be followed quickly by a nationally accredited continuing education self-study based on the PowerPoint (CME, CNE and Behavioral Health). Materials are going through the HRSA clearance process and will be available soon! 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 info@atracc.org for additional details or check out our Marketplace FAQ.

Upcoming Surveying Webinar
How do you choose a good sample if you can't survey everyone? How large of a sample is needed to have confidence in the results? 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

Medicaid Basics Webinar
Discover where health care reform and Medicaid expansion intersect with the health care marketplace in an upcoming webinar "Understanding Medicaid," Tuesday, May 13, at 2 p.m. Eastern. Register Now

Did You Know?
More than 900 people have attended at least one A-TrACC online technical assistance offering.

3. Make Plans to Attend the NAO Conference July 7-11, 2014
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

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION RATES: REGISTRATION WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE NEAR FUTURE, SO PLEASE STAY TUNED

Registration Type

Early Bird Registration
(Before June 6)

Late Registration
(After June 6)

Member

$550.00

$600.00

Non-Member

$630.00

$680.00

Student

$250.00

$250.00

Hotel Information
Hotel information is also included in the e-blast that went out in early April. 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
The National AHEC Organization is very excited about our upcoming conference taking place in Charlotte, NC from July 7 - 11, 2014, and we would like to offer you the opportunity to be a sponsor for this great event. As a member of the AHEC community, you recognize the value of NAO as an organization--and the large audience that our bi-annual conference draws. The NAO conference has provided outstanding learning and networking opportunities for the AHEC community for many years. Indeed, the NAO organization has helped to build and develop our community and has created a unique forum for learning and sharing of information for all AHEC professionals. The bi-annual conference continues to provide practical ideas and real take-away value to its attendees through workshops, roundtables, keynote speakers, and sessions led by our members and experts from among the AHEC community. The 2014 conference will continue this tradition and expansion--as we expect another year of record-setting attendance! In its 15 years, NAO has been able to build this community and create these information-sharing and educational opportunities--largely through the generous contributions of its Symposium Sponsors--from individuals and organizations, to our large community of AHEC program and center offices. Our sponsors have helped make it possible to avoid increasing dues, imposing publication fees, or charging for meals at the conference. In order to continue this, we need your help in sponsoring the 2014 NAO Conference! As a sponsor of the 2014 NAO Conference, you will have exclusive opportunity to reach our targeted 550+ conference attendees, while showing your continued support for NAO! The opportunity to reserve your sponsorship for the 2014 conference is on a first-come, first-served basis. 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 sponsorship@nationalahec.org or 414-908-4953 x111.

4. Informative Webinar: Psychological Health and Resilience of Children in Military Families; April 24, 2014; 1-2:30 p.m. (EDT)
Children in military families often face a unique set of stressors such as repeated family separations and exposure to trauma, injury and death. Current literature notes that three out of every five service members who deploy leave families at home. During this post-war transition time, it is important to recognize and understand the risks and challenges ahead for families of military-connected children. This webinar will explore theoretical insights in current research related to children and military families and examine two major constructs: the importance of developmental timing of events and how multiple interdependent systems influence development and well-being. Discussion will include examples of lessons learned from research studies and applicability to current clinical practices.

Continuing education credit is available from Duke Medicine. You must register on or before April 24, 2014, at 3 p.m. (EDT) to qualify for the receipt of continuing education credit.

For guidance on creating a user account and event registration in the Duke Medicine Learning Management System site, please click here. Please note: DCoE's awarding of continuing education credit is limited in scope to health care providers who actively provide psychological health and traumatic brain injury care to U.S. active-duty service members, reservists, National Guardsmen, military veterans, and/or their families.

Upon completion of registration, a confirmation email will be sent providing webinar event details.Sign up for the webinar here. If your network security settings do not allow access to the Duke Medicine website, use another network or device to access the registration page. Once registered, you may use Adobe Connect or Defense Connect Online to attend the webinar.

5. Nursing Summit May 28, 2014; 8:30AM – 3:45PM
Transformational Leadership in a New Healthcare Environment. Henry A. Wallace Center at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, 4079 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY. As a result of changes in healthcare due to healthcare reform, increased demand for services, and impending workforce shortages, nurses will play a pivotal role in the re-design and provision of patient care, while focusing on quality, cost effectiveness, and improved outcomes. The purpose of this program is to provide nurses with an educational forum to discuss the significance of nursing as a profession through visionary leadership, leadership development, and emerging new roles in this new healthcare environment that will positively impact the transformation of healthcare. You may also download the brochure/registration form from our website at www.chahec.org/events. If you have any questions, please contact our staff at (845) 883-7260 or email kdoyle@chahec.org.


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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