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August 25, 2014

1. From the Executive Director's "nice and quiet because school started today" Office
After 10 days away on lovely Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, I am happy to be back in the office and am catching up (although I do miss the Cascades and the Olympic Ranges, the Pacific with its regular Orca sightings, the ruggedness of the area and certainly the outstanding seafood!).

As we approach the end of August and nearly the end of the FY14 Fiscal Year, much work is currently underway on developing the FY15 NAO budget, preparing for the fall NAO conference--which looks like will be 11/17-11/20 in Crystal City, Virginia (hotel contract to be signed shortly), preparing for the NAO Spring Business Summit (dates and location TBD; likely May 2015) and preparing for time on the Hill to advocate for AHEC Funding in FY15 and FY16. As each of the above are finalized, details will be shared here with you all.

Have a great week!

2. How Do You Use the Field Guide?
We've heard from a lot of you that you use the Field Guide, but how exactly do you use the forms or spreadsheets? As is? Modified? As a reference? In staff trainings? To make paper airplanes? A-TrACC would like to share with everyone how AHECs are making the Field Guide work for them! But to do that, we need details! Send a brief description of how you have used, modified, improved, or done whatever to these forms or spreadsheets and the impact it has had. Be sure to identify the program area you are talking about - CBSE, CE/PES, HCPP, or any combination of the three. Email your comments to Here's the catch - we need to hear from you by the end of the day Tuesday, 8/26. Thanks for supporting A-TrACC!

Upcoming Marketplace Webinar
Ever wonder how the Health Insurance Marketplace affects providers? Find out at our next webinar "Marketplace Plans: What Every Provider Needs to Know," Thursday, Sept. 18, at 3 p.m. Eastern. Recommended by Indiana AHEC, Dr. Jason Marker, a family physician in Wyatt, Indiana, will explain how the Marketplace can change a providers' day and affect patient care. This webinar will be beneficial for AHEC staff to understand the impact of the Marketplace. Know a health care professional who would benefit from this training? Invite them! Register Now.

2014 Webinar Series
Improving the Mental and Emotional Well-Being of Communities
through the National Prevention Strategy
Presented by Region VIII Federal Partners
Recovery Oriented Systems of Care

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 2:00 – 3:30 pm, MT (4:00-5:30 ET)

  • 2:00-2:05 Welcome and Adobe Connect Logistics
  • Speaker: Cherri Pruitt, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, HRSA, Region, VIII
    Maternal and Child Health Consultant
  • 2:05-2:15 What IS the National Prevention Council's Mental and Emotional Well-Being Strategy?
  • Speaker: Charles H. Smith, MA, PhD, U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Regional Administrator-Region VIII, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • 2:15-2:25 SAMHSA Recovery Model
  • This presentation identifies the basic Recovery Principles to help people initiate and maintain long-term recovery from addiction.
  • Speaker: Tonya Wheeler, Advocates for Recovery
  • 2:25-2:45 Phoenix Multisport
  • Phoenix Multisport is an innovative peer facilitated program that is saving lives and transforming how people with a substance use disorder recover. This model picks up where formal treatment and 12-step leave off through physical activity and community building, enabling individuals to re-define themselves. This presentation will provide an overview of the program, the underlying model, and preliminary outcomes.
  • Speaker: Rourke Weaver, Manager of the Denver Chapter of Phoenix Multisport
  • 2:45-3:05 The Recovery Model for Homeless Veterans
  • Utilizing both empirical research and experience working with diverse homeless population, Dr. Scott Strong presents recovery-oriented principles specific to working with and successfully housing homeless veterans.
  • Speaker: Scott Strong, Chief of Homeless and Vocational Programs at the Veterans Affairs Eastern Colorado Healthcare System
  • 3:05-3:25 Works for Me: Working for Better Health
  • This presentation will discuss the benefits of supported employment to support clients with serious and persistent mental illnesses in participating in competitive employment. The Washakie Works program will be highlighted with information provided on program components, barriers to participation, and client outcomes.
  • Speaker: Mark Russler, Executive Director of Cloud Peak Counseling Center in Worland, Wyoming

3:25-3:30 Questions & Answers and Additional Resources

To register:

Please contact: RegionVIIIFedPartners@HHS.GOV with any questions.

Continuing education credits from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for this activity are pending.

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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