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December 1, 2014

From the Hyatt Regency Crystal City and the 2014 NAO Fall Conference​

Greetings from the 2014 NAO Fall ​Conference here in Crystal City! 

I hope you all had an relaxing and enjoyable Thanksgiving Holiday. Reflecting over the weekend, I am reminded just how much I have to be thankful for, personally and professionally, and, as such, want to say a special thank-you to you, our valued NAO members.

I am especially thankful that:

  • ​Over 80% of you renew your membership in NAO every single year
  • ​You believe ​in the NAO mission and the important work ​we do
  • You find value in being a member of NAO and support NAO and the AHEC Program locally in your communities and nationally
  • ​You are dedicated to our work and believe in championing and advancing our niche in the world
  • So many of you volunteer your time on the NAO board, on committees, and on ad-hoc work groups​

Thank you all so much and again, I do hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!

NAO 2014 Fall Conference

Today is the NAO board meeting and strategic plan assessment followed by the official kick-off of the conference tomorrow morning.​ I'm looking forward to seeing many of my AHEC colleagues here in Crystal City. We have a great meeting planned with and ​I'm eager for us to roll up our sleeves and get to work!

Safe travels to all and see you at the official kick-off bright and early Tuesday morning. As usual, if anyone wants to run early in the morning, I'll be in the hotel lobby everyday at 5:30am. Come join me for an easy run through Crystal City and on to the Mt. Vernon Trail which runs along the Potomac River.

NAO National Training Center​

Save the Date!

The next CDC HPV Project webinar is TENTATIVELY planned for Tuesday, Dec. 16. We will get registration links out to you as soon as we get our speaker confirmed. In the meantime, check out the Immunization Action Coalition's Ask the Experts feature where the CDC answers challenging HPV vaccine questions.

Have a great week and be sure to keep an eye out on the NAO Twitter site (@NationalAHEC) and the NAO Facebook page ( for conference updates all throughout the week.​


We hope you are able to join us for this webinar!

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National Prevention Strategy.jpg2014 Webinar Series

Improving the Mental and Emotional Well-Being of Communities
through the National Prevention Strategy

Presented by Region VIII Federal Partners

Prescription Drug Abuse: Why Does it Matter and What Can We Do?

Thursday, December 11, 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, Health Resources and Services Administration, Region VIII Maternal and Child Health Consultant

2:05-2:20 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

2:20-2:40   Got Drugs?  An Overview of DEA Disposal of Controlled Substances Final Rule

Speaker: Lynette Wingert, US Drug Enforcement Agency Group Supervisor whose area of responsibility includes Utah, Wyoming, and Montana

2:40-3:00  Prescription for Prevention: A Community's Collective Impact - This presentation will give an overview of the collective, intentional, and collaborative prevention efforts being utilized in Missoula, MT to reduce the misuse and abuse of Prescription medication.

Speaker: Brandee Tyree, Coordinator Missoula Underage Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition

3:00-3:20   Colorado's Prescription Drug Abuse Initiatives This presentation looks at the current initiatives taking place in Colorado around prescription drug abuse. Highlights will include the Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Program, a statewide initiative funded through the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health, creation and implementation of the state strategic plan through the Governor's Office, creation of the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention, and efforts targeting youth through Rise Above Colorado.

Speaker:  Laurie Lovedale, Manager of the Colorado Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Program

3:20-3:30 Questions & Answers and Additional Resources


Conference number: 956415; Passcode: 4923803

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Please contact: RegionVIIIFedPartners@HHS.GOV with any questions

or to request a written transcript of this event.

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

Speaker's Bios

Speaker:  Charles Smith is the Regional Administrator for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Region VIII.  Dr. Smith is the former Director of the Colorado Division of Behavioral Health and Deputy Commissioner of Mental Health and Substance Abuse for the State of Colorado.  Dr. Smith is a Licensed Psychologist with over 25 years of experience in fields of behavioral health administration, program development, forensic/correctional psychology, emergency/crisis intervention, recovery support systems, research, and consultation.

Speaker:  Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Group Supervisor Lynnette Wingert has worked at the Salt Lake City District Office as the Diversion Supervisor for the last eight years, where she has supervised diversion related cases in the state of Utah, Montana, and Wyoming.  GS Wingert has successfully investigated many illicit drug and chemical diversion cases throughout the United State and has taught in many law enforcement schools, public education programs, and at private industry conferences about pharmaceutical drug and chemical diversion and federal and state laws that pertain to the DEA Registrant and the public.

Speaker:  Brandee Tyree is a Prevention Specialist working in Missoula, MT. She coordinates the Missoula Underage Substance Abuse Prevention coalition housed within The Missoula Forum for Children and Youth.   Brandee specializes in intentional community organizing pertaining to creating a healthy and safe community for Children and Youth with an emphasis on preventing underage substance use.  Brandee is also an Adjunct Professor for the University of Montana teaching "The Basics of Substance Abuse Prevention".

Speaker:  Laurie Lovedale has been Manager of the Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Program at Peer Assistance Services, Inc. since January 2012.  She received her Master of Public Health Degree at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse.  Laurie has 11 years of public health experience developing, implementing and evaluating health education programs designed to create positive behavior changes.  Laurie's work involves increasing awareness of prescription drug abuse in our communities, encouraging responsible prescribing practices, increasing availability of medication disposal programs statewide, tracking data and trends, and encouraging patient responsibility with prescription medications.  Laurie is also directly involved with efforts to implement Colorado's state strategic plan on Rx drug abuse through the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention.