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December 8, 2014

Another fantastic NAO conference!

It was wonderful so see so many AHECers in Washington last week at the NAO 2014 Fall Conference! Thanks to all of those who attended and made the conference a success. While there were many familiar faces, there certainly were a number of 'first-timers" in attendance which I found heartening. I got the chance to talk with many of those who had never attended a NAO conference before, which was a great pleasure; I look forward to connecting again at future conferences!

A few items of note regarding the conference: 

  • The PowerPoint presentations are now uploaded to the NAO website and can be found at 
  • The conference evaluation link: Please be sure to complete the conference evaluation if you attended: we need your input!
  • The names and formal titles of our Tuesday panelists was requested:

    1.Alan MorganChief Executive Officer, National Rural Health Association
    2.Craig KennedyExecutive Director, Association of Clinicians for the Underserved
    3.Jacqueline WynnImmediate Past-President, National Association of Minority Medical Educators
    4.Pamela MurphyVP of Government Relations, American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
    5.Tannaz RasouliSenior Legislative Analyst, Association of American Medical Colleges

  • Please send me any pictures you'd like to share with the membership of your meetings and we'll get those posted as well.

Thanks again for a great conference and much appreciation to Mary Craig, Jeff Papke and the rest of the fall conference planning committee for a job well done. And I hope to see many of you in Orlando for the first-ever NAO Business Summit in May. Watch for more details!

Thirteenth Annual Report to the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services and the Congress of the United States Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community-Based Linkages (ACICBL)

The 13th ACICBL report may be of particular interest to you given recent discussion and the work of the NAO IPE Workgroup; please take a look: "Transforming Interprofessional Health Education and Practice: Moving Learners from the Campus to the Community to Improve Population Health".

Have a great week!


NAO National Training Center

Are you excited about the new NAO HPV project but still a little fuzzy on what exactly HPV is? Join us for our next webinar - HPV: The Basics - set for Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 3 p.m. ET. This webinar will be led by CDC experts and give a basic overview of HPV and more about the vaccine. You won't want to miss it. Register Now

Did you miss our project kick-off? You can watch the recorded session as well as access our HPV Project FAQs.

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.

AHRQ's Primary Care Practice Facilitation Forum

New & Noteworthy


PCMH Resource Center

The primary care medical home, also referred to as the patient centered medical home (PCMH), advanced primary care, and the healthcare home, is a promising model for transforming the organization and delivery of primary care.

We provide implementers, decisionmakers, and researchers with access to evidence-based resources about the medical home and its potential to transform primary care and improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of U.S. health care.

Please visit us at

This electronic newsletter continues our efforts toward building a learning network for individuals with an interest in practice facilitation. We will use this listserv to share questions and answers submitted by learning forum members, as well as resources, research articles, and events of interest to the community.

Upcoming Newsletter Topic

Preparing and Presenting Performance Data

Achieving Positive Impacts on Workflow and Quality Improvement through Full Implementation of Electronic Health Records

With the increasing emphasis on data-driven improvement, practice facilitators will need to ensure they can collect and work with accurate data. The next edition of this newsletter will highlight how to summarize and present data in a way that makes it easy for members of the practice to understand and stimulates meaningful action toward improving the practice. This topic is the focus of Module 9 of The Practice Facilitation Handbook: Training Modules for New Facilitators and Their Trainers. The upcoming newsletter will explore best practices for preparing and reporting data to a practice and its quality improvement (QI) team to enable data-driven improvement.

Related Resource

In case you missed it in the last edition of the newsletter, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released a new Evaluation Guide for designing real-world evaluations of interventions such as the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) and other models to improve primary care delivery. Effective primary care can improve health and cost outcomes, and patient, clinician and staff experience, and evaluations can help determine how best to improve primary care to achieve these goals.

The Guide, developed with researchers at Mathematica Policy Research under a contract with AHRQ, presents practical steps for designing an evaluation and is intended for evaluators affiliated with delivery systems, employers, practice-based research networks, local or regional insurers, and others who want to test an intervention in a relatively small number of primary care practices, and who may have limited resources to evaluate the intervention.

This Guide offers options to address some of the challenges that evaluators of small-scale projects face, as well as insights for evaluators of larger projects. The Guide answers six questions:

1.      Do I need an evaluation?

2.      What do I need for an evaluation?

3.      How do I plan an evaluation?

4.      How do I conduct an evaluation and what questions will it answer?

5.      How can I use the findings?

6.      What resources are available to help me?

In addition to this Guide, AHRQ has developed a number of resources for evaluators of primary care interventions like the PCMH. These include: a series of 11 briefs that describe research methods that researchers could use to evaluate PCMH models; white papers and briefs on designing strong evaluations and developing the evidence base for the PCMH; and evaluation tools, such as the Care Coordination Measures Atlas and PCMH-Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS).

We would appreciate it very much if you would share this Guide with colleagues and include a mention of it in your monthly newsletter or other announcements.

Upcoming Event

Supporting leaders to promote quality and patient safety: How practice facilitators can work with practice leadership to support a culture of safety and quality

Register Now! Thursday, December 18 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET

This is the third in a series of webinars designed to share AHRQ's development of tools and resources for training primary care practice facilitators (PFs). This session focuses on how practice facilitators can help support primary care practice leaders in building a culture that promotes quality and safety. It is important for practice facilitators to engage the practice's leaders when trying to promote safer patient care and improve the overall quality of care delivered. The role of leadership is essential to making the organizational changes necessary to introduce and sustain a culture of quality and patient safety.

The speakers have expertise in practice facilitation, leadership development, culture change and quality improvement, and will include:

·        Lyndee Knox, PhD, CEO, LA Net Community Health Resource Network

·        Tony Suchman, MD, Organizational Consultant and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

·        Carolyn Shepherd, MD, Former Senior Vice President for Clinical Affairs (Retired), Clinica Family Health Services

·        Kristi Bohling-DaMetz, RN, BSN, MBA, Program Director, TransforMED

To register, please click here.

If you would like to listen to either of the first two webinars in the series, regarding PF Case Studies and Use of Health IT, respectively, please click the appropriate link and register for the event you wish to listen to. If you have already registered for these events, simply sign in. This will bring you to all of the resources available during the live event, including audio with closed-captioning and a slide deck.

Upcoming Event

PRECIS Tool: Understanding your Research Intentions, the Pragmatic-Explanatory Continuum

Register Now! Thursday, December 11 from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. ET

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is hosting an in-depth methodological webinar that will focus on the pragmatic-explanatory continuum indicator summary (PRECIS) tool. Kevin Thorpe, MMath, will discuss the development of the tool and the methods for its use by trialists to determine whether research design decisions are consistent with the stated purpose of the research trial.

Moderator: Rebecca Roper, MS, MPH, Director, Practice-Based Research Network Initiative, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.

To register, please click here.
Brought to you by the AHRQ PBRN Resource Center


Evidence Base for Using Technology Solutions in Behavioral Health Care

Date/Time: December 17, 2014: 1-2:30 p.m. (EST)


Recent advances in the evidence base for technology-based behavioral health applications have provided clinicians a better understanding and guidance on the integration of these tools into clinical care. Participants will learn about research findings on current technologies in use in clinical practice, such as audio conferencing, video conferencing, and virtual reality, in addition to tools available for use between patients, such as the use of websites and mobile applications and wearable sensors. Clinicians will leave this training with a review of the evidence base for using technology solutions in behavioral health care that will inform their clinical practice.

Webinar participants will learn to:

  • Describe a theoretical perspective useful in the conceptualization and application of technology-based interventions for clinical practice
  • Differentiate between the concepts of synchronous and asynchronous technologies with respect to behavioral health interventions
  • Examine the current status of literature on technologically-supported behavioral health interventions
  • Assess potential gaps and recognize future trends in behavioral health technology tools into clinical care


Nancy A. Skopp, Ph.D.
Research, Outcomes, and Investigations
National Center for Telehealth and Technology
Department of Defense Centers of Excellence for
Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

Jae Osenbach, Ph.D.
Mobile Health Program (MHP)
National Center for Telehealth and Technology
Department of Defense Centers of Excellence for
Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.


Don Workman, Ph.D.
Division Chief, Emerging Technologies Program
National Center for Telehealth and Technology
Department of Defense Centers of Excellence for
Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

Continuing Education:

Continuing education credit is available from Duke Medicine. You must register on or before December 17, 2014, at 3 p.m. (EST) to qualify for the receipt of continuing education credit.

To qualify for receipt of continuing education credit for applicable webinars, eligible participants must create a profile in the Duke Medicine Learning Management System and register for the event on, or before, the event registration deadline. Complete responses to all pre-registration questions are required to be eligible to receive credit for attending this event. For guidance on creating a user account and event registration in the Duke Medicine Learning Management System site, please visit

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.

For details, please visit:  Additionally since September 2014 for Psychology: This activity complies with all of the continuing education criteria identified through the American Psychological Association (APA) Continuing Education Requirements.

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