NAO Update
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February 3, 2014

1. From the Executive Director's Office
I'm back in Washington again this week to conduct Hill visits with House and Senate Appropriations Committee members regarding the FY15 AHEC funding, as well as participating on the panel at the National Rural Health Association's Policy Institute, where I'll be one of three speakers discussing the importance and value of our AHECs in improving provider shortages, particularly in rural areas throughout the US. I know we'll have a cadre of AHECers at the NRHA Policy Institute; I look forward to seeing you there!

Last week, I was able to squeeze in a few Hill visits as well, and, notably, one with the legislative aide for health issues for Hal Rogers, who is the U.S. Representative for Kentucky's 5th congressional district and Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. I found the meeting with Congressman Rogers' aide to be heartening, illuminating and reinforcing of our advocacy efforts, as he very clearly stated that the Kentucky AHEC members did such an excellent job during a recent visit in telling their story and demonstrating with data and anecdotal evidence just how impactful and important the AHEC is to the state of Kentucky. The message from the KY AHEC was not lost on Chairman Rogers, who, according the legislative aide, made sure that the AHEC Program be included for funding in the FY14 budget that was recently completed and signed into law.

Our collective advocacy efforts for our AHEC program matter and they work. It will never be easy, it will take time and energy ("it's a marathon and not a sprint"), and, as you know, will always require a massive national effort. From my perspective, WE are doing a great job, WE are more sophisticated and WE are more responsive. And WE need to keep it up on a regular and ongoing basis with data and stories. I'll report here again next week regarding this week's meetings.

Have a great week and stay warm (I seem to be saying this way too frequently!).


2. From A-TrACC
Been There, Done That: Upcoming Marketplace Webinar
Listen to three AHEC center representatives talk about marketplace trainings they've already completed and get their top tips in the next A-TrACC webinar. "Been There, Done That: Learning from Those Who've Given Marketplace Trainings" is set for 3 p.m. Eastern, Wednesday, February 26. Register Now.

Where's YOUR application?
More than 50 centers have signed up to participate in the marketplace project, a nationwide initiative to train health professionals and staff on the health insurance marketplaces! Don't miss out on this opportunity! Financial support of $1,500 is available in exchange for training for at least 50 health care providers and/or staff. February 14 is the deadline to apply. For questions or to request an application, e-mail

3. Deadline Extended to February 12! Online Call for Presentations
The Conference Planning Committee for the National AHEC Organization (NAO) 2014 Conference invites you to submit a proposal for a concurrent session or poster presentation for the conference scheduled for July 7 – 11, 2014 in Charlotte, NC.

The conference theme for 2014 is AHEC: Driving Access to Quality Healthcare through INNOVATION, IMPLEMENTATION & IMPACT. The goals of the conference are:
1) to provide practical skills and information to implement or improve AHEC-sponsored programs;
2) to enhance the professional development of AHEC directors, staff and board members; and
3) to enable participants to develop new approaches that advance the AHEC mission.

Proposals are to be submitted online this year. Please read all of the directions carefully to ensure that all submission requirements are met.

Please click on the following link to access the online submission system:

Note: The due date for final submissions has been extended to Monday, February 12, 2014.

4. Northwestern CT AHEC Requests Proposals from AHECs Interested in Participating in the Youth Mental Health First Aid Corps
The Youth Mental Health First Aid Corps, an AmeriCorps National Direct Program, seeks AHECs to serve as the host site for one full-time AmeriCorps member during the program year September 2014 to August 2015. AmeriCorps members will be trained as Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructors and will implement Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings for a wide cross-section of community members who work with young people. Proposal due date: March 14, 2014.

A copy of the RFP can be found here.

Direct all questions regarding this opportunity to Tricia Harrity at

5. National AHEC Organization 2014 Conference: AWARD NOMINATIONS
An Invitation to the AHEC Community
To Recognize Our Most Outstanding Projects and Individuals
The NAO Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for the NAO Awards for Excellence, which will be presented at the 2014 National AHEC Workshop in Charlotte, NC.
At each of the bi-annual national workshops, the National AHEC Organization recognizes projects and individuals that epitomize the AHEC spirit of excellence in these major categories:

AHEC Center Awards for Excellence (Continuing Education, Learning Resources, Health Careers Student Recruitment, Research or Evaluation Tools, Health Professions Student Training and Special Community-Based Program)
Eugene S. Mayer Program of Excellence Award
Red Koelling Award for Service to AHEC
Andy Nichols Award for Social Justice

We encourage you to visit the NAO website home page ( where you will see the award nomination information. You can then click on the links to the individual award categories to review the criteria and instructions for nominating candidates. Only NAO members are eligible for awards. No individual or organization may receive more than one award.

The deadline for nominations is February 24, 2014.
For further information about the 2014 NAO AHEC Awards, please contact either of the Awards Committee co-chairs:
Mary Mitchell, MPA, Manhattan-Staten Island AHEC,
Mary Sienkiewicz, New York State AHEC System,

6. NAO Conference Takes Place July 7-11, 2014
Exciting and historic Charlotte is the setting for this must-attend NAO event. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more info as it becomes available. We look forward to seeing you there!

7. February 20, 2014 Webinar on Community and Historical Trauma: Surviving and Recovering
Improving the Mental and Emotional Well-Being of Communities through the National Prevention Strategy. Presented by Region VIII Federal Partners. Click here for details.

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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