1. From the Executive Director's Office
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
Where's YOUR application?
3. Deadline Extended to February 12! Online Call for Presentations
The conference theme for 2014 is AHEC: Driving Access to Quality Healthcare through INNOVATION, IMPLEMENTATION & IMPACT. The goals of
the conference are:
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: http://www.nationalahec.org/conferenceSubmission.taf.
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
A copy of the RFP can be found here.
Direct all questions regarding this opportunity to Tricia Harrity at firstname.lastname@example.org
5. National AHEC Organization 2014 Conference: AWARD NOMINATIONS
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)
We encourage you to visit the NAO website home page (www.nationalahec.org) 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.
6. NAO Conference Takes Place July 7-11, 2014
7. February 20, 2014 Webinar on Community and Historical Trauma: Surviving and Recovering
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.
To submit an item, please click here. Deadline: Thursdays, noon CST.