NAO Update
Provided as a NAO member benefit
February 10, 2014

1. From the Executive Director's (Still!) Cold and Snowy Office
My trip to Washington, D.C. last week was cut short by yet another winter storm, though I was still able to fit in a few Hill visits before heading back to RI. It is increasingly heartening and reassuring to hear that when visiting Congressional Offices, the state AHEC has already reached out in advance of my visit and shared program impact data and anecdotal information. This approach seems to be working very well and I am confident that if we continue in this vein we'll keep making progress towards our short- and long-term goals. Kudos this week to the Ohio and Missouri AHECs for making their voices heard on the Hill! I'll visit with the members I missed last week in the coming weeks.

REMS ER/LA Opioid Training
The REMS ER/LA Opioid initiative is off to a great start and trainings are currently underway by participating AHECs. Our partner in this initiative, the Interstate Postgraduate Medical Association (IPMA) has informed me that we still have time (through March, possibly April) to have more sites participate if interested. Please consider joining your AHEC colleagues in offering the REMS Opioid training! If interested, please let me know by the end of this week (2/14/14).

"One-Question Survey" Results
Thanks so much to those of you who responded to the "One-Question Surveys" that were recently posed.

In terms of Question One, which asked, "What is the greatest benefit of being a NAO member?", the responses were largely as follows:

  • Receiving the Monday Updates and being informed about about national-level initiatives, training opportunities, and potential funding sources
  • Having access to the National AHEC Network
  • Advocacy on behalf of the AHEC Network and understanding the Federal funding/budgetary process
  • Networking and being connected to the "larger AHEC and NAO mission"
  • Feeling connected to colleagues and having a sense of community, even from the far reaches and remote areas of the country

I'm quite pleased to hear that being connected and being part of something on a national scale are of value, and I will continue to make sure that vital NAO and AHEC information is shared here in the Monday Update.

In terms of Question Two, which asked, "Do you read any of the following: the NAO Facebook page; the NAO Twitter feed, the NAO Google + Page, or my executive director's blog?", the (much fewer) responses were largely as follows (summarized):

  • Most people read the Monday Update regularly
  • A few read the NAO Facebook page regularly
  • A few read the blog (though I do need to find the time to write more!)
  • Not many follow the NAO feed on Twitter and Google+

Based on the responses, we'll make sure to include the most important information here in the Monday Update and continue to utilize the other forms of communications as well for other updates and to share AHEC activities on a daily basis.

Have a great week, and yet again, stay warm and safe!


2. From A-TrACC
Where's YOUR Marketplace 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

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.

For Those Who Have "Done That"
Have a marketplace training experience you want to share, too? Complete and save this brief questionnaire and then send it on to The information you provide may be included in a handout at our "Been There, Done That" webinar.

Training Blast from the Past
Remember that awesome webinar you attended last year on mining HRSA performance measures? Revisit this and other trainings from the last four years at the A-TrACC archive.

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. Rural Assistance Center and Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis Toolkit
The Rural Assistance Center (RAC) and NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis are announcing a new Rural Care Coordination Toolkit to help rural communities and organizations identify and implement a care coordination program. This toolkit contains resources to help communities develop programs that can improve quality and continuity of care, as well as patient outcomes, building on best practices of successful care coordination program models. The toolkit is available for free on the RAC website. The toolkit is made up of several modules. Each concentrates on different aspects of developing and implementing care coordination programs. Modules also include resources to use in developing a program for your area.

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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