NAO Update
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February 24, 2014

1. From the Executive Director's Office
The end of this week is also the end of February. I, for one, am happy that spring is around the corner and warmer, and perhaps calmer, days are ahead. I'm longing for some predictability, consistency, and even a little boredom in the next few weeks. I'm also looking forward to our national conference in Charlotte in July. The conference is shaping up quite nicely, and Conference Co-Chairs Jacqueline Wynn and Daphne Byrd Verizzani and the full committee have done a tremendous job in putting a top-notch agenda together. This promises to be another excellent NAO conference and I look forward to seeing you there. Lock in your plans to attend now!

FY 2015 Appropriations Update
House and Senate Updates
It is rumored that appropriators are planning to move quickly on FY 2015 spending bills. The House may hold hearings as early as the end of February through April, and start marking up bills sometime in April. Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland) has said she would like to get all 12 spending bills out of committee by July and Senate Labor-HHS Chairman Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) has said he would like to bring the Labor-HHS bill to the Senate floor.

President's FY 2015 Budget
President Obama's FY 2015 budget request will be released in parts, with some high-level information to be released on March 4 and more details following as early as March 11. We will keep you all posted as we get any information.

Dear Colleague Letters and Member Requests
HPNEC (The Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition), of which NAO is a member, is working with House and Senate staff on the annual "Dear Colleague" efforts for Titles VII and VIII. When available, we will share the letters with you all and ask you to ask your delegation to sign-on.

A-TrACC Participation (Gentle Reminder)
"A key strength of the AHEC Network is its ability to creatively adapt national initiatives to help address local and regional healthcare issues."
We've known this to be true for a long time and now others are starting to take note. I can't express enough how important it is to work together as a group and continue our work towards becoming even stronger than we are now.

Now more than ever our funders are looking at our abilities to respond to training needs on a national level. HRSA is closely watching the current A-TrACC project to train health professionals on the health insurance marketplaces. This makes it imperative that we successfully complete this project. What spells success? The number of AHEC centers that participate. It is extremely important that we have excellent participation from AHECs in every single part of the country. Please consider participating in the current A-TrACC Project; WE NEED YOU!

The bottom line is this: Demonstrating that AHECs are capable of doing this is important in opening new doors for future collaborations as is exceeding the expectations of current funders. I look forward to working with you on this project! Contact me or the A-TrACC Team for more info.

"One-Question Survey"
If your AHEC does CE, what are the three most popular topics of continuing education training?

Please let me know.

Thanks, and have a great week. Only 35 days until Opening Day!


2. From A-TrACC
Marketplace Deadline Extended to March 31
The deadline to participate in the marketplace project, a nationwide initiative to train health professionals and staff on the health insurance marketplaces, has been extended until March 31. Many thanks to those AHECs who have already signed on! We're at 80% of our participation goal which means there's still plenty of room for more AHECs to participate.Financial support of $1,500 is available in exchange for training for at least 50 health care providers and/or staff. Presentations since Oct. 1, 2013, will count toward your goal! Still have questions? Check out our Marketplace FAQs for the answers! Request an application by e-mailing

Been There, Done That Webinar is Wednesday – Register Now!
Not sure how to begin on this year's marketplace project? 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.

Training Blast from the Past
Can't figure out how to track HCPP students? Revisit the webinar "Examples of Successful Tracking Strategies for HCPP Students" along with other trainings from the last four years at the A-TrACC archive.

3. Report Available Online: "Redesigning Health Professions Education and Practice to Prepare the Interprofessional Team to Care for Populations"
The Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary Community-Based Linkages (ACICBL) has released the 12th in a series of reports to HRSA focused on topics related to providers covered under Title VII. This latest report, "Redesigning Health Professions Education and Practice to Prepare the Interprofessional Team to Care for Populations," is now available online and covers issues related to population health, cultural competency, health promotion, technology, and interprofessional teams. Several prominent AHEC and GEC leaders served as expert advisors for this publication. Download your copy and share today:

4. Reminder: 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. Have You Acted Yet? 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. Make Plans to Attend the NAO Conference 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. Smoking Cessation: Policy and Research as it Relates to Evidence-based Practices in the Military and Veteran Health Care Settings; February 27, 2014, 1-2:30 p.m. (EST)
On January 11, 1964, Surgeon General Dr. Luther Terry released the first Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health. This scientifically rigorous federal government report not only linked smoking with ill health and diseases such as lung cancer and heart disease; it also laid the foundation for tobacco control efforts in the United States.

Fifty years later, despite the release of 31 subsequent Surgeon General's Reports on Smoking and Health detailing the devastating health and financial burdens caused by tobacco use, smoking remains the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States and kills 443,000 people each year. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2014)

The Defense Department (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are determined to help service members and veterans quit smoking. Webinar presenters from both agencies will highlight policy recommendations and research studies that translate into evidence-based practices for military and veteran populations.

Sign up for the webinar at: DCoE PH Webinar February 2014 Registration

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