NAO Update
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January 07, 2014

1. From the Executive Director's Office
Happy 2014 to you all! I hope you all had a relaxing and restorative holiday. I wish you all peace and good health in the new year. I'm very excited about what 2014 offers for NAO and the AHEC Program!

With the new year comes transition; it's simply inevitable, and within NAO and our network of AHECs we have a significant transition occurring this week. On Friday, January 9, 2014, Mary Wainwright, Deputy Director of Texas AHEC East and the Director of the AHEC Training and Consultation Center (A-TrACC), will be retiring after more than 25 years as an 'AHECer.'

I have greatly enjoyed working with Mary in my 13 years of being affiliated with the AHEC Program, and consider her a close friend, a trusted colleague, and someone from whom I've learned a great, great deal. I wish her the very best in her retirement and I hope her wanderings will take her to the Northeast soon!

Mary's contributions to NAO and the AHEC Program have been enormous over the course of her career. As you may recall, Mary was a deserving recipient of the "Red Koelling Award for Service to AHEC" at the NAO 2012 San Antonio conference. Here is an abridged version of nomination language:

For the past 20 years, Mary has been Deputy Director of Texas AHEC East and Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Texas. Together with Texas AHEC East Director Steve Shelton, Mary worked tirelessly to build the AHEC program in East Texas, establishing centers in Decatur, Dallas, Waco, Austin, Victoria, Houston, La Marque, Nacogdoches, and Tyler that now serve 70% of the state's population living in 111 counties and covering more than one third of Texas. In her role as Deputy Director of Texas AHEC East, Mary supervises core program staff who support administrative and programmatic activities for the 9 regional operations. She coordinates the planning and evaluation of Program and Center activities.

Mary has supported the mission and cause of AHECs nationally by serving in several leadership capacities with HRSA and NAO. She was the AHEC Grantee representative to the Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr) Strategic Planning Process from 2002 to 2008 and a panel member for the BHPr Bioterrorism Program Merit Review in 2003.

For NAO, Mary has been a national leader in establishing and promoting performance standards for the entire network and helping AHECs to think about evaluation in a more coherent and logical way. She co-founded the Committee On Research and Evaluation (CORE) in 2001 and chaired it until 2009. AHECs and NAO have benefitted greatly from her efforts that have inspired and enabled AHECs to document and communicate the value of their efforts both locally and nationally.

In 2009, Mary was named Principal Investigator for a five-year HRSA contract with NAO to develop A-TrACC, the AHEC Training and Consultation Center, which supports AHECs improvement of evaluation and performance measures. Every AHEC throughout the country has benefited from A-TrACC, and a huge debt of gratitude is owed to Mary for her vision and leadership of A-TrACC.

For A-TrACC going forward, a leadership transition plan has been submitted to HRSA; once approved, I will share it with you all here.

Please join me in wishing Mary the very best in her retirement; we will miss her!

Have a great week and stay warm!

2. From A-TrACC
Request for Proposals
Do you have expertise in CE accreditation? An appropriate CE accrediting organization is needed for the A-TrACC marketplace project. For more information, check out the RFP.

Upcoming Evaluation Webinar
The A-TrACC team is planning a presentation titled Program Evaluation – Capturing Great Student Stories for the last week in January. Check your inbox and Monday Update for further notice.

3. NAO Annual Report: Looking For Your AHEC Stories
The National AHEC Organization is compiling data and stories for the 2013 Annual Report, which gets published in the spring of 2014. The theme of this year's report is "AHEC: Driving Access to Quality Health Care Through Innovation, Implementation, and Impact." This annual publication highlights the wide range of programs that AHEC provides the current and future healthcare workforce. Interested in having your AHEC's success story included in the 2013 edition? Develop a 50-75 word abstract touting one of the services your AHEC provides:

  1. Health Careers Promotion/Preparation; P-16+ Pipeline
  2. Health Professions Students/Residents Training; Community-Based Education
  3. Health Professionals Recruitment & Retention; Practice Entry and Support
  4. Continuing Education
  5. Health Literacy/Promotion
  6. Health and Community Development
  7. Healthcare Workforce Planning & Assessment

If your AHEC's abstract is accepted, you will be asked to provide a full 300-word article and photo (or graph) within a two-week period. E-mail abstracts to by Friday, January 24, 2014.

4. Have You Marked Your Calendar Yet? 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!

5. Don't Forget: 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 is Monday, January 20, 2014.

6. CME Dinner Meetings on the Topic of Asthma
Asthma: What Are We Missing?

Register now for live CME/CE meetings that focus on the regional and local factors that can impact practitioners' abilities to attain and maintain control in their patients with asthma. The program will discuss contemporary strategies to manage the most difficult-to-treat forms of asthma, and will focus on suboptimally controlled and severe asthma. Meetings are being held in Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Atlanta in early 2014.

Click on the following link for more info.:






Tuesday, January 14, 2014

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST

Michael Foggs, MD
Robert Anolik, MD

McCormick & Schmick's
1 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM PST

Jonathan Corren, MD
Maria I. Garcia-Lloret, MD

McCormick & Schmick's
4th & Hope
Adjacent to 400 S. Hope St.
Los Angeles, CA

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST

Michael Foggs, MD
Leroy Graham, MD

McCormick & Schmick's
190 Marietta Street
One CNN Center
Atlanta, GA

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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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