1. From the Executive Director's Office
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
Upcoming Evaluation Webinar
3. NAO Annual Report: Looking For Your AHEC Stories
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, January 24, 2014.
4. Have You Marked Your Calendar Yet? NAO Conference Takes Place July 7-11, 2014
5. Don't Forget: 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: 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: http://www.nationalahec.org/conferenceSubmission.taf.
Note: The due date for final submissions is Monday, January 20, 2014.
6. CME Dinner Meetings on the Topic of Asthma
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.: http://www.quintilesmeded.com/AsthmaGEOAPPS/
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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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