1. From the Executive Director's Desk
Legislative and Appropriations Update
As you have likely already seen, legislators passed a fiscal year 2014 (FY14) omnibus spending package that includes all 12 federal appropriations bills including those for health and education. The omnibus bill was introduced and passed into law with $30.326 million allocated for the AHEC program for FY14.
The next thing to monitor will be the President's budget request for FY 2015, which is scheduled to come out February 3 but is already projected to be delayed by a month. President Obama has not yet submitted a budget request on time. Once the budget is released, it will provide appropriators with a renewed sense of vigor. NAO has already started working strategy for FY15 by speaking with White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Representative Hester Grippando. Follow-up will occur in the next coming months to continue establishing this relationship.
HRSA "1st Wednesdays" Link
A-TrACC Health Insurance Marketplace Project
Primary Care Progress
Primary Care Progress uses a grassroots organizing model to change how primary care is delivered and how providers are trained. They do this based on the belief that we have more power to achieve our various policy, payment and education goals when we engage all members of the primary care community. However, the grassroots approach also helps us build a new interprofessional cohort of primary care leaders, with fresh experience in team-building, change management, and effective communication.
PCP has 37 chapters around the country, led by interprofessional teams of students and trainees, supported by their faculty. They use the PCP chapter space to promote a new hopeful vision of primary care, expose students to innovations in care delivery, get them involved in primary care quality improvement efforts, and launch campaigns to better align education and practice. I bet some of you have already connected with your local PCP chapter.
In October of 2013 they launched The Primary Care Project to help connect different local initiatives to advance primary care in academic settings. The goal was to create a space where the growing primary care movement could share ideas, experiences and resources to advance primary care in the US. As a major leader in primary care revitalization, NAO is excited to be a part of the Primary Care Project. I encourage you all to sign the PCP primary care pledge and forward it on to your AHEC colleagues and friends.
Primary Care Progress has also developed a reputation for delivering fantastic leadership and advocacy trainings for members of their network and beyond, and I'm excited to identify ways our two organizations can partner to further develop a new interprofessional cadre of primary care leaders.
Andrew and I encourage you all to connect with the members of local PCP chapters to identify opportunities for advancing primary care at the local academic institutions. We also encourage leaders to take advantage of PCP's various free programming, including their online Clinical Innovation Network webinar series on various clinical innovations. PCP plans to also highlight the work of AHEC in upcoming webinars.
Thanks very much and I look forward to hearing your comments.
Have a great week!
2. From A-TrACC
Send Your VMH Data
3. Deadline Extended to February 3! 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;
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 3, 2014.
4. Public Health Learning Modules Now Available for Educators and Students A set of 15 "Public Health Learning Modules" is now available to help educators address topics of policy, research, and models of care designed to improve population health. Created by the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) and the College of Health Professions and Social Work at Temple University, this free online resource is available for educators and students at http://aptrweb.org/learningmodules. The modules align with Healthy People 2020 objectives and include topics such as social determinants of health, access to health services, health information technology, and injury prevention. These modules can serve as an excellent resource to help incorporate a focus on public health in health professions education programs.
5. Champions for Coverage
6. Health Insurance Marketplace "Tell One" Project
This can be done through:
Following are communications tools to help raise awareness about the Health Insurance Marketplace:
Share your success stories with us at the HRSA email box GetCovered@hrsa.gov!
Email Template to Friend/Neighbor/etc.:
You may know someone—a friend, family member, or neighbor—who is uninsured or looking for new health coverage options. I encourage you to share this information with them:
The promise of quality, affordable coverage is increasingly becoming reality for more and more Americans. And you, or someone you know, could be one of them!
Coverage began January 1, 2014 for those who enrolled by December 23. Individuals have until March 31, 2014 to sign up for coverage.
With marked improvements to the website and various ways to sign up, now is the time to encourage your patients and community members to enroll and take advantage of health coverage.
To save time, consumers can prepare for enrollment by going through the Marketplace Application Checklist to gather what they'll need to apply for coverage.
7. Have You Submitted Your Story Yet? Deadline January 24, 2013! NAO Annual Report 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:
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.
8. 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.
9. NAO Conference Takes Place July 7-11, 2014
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.