NAO Update
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January 27, 2014

1. From the Executive Director's Office
As I write this, here in New England we are recovering from yet another big snowstorm with bitter, below-zero wind chill temperatures. After an hour of shoveling, and then a quick five-mile run (Did you know 3/8-inch screws in the bottom of old running shoes make for great snow spikes? It really works!), I am starting to warm up. For all of you affected by this storm and the cold weather throughout the country, please stay safe and warm! The first day of spring is only 51 short days away!

Legislative and Appropriations Update

President Obama will deliver his fiscal 2015 budget a month late.

The budget, officially due on the first Monday in February, will come out on March 4, the White House said Thursday.

An official said work on the proposal was delayed by the two-year budget deal that Congress passed in December and the omnibus spending bill that was passed this month.

"The President's 2015 Budget will be released on March 4. Now that Congress has finished its work on this year's appropriations, the Administration is able to finalize next year's Budget. We are moving to complete the Budget as quickly as possible to help Congress return to regular order in the annual budget process," budget office spokesman Steve Posner said in a statement. Last year, Obama delivered his budget on April 8, more than two months late and after the House and Senate had passed their own blueprints. The administration blamed that delay on the early January resolution of the "fiscal cliff" fight.

Obama has met the official budget deadline only once during his time in office.

Under the budget deal passed last year by Congress, discretionary spending for 2015 is already set at $1.014 trillion. That means congressional appropriators will be able to start crafting their 12 annual bills before Obama delivers his budget request.

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has said he will produce a budget blueprint this year, but it remains unclear whether the Senate will unveil its own budget resolution. Last year, the Senate passed a budget for the first time in four years after Congress imposed a "no budget, no pay" law. That law is no longer in effect this year.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said this week that it will release its annual budget update, which serves as a yardstick to measure competing budget proposals, on February 4.

HRSA AHEC Training and Consultation Center (A-TrACC) New Project: WE NEED YOU!
As you know, the HRSA AHEC Training and Consultation Center (A-TrACC) has launched a new project this year to support AHECs in providing continuing education to health professionals and staff on the new health insurance marketplaces.

We need your help to make this highly visible project a success across the network. It is extremely important that we have excellent participation from AHECs in every single part of the country.

We did very well with the Veterans' Mental Health Initiative and need to replicate—or even exceed—that success for this new project this year. Many thanks to those AHECs who have already signed on; we're glad you're on the team! For those of you considering participating, please feel free to reach out to A-TrACC staff or to me if you have any questions. This is yet another exciting opportunity to participate and make a difference on an important national issue. Let's show the country what the AHEC Network can do (again)!

VA Community Provider Toolkit
NAO is still a participant in First Lady Michelle Obama's "Joining Forces" Initiative, and now that the initiative is back up and running with new staff, resources are being made available to participating organizations. For those AHECs that are still doing work in Veterans' Mental Health, please click here to access the VA community provider toolkit that may be of interest.

Many thanks to Carol Giffin-Jeansonne for representing NAO on this initiative, and if you have any questions, please do let Carol or me know.

"One-Question Survey" #2
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? I'm interested to learn how to best get messages and important information about NAO and our AHEC network out to you all in the most efficient way. Thanks for your responses; please e-mail me at

Have a great week and bundle up (except you West Coast AHECers; you should pray for rain)!


2. From A-TrACC
Marketplace Contractor Hired
The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine has been awarded the contract to provide certification of the monograph/self-study piece for A-TrACC's marketplace project. Become a part of this nationwide initiative to train health professionals and staff on the health insurance marketplaces! 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

Upcoming Evaluation Webinar
How do you tell your AHEC story? Plan to attend "Stories as an Evaluation Tool" webinar at 3 p.m. Eastern, January 29. Qualitative researcher Susan Eliot will discuss how to capture compelling and convincing stories from program participants. You will learn how stories fit in your evaluation plan and come away with a process for collecting and sharing them. Register Now.

Send Your VMH Data
January 31 is the deadline for submitting data on any Veterans' Mental Health trainings since September. E-mail if you need the reporting spreadsheet. AHECs have trained 12,301 health professionals through this project. What an impact! Please continue to refer health professionals to the Citizen Soldier Support Program's free online accredited CE courses using the unique link created for your AHEC. When providers access a course with your link, you can get the tracking information needed for CE reporting. It's that easy! So far, 13 AHECs have taken advantage of this and 128 health professionals have completed courses. Access resources, get step-by-step instructions, or watch a recorded webinar for more information about how this works. All AHECs can do this, regardless of VMH Project participation.

3. Deadline Extended to February 3! 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 3, 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.

Join the conference call on January 29, 2014 at 1:oo p.m. EST to learn more about this opportunity. 866-740-1260 access code: 7581110

A copy of the RFP can be found here.

Direct all questions regarding this opportunity to Tricia Harrity at

5. The AHEC Network and Primary Care Progress Coming Together
Click here to see a great example of how NAO, the AHEC Network and Primary Care Progress have come together recently.

Many thanks to the Magnolia Coastlands AHEC (Georgia) for sharing this!

6. Position Announcement: Executive Director, Southeast Alabama AHEC
Under the direction of the Southeast Alabama AHEC Center Board of Directors, and working with the Alabama Statewide AHEC Program Office, the Executive Director provides administrative and programmatic management and leadership for the Southeast Alabama AHEC Center.

This includes regional development of services and programs that support health careers

promotion, student and resident experiential education, community health awareness, and professional continuing education within the AHEC 15-county service area. Travel within the 15-county service area is required.

Principal Responsibilities: The Southeast Alabama AHEC Center is seeking a qualified candidate to serve as the Executive Director for this new AHEC Center to be located in Troy, Alabama. Duties include but are not limited to developing, directing and promoting immediate and long-term programs and projects; maintaining a professional staff; preparing and managing an annual budget; and carrying out the organization's goals and objectives to ensure compliance with the contractual terms between the Alabama Statewide AHEC Program Office and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration, and others.

Minimum Experience and Qualifications: The position requires a Master's degree, preferably in a health-related, business or education field, with a minimum of 3-5 years of management or administrative experience. Demonstrated experience in human resources supervision, fiscal management, and developing community collaborations and partnerships is essential. Experience with health-related organizations, not-for-profit management, grant writing, and fundraising preferred.

Compensation: Commensurate with experience; anticipate salary between $55,000 - $65,000, plus benefits.

Interested candidates should electronically submit resumé with cover letter describing
your skills and experience to:
Art Clawson, EdS; Associate Director, Alabama Statewide AHEC Program;

Position will close on February 28, 2014.

7. Interprofessional Population Health Education Curriculum Guide Now Available for Educators
A curriculum guide titled "Advancing Interprofessional Clinical Prevention and Population Health Education: Curriculum Development Guide for Health Professions Faculty" is now available to help health professions educators address the need to train students to practice as part of interprofessional teams in the delivery of clinical prevention and population health. Created by the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR), this free online resource is available for educators at The curriculum guide is endorsed by the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) and includes examples of how to link clinical prevention and population health to IPEC's "Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice." This guide can serve as an excellent resource to help incorporate an interprofessional approach while teaching students about improving population health.

8. 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,

9. 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!

10. Upcoming Webinars

January 29, 2014; 1:30-3:00 PM EST
ACA and Addiction Treatment: Implications, Policy and Practice Issues
Mohini Venkatesh, MPH, Aaron Williams, MA, and Tim Condon, PhD
This webinar will address the Affordable Care Act and its impact on addiction treatment, including how science has influenced the ACA; how the addiction treatment model can and should change; implications of the ACA and MH/SA parity on the patient profile of treatment-seeking individuals; ACA-related reforms that incentivize rapid screening and access to treatment; and policy and practice issues that still need to be addressed in a post-ACA world.

February 19, 2014; 2:00-3:30 PM EST
Overview of Screening, Assessment, and Brief Intervention: A Nursing Response to the Full Spectrum of Substance Use
Deb Finnell, BSN, MS, PhD, and Lauren Broyles, PhD, RN
Presenters will provide an overview of alcohol SBIRT and discuss its fit with nursing roles, responsibilities, and practice across settings and specialties. Register

February 26, 2014; 1:00 - 2:30 PM EST
Implementation of SBIRT: Lessons from the Field
Aaron Williams, MA, and Michael Lardieri, LCSW
Presenters will discuss common themes and lessons learned in a multi-site SBIRT project led by the National Council for Behavioral Health in Ohio. Register

Check out our 2014 webinar schedule for presentations on SBIRT and tobacco, social workers, criminal justice settings, and much more. Register in advance:

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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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