NAO Update
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July 07, 2014

1. From the Executive Director's Charlotte, NC Office

It's here! I am happy to report that we're less than one day away from the official kick-off of our 2014 Charlotte NAO Conference. Today's pre-conference New Director Orientation and NAO Board Meeting have been excellent thus far and it's been wonderful to see and catch up with AHEC colleagues from across the country. This is going to be a great conference and if you can still make it we'd love to see you!

Charlotte Conference Twitter Hashtag

For those of you here in Charlotte, the twitter hashtag #NAOCharlotte has been set up for the NAO 2014 conference. Share your conference experiences live and connect with colleagues and friends via the hashtag. I hope many of you will use it!

"Tuesdays with Trachtenberg"

There WILL NOT be a "Tuesdays with Trachtenberg" call on Tuesday 7/8/14. We'll resume the calls on 7/15/14. Post-conference, I'm sure we'll have much to discuss! Dial in on 7/15 at 1-424-203-8400, Passcode: 245171#.

Quality Improvement in Primary Care

Attached is an article by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality on Quality Improvement measures in primary care. AHEC's are favorably mentioned. It's worth a quick look. Click here to view the Quality Improvement in Primary Care PDF.

Society for Public Health Education

Attached is a Call for Associate Editors of Health Promotion Practice with your lists and colleagues. I am sure there are some talented and qualified individuals among our AHEC colleagues! SOPHE hopes to highlight our AHEC's expertise to advance efforts in disease prevention and health promotion.

Have a great week, and I'm so glad to be in Charlotte with so many AHECers!

2. From A-TrACC

Welcome to NAO Conference
The A-TrACC Team is excited to be in Charlotte for the NAO Conference! We hope you plan to attend our trainings or just seek us out to say "Hi." Here's where you'll find us:

  • Wednesday, 7:30-8:15 am: Breakfast Roundtable Discussion – An Opportunity for Group TA on HRSA Performance Measures, Grand Ballroom
  • Thursday, 7-7:45 a.m.: Breakfast Roundtable Discussion – An Opportunity for Group TA on Evaluation, Grand Ballroom.
  • Thursday, 10-11 a.m.: Marketplace Session #416 – Educating Health Professionals and Staff on Health Insurance Marketplaces, Providence Ballroom 1. This session will showcase the AHEC Health Insurance Marketplace curriculum developed by A-TrACC to educate health professionals and staff on health insurance marketplaces.
  • Thursday, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.:
    Marketplace Session #416 – In the Know: The Latest on the Health Insurance Marketplaces, Providence Ballroom 1. Dr. Pamela Roshell, Regional Director of Region 4 of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), will discuss lessons learned from the first open enrollment period and what to expect from the next one. She will also provide new resources to educate health professionals and consumers as part of the Coverage To Care initiative.

Those days/times don't work for you? Contact A-TrACC for individual consultation all week by e-mailing

3. National Prevention Strategy 2014 Webinar Series

Thank you for your interest in this webinar series! Each webinar in this series highlights ways Federal agencies are working with communities to increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life – physically and mentally - by shifting the nation from a focus on sickness and disease to one based on prevention and wellness.

Because there are an abundance of state and national meetings taking during July in which many of our presenters are participating, we are postponing the July 17th webinar on Prescription Drug Abuse. Stay tuned for the new date! In the meantime, we hope that you can join us for two other upcoming sessions in our 2014 series. These sessions are:

Recovery Oriented Systems of Care - Recovery is "A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential." (SAMSHA, 2011) This webinar will highlight the role that individuals, families, and communities share in promoting recovery through work, housing, and social connectivity. Thursday, September 18, 2:00-3:30 p.m. (MT)

Suicide Prevention and Response: Successful Community Strategies - This webinar will include an overview of suicide data related to specific populations such as American Indians, youth, older adults, and individuals living with disabilities; Region VIII's mobilization of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention; and successful suicide prevention strategies. Thursday, November 20, 2:00-3:30 p.m. (MT)

A detailed agenda, including presenter information and the link to register, will be distributed approximately 4 weeks prior to the event to our webinar distribution list. If you are not currently on this list, or if you would like to receive notices about other Department of Health and Human Services Region VIII news, please send an email to

listserv@list.nih.govwith "subscribe Region VIII <your name>" in the message body.

For more information about the National Prevention Strategy, the Region VIII Federal Partners Workgroup, and the 2014 Webinar series go to or contact Cherri Pruitt a

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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