1. From the Executive Director's Office
More Charlotte Reflections

I spent a good deal of time this past week reflecting upon our very successful NAO 2014 Charlotte Conference, and came away with a few observations and updates that I'd like to share with you.

NAO Board, by being bold and forward thinking, has taken steps to strengthen our association--which ultimately will better serve you,the NAO Members--through the newly approved By-Laws and by some decisions made at our board meeting on July 7th prior to the official conference kick-off.

By approving the use of minimal reserve funds, I will begin developing a staff-based model that will expand the capacity and extent of what can be accomplished at the association level so as to better serve our AHEC Network.

We will begin expanding our development 'reach' by finding ways to expand NAO Membership, by seeking more strategic partnerships with traditional and non-traditional partners, and targeting, laser-like, on grant opportunities that are highly aligned with our mission and vision. I'm excited to see where this takes us, as I believe there is great opportunity to find new members who value our work--and wish to be aligned with NAO--and to capitalize on AHEC's ability to creatively adapt national initiatives to help address local and regional healthcare issues in ways we may not yet know.

It was wonderful to see so many AHEC colleagues at the conference; I wish had more time to talk with more of you. You all have such great passion, energy and a commitment to service that is unrivaled. The energy throughout the week was palpable. Additionally, many partner organizations were either in attendance or were presenting a session. I wish I had had more time to talk with our friends and colleagues from Primary Care Progress, The Interstate Post-Graduate Medical Association, the VA Office of Rural Health and others, as well as with each of our keynote presenters. I know all of those in attendance engaged in multiple rich dialogues with colleagues and friends.

It was also great to see our HRSA colleagues in attendance. Captain Sheila Norris, Meseret Bezuneh and Jamie Wang from the Division of the Health Careers and Financial Support and the Health Careers Pipeline Branch each contributed a great deal to our conference. I will be speaking later this week with our HRSA colleagues to build on lessons learned and discuss expanding opportunities for AHECs.

Overall, the Charlotte conference was a tremendous success--with a great appreciation to the North Carolina AHEC Program Office and the NC AHEC Centers for their myriad contributions--and I look forward to building on that success for 2016, while being mindful of lessons learned and the positive experiences we had in North Carolina.

"Tuesdays with Trachtenberg"
We had another lively discussion last week on the "Tuesdays with Trachtenberg" call. Five AHECers discussed their experiences and reflections from the Charlotte Conference, which included the New Director Orientation, the keynote addresses and the conference setting. Please consider dialing in next week to see where the conversation will take us: Tuesdays 12:30-1:30 EST: Dial in at 1-424-203-8400, Passcode: 245171#.

Have a great week, and please be sure to continue posting your conference experiences and photos to #NAOCHARLOTTE!

2. From A-TrACC

Marketplace Materials Approved!
Have you heard the news? The AHEC Marketplace Project curriculum materials have been approved! Those materials include a Marketplace PowerPoint SlideShow and Script, State Resource Sheets, Glossary of Terms and Acronyms and the CE Self-Study Guide. Those participating centers who train 50 health professionals will receive $1,500 at the end of the project. Have you signed up yet? There's still room for a few centers. E-mail info@atracc.org today for an application. But hurry! Space is limited.

Marketplace Curriculum Training Session Tomorrow!
Wondering how to use these new materials? Register now for the Curriculum Roll-out session tomorrow (7/22) at 3 p.m. Eastern. Prior to the session, download all of the materials through the AHEC Health Insurance Marketplace Project meeting room. If you can't come to our training session, let us know and we will be happy to review the materials with you individually or set up another training session to meet your needs.

3. Early Bird Discount Ends August 1st!

Advancing Rural Primary Care - A National Conference on the Effective Utilization of Physician Assistants


Welcome to rural medicine.

Please join us at the Advancing Rural Primary Care: A National Conference on the Effective Utilization of Physician Assistants, to be held September 11-12, 2014 at the Hilton Omaha.

This conference will bring together health care leaders, managers, academicians, researchers, policy makers, clinicians and students to promote sustainable and optimal primary care in rural and underserved communities by the effective utilization of team-based care including physician assistants.

The Pre-Conference Workshop will focus on the education of PA students in reformed health care. This workshop is designed for PA educators and others with a special interest in PA student training.

Revitalizing Primary Care: All Hands on Deck Andrew Morris-Singer, MD | President, Primary Care Progress

The Rural Policy Perspective: Challenges and Opportunities for Building a Rural Primary Care PA Workforce Alan Morgan, MPA | CEO, National Rural Health Association

Update on the Status of Health Care Reform Thomas Tape, MD, FACP | Regent, American College of Physicians; Chair, ACP Health and Public Policy

A Federal Perspective on Key Issues Facing Rural Physician Assistants Thomas Morris, MPA | Associate Administrator for Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, US Department of Health and Human Services

The Enhanced Role of Primary Care in a Transformed Health Care System Keith Mueller, PhD | Professor and Head, Department of Health Management and Policy, College of Public Health, The University of Iowa

Talking about Taylorsville: My Journey as a Rural Health PA Jeffrey Katz, PA-C, DFAAPA | President-Elect, American Academy of Physician Assistants

Innovations in Primary Care Delivery Robert McNellis, MPH, PA | Sr. Advisor for Primary Care, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Rural Health Clinics: Back to the Future Wm John Gill, PA-C, MPAS | President, National Association of Rural Health Clinics & Bill Finerfrock | Co-founder and Executive Director, National Association of Rural Health Clinics

Health Care Reform: State Policy Issues for Physician Assistants Katherine Witgert, MPH | Program Director, National Academy of State Health Policy

How PA's Fit into the Rural Health Workforce Ben Taylor, PhD, PA-C | President, American Association of Family Practice Pas; Clinical Faculty, Georgia Regents University & Peach Tree Medical Center

Rethinking Cultural Competency Amy Drassen Ham, PhD, MPH, MA | Instructor, Department of Public Health Sciences; Professor of Medical Anthropology, Wichita State University

Physician Assistants in Rural Primary Care: What Does the Data Show? Mark Christiansen, PhD, PA-C | Physician Assistant Program Director, University of California Davis Medical Center; National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants Health Foundation

Behavioral Health Integration into Primary Care Howard Liu, MD | Medical Director, Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN), Steven Wengel, MD | Chair, Department of Psychiatry, UNMC & Michelle Wialliams, MPAS, PA-C | Department of Psychiatry, UNMC

This conference is co-sponsored by six regional Physician Assistant Education Programs: Des Moines University, Union College (Lincoln, NE), University of Iowa, University of Nebraska Medical Center, University of South Dakota, and Wichita State University.

This conference is supported by a Physician Assistant Training in Primary Care Grant from the Bureau of Health Professions, HRSA, Title VII, Section 747 (a), Public Health Service Act as amended by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P>L> 111-148).

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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