NAO Update
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June 9, 2014

1. From the Executive Director's Office

Four weeks to go! Only four (4!) weeks until our 2014 NAO Charlotte Conference kicks off! Have you booked your hotel? Completed your registration and sent it in to NAO HQ? Now is the time to do it before the chaos of late spring and early summer kick in. I can't wait to see YOU there!

HRSA Bureau of Health Workforce

The Health Resources and Services Administration published a Federal Register Notice on Tuesday June 3rd announcing a new Bureau: The Bureau of Health Workforce. Led by Associate Administrator Rebecca Spitzgo, the Bureau of Health Workforce will integrate the programs previously administered by the Bureau of Health Professions (where the AHEC Program, among others, previously resided) and the Bureau of Clinician Recruitment and Service.

There was a teleconference on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 to provide information about the new Bureau. You can access the instant replay and transcript following the call by visiting

According to HRSA, this new Bureau will help HRSA better achieve its mission of improving health and achieving health equity through access to quality services, a skilled health workforce and innovative programs. The Bureau of Health Workforce will more effectively and efficiently increase the Nation's access to quality health care, especially for underserved people, by developing, distributing, and retaining a diverse and culturally competent health workforce.

Also according to HRSA, The Bureau of Health Workforce implements programs and activities to:

  • Train the next generation of diverse health care providers to serve underserved populations through its grants to health professions schools and training programs.
  • Examine a broad range of issues that impact the supply, demand, distribution, and education of the Nation's health workforce and provide policymakers with the information necessary to make informed decisions regarding the health professions workforce and provision of care.
  • Support graduate medical education.
  • Recruit and retain providers and students to underserved areas through both the National Health Service Corps and NURSE Corps Scholarship and Loan Repayment Programs.
  • Protect the public from health care practitioners, providers, and suppliers with a history of malpractice, adverse actions, fraud and abuse through the National Practitioner Data Bank.
  • HHS
  • HRSA
  • Bureau of Health Workforce
  • Office of Health Careers
  • Division of Health Careers and Financial Support
  • Health Careers Pipeline Branch
  • AHEC

I will continue to be in dialogue with the with HRSA division and branch leadership regarding all facets of the AHEC program.

Here is the new organizational chart

US Office of Civil Rights; 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

For AHEC Program Directors, Center Directors and Staff:

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the revitalizing of "The Stopping Discrimination Before It Starts: The Impact of Civil Rights Laws on Health Care Disparities," A Medical School Curriculum Initiative".

NAO joins the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services joins in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In the upcoming weeks, the Office for Civil Rights, in partnership with the Office of Minority Health, will jointly host activities to both promote health equity and honor courageous individuals and momentous events that continue to define the civil rights movement today. You can access information on the historic buildup to the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, at, click on the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act Special Edition newsletter.

Additionally, the Office for Civil Rights is revitalizing their "The Stopping Discrimination Before It Starts: The Impact of Civil Rights Laws on Health Care Disparities," A Medical School Curriculum Initiative". This curriculum seeks to promote the integration of the legal obligations under Title VI of the Civil Right Act of 1964 into medical school education. Title VI prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin in any program that receives federal funds or other financial assistance. This is a valuable resource for AHEC Programs and Centers and it's free.

The curriculum can be accessed at

You can also acquire additional information on the initiative by contacting Mr. Badar Tareen, Office for Civil Rights, at 202-260-6224 or at Click here to view the Executive Summary PDF.

AAMC Video Challenge Encourages Academic Medicine Community to Increase Diversity

A new AAMC competition is challenging medical schools and teaching hospitals to engage community partners in increasing the diversity of future physicians and scientists. "ProjectMED (Motivate, Engage, and Develop) for the Future of Health Care" calls for teams of medical students and residents at the nation's medical schools and teaching hospitals, in partnership with a community organization, to create a brief video depicting an innovative approach to developing programs and initiatives targeting the K-12 public education system and students. The three winners will receive a monetary award to fund a pilot program in their community based on the innovative approach illustrated in their video. The entry submission period is June 26 through Sept. 5. For information on submission rules and guidelines, and to sign-up to receive updates on the competition, visit

South Dakota AHEC Program Director Transition

Dr. Bruce Vogt, Program Director of the South Dakota AHEC, will be retiring effective June 22, 2014. Congratulations to Bruce and a big welcome to Dr. Susan Anderson as Program Director for the South Dakota AHEC!

Dr. Susan Anderson will be assuming the positions of Program Director for the South Dakota AHEC and Chair of the Dept. of Family Medicine for the USD Sanford School of Medicine effective June 22, 2014.

Susan is a 1997 graduate of the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine and a 2000 graduate of the affiliated Sioux Falls Family Medicine Residency Program. She served as co-chief resident during her final year of residency training. Susan then joined the faculty of the Department of Family Medicine as an assistant professor and was promoted a few years ago to associate professor. Susan has directed the Clinical Foundations course (formerly ICM) since 2002 and in 2012 was named the first director of our newly implemented rural education track – Frontier And Rural Medicine (FARM). She also previously served as director of our required 4th Year Rural FM Clerkship from 2009-2012. In 2013, I named her Vice Chair for Clinical Foundations and Rural Education.

Susan serves as one of our school's two representatives to the AAMC Council of Faculty & Academic Societies and was selected for the ELAM Program this year. She is a member of AOA, a Fellow in the American Academy of Family Physicians and, of course, a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine. She served as President of the South Dakota Academy of Family Physicians in 2012 and is currently an Alternate Delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates. She is a past winner and multiple nominee for our Department of Family Medicine Educator and Scholar Award.

Dr. Anderson is an enthusiastic and talented academician and clinician. She is very active in her community serving as President of her local school board and 4H leader. She is dedicated to advancing primary care including through pipeline programming and to providing care to the underserved. She will be an effective program director for the South Dakota AHEC and chair of the department of Family Medicine, and looks forward to being an active, contributing member of the NAO's Program Director's group.

Dr. Vogt will continue to do some limited part-time teaching within the school of medicine and school of health sciences, which will include continuing to serve for several months as Medical Director of the USD Physician Assistant Studies Program.

Have a great week and see you in 4 short weeks in Charlotte, NC!


2. From A-TrACC

Marketplace Webinar: Supporting Consumer Enrollment
Join us at 3 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, June 17, for on the webinar Supporting Consumer Enrollment through Innovative Practices and Partnerships. Learn how AHECs are supporting the Health Insurance Marketplace. Presenters from Southeast AZ, Western MD and Eastern Shore MD AHECs will share information on their activities. Register Now

Marketplace Self-Study Guide
What is your strategy for sharing the Marketplace Self-Study Guide with health professionals in your community? The A-TrACC marketplace curriculum includes a self-study guide that you can provide for free CE credit covering CME, CNE and Behavioral Health. Disseminating the self-study guide counts toward your goal of educating 50 people on the marketplace. Here are a few suggestions

  • You can email it to your contact list of health professionals in your community.
  • Consider contacting state health professional associations like nurse practitioner or physician assistant associations and explore other options for getting information on this free CE to their members.
  • Provide to your preceptors and partner hospitals.
  • Contact your Rural Health Association and inquire as to the possibility of having a flyer at the upcoming Rural Health Conference

The study guide has been completed and is in the final review process at HRSA. We hope to have final approval any day now. Have questions? Drop us a note at

Three Facilitated Discussions
How to Gather Data Effectively When Working with Partners
AHEC staff can collaborate on effective data gathering strategies to use when working with partners. Discussions will look at challenges as well as potential solutions. Come prepared to share with and learn from your colleagues. A-TrACC does not have the answers!
Choose the AHEC area you work in and register today!

  • CE Coordinators: Tuesday, June 24, 3 p.m. Eastern. Register Now
  • CBSE Coordinators: Wednesday, June 25, 3 p.m. Eastern. Register Now
  • HCPP Coordinators: Thursday, June 26, 3 p.m. Eastern. Register Now

but . . . any staff member is welcome to attend all or any of these!

Consumer Enrollment webinar registration:

Data Discussions registration urls

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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