NAO Update
Provided as a NAO member benefit
June 30, 2014

1. From the Executive Director's Office

One Week to Go!

The NAO 2014 Charlotte Conference is nearly here, most of the 'hay is in the barn', and the team is just wrapping up the final details. Your NAO Conference Planning Committee and NAO HQ have done an enormous amount of work to ensure a fantastic conference experience. I'll be arriving in Charlotte on Sunday July 6th in the afternoon. I can't wait to see you there!

"Tuesdays with Trachtenberg"
We had another lively discussion last week on the "Tuesdays with Trachtenberg" call. Seven AHECers discussed partnership opportunities, AHEC Program statutory requirements, the New Director Orientation planned for the Charlotte conference, data collection, the federal AHEC appropriation process for FY15, and of course other items related to the Charlotte conference. 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#.

Note: 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!

Have a great week and a very relaxing and enjoyable 4th of July Holiday! Travel safe!


2. From A-TrACC

Marketplace Presentations at NAO Conference
You won't want to miss A-TrACC's Marketplace presentations at the NAO Conference on Thursday, July 10.

  • A-TrACC Session #416 – 10:00 – 11:00 AM – Providence BR 1

Educating Health Professionals and Staff on Health Insurance Marketplaces
This session will showcase the AHEC Health Insurance Marketplace curriculum developed by A-TrACC to educate health professionals and staff on health insurance marketplaces.

  • A-TrACC Session #416 – 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM – Providence BR 1

In the Know: The Latest on the Health Insurance Marketplaces
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.

There will be other opportunities for you to get technical assistance from A-TrACC at the conference!

  • Wednesday, 7:30-8:15 am: Breakfast Roundtable Discussion – An Opportunity for Group TA on HRSA Performance Measures. Grand Ballroom
  • Thursday, 7:00-7:45 am: Breakfast Roundtable Discussion – An Opportunity for Group TA on Evaluation. Grand Ballroom
  • All Week: Contact A-TrACC for individual consultation by emailing

Potential TA: Collaborative Evaluation
Collaborative Evaluation is an evaluation in which there is a substantial degree of collaboration between evaluators and stakeholders in the evaluation process. You may call it something else! Regardless of terminology, we are looking for AHEC centers who have implemented some of the key characteristics of this type of evaluation for a potential webinar. Drop us a note at

Training Blast from the Past
How does Medicaid expansion fit in with the Affordable Care Act? And how does it impact health professionals, consumers and the health care safety net? Revisit our webinar "Understanding Medicaid" for all of the answers. We know your AHEC work comes first! If you aren't able to attend a live webinar, check the A-TrACC Training Archive for links to past trainings.

3. Do Helmets Prevent Concussion?

Date/Time: July 10, 2014; 1-2:30 p.m. (EDT)

Despite increases in the use of personal protective gear, concussions during sporting events continue to occur and the reporting of these events is rising. Sports medicine expert consensus groups recently published statements about the lack of effectiveness helmets and other equipment have on the incidence and severity of concussion. Biomechanical determinants of injury risk can be measured even though an objective marker of mild traumatic brain injury diagnosis is not available. Determining an acceptable level of risk, risk variation with age, directional variables and other factors is important. The effects of sub-concussive blows, multiple concussions and the interval between them are largely unknown. Recent studies indicate helmet design can reduce the transmission of impact forces to the brain and reduce concussion incidence. This webinar will address the biomechanical determinants of concussion risk and their relevance to real world sports injuries.

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe current sports medicine expert consensus statements about the effectiveness of football helmets on concussion prevention
  • Examine the biomechanical factors and pathophysiology of concussion
  • Discuss the use of acceleration information as a metric for characterizing brain injury risk
  • Relate the concussion risk in football in relationship to better equipment, rule changes and proper techniques

Kristy Arbogast, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor, Pediatrics
Co-Scientific Director
Center for Injury Research and Prevention
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pa

Donald Marion, M.D., M.Sc.
Clinical Affairs Senior Advisor
Contract support to Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center
Silver Spring, Md.

Steven Rowson, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Professor
School of Biomedical Engineering & Sciences
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va.

Robert Labutta, M.D.
Clinical Affairs Senior Advisor
Contract support to Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center
Silver Spring, Md.

Continuing Education
Continuing education credit is available from Duke Medicine. You must register on or before July 10, 2014, at 3 p.m. (EDT) to qualify for the receipt of continuing education credit.

To qualify for receipt of continuing education credit for applicable webinars, eligible participants must create a profile in the Duke Medicine Learning Management System and register for the event on, or before, the event registration deadline. Complete responses to all pre-registration questions are required to be eligible to receive credit for attending this event. For guidance on creating a user account and event registration in the Duke Medicine Learning Management System site, please visit

Please note: DCoE's awarding of continuing education credit is limited in scope to health care providers who actively provide psychological health and traumatic brain injury care to U.S. active-duty service members, reservists, National Guardsmen, military veterans and/or their families.

For additional details, please visit

Sign up for the webinar at
Upon completion of registration, a confirmation email will be sent providing webinar event details.

If your network security settings do not allow access to the Duke Medicine website, use another network or device to access the registration page. Once registered, you may use Adobe Connect or Defense Connect Online to attend the webinar.

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