NAO Update
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March 10, 2014

1. From the Executive Director's Desk
As you likely have already heard, President Obama released his FY15 Budget on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, and, as in the recent past, the AHEC Program was not recommended for funding. We have work to do to get into the Congressional Budget for FY15. We've been here before and we know what we need to do—and we'll do it. You all are part of an incredibly strong national network, and, as you know, we are capable of great things!

I'll be in Washington, D.C. this week for Hill visits with Congressional Members to discuss the FY15 funding for the AHEC Program and for NAO's 2nd Annual Congressional Briefing this week on Thursday, March 13 from 12:30pm-1:30 pm in the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. The keynote speaker for the briefing is Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), who will be highlighting the value and importance of the AHEC Program. We are expecting a health professions student as well as a small cadre of AHECers to be among the other presenters. This event promises to be excellent, and I'll report on it here next week.

I'm looking forward to seeing some of my AHEC & NAO colleagues in Washington next week as we work to continue highlighting the effectiveness, value and importance of the AHEC Program to the health of the country.

Have a great week!


2. From A-TrACC
Updated Field Guide on the Way
We're in the process of updating the A-TrACC field guide forms for data collection due to recent changes in the EHB. Look for more information soon!

Marketplace Trainings in the Current Performance Measure Report
All continuing education programs that included educating health professionals and their staff on the health insurance marketplaces need to be reported in your program's Semiannual Performance Report. These should be included in the CE 1 subform under the primary topic area of Health Reform/Health Insurance Marketplaces. This is one of the ways that HRSA is evaluating AHEC support for this education outreach effort. Contact with questions or comments.

Marketplace Deadline Extended to March 31
The deadline to apply to participate in the marketplace project to train health professionals has been extended until March 31. About 95 centers have already signed on! Request an application by e-mailing

3. Hurry! March 14 Deadline! 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.

A copy of the RFP can be found here.

Direct all questions regarding this opportunity to Tricia Harrity at

4. Have You Made Plans to Attend the NAO Conference 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!

5. 2014 Geriatric Emergency Preparedness Webinars

March 19, 2014, 3-4pmET, 2-3pmCT, 12-1pmPT
Contributing to Ethnogeriatrics Health and Well Being Through Improving Community Health Resilience Capacities
The webinar provides a range of information for healthcare professionals on how improved community health resilience can significantly benefit the health and well-being of seniors through improving the culturally relevant capabilities and capacities of individuals and their caregivers, hospitals, health centers, eldercare facilities, and essential logistic chains and support networks that serve ethnic seniors. The Webinar will also highlight existing culturally proficient capabilities and best practices to enhance the health resilience of ethnic elders both in normal and disaster conditions.

April 9, 2014, 3-4pmET, 2-3pmCT, 12-1pmPT
Navigating Current and New Guidelines and Requirements for Preparedness in Long-Term Care Settings
Federal and state disaster policymakers look to long-term care (LTC) facilities to provide shelter for hospitals and other LTC facilities during disasters. However, the available beds for immediate use are limited by federal and state legislation and regulation, the same authoritative agencies that expect effective response from LTC systems. The session will describe three state initiatives to mitigate the dilemma and challenges.

June 11, 2014, 3-4pmET, 2-3pmCT, 12-1pmPT
The “Active Shooter” in Long-Term Care and Assisted Living Communities
The session will discuss preparedness issues in long-term care and assisted living facilities specific to patients/residents, particularly the cognitively impaired, family, caregivers, and care providers to prevent, mitigate, and recover from an incident involving an “active shooter.” The incident is difficult to predict and can rapidly develop; usually an approach to selecting victims is undetectable, hence the element of surprise could create a destabilizing effect in the LTC setting. The session provides guidance to help LTC personnel (nursing and other care/service providers) and managers/administrators prevent and prepare for a potential crisis.

Register Online by clicking here. For questions, please contact Marian Tzuang, MSW, SGEC Program Coordinator, at or call 650-721-1023.

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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