NAO Update
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March 17, 2014

1. From the Executive Director's Washington, D.C. Office
NAO 2nd Annual Congressional Briefing
NAO's 2nd annual Congressional briefing on the Hill last week was a huge success! I am pleased to report that the AHEC message—and the importance of Federal funding for FY15—was delivered loud and clear through each of the articulate and concise speakers. NAO board chair John Blossom, Bryan AHEC (OH) executive director Patsy Miller, third-year GWU (George Washington University) medical student Utsha Khatri, Capital City AHEC executive director Shyrea Thompson-Robinson, and keynote speaker Senator Sherrod Brown (OH) each made compelling points regarding the long-term impact, the strategic importance, and the cost-effectiveness of the AHEC Program as it relates to improving access to care for underserved populations throughout the country. Senator Brown, in particular, who was quite pleased to receive this year's NAO Public Policy Leadership Award, spoke eloquently regarding health disparities and the role of where one lives in determining health outcomes and how the work of AHECs help level some of the inequities.

For the 50 legislative aides in the room, they each heard a compelling story of how the AHEC Program impacts current and future health professions students, practicing health care professionals, and most broadly and perhaps most important, the communities where we work and live. The message that AHECs are responsive to community-based needs was delivered loud and clear.

This year's briefing would not have been possible without the NAO Public Policy Leadership Team, HMCW, our fantastic speakers, and the 10 NAO Public Policy "Champions"! Without the support of our expanded policy team, the briefing would not have been nearly as successful as it was. Planning has already begun for next year's briefing.

Hill Visits
In addition to the briefing, I also conducted a number of visits with key Appropriations staff to discuss the FY15 Federal budget. Our visits went well, and I am hopeful that many of you had a chance to make calls this week to your Congressional Member.

Labor HHS Committee Hearings
Click here to see a video where two House Members referenced the cuts to the AHEC Program in a budget briefing with Secretary Sebelius. It's worth a look.

U.S. News and World Report List
I'm not sure if you saw this report from U.S. News and World Report regarding the rankings for top schools for primary care. As you can clearly see, many of the top schools have AHEC programs! Coincidence? I don't think so! Click here to see it.

Have a great week and Happy Spring this week!


2. From A-TrACC
Count Your Marketplace Trainings in the EHB
All continuing education programs that included educating health professionals and their staff on the health insurance marketplaces need to be reported in the Semiannual Performance Report. These programs should be included in the CE 1 subform under the primary topic area of Health Reform/Health Insurance Marketplaces.

Field Guide Revisions Webinar
The A-TrACC field guide forms for data collection have been revised to align with recent changes in the HRSA Performance Measure reporting requirements. Get the new forms and learn more about the changes in our next webinar "Field Guide Revisions" on Thursday, March 27, 3 p.m. ET. Don't know what the field guide is? Then you definitely need to attend! Register Now

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

Training Blast From the Past
Data analysis doesn't have to be scary or complicated. Revisit the webinar "Program Evaluation – Data Analysis & Report Development" along with other trainings from the last four years at the A-TrACC archive.

3. Rural Immersion Institute of the North (RIIN) May 19-28, 2014 in Alaska
A 10-day opportunity for pre-med students on the temperate coast of Southeast Alaska. Ketchikan, Alaska is the lovely destination for this immersion. It is designed for pre-med students to immerse themselves in a rural setting. RIIN will strengthen your leadership skills and help you to confidently present a compelling personal story emphasizing your uniqueness and academic career. You will increase your competitiveness in the admissions process for medical school while learning concepts that simply can't be learned in a classroom…against the unparalleled backdrop of Southeast Alaska. Eligibility: Pre-med Students ages 21 years or older at the time of the Institute. Applications are available at Applications are due April 14, 2014.

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. Between Mild TBI and Post-deployment Health Concerns: Evidence, Clinical Implications and Treatment Webinar March 27, 2014, 1-2:30 p.m. (EDT)
Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) or concussion has been identified as an important injury of the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts. Controversy exists regarding the relationship between mTBI and other health conditions resulting from service in a war zone. The goal of this webinar is to share current research and treatment practices related to post-deployment symptoms, including those attributed to mTBI. This pragmatic discussion will include the perspectives of one of the Defense Department's most cited mental health researchers as well as a specialty care provider on ways to manage service members and veterans with combat-related injuries.

Continuing education credit is available from Duke Medicine. You must register on or before March 27, 2014, at 11 a.m. (EDT) to qualify for the receipt of continuing education credit.

For guidance on creating a user account and event registration in the Duke Medicine Learning Management System site, please visit here. 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.

Upon completion of registration, a confirmation email will be sent providing webinar event details.

Sign up for the webinar here. 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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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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