NAO Update
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March 31, 2014

1. From the Executive Director's Still Chilly Office (And When Will Spring Finally Come to the Northeast?)

NAO Advocacy
As you know, it is important to reach out to members of Congress NOW, as they submit their appropriations requests for the April 5th LHHS committee deadline. Please be sure to ask your members of Congress to support funding for the AHEC program at $75 million. It is extremely important that you call before the April 5th deadline!

Again: Reach out to your members of Congress NOW, and emphasize the value in supporting adequate funding for the Title VII AHEC program. The purpose of reaching out before April 5th is to ensure members of Congress are able to submit an appropriations request on behalf of the AHEC program.

And now, I give you my:

Executive Director's Top-Five List for AHEC Advocacy

  1. An identified and active AHEC state advocacy leader in every state (We're almost there!)
  2. Every AHEC Director (Program and Center) knows their Congressional Delegation and Legislative staff well and stays on top of any staff changes
  3. Monthly one-page micro-briefs are emailed to each state's Congressional Delegation. Check out the Lima AHEC and Missouri AHEC samples: Thanks Kathy Vasquez (OH AHEC); and Michael French (MO AHEC).
    • If including pictures: please no backs of heads!
    • Share micro-briefs with your state Primary Care Association
    • Share with partner organizations
  4. Every AHEC Program has sent me a one-page, color, high-altitude summary of the community impact of their AHEC Program. It is enormously helpful to be able to reference a local initiative when meeting with Congressional Members
  5. Every AHEC identify 3-5 students who may have an interest in healthcare policy and train them to be advocates for the AHEC Program throughout their training and career

I strongly encourage every AHEC Program Office and Center to do the above regularly. Imagine the impact!

NAO Membership List
As I was going through the NAO online directory recently, I found a number of old/out-of date member information. Please, please please (please!) go to the NAO website ( and make sure your AHEC contact information is correct and up to date. If changes are necessary, please send to Nicole Cheever at TEI by the end of day on Monday, April 7. Many thanks; I'm sure you understand the need for an accurate and up-to-date list.

NAO Board and Committee Chairs' List
NAO Board Members and Committee Chairs: Please also go through the list under "NAO Leadership" on the NAO website to make sure that your board member information is correct and committee chairperson and committee members' lists are accurate. I know there are a number of edits to be made to bring the lists up-to-date. Please send to Paul Rossmann also by end of day Monday, April 7. Thanks!

NAO Charlotte Conference 2014
AHEC Program and Center Directors
The NAO Summer Meeting is rapidly approaching. As in San Antonio in 2012, we are inviting all NAO State AHEC Program Directors and AHEC Center Directors to sponsor a breakout session of their choice, or multiple if you are so inclined. The price to sponsor a breakout session is $200/session. We will obtain your AHEC logo (if you have one) and it will be shown on the signage outside the breakout room, as well as on the online agenda on the conference website. The Conference Planning Committee has decided that only current dues-paying members would be eligible to be a breakout sponsor. This is one great way to show support for our National Meeting. Let's all pitch in and help make this year's conference one of the best ever! Please contact Jill Tucker if you are interested in sponsoring a session!

NAO 2nd Annual Congressional Briefing

This event took place March 13, 2014. In the first picture from Dr. John Blossom (NAO Board Chair, Director, CA AHEC Program), you will find (left to right) Dr. John Blossom; Patsy Miller, Center Director, Bryan AHEC (OHIO); Utsha Khatri, third-year medical student, George Washington University; Shyrea Thompson, Center Director, Capital City AHEC (DC); and Rob Trachtenberg, NAO Executive Director. The people in the second photo are (left to right) Dr. John Blossom; Patsy Miller; Senator Sherrod Brown (OH), who is holding the NAO Public Policy Leadership Award he just received; and Rob Trachtenberg.

Have a great week!


2. From A-TrACC
Upcoming Surveying Webinar
Quality surveying with minimal cost and effort . . . that sounds incredible! Pick up practical guidelines and examples on how to survey program participants effectively at our upcoming webinar "Survey Strategies," Thursday, May 1, at 3 p.m. Eastern. Register Now

How Can We Help?
Do you have an unmet training need related to performance measures and program evaluation? Let A-TrACC help! Send us a note at to suggest a potential training.

Training Blast from the Past
Have your logic models been useful in guiding your program planning and evaluation or is it time to do some updating? Revisit the online moderated discussion on Logic Models along with other trainings from the last four years at the A-TrACC archive.

3. April is Minority Health Month: Webinar on April 9, 2014
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (EDT). The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Office of Minority Health invites you to attend a webinar in honor of Minority Health Month. Speakers will discuss CMS' ongoing efforts to reduce and eliminate health disparities, and our work encouraging newly insured consumers to use preventive services and primary care. To register, click here. Registration is required. You will receive webinar link and call in details after you register.

4. Family Caregiver Support after Traumatic Brain Injury Webinar on April 10, 2014
1-2:30 p.m. (EDT). Family caregivers require and benefit from specialized support, education and understanding from healthcare professionals as they move through stages of adaptation that often correspond with the treatment and recovery of a service member who sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI). In 2010, the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, in collaboration with the Defense Health Board, developed a "Guide for Caregivers of Service Members and Veterans." This webinar will review common emotional and cognitive responses, caregiver responsibilities, learning needs, and educational interventions. This discussion will explore how to build a therapeutic alliance with families and resources for professionals to enhance their understanding of the family caregiver's experience and perspective.

5. Funding Opportunity Announcement: New AHRQ Projects Will Use PCOR to Support Primary Care Practices
Two new funding opportunity announcements from AHRQ underscore the Agency's commitment to supporting the use of patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) in primary care. The efforts will emphasize the use of PCOR research findings to support the goals of the Federal Million Hearts® campaign to reduce strokes and heart attacks.

The first funding opportunity announcement will support up to 8 regional cooperatives that will use evidence-based quality improvement techniques and PCOR findings with an initial focus on cardiovascular care, but also to build capacity for practices to incorporate other PCOR findings in the future. Grant recipients must work with primary care practices to increase appropriate aspirin therapy, blood pressure control, cholesterol management, and smoking cessation–the "ABCs" of heart health. AHRQ will invest up to $120 million in these initiatives over three years. The funding announcement for the project, Accelerating the Dissemination and Implementation of PCOR Findings into Primary Care Practice, can be found here.

The second announcement solicits a robust, external evaluation of the cooperatives to discover if and how practice support can best be used to disseminate and implement PCOR findings in primary care practice. That funding announcement for that project, Evaluation of AHRQ Initiative to Accelerate the Dissemination and Implementation of PCOR Findings into Primary Care, can be found here.

PCOR is defined as comparative clinical effectiveness research of the impact on health outcomes of two or more preventive, diagnostic, treatment, or healthcare delivery approaches. PCOR produces not only clinical findings, but also evidence about the effectiveness of how health care is delivered.

AHRQ expects that the grants will be funded in early 2015. A technical assistance and information conference call will be held on April 24. Letters of intent are due May 23. Applications are due July 3. Applicants must specifically work with primary care practices to propose a comprehensive approach that uses evidence-based quality improvement strategies.

Special note: AHRQ would like this announcement to gain wide distribution. Please forward to individuals and organizations and groups you feel will also benefit from this information.

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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