NAO Update
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May 12, 2014

1. From the Executive Director's Office
It's a beautiful early May morning as I write this week's Monday Update. I'm off to Washington, D.C. tomorrow to meet with Congressional Members to discuss AHEC funding for FY15. State advocacy leaders have been activated and I hope calls to Congressional Members' offices will have been made in advance of my visits. It's great to go into a Member's office hearing the words, "Oh, I just heard from your AHEC colleague in (state)....She/he told me about all the great things that were going on in the community, at the medical/nursing school, and with providers." Calls made in advance of my visits make my job that much easier and certainly demonstrate an organizational sophistication and coordination which I believe is very effective when it comes to advocacy. I'll report back here next week with the results of my meetings.

"Tuesdays with Trachtenberg"
While I can't completely take the credit for this idea, I'd like to try a little experiment I'm calling "Tuesdays with Trachtenberg." What I'm going to do--starting next Tuesday, May 20--is dedicate one hour each Tuesday from 12:30-1:30pm EST for anyone to call in (number provided below) as a way to have a discussion regarding all things NAO and AHEC. I'm envisioning this as mostly an open, organic forum where anyone (must be a member of NAO; this is the only caveat) can call in and ask questions, discuss the AHEC Program, NAO, and any other issues related to our work. I'd like to give it a try; if it works I can imagine an ongoing robust dialogue among colleagues, and if it's a bust, then, it goes. Here's the number: 1-424-203-8400, Passcode: 245171#. I look forward to kicking this off!

Capitol Ideas Magazine
Capitol Ideas Magazine, the magazine of the Council of State Governments, reached out to Andy Fosmire and me recently regarding contributing content to their May/June 2014 issue--which focused on access to health care and just came out.

You can find the piece where Andy is quoted quite a bit regarding improving rural health care in Oklahoma by clicking here and you can find my piece, an essay in their "In the Know" section, here. We look forward to hearing your comments.

A-TrACC Question of the Week #2
As you now know, I'm in a planning-for-the-future mode as the current A-TrACC contract comes to a close in September. NAO needs your stories about the impact of A-TrACC in the last four years. To that end, I will be asking a different question each week in May that you can answer quickly and briefly. Please take a second to e-mail me your response. I'm looking for a sentence or two--up to a paragraph at most. Thanks!

Week Two's Question:
How have A-TrACC special projects (Vets' Mental Health, Health Insurance Marketplace) opened doors to new partnerships and opportunities for your AHEC program or center?

NAO Membership List Gentle Reminder #2
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 by the end of day on Monday, May 19. Many thanks!

NAO Board and Committee Chairs' List Gentle Reminder #2
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 still a few edits to be made to bring the lists fully up-to-date. Please send to Paul Rossmann also by the end of the day Monday, May 19. Thanks!

Have a great week and DO NOT let another moment go by without registering for the Charlotte NAO conference. Go here to register and I'll see you in 8 weeks!


2. Have You Registered Yet? NAO Conference July 7-11, 2014
Check out our New and Exciting Online Agenda
Our online agenda automatically stays up-to-date so you can view the most recent updates to the agenda as you plan out your week. Check out our keynote speakers, find information about our Charlotte AHEC-sponsored evening event, our exciting Awards Gala, which is sure to be a hit this year, and read about our exciting sessions taking place.

Even more exciting is the ability to create an account on our site, which will allow you to network with other conference attendees, and to even create your own personal agenda to follow throughout your week at the conference.

Want a Sneak Peak?
Just click here and you can see what is currently being planned for our exciting conference. Save the link to your tablet or smartphone and you can follow us whenever you want.

Early-Bird Registration is up! Click here now to register.


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Hotel Information
Hotel information is also included in the e-blast that went out in early April. Please proceed in booking your hotel room now. A SPECIAL ROOM RATE of $159/night single/double has been reserved for NAO Conference attendees and is available to reserve using the online links below. Please have your credit card available when making your reservation. The hotel will charge a one-night's deposit to your credit card in order to hold your reservation. NOTE: Reservations must be made by 5pm on June 18 in order to take advantage of the specially negotiated NAO room rate. Book early to ensure you get the group rate. Click Here to book your hotel rooms for the conference.

Become a Sponsor of the NAO Annual Conference
The National AHEC Organization is very excited about our upcoming conference taking place in Charlotte, NC from July 7 - 11, 2014, and we would like to offer you the opportunity to be a sponsor for this great event. As a member of the AHEC community, you recognize the value of NAO as an organization--and the large audience that our bi-annual conference draws. The NAO conference has provided outstanding learning and networking opportunities for the AHEC community for many years. Indeed, the NAO organization has helped to build and develop our community and has created a unique forum for learning and sharing of information for all AHEC professionals. The bi-annual conference continues to provide practical ideas and real take-away value to its attendees through workshops, roundtables, keynote speakers, and sessions led by our members and experts from among the AHEC community. The 2014 conference will continue this tradition and expansion--as we expect another year of record-setting attendance! In its 15 years, NAO has been able to build this community and create these information-sharing and educational opportunities--largely through the generous contributions of its Symposium Sponsors--from individuals and organizations, to our large community of AHEC program and center offices. Our sponsors have helped make it possible to avoid increasing dues, imposing publication fees, or charging for meals at the conference. In order to continue this, we need your help in sponsoring the 2014 NAO Conference! As a sponsor of the 2014 NAO Conference, you will have exclusive opportunity to reach our targeted 550+ conference attendees, while showing your continued support for NAO! The opportunity to reserve your sponsorship for the 2014 conference is on a first-come, first-served basis. Sponsoring one or more conference activities places your name in front of the attendees in the Conference Program, on the NAO Conference Website, and on sponsor signage displayed during the chosen event. Secure your Sponsorship by May 2, 2014. Click here to see the Sponsorship Opportunities document. Please contact Jill Tucker to explore your options or if you have any questions at or 414-908-4953 x111.

3. Looking for "Gift Basket" Donations for the 2014 NAO Charlotte Conference
The Membership Committee is putting out a Call to all AHECs planning to attend the NAO 2014 Charlotte Conference in July. As we have done in the past, we are asking AHEC Centers and/or Programs to provide a small "gift basket" of some sort to be provided as door prizes throughout the conference (no more than $50 please). Be creative and fun—make the gift reflect something about your state or region. It could be something as small as a gift certificate (though it would need to be one that could be used by someone from any other state) or something larger. We do want to respect the fact that airlines now charge for extra bags and extra weight—so your gift should be a "packable" size (both for you in transporting the gift and for the person who wins your gift). This is always a fun part of the conference, so think "out of the box" here. If you are planning to bring a gift, please e-mail Sharon Womak (, Membership Committee co-chair, so we can keep a running list of how many items we will have. If you wish to ship the gift basket directly to the hotel, please contact Karen Olsen ( at NAO Headquarters for directions.

4. From A-TrACC

Medicaid Webinar Tomorrow!
Register now for "Understanding Medicaid, the Marketplace, and the Affordable Care Act" set for 2 p.m. Eastern, Tuesday, May 13. Seema Verma, MPH, founder of SVC, Inc., will present this webinar. Ms. Verma served as the architect of the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP), which is the nation's first Health Savings Account model applied to a Medicaid population. She has over 16 years of healthcare experience and has in-depth knowledge of government health programs on the local, state and federal levels. You don't want to miss this one!

Marketplace Self-Study Guide
Would health professionals in your community be interested in free CE credit? The A-TrACC marketplace curriculum includes a self-study guide that you can provide for free CE credit covering CME, CNE and Behavioral Health. Get your list together of health professionals who could benefit from this training! Did we mention that disseminating the self-study guide counts toward your goal of educating 50 people on the marketplace? Have questions? Drop us a note at

Field Guide Spreadsheets Webinar
Attend our Field Guide Revisions training on Thursday, May 29, 3 p.m. Eastern, where we will review changes made to the spreadsheets and offer a tutorial for those interested in updating their own. The revisions align the spreadsheets with the revised A-TrACC Field Guide now available online! These Excel spreadsheets can be used to organize and aggregate data collected with the Field Guide forms. Register Now

5. Plan on Ordering Some: NAO Annual Report Available Soon
Copies of the NAO Annual Report will be available soon for purchase. The Annual Report highlights National AHEC success stories and offers statistics detailing National AHEC's impact upon underserved communities and students in the health professions. It is an 8-1/2 x 11 brochure containing 8 pages. Kindly stay tuned for details coming online. Thanks!

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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