NAO Update
Provided as a NAO member benefit
May 19, 2014

1. From the Executive Director's Office
This is a very full Monday Update, so please read carefully; I wouldn't want you to miss a thing! And remember to register for the conference here! If there's one thing that should be at the top of your 'to-do' list TODAY, it's to register for the Charlotte NAO 2014 Conference. See you there!

Washington, D.C. Update
Last week I had a number of productive visits with House and Senate Members where the AHEC Program and the FY15 AHEC budget request was discussed. Overall, the meetings and the responses from legislative staff and health aides were positive, with the caveat that the budget is tight (as usual) and that the committee mark-ups for the Labor-HHS bills (where Title VII Programs and the AHEC Program sit) have yet to be scheduled. There is hope that the House and Senate will begin drafting their spending bills in June and July, so we need to be prepared for another big advocacy effort.

Three important take-aways from this round of meetings:

  1. Calls and e-mails (with one-pagers highlighting local AHEC activities) to Congressional Members in advance of my visits are VERY effective. Why? Because as I walk in to discuss NAO and the AHEC Program, the legislative staffer--or in some cases the Member--is up to speed as to what is happening in their district and state and can make a local connection to the importance and value of our program. Thanks tons to those who called in prior to my visits.
  2. Beyond the calls, the importance of keeping the health legislative staff aware of local activities through 'one-pagers' and infographics (please see Alaska's inforgraphic here) on a regular and ongoing basis cannot be understated.
  3. There was a strong and supportive response as we explained that AHECs are a perfect example of the "public-private partnership," given how well AHECs leverage federal funds locally to support AHEC strategic community-based priorities.

Many thanks to our AHEC State Advocacy Leaders, our Washington Team, and our NAO Public Policy Leadership Team for their continued work on behalf of all the AHECs and NAO.

And one more big "thank you": Many, many thanks to Kristina Fjeld-Sparks from the NH AHEC and Michelle Husky from the SOWEGA-AHEC for developing and leading our first ever policy webinar via Adobe Connect on Friday, May 9. There will be more, and thanks as well to the brave souls who dialed in as we worked out some of the kinks.

You can view the webinar here: Tools for Advocacy Leaders: Understanding Federal Policy: You will also find it on the NAO website.

A-TrACC Question of the Week #3
As you all know now, 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 4 years. Many thanks to those who've responded; much appreciated!

Today's question is: How has A-TrACC improved your program or center's capacity to participate in nationwide projects or special initiatives?

Tuesdays with Trachtenberg
Just a reminder that I'll be kicking off "Tuesdays with Trachtenberg" this week from 12:30-1:30. Dial in at 1-424-203-8400, Passcode: 245171#, and we'll talk all things NAO and AHEC. Looking forward to talking with you!

Have a great week! Oh, and remember to register for the Charlotte Conference. We need you there!


2. Early Bird Registration Open Until June 6 for 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
New Marketplace Resources
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released several new resources related to the Health Insurance Marketplaces: a Special Enrollment Period Overview which explains qualifying life events and other coverage options outside of open enrollment; and Losing Job-Based Insurance and COBRA with more information about health insurance options after an individual loses employer-sponsored coverage. These resources could be helpful as your AHEC begins planning and implementing Marketplace trainings, especially in anticipating questions from your audience. Check out the other Marketplace Resources that A-TrACC has compiled for training health professionals. Your AHEC may also want to utilize this Fact Sheet for College Graduates that explains health insurance options for this segment of the population. How timely!

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 that is now available online! These Excel spreadsheets can be used to organize and aggregate data collected with the Field Guide forms. Register Now

Supporting Consumer Enrollment
Join us on Tuesday, June 17, for a Marketplace webinar on Supporting Consumer Enrollment through Innovative Practices and Partnerships. Get ideas from other AHECs on how your center might support consumer enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Presenters from Southeast AZ, Western MD and Eastern Shore MD AHECs will share information on their activities. Register Now

Training Blast from the Past
Did you miss our presentation earlier this year on using stories as a program evaluation tool? Qualitative researcher Susan Eliot discussed how to capture hard-to-measure outcomes using a structured and systematic process to develop compelling and convincing stories from program participants. Revisit "Program Evaluation – Stories as an Evaluation Tool" and other trainings in our archive.

5. Position Open
Wisconsin AHEC invites applications for the position of Executive Director - South Central AHEC. The SC AHEC region encompasses 13 counties (Adams, Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Green, Green Lake, Iowa, Jefferson, Lafayette, Marquette, Rock, Sauk and Waushara).

Candidates are encouraged to apply by June 10.

Additional information and application instructions are available online:

Your assistance in referring strong candidates is much appreciated!

6. Plan on Ordering Some: NAO Annual Report Available
Copies of the NAO Annual Report are available 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!

7. Webinar: Understanding Changes to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Acute Stress Disorder Diagnosis in DSM-5, May 22, 2014; 1-2:30 p.m. (EDT)

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) provides a standard common language to classify mental disorders. The fifth revision of the DSM (referred to as DSM-5, published in May 2013) includes changes to the diagnostic criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and acute stress disorder. Based on scientific research and clinical experience, the definitions of the disorders were revised to include a broader range of symptoms with more specific criteria.

This webinar elaborates on discussion, participant feedback and questions from the July 25, 2013, webinar "DSM-5: Revisions and Implications Related to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder." Panelists will include Dr. Matthew J. Friedman who led revision of the "Trauma and Stressor-Related Disorder" section of DSM-5, and Dr. Charles W. Hoge, a subject matter expert.
This webinar will:

  • Describe key changes in clinical definitions of PTSD and acute stress disorder
  • Examine evidence, rationale and discussion regarding the changes
  • Differentiate the practical and clinical implications of the changes

Registration: Sign up for the webinar here.

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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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