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November 17, 2014

From the Executive Director's Office

Only two (2!) weeks to go until our 2014 NAO Fall Conference. Register now for what promises to be another excellent NAO conference. We need to see YOU there, as YOU are an integral component of our national network. Register NOW!

If you're interested in hearing from key NAO partner organizations, learning more about IPE, getting up to speed on our new CDC HPV project, watching your colleagues do some ​role-playing, hearing from our HRSA colleagues and getting a sneak-peak at the Spring NAO Business Summit on Orlando, Florida this coming May, then this conference is for YOU! Register NOW! I'll see you in Crystal City in just 2 short weeks!

​NAO CDC HPV Project

Last chance to listen live!

There's one more webinar opportunity to learn more about the new national project related to HPV training. The last session is set for Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. Eastern. You don't want to miss it! Register Now! If you're not able to make the webinar but would still like the information, email info@atracc.org for a link to the recording.

We hope you are excited about this project! Ramp up your knowledge with this excellent Medscape resource: Protect the Next Generation: Recommend the HPV vaccine. This 2 ½-minute video features commentary by CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH.

NAO Communications Committee: Co-Chairs Needed!

The NAO Communications Committee has done ​an enormous amount of effective and important work for NAO and our AHEC Network over the past many years, and we've found ourselves in need of new co-chairs to continue, and build upon, that excellent body of work. If you have any interest in working with a great group of people and are eager to help advance NAO's ​and our AHEC Network's reach and capacity; then this leadership position is for you! If interested--or if you have questions--please let NAO board chair Marty Schaller (martys@newahec.org) or me know as soon as you can. WE need you!​

The National Academy Foundation (NAF)

I recently became aware of the National Academy Foundation and had a brief call with Christel Kaufman, NAF's Director of Growth and Development to learn more. I believe some AHECs are working with NAF--or are aware of them​ in their particular regions. ​ There may be an opportunity to work collaboratively with NAF (description below). ​ If you've worked with NAF in the past and believe there may be partnership opportunities beyond the local level, please do let me know. ​ Once I gather some information, I'll be in touch with NAF and those AHECs expressing interest.​

The National Academy Foundation (NAF) is a leader in the movement to prepare young people for college and career success. For over 30 years, NAF has refined a proven educational model which includes industry-focused curricula, work-based learning experiences, and business partner expertise from five themes: Finance, Hospitality & Tourism, Information Technology, Engineering, and Health Sciences. Nearly 5,000 business professionals volunteer in classrooms, act as mentors, engage NAF students in paid internships, and serve on local advisory boards.

Academy of Health Sciences (AOHS)

Launched in the 2011-2012 school year, the Academy of Health Sciences (AOHS) addresses the stark need to better prepare and train future healthcare professionals by providing young people with a STEM-infused educational experience using career paths in the healthcare industry as a vehicle for providing relevance. Today, the NAF Academy of Health Sciences includes 62 academy sites and is rapidly growing. NAF expects to open 25-30 new AOHS over the next three years, serving 5,000 additional young people at full enrollment.

Have a great week and see you in Crystal City, VA in 2 weeks!
Rob

Last chance to listen live!

There's one more webinar opportunity to learn more about the new national project related to HPV training. The last session is set for Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. Eastern. You don't want to miss it! Register Now! If you're not able to make the webinar but would still like the information, email info@atracc.org for a link to the recording.

We hope you are excited about this project! Ramp up your knowledge with this excellent Medscape resource: Protect the Next Generation: Recommend the HPV vaccine. This 2 ½-minute video features commentary by CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH.

Practical Strategies for Pharmacist Integration with Primary Care:
A Workbook of Things We Wish We Knew Before We Started

Amanda G. Kennedy, PharmD, BCPS
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Vermont
Office of Primary Care
amanda.kennedy@uvm.edu

Michael A. Biddle, Jr., PharmD, BCPS
Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
michael.biddle@acphs.edu

What is this workbook and why was it created?
This workbook is a collection of practical strategies and examples that promote the successful integration of pharmacists with primary care practices. The strategies resulted from the Medication Management Pilot Study to evaluate the integration of pharmacists with Vermont patient-centered medical homes, funded by a Vermont Department of Health grant to the
University of Vermont College of Medicine.

Where can I find more details about the Medication Management Pilot Study?
The results of the project have been published in the journal, Population Health Management.

Kennedy AG, Chen H, Corriveau M, MacLean CD. Improving Population Management through Pharmacist-Primary Care Integration: A Pilot Study. Popul Health Manag. 2014 Jul 16. [Epub] PMID: 25029631

Key findings from the study:
Pharmacists were partnered into five Vermont primary care practices, one-day per week, to provide direct patient care, population-based medication management, and prescriber education.  The pharmacists identified 708 drug therapy problems through direct patient care (336/708; 47.5%); population-based strategies (276/708; 38.9%); and education (96/708; 13.6%).  Common population-based strategies included adjustment of doses and discontinuation of unnecessary medications. The cost avoidance model suggests $2.11 in cost was avoided for every $1.00 spent on a pharmacist ($373,092/$176,690).

Who is the target audience for the workbook?
The workbook was written specifically for pharmacists; however, primary care practitioners, nurses, and practice administrators will find it a helpful resource.

Where can I find a copy of the workbook?
The workbook is posted on the UVM Office of Primary Care and AHEC Program website (uvm.edu/medicine/ahec), click on "Programs" and then on "Pharmacists in Primary Care."



 

 An occasional email update from the National SBIRT ATTC

 

Upcoming Webinars

 

December 17, 2014

1:00 - 2:00 PM EST

SBIRT, The Nitty Gritty: Implementing SBIRT in Multiple Nurse Settings

Holly Hagle, PhD, Ann Mitchell, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN & Kimberly Talcott, MPA

As the National SBIRT ATTC, IRETA has partnered with the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing on multiple SBIRT training programs: for university nursing students as well as professional ER nurses and dental anesthetists working in underserved regions. Presenters describe the projects and offer useful information for others working on SBIRT.  Register

Photo: Christiana Care

 

Miss a webinar? No problem. You’ll be able to view it on-demand on our Webinar Library.

 

Other Upcoming Events

 

Brief Intervention Group November Meeting

The next BIG quarterly meeting is November 18. Join a national conversation with SBIRT strategists and practitioners about where we are now and where SBIRT is going. All are welcome. Read more

 

Online Learning

 

Two self-paced online SBIRT courses

Two online courses are now up on our website: SBIRT 101 and SBIRT for Adolescents. Enroll for free. Earn social work and NAADAC CEUs. And learn from some of the best in the country from the comfort of your home, office, or local coffee shop. Read more

 

Of Interest

 

Column: The acronym doctors use for the very worst patients

A new piece in Slate has provoked lively comments. It's not easy for hospital staff to deal with difficult (sometimes misogynistic) patients, many of whom have behavioral health problems. Read more

 

Violent, drunk behavior widespread in ERs Down Under; SBIRT recommended

A survey of over 2,000 ER doctors and nurses in Australia and New Zealand showed that nearly everyone had experienced violence or threats of violence from intoxicated patients.  "Enough is enough," writes the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine, noting that brief interventions have been shown to reduce alcohol-related harms.  Read more

 

What is SBIRT and why might it fit well in mental health settings?

In 2013, 7.7 million Americans had co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. That's why it's amazing that research on SBIRT for risky substance use in mental health settings is so scant. Here's some of the fledgling research that's being done in this area. Read more

 

Easyread booklet: Addressing substance abuse in HIV care settings

A quick introduction to SBIRT followed by instructions for integrating it into HIV care settings. In a study of patients from 10 HIV-care clinics in three large U.S. cities, only 35% of participants reported discussions about alcohol use with their primary care providers in the previous year, with only 52% of problem drinkers reporting such a discussion. Read more

 

SBIRT in HIV care settings, why and how-to

 

Announcements

 

IRETA and Pitt Awarded CDC Workforce Improvement Grant

With our partners at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, we are kicking off a new CDC-funded project called SBI: Workforce Expansion for Nurse Leaders to prepare students in Clinical Nurse Leader, nursing administration, and nursing informatics programs to promote the implementation of SBI in their practice settings. Read more

 

 

 

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Funded by SAMHSA, the National SBIRT ATTC is housed at the Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions (IRETA) in Pittsburgh, PA. As an SBIRT ATTC, we:

 

- Offer training, technical assistance, and a variety of services in the area of SBIRT

 

- Use the technology transfer model to move research findings into practice

 

- Disseminate best practices and new research to stakeholders interested in SBIRT

 

- Are part of a national network of experts in the area of substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery

 

 

 

Two nursing students (top left and top right) finished their semester-long community preceptor training on addiction this week.

It was wonderful to work with them. 

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