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September 2, 2014

1. From the Executive Director's Office
I hope you all had an enjoyable and relaxing Labor Day Holiday. I guess summer is officially over, which means election season will start to heat up and the pressure to complete the Federal budget increases. As such, I will be in Washington DC this week meeting with staff from the White House Office of Management and Budget, as well as with key Congressional Members on Appropriations Committees in both the House and the Senate regarding AHEC Funding in the Federal FY15 Budget and to set the stage for AHEC funding in FY16 as well. I will report back here after my meetings. Please remember: regular outreach to your Congressional Delegation is vitally important!

Time to Renew Your NAO Membership!

Now is the perfect time to consider renewing your membership in the National AHEC Organization or join for the first time! As a member of the NAO family, you will join over 800 individuals who share enthusiasm and commitment to the AHEC family of programs and centers across the United States, Guam, and The Marshall Islands. Being a member of NAO provides you with a vehicle to be better informed and the opportunity to benefit from current information leading to a stronger AHEC. NAO was established in 1999 to support and advocate for the AHEC Program. As an integrated membership network of 54 Program Offices and 220 Centers, which represents 90% of all nation-wide AHECs, NAO is the voice and supporter for member AHECs throughout the country. We need you to renew your NAO Membership or join for the 1st time! Please see the attached document for more information (please add attachment/link).

Big Transitions
As we enter September, a number of supremely talented individuals and NAO leaders will be completing their last month as NAO Board Members, and it is important that we recognize them and their important and multiple contributions to the organizational growth and development of NAO and to AHECs nationwide.

It's hard to believe, but mainstays NAO Immediate Past-President Mary Mitchell, (MSI-AHEC; NY), NAO Treasurer Linda Cragin (MA AHEC) and previous NAO Secretary Rick Kiovsky (IN AHEC) will rotate off the board at the end of the September. Previous Public Policy Co-Chair Kathy Vasquez (OH AHEC) rotated off the board a couple of months ago as well. It has been a privilege to work so closely with Mary, Linda, Rick and Kathy over the past (too many to count!) years, and I've learned and grown a great deal personally and professionally as a result. Their collective contribution to the effectiveness, the capacity, the maturity, and the overall operational integrity of NAO cannot be understated, and it is not an exaggeration to say that every AHEC in every part of the country are the direct beneficiaries of this group's leadership and commitment to NAO.

Please join me in thanking Mary, Linda, Rick and Kathy for their leadership and for their years of service to NAO and the AHEC Network. Should you wish to thank them personally, below please find their email addresses:

NAO Fall Conference

Planning for the NAO Fall Meeting is now underway! While the dates are not 100% locked in, please plan for November 18th through the 20th in Crystal City, VA. We'll build on the successes of Charlotte, NC and hit the Hill hard! I look forward to seeing many AHECers there! Keep your eyes out for a "Save-the-Date" Notice.

Have a great week and keep an eye out on NAO's social media platform (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+) for information related to the Fall Conference and other important events!


2. Upcoming Marketplace Webinar Sept. 18
Understanding how the Marketplaces and newly covered patients impact a medical practice will help AHECs when talking with providers and doing trainings for them. Get examples of effective ways to share Marketplace information with providers at our next webinar "Marketplace Plans: What Every Provider Needs to Know," Thursday, Sept. 18, at 3 p.m. Eastern. Recommended by Indiana AHEC, Dr. Jason Marker, a family physician in Wyatt, Indiana, will explain how the Marketplace can change a providers' day and affect patient care. Know a health care professional who would benefit from this training? Invite them! Register Now.

Field Guide 2.0 Webinar Sept. 23
You've had the A-TrACC Field Guide forms since February 2012 & the spreadsheets since last November. Do you use them? How are you making these tools work for you? Some AHECs use the forms as they were provided while others modify them to fit their needs. The Field Guide serves as a reference and resource for many AHECs. Get ideas on how you can use these tools in your everyday work at an upcoming webinar Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 3 p.m. Eastern. Register Now.

AHECs Getting the Job Done – Marketplace
How are you training health professionals on the Health Insurance Marketplace? Check out how these AHECs are getting the job done:

  • California's South Bay AHEC has trained more than 100 health professionals through staff and board meetings, as well as events targeting Certified Enrollment Counselors. Their Marketplace training efforts led them to create an ongoing support group for their provider network.
  • Southwest Louisiana AHEC gave presentations at the Louisiana Public Health Association's annual conference as well as to staff members at the Lake Charles Memorial Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program.

Northeast Pennsylvania AHEC distributed the CE Self-Study Guide to more than 70 health professionals. The packets sent included the guide, cover letter, an information sheet on Pennsylvania guidelines and an explanation of the Marketplace initiative.

3. The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury and the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center would like to invite you to an international forum that will connect you with the state-of-the-science on evaluation and treatment for traumatic brain injury (TBI). The 2014 TBI Global Synapse will bring together the best minds in clinical care, research and policy to help you apply the expertise gained from more than a decade of conflict to your everyday practice.

This unique event will offer about 13 hours of advanced educational programming broadcast live from September 15 - 17, 2014. An additional eight hours of pre-recorded content, known as the On-Demand Event will be available from September 8 - 26, 2014.

Sessions will cover current trends in research, substance use following TBI, intimacy and sexuality, chronic pain management, visual dysfunction, symptom-based cognitive treatment and reintegration following a TBI, among others.

This training will be delivered in a Live and remote format with both in-person and virtual attendees. In-person attendance will be held at Defense Health Headquarters in Falls Church, Va. Given that we are severely limited in space, in-person attendance is by invitation only and we encourage virtual attendance for all other participants. Please Note: Both in-person and virtual attendees are required to register via this site.

For more information, please contact the Event Planning Team at <>

Please help us share best practices and improve care for all of our service members and veterans by registering for this invitation-only event at TBI Global Synapse Registration

The registration deadline is September 15.

To register for the On Demand TBI Synapse, please visit TBI On Demand Registration

For complete TBI Global Synapse information, including agenda and speaker information, visit

Join or Renew Your Membership in NAO!

Dear Colleagues,

Now is the perfect time to consider renewing your membership in the National AHEC Organization or join for the first time! As a member of the NAO family, you will join over 800 individuals who share enthusiasm and commitment to the AHEC family of programs and centers across the United States, Guam, and The Marshall Islands. Being a member of NAO provides you with a vehicle to be better informed and the opportunity to benefit from current information leading to a stronger AHEC. NAO was established in 1999 to support and advocate for the AHEC Program. As an integrated membership network of 54 Program Offices and 220 Centers, which represents 90% of all nation-wide AHECs, NAO is the voice and supporter for member AHECs throughout the country.

During the past year, membership and participation in NAO has helped members to:

  • Hear about our excellent events and Education Conferences offered by NAO throughout the year;
  • Learn about important information regarding NAO work and available funding, programmatic, and networking resources which benefit your AHEC
  • Participate on National Projects (i.e. Veterans Behavioral Health Project, Health Insurance Exchange Project) which will benefits all regions;
  • Stay current on public policy and advocacy efforts as they relate to the well-being of the National AHEC Organization and the AHEC Network;
  • Work alongside our Executive Director as he and the Board of Directors and Committees create a resilient vision for a sustainable NAO
  • Work on our vitally important health education programming

Those are just a few of many important benefits that your membership provides. If you have questions about NAO membership or the benefits of being a member of NAO, please feel free to contact one of the Membership Committee members listed below, as they would be happy to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Sharon Womack(318)
Freddie Jaquez(719)
Edna Apostol(941)-361-6602
Shanae Gutierrez(719)

AHECs are arguably the nation's best coordinated and distributed tool to reach rural, frontier, and inner city health providers, and one of the key strengths of our AHEC network is our ability to creatively adapt national initiatives to help address local and regional healthcare issues. You make a difference in all the work you do!

Please consider renewing your National AHEC Organization membership or joining for the first time; we need you!

H. John Blossom, MD
Director, CA AHEC Program
President, NAO Board of Directors
Robert M. Trachtenberg, MS
Executive Director
National AHEC Organization


 An occasional email update from the National SBIRT ATTC


Of Interest


Research on SBIRT for drug use

Earlier this month, two research studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that using SBIRT for prescription and illegal drug use did not impact patients' drug use, treatment seeking, or other risky behaviors. Although the authors point out that there are good reasons to identify and address drug use in healthcare settings (e.g., appropriate diagnoses and safe prescribing), these study results suggest that SBIRT for drugs may need to be modified to achieve reductions in drug use and associated harms.


These results have generated all sorts of buzz.  The online Network for Practice has hosted a spirited discussion of interest to SBIRT researchers and practitioners.  Read more


Without screens, doctors detect less than half of problem drinkers

Across 12 relevant studies, primary care doctors detected 42% of problem drinkers and documented this in the medical record 27% of the time. Although screening can significantly increase the identification of risky substance use, commentary on the study notes that universal or comprehensive implementation of screening programs has been an "Achilles' heel." Read more


Upcoming Webinars


September 10, 2014

12:00 - 1:30 PM EDT

SBIRT in the Early Start Program: An Integrated Model of Substance Abuse Intervention for Pregnant Women

Nancy Goler, MD

Kaiser Permanente's Early Start program demonstrates the impact of multi-disciplinary care teams. Regional Director Dr. Nancy Goler will describe barriers to implementing a program like Early Start--including the challenges that hospitals face in redeploying existing inpatient resources to outpatient services in order to generate savings in neonatal units, and denial and skepticism among all levels of health care providers that substance abuse and dependence is a disease that can be treated effectively.  Register


Plus: Watch a short video introduction to Dr. Goler and the Early Start program.


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


Tools for Practice


Digital Tour of the CDC's 10-Step Guide to Screening and Brief Interventions for Risky Alcohol Use for Primary Care Practices 

Our own Holly Hagle, PhD leads a quick video tour of the CDC's recently-released guide for implementing alcohol SBI in primary care. "It's really the most concise guide to the alcohol SBI intervention that I have seen in awhile," she says. View video


State Medicaid Coverage of Opioid Treatment

A new clickable map shows state-by-state information about Medicaid coverage of medications that support recovery from opioid addictions including methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone. An excellent resource for offering referrals to treatment. Read more

A new interactive map of Medicaid coverage for medication-assisted treatment


Survey Opportunity 


Fill out our social media survey, win a prize

The world of social media changes fast! Take five minutes to tell us how you use it by filling out a short online survey. Full disclosure: we've got 54 responses so far and are offering the 99th respondent a $25 Amazon card. Time your clicks accordingly.  And thank you so much for your help! Read more



September 2, 2014


Our Blogroll




The World of SBIRT


Expanding SBIRT to Hospitals


SBIRT Colorado Blog


Alcohol IBA (UK)




Subscribe to The SBIRT Alert



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



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Prevention and Population Health Education Across the Health Professions: A Healthy People 2020 Spotlight on Health Webinar

Register Now  | September 9, 2014 | 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. ET

Spread the word!

Tell your colleagues and friends about this great learning opportunity. Forward this email or tweet about the webinar.

Universities are placing a greater focus on interprofessional education, where students from two or more health professions learn together to cultivate a collaborative and comprehensive learning experience. With the increasing emphasis on prevention and the social determinants of health, it is critical for students across disciplines to learn how to work together to address these important health issues.

Join Healthy People 2020 and the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research on Tuesday, September 9 at 1:00 p.m. ET to learn about the role that prevention and population health can play in advancing interprofessional education. Participants will learn how to access resources for developing curricula and collaborative learning experiences to improve prevention and population health education across various health professions. Faculty from the University of Texas Medical Branch and Duke University will describe their efforts to expand prevention education across disciplines.

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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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