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September 15, 2014

1. From the Executive Director's Office
As you saw in last week's Monday Update, the week for the NAO Fall 2014 Conference needs to be changed due to the many conflicts with other events that we encountered.

The new dates are now December 2nd through December 4th (2014) and with a signed hotel contract in hand, we will be at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA. We are very excited about the new dates, the hotel and the agenda--which is currently at a 'framework" phase, though will be sharpened up in the near future. Please watch this space for more information regarding registration and make plans to attend. We're looking forward to seeing you in December!

Interstate Post-Graduate Medical Association (IPMA)-NAO/AHEC REMS Wrap Up
Last Wednesday the IPMA-AHEC REMS Initiative "The Power of Partnerships: Working through AHECs to Achieve Safe Use of Opioids while Improving Patient Care" concluded with a summary webinar hosted by IPMA with participating AHECs. This is now the second initiative with IPMA, and I am hopeful that there will be more opportunities for collaboration. This was a very successful partnership that resulted in:

  • 21 Live Activities
  • 3 Webinars
  • 3 Grand Rounds
  • 3 Conferences – CO*RE as one session
  • 3 more planned sessions; all of which are Live
  • 1037 providers attended these sessions
  • 590 completed the CO*RE Assessment paperwork

Overall, this was a great partnership that brought an important training to many providers:

  • 321 Clinicians completed the Assessment paperwork and who are registered with the DEA to prescribe Schedule 2 or 3 drugs
  • 235 Clinicians who have written at least one ER/LA opioid prescription in the past year:
    • physicians
    • advanced practice nurses
    • physician assistants

Given our work with IPMA and the REMS Initiative, this may be of interest as well:
On Monday, Attorney General Eric Holder announced an expanded drug take-back program to help fight prescription drug and opioid addiction. The new regulation "would allow pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, and other authorized collectors to serve as authorized drop-off sites for unused prescription drugs. Under the new policy, long-term care facilities will also be able to collect controlled substances turned in by residents of those facilities, and prescription drug users everywhere will have permission to directly mail in their unused medications to authorized collectors." For an explanatory video from Attorney General Holder.

Other Items of Interest

  • The Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Population Health Improvement is holding a public workshop on Monday, September 22nd, 8:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (PDT) in Irvine, CA (also webcast live) on the use of communication to advance the public's health. To register and review the draft agenda.
  • After last week's successful release of Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report, The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America, please be sure to visit the website for state-specific charts, fast facts, maps, infographics and issue-specific policy briefs.
  • Every time I watch a TEDMED talks I come away with much to think about. For those of you don't know, TEDMED is a "global community dedicated to unlocking imagination in service of health and medicine. Their goal is to seed the innovations of today, making possible the breakthroughs of tomorrow for a healthier, more vibrant humanity". You may find some of the short talks interesting and valuable at TEDMED 2014: I'd be interested to hear what you think.

Have a great week, and remember to check out NAO social media and the website for regular NAO updates!

2. Special invitation to CBSE Coordinators (and others who work with student rotations and preceptors). Plan to attend this Thursday's Webinar -- What Every Physician Needs to Know about Marketplace Plans

Thursday, Sept. 18, 3 p.m. Eastern – Register Now
In this webinar, family physician Jason Marker from Wyatt, Indiana, will explain how the Marketplace can change a provider's day and affect patient care. Understanding the impact of the Marketplace on a medical practice will help AHECs when talking with providers and training their staff. Dr. Marker will also discuss effective ways to share Marketplace information with providers.

Who should attend?

  • CBSE Coordinators - because understanding the provider's perspective in this changing healthcare landscape is critical to maintaining relationships with current preceptors and to developing relationships with new ones.
  • CE Coordinators - because this information will help you tailor your presentations and understand the impact of the material on your audience.
  • Providers you invite - because those who heard Dr. Marker's presentation in several Indiana AHEC Marketplace Trainings said it was exactly the information they needed. Know a health care professional who would benefit from this training? Forward this email along with an invitation to attend!

Marketplace Deadline Approaching
More than 120 AHECs participated in the Marketplace project to train health professionals with more than 100 training events already documented. Documentation must be submitted by the close of business Sept. 22. E-mail for a Documentation Form. Check out these AHECS who got the job done:

  • The Yankton South Dakota Rural AHEC developed a two-part, 50-minute video and created a Moodle course, including the CE Self-Study Guide, several state information sheets and the glossary. They also distributed 160 Self-Study Guides to their contact list of health professionals, including public health nurse and professional organizations.
  • Florida Keys AHEC used a family physician in a medically underserved area as their speaker, training 64 health professionals.
  • Low Country South Carolina AHEC provided two live trainings to train a total of 17 health professionals and distributed 50 CE Self-Study Guides.

Field Guide 2.0 Webinar Next Week

You've had the A-TrACC Field Guide forms since February 2012 & the spreadsheets since last November. Do you use them? Find out how AHECs in Maine, Michigan, Louisiana, Oregon, and Virginia are making these tools work for them at this final A-TrACC Field Guide webinar on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 3 p.m. Eastern. Register Now.

3.Suicide in Military and Veteran Populations: Implications for Chaplains, Health Care Providers and Leaders

September 25, 2014; 1-2:30 p.m. (EDT)

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and accounts for nearly 40,000 deaths each year, according to the most recent statistics from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . In the military and veteran populations individuals may seek care from chaplains and mental health professionals.

This presentation will begin with a description of the epidemiology of suicide in the United States, with a specific focus on suicide among service members and veterans. An epidemiologic foundation of suicide provides context to understanding how current research relates to a variety of prevention strategies.

The discussion will include the role and approach of chaplains to suicide prevention in the military. Using data from a survey of chaplains in the Army, this overview will review suicide prevention efforts and factors that may enhance or constrain effective support. The presentation will conclude with recommendations from policy and research perspectives on how the military and civilian communities can bolster suicide prevention efforts.

During this webinar, participants will learn to:

  • Quantify the burden of suicide and explain the impact on military and veteran populations
  • Describe the research evidence of suicide prevention and the relevancy to the military chaplain community
  • Examine chaplain encounters with suicidality in the military and VA and their preparation to support the health care team
  • Recognize the benefit of incorporating chaplains into addressing suicide throughout the suicide cycle

Jason Nieuwsma, Ph.D.
Associate Director, VA Mental Health and Chaplaincy
Assistant Professor, Duke University Medical Center, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 6 Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC)
Durham, N.C.

Rajeev Ramchand, Ph.D.
Senior Behavioral Scientist, RAND Corporation
Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Arlington, Va.

Dr. Jeffrey E. Rhodes, D.Min.
Contract Support, Psychological Health Promotion, Deployment Health Clinical Center
Bethesda, Md.

Continuing Education
Continuing education credit is available from Duke Medicine. You must register on or before September 25, 2014, at 3 p.m. (EDT) to qualify for the receipt of continuing education credit.

To qualify for receipt of continuing education credit for applicable webinars, eligible participants must create a profile in the Duke Medicine Learning Management System and register for the event on, or before, the event registration deadline. Complete responses to all pre-registration questions are required to be eligible to receive credit for attending this event. For guidance on creating a user account and event registration in the Duke Medicine Learning Management System site, please visit

DCoE's awarding of continuing education credit is limited in scope to health care providers who actively provide psychological health and traumatic brain injury care to U.S. active-duty service members, reservists, National Guardsmen, military veterans and/or their families.

For additional details, please visit .


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