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September 22, 2014

NAO Important Update, Click Here!  GW Cancer Institute  2014 AAoCP Discussion

From the Executive Director's Office

Fall has certainly arrived here in the Northeast. The days are shorter, the mornings cool and dark, the days dry and warm and thankfully school is now in full swing. Autumn is my favorite season, though running early in the dark morning provides a little bit of suburban adventure. In recent days I've come across a coyote who eyed me warily, a few foxes scattering about, deer, racoons, wild turkeys and a fisher cat that wasn't in any hurry to get off the bike-path on which I frequently run. That I didn't like. I hope you all are enjoying fall as much as I am! There's quite a bit going on with NAO and our AHEC Network; please be sure to check out the NAO website and NAO social media on a regular basis for updates; lots of great posts from our AHECs right now!

NAO Fall Conference Planning

Planning started in earnest last week for the Fall NAO meeting, and the agenda, while still in its early phase, looks strong. I know that this will be another excellent NAO conference and there will be many benefits to your attending, not least of which are the myriad opportunities to network with your colleagues--which is always highlighted in conference evaluations as one of the most valuable conference components. I look forward to seeing you in Crystal City in December!

Washington, DC Update

Legislation and Appropriations

  • Senate LHHS Bill for FY 2015 – Committee Report was released in advance of passage by the full committee.
  • Positive language was included in the report including Congress' disagreement of the Administration's elimination of the AHEC program in the budget
  • Funding- $30.250 million, which is level funding from FY14
  • The full Committee has not met to markup and pass their version of the bill.
  • The House moved a continuing resolution (CR) bill this week in September to avoid government shutdown, so far only the House Democrats have released a bill proposal (which is purely a messaging tool.
  • The Democrats-who are in the Minority-on the House LHHS Subcommittee released their own draft Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bill proposal, below. This proposal is a messaging tool only, and gives Democrats an opportunity to publicly share how they would fund L-HHS programs. Their proposal demonstrates strong support for the AHEC Program with a proposed funding level of $30.3 million.
  • Bill summary is here
  • Text of the bill is here
  • The one-pager is here
  • Summary table is here
  • The final bill will most likely see movement after elections in November/December. It will be important to ensure AHEC funding and language & recommendations stay in the bill at that time.

Congratulations!

Congratulations to the four AHECs in HRSA Region 9 which are participating in the Region 9 Public Health Training Center (PHTC). The University of Arizona's Public Health Center was notified earlier this week that it was selected to be the PHTC for the region Each of the AHECs in NV, CA, HI, AZ and the South Pacific island nations will be contracted to conduct the training in their areas with an emphasis on the underserved rural and frontier regions. This is tremendous and further reinforces the notion as to how "powerful and effective the AHEC network is in getting training to the right place at the right time" as eloquently stated by Brenda Mitchell from the CA AHEC Program Office.

Have a great week!
Rob

Marketplace Deadline Today

Today's the deadline to get us your documentation forms for the Marketplace Project! E-mail info@atracc.org by the end of the day with your numbers! No documentation = no check. More than 120 AHECs participated in the Marketplace project to train health professionals with more than 100 training events already documented. Way to go! Check out how these AHECs got the job done:

  • Baltimore Maryland AHEC trained 23 health professionals at a breast cancer event and sent an additional 59 self-study guides.
  • South Central Pennsylvania AHEC reached 533 health professionals – Internal Medicine residents and primary care office physicians, nurses and physician assistants – through distribution of the self-study guide.
  • San Francisco California AHEC provided trainings that allowed 84 people to receive their Certified Enrollment Counselor certification.

Field Guide 2.0 Webinar Tomorrow

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

Forge Ahead Using A-TrACC Resources

With the A-TrACC contract coming to a close, find out how to access AHEC tools, past webinars and other resources to continue to improve your capacity to collect and report data to show program impact at our last webinar Monday, Sept. 29, at 3 p.m. Eastern. Join us in thanking HRSA for pioneering the A-TrACC program and the commitment that represented to AHEC grantees.

Register Now

Please plan to participate in the A-TraCC's webinar: "Forge Ahead Using A-TrACC Resources" on Monday, Sept. 29th, at 3 p.m. Eastern. The A-TrACC team will show you how to access AHEC tools, past webinars and other resources to continue to improve your AHEC's capacity.

Register Now

Along with this training, you'll also get a chance to thank HRSA for pioneering the A-TrACC program and the commitment that represented to AHEC grantees. I want to encourage you to relay to Meseret Bezenuh and Kyle Peplinski – who will be participating in the webinar – the impact the A-TrACC initiative has had on your center or program.

As this A-TrACC contract comes to a close, we know that the work is certainly not over and we will continue to seek ways to bolster the AHEC network.

5 years. 77 trainings. 129 sessions for more than 200 total hours. All I can say is, Wow! A-TrACC delivered! I think you'll agree with me that through A-TrACC, the entire AHEC network moved to a higher level in a variety of ways – whether that's with collecting data, reporting HRSA performance measures, evaluating programs, responding to national healthcare issues, among others.

Sadly, the contract for A-TrACC is ending Sept. 29. Moving forward without A-TrACC, I encourage you to take what you've learned and continue to strive for excellence. To that end, you'll want to participate in the final webinar for this contract: Forge Ahead Using A-TrACC Resources on Monday, Sept. 29, at 3 p.m. Eastern. The A-TrACC team will show you how to access AHEC tools, past webinars and other resources to continue to improve your AHEC's capacity.

Register Now

Along with this final training, you'll also get a chance to thank HRSA for pioneering the A-TrACC program and the commitment that represented to AHEC grantees. I want to encourage you to relay to Meseret Bezenuh and Kyle Peplinski – who will be participating in the webinar – the impact the A-TrACC initiative has had on your center or program.

As this A-TrACC contract comes to a close, we know that the work is certainly not over and we will continue to seek ways to bolster the AHEC network.

Please plan to participate in the A-TraCC's webinar: "Forge Ahead Using A-TrACC Resources" on Monday, Sept. 29th, at 3 p.m. Eastern. The A-TrACC team will show you how to access AHEC tools, past webinars and other resources to continue to improve your AHEC's capacity.

Register Now

Along with this training, you'll also get a chance to thank HRSA for pioneering the A-TrACC program and the commitment that represented to AHEC grantees. I want to encourage you to relay to Meseret Bezenuh and Kyle Peplinski – who will be participating in the webinar – the impact the A-TrACC initiative has had on your center or program.

As this A-TrACC contract comes to a close, we know that the work is certainly not over and we will continue to seek ways to bolster the AHEC network.

NAO Of Interest new!

Elections are coming up, what can I do to be involved?

From the end of September until the first week of November, members of Congress will be returning to their districts and states to prepare for the November elections. It is a prime opportunity for NAO members to engage these offices and invite them out to see your AHEC Center, meet with students, or attend an AHEC sponsored event. To get started, follow the instructions below:

U.S. House of Representatives

Action: You can identify your Representative by going to www.house.gov and entering your zip code in the top right corner. Call the District office closest to you, introduce yourself as a constituent, and ask to speak with the Legislator's scheduler.

U.S. Senate

Action: You can identify your two Senators by going to www.senate.gov and selecting your state in the "Find Your Senators" box in the upper right hand corner of the webpage. Phone calls work best; however, please feel free to email your Senator's healthcare staffer. Call the District office closest to you, introduce yourself as a constituent, and ask to speak with the Senator's scheduler.

Why should I continue to be involved post-election?

After the November elections, it will still be extremely important for NAO members to engage Congress as funding decisions for Fiscal Year 2015 will be considered, including funding for the AHEC program. NAO members should continue to build upon their established relationships with legislators, while also looking forward to forging new relationships in the next Congress. Some of the more seasoned members may be in the running for committee leadership positions which could increase NAO's ability to impact the appropriations process.

 

Dear Colleagues,

The GW Cancer Institute invites you to join us for two webinars this month through our Center for the Advancement of Survivorship, Navigation and Policy (caSNP) and our GW Cancer Control Technical Assistance initiatives.

 

Developing Competencies for Non-Clinically Licensed Patient Navigators

 

September 24, 2014 at Noon ET

 

Mandi Pratt-Chapman, MA, Director of the GW Cancer Institute


Join us for a webinar on a year-long process to create the first-ever consensus-based competencies for non-clinically licensed patient navigators. Register today.

Enhancing Cancer Program Partnerships with Area Health Education Centers (AHECs)

 

September 25, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. ET

 

Robert M. Trachtenberg, MS, Executive Director National AHEC Organization

 

The GW Cancer Institute will host a webinar on partnering with AHECs to enhance cancer programs. The webinar will provide an overview of AHECs, opportunities for collaboration and will spotlight AHEC/Comprehensive Cancer Control Partnerships. Also presenting on this webinar:

  • Mary E. Craig, MSHC, President, Erie Niagara Area Health Education Center, Inc.
  • Ansley Mora, Tobacco Training & Education Coordinator, Gulfcoast South AHEC, Inc.
  • Shyrea A. Thompson Robinson
    Executive Director
    Capital City AHEC, Inc. 

Register today.

Your partner in cancer control,

The GW Cancer Institute


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A discussion between Dr. Nawal Lutfiyya and Dr. Joseph Zorek.

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Join us for a discussion with Dr. Joseph Zorek, co-winner of the 2014 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy's Rufus A. Lyman Award, which salutes the best paper published in 2013 in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

Dr. Zorek and his co-authors were recognized for their work developing and validating SPICE, an instrument used to assess how students view interprofessional interactions between physicians and pharmacists.

During the discussion, Dr. Zorek will share background on the research and validation of the instrument and explain how it can be applied in both clinical and educational settings.

This webinar, facilitated by Dr. M. Nawal Lutfiyya, senior research scientist for the National Center, is part of the ongoing "Journal Club" series, which highlights recent research and its immediate application.

Read the award-winning paper here, and register for the event below!

 

Joseph ZorekPharmD

Assistant Professor of Pharmacy

University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

M. Nawal LutfiyyaPhD, FACE
Senior Research Scientist
National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education

 

 

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