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September 29, 2014

From the Executive Director's Office

A New Year!

This week marks a significant transition in NAO Board leadership. On October 1st, and the beginning of FY15, Dr. John Blossom, Director of the California AHEC Program Office assumes the role of NAO Immediate Past-President and Marty Schaller, Executive Director of the Northeastern WI AHEC in Manitowoc, WI assumes the role of NAO Board Chair. Jacqueline Wynn, Associate Director of the North Carolina AHEC Program Office will be the NAO President-Elect. Rounding out the NAO Executive Committee will be Amy Dunkak, Interim Deputy Director Oregon AHEC as Secretary and the new NAO Treasurer, Chris Felton, Associate Director, West Texas AHEC. Please join me in thanking John for his outstanding service as board chair and welcoming Marty and the rest of the executive committee. I'm very excited to work with this team and the rest of the NAO Board of Directors as we move into FY15!

Citizen Soldier Support Program

AHEC Program Offices will soon be receiving copies of a DVD training toolkit developed by Eastern AHEC in Greenville, NC, for the Citizen Soldier Support Program. CSSP and NAO are delivering this toolkit to you for distribution to each of your AHEC centers. The DVD is titled "Working Miracles in Peoples' Lives: Connecting the Faith Community and Behavioral Health Professionals to Help Service Members and their Families. This toolkit is for those with little or no experience coordinating continuing education programs and who are interested in offering training to persons who have interaction with returning veterans and their families. It would be a good follow up training for centers that participated in the Veterans Mental Health project in 2012/2013, as well as a good beginning for centers that did not. It contains all the resources needed to offer this training. Please keep an eye out for the DVD and many thanks to the Eastern AHEC and CSSP for providing this excellent resource.

"Tuesdays with Trachtenberg"

We had an excellent discussion last week on the "Tuesdays with Trachtenberg" call. AHECers discussed a wide variety of topics including the 2014 Fall Conference, the 2015 Spring Meeting--also under development--and FY15 and FY16 Federal Funding, among other topics.

Next call is Tuesday 9/30/14: 12:30-1:30 EST: Dial in at 1-424-203-8400, Passcode: 245171#. Please join!

Washington, D.C. Update

It's not often Congressional leaders so thoroughly agree, but it was unanimous among House and Senate leaders, Democrats and Republicans, rank-and-file members, and outliers to quickly dispense with a bill to fund the government until after the election and get back out there on the campaign trail. The big "whoosh" you hear is members of Congress heading for the airport.

The House and Senate both passed a continuing appropriations resolution (CR) the week before last (H.J. Res. 124) which provides funding for federal agencies and programs beyond the Sept. 30th end of fiscal year (FY) 2014 at current spending levels. This placeholder bill keeps the government operating through December 11th. The measure also includes funding for the president's plan to arm Syrian rebels and help them engage the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The president is expected to sign the bill.

Individual appropriations bills (including L-HHS, Defense, and MilCon/VA) are on hold until after the November mid-term election. Control of the United States Senate is hanging in the balance, and once the results of the election are clear, then lawmakers will return to Washington and decide how to proceed on the funding bills. The House and Senate Appropriations Committee chairs have both indicated their strong preference for an omnibus appropriations measure that wraps some or all of the individually negotiated bills into a big package, but it is also possible that election dynamics dictate yet another CR which would extend programs at current levels through early calendar 2015 or for the entire fiscal year.

For advocates, the month of October which precedes a November election is a good time to engage your members of the House or Senate (or a not-yet-elected candidate) on your home turf while they are asking for your vote. Ask them to commit to supporting National AHEC Organization's priorities once they return to Washington. Legislators will have some tough choices to make in late November and December. It will be good for them to have heard from you.

Have a great week!

From the Executive Director's Office

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.

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Marketplace Wrap-Up - MORE THAN 10,000 trained!

More than 10,000 health professionals and staff have been trained as part of the AHEC Marketplace Project. Wow! Thanks to the 117 centers who completed this project, supporting more than 200 live training events and distributing more than 7,600 self-study guides. You will receive a check for your efforts in October.

Farewell and Thank You

With the A-TrACC contract coming to an end today, we want to extend our thanks and appreciation for your involvement and support over the past five years. Everyone has learned so much. We are a stronger community of programs and centers making an impact across the country each and every day. We couldn't have done this without you! Your commitment to your programs and centers is evident! Keep striving for continued improvement and success!

We hope that you will continue to stay connected to one another, and continue sharing ideas and resources to move forward as a national AHEC network.

The Association for Community Health Improvement is seeking proposals for its 2015 National Conference, March 4-6 in Dallas, Texas. This year's theme is Building the Next Generation of Healthy Communities. The conference will feature breakout sessions that share successful case examples and practical tools and skills in the following areas:

  •     Building health-promoting hospitals and care systems
  •     Building healthy policies and environments
  •     Building healthy and impactful partnerships
  •     Building a community health workforce and leaders
  •     Building tools to measure community health impact
  •     Building healthy and sustainable funding sources
  •     Building healthy populations

Presentation proposals are being accepted for both breakout sessions and posters. Please visit for more information about the conference and how to submit your proposal.

Gender Issues and Sport-related Concussion

Date/Time: October 9, 2014; 1-2:30 p.m. (EDT)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that approximately 1.6-3.8 million sport and recreational concussions occur annually in the United States. Epidemiological studies conducted to understand sex differences between female and male athletes with respect to sport injury incidence and prevalence have shown that female athletes at both the collegiate and high school levels are at a greater risk for incurring a concussion. In addition, females have been found to report slightly longer concussion symptoms and cognitive impairments. The empirical findings on sex differences in sport-related concussion warrant clinical considerations when assessing concussion among male and female athletes.

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe current research regarding gender issues and sport-related concussion
  • Identify sports at high risk for concussion at both the high school and collegiate level
  • Articulate gender differences in post-concussion symptoms and concussion outcomes
  • Discuss the importance of concussion management for male and female athletes

Tracey Covassin, Ph.D., ATC
Associate Professor
Director, Undergraduate Athletic Training Education
Director, Sport-Related Concussion Laboratory
Department of Kinesiology
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Mich.

Donald Marion, M.D., M.Sc.
Clinical Affairs Senior Advisor
Contract support to Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center
Silver Spring, Md.

Continuing Education

Continuing education credit is available from Duke Medicine. You must register on or before October 9, 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

Please note: 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 For additional details, please visit


Sign up for the webinar at

Upon completion of registration, a confirmation email will be sent providing webinar event details.

If your network security settings do not allow access to the Duke Medicine website, use another network or device to access the registration page. Once registered, you may use Adobe Connect or Defense Connect Online to attend the webinar.

New Position Available

Position Announcement
Executive Director
Southern Alabama Area Health Education Center
Brewton, Alabama

Position Description:
Under the direction of the Southern Alabama AHEC Board of Directors, and working with the Alabama Statewide AHEC Program Office, the Executive Director provides administrative and programmatic management and leadership for Southern Alabama AHEC.

This includes regional development of services and programs that support health careers promotion, student and resident experiential education, community health awareness and professional continuing education within the AHEC 10-county service area.

Principal Responsibilities:
The Southern Alabama AHEC is seeking a qualified candidate to serve as the Executive Director for this new AHEC Center to be located in Brewton, Alabama (Escambia County). Duties include but are not limited to developing, directing, and promoting immediate and long-term programs and projects, maintaining a professional staff, preparing and managing an annual budget, and carrying out the organization's goals and objectives to ensure compliance with the contractual terms between the Alabama Statewide AHEC Program Office and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration, and others.

Minimum Experience and Qualifications:
The position requires a Master's degree, preferably in a health-related, business or education field, with a minimum of 3-5 years of management or administrative experience. Demonstrated experience in human resources supervision, fiscal management, and developing community collaborations and partnerships is essential. Prefer experience with health-related organizations, not-for-profit management, grant writing, and fundraising.

Commensurate with experience; anticipate salary between $55,000 - $65,000, plus benefits.

Interested candidates should electronically submit resume with cover letter describing your skills and experience to:

Art Clawson, EdS
Associate Director, Alabama Statewide AHEC Program

Position will close on October 15, 2014, but interviews will be conducted ongoing throughout until the position is filled.

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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