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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.Register Now
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.
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:
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 https://www.dcri.org/cee/education/ethosce-learning-center/EthosCE_Fundamentals.pdf
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 http://www.dcoe.mil/Libraries/Documents/DCoE-Monthly-Webinar-Series-Continuing-Education-Accreditation-April-2014.pdf.
Sign up for the webinar at http://continuingeducation.dcri.duke.edu/gender-issues-and-sport-related-concussion
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
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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