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April 06, 2015

From the CEO's Office

​​NAO 2015 Spring Business Summit

Only five (5!) weeks to go until the inaugural NAO Business Summit on Orlando, Florida this May! Register and make your reservations here: ​

I'm getting excited about the Summit, and so should you. Beyond a dynamic and customized pre-conference grant-writing workshop​ and what promises to be a great day of skill building, we also will hold the first ever NAO "Marketplace", which is now at NO- COST! ​ ​I'm thrilled about this! Be sure to register for a booth: ​

The Marketplace is designed for fast-tracking exploration and contracting of “deployment ready” AHEC-related products and services. It also allows the opportunity for AHECs to license, sell, and/or adopt programs, products and services that will serve to create sustainable organizational growth.

For FREE you can have the opportunity to make your program, product or service stand out and go national. I bet every one of your AHECs has a product, curricula, resource guide or toolkit that's worth sharing and potentially selling, and would be beneficial for your AHEC colleagues.​ ​Don't miss out on this opportunity for FREE to highlight your work and perhaps earn revenue for your AHEC! Reserve your booth now for the NAO 2015 Business Summit.

I look forward to seeing you in Orlando soon!

NAO 3rd Annual Policy Briefing April 15, 2015

I'll be in Washington, D.C. next week with a number of the NAO leadership and Public Policy Committee colleagues making the rounds on the Hill and participating in NAO's 3rd Annual Policy Briefing on April 15th in the evening at the Capitol Visitor's Center. ​With your help -- by making calls to your Congressional Delegation -- many members and their Health Legislative Aides will be in attendance to learn of the importance and value of the AHEC program and NAO. I'll report back here next week ​as to the outcome of the event.

Tuesdays with Trachtenberg"

The next "Tuesdays with..." call will be Tuesday April 7th
from 12:30-1:30 EST: Please dial in at
1-605-475-3220: Passcode: 245171#. Please join us to see where the dialogue will
​go. ​It's been lovely getting to talk with AHECers from all over the country-​- a number of whom are new or I haven't yet met in person.​

National Public Health Week

The American Public Health Association is hosting a Twitter Chat: #NPHWchat - Building momentum, on Wednesday, April 8th, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. (EDT). It will address what steps the U.S. must take to become the healthiest nation and how to work with non-traditional partners to achieve better health. They'll be joined by ABC News' Dr. Richard Besser, the American Medical Association, Center for Science in the Public Interest, CVSHealth and many others. Register to see who else is participating, follow @NPHW and use the official hashtag #NPHWchat.

National Training Center

Applications due for state HPV training awards!

Applications for the HPV state training awards are due tomorrow! Submit your application form and cover letter describing your AHEC's experience with continuing education, clinical education with preceptors and how you plan to tailor your approach to this project. If you have any questions about the HPV project or the application process, please drop us a note at

The NAO-NTC team wrapped up interviews for the 10 HPV Regional Coordinator positions last week. Selections will be made very soon. Look for more details to hit your inbox this week.

Have a great week, and, believe it or not, we still have snow in our backyard. Happy Opening Day!​


An occasional email update from the National SBIRT ATTC

Upcoming Webinars

Today! April 1, 2015 2:00 - 3:00 PM Eastern

Anything Worth Doing is Worth Measuring: Evaluating SBIRT Programs

When you invest significant time, money and effort into initiating an SBIRT program, you will want to be able to say that it makes a difference in practice and outcomes. Participants will come away from this webinar with a basic set of evaluation concepts and tools to apply to their own settings.

April 15, 2015 3:00 - 4:30 PM Eastern

All About SBIRT for Teens

Most substance use treatment programs are not suited to address early-stage drug use among teenagers. A promising way to address this service gap is the SBIRT model.

Plus: Here's a flyer with our 2015 SBIRT webinars. Print and post it or attach and email it!

Of Interest

Brief interventions for heavy-drinking college students can reduce alcohol use and related problems

A meta-analysis of 18 randomized controlled trials showed that a standardized brief intervention resulted in a statistically significant reduction of weekly alcohol consumption after one year. Read more

ATTC Advancing Integration Initiative

The Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network has launched an initiative to better integrated substance use services with other healthcare services. As part of the Advancing Integration Initiative, the Network has released a white paper on model of integration. This is the first in a series of three white papers. Read more

Digital Tour: CDC Guide to Planning and Implementing Alcohol SBIRT

IRETA staff member Holly Hagle leads you on a brief tour of the CDC's excellent step-by-step guide to using Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) in primary care. Released in 2014, the guide is free to download. Read more


Looking for more SBIRT opportunities? Check the National SBIRT ATTC website for online classes, downloadable materials, and more.

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

Video: CDC Guide to Planning and Implementing SBIRT

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