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April 13, 2015

From the CEO's Office

​​NAO 2015 Membership Survey

Thank you to those who have completed the NAO Membership Survey during its first release. The survey went out again last week, and will go out again today (April 13th) with a final closing date of CoB April 15th. The first seventy-eight respondents provided thoughtful and useful feedback. For those who have not yet responded, please do so as soon as you can. 

I look forward to working with the Membership Committee as we go through all the responses after April 15th and look at how we can make improvements to provide increased value to you--our vitally important members. 

NAO Third Annual Policy Briefing April 15, 2015

I'll be in Washington, D.C. this 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. 

NAO 2015 Spring Business Summit​

Only four weeks until the inaugural NAO Business Summit​ in Orlando, Florida! I look forward to seeing many of you there for what promises to be a an excellent conference, and looking forward to ​some time to network on Wednesday May 13th in the evening. Please see below for more information:

Evening Networking Event on May 13th

The 2015 NAO Business Summit Networking Event is a relaxed, intimate venue for AHEC professionals to engage with each other both socially and with the opportunity to share and discuss exciting new program and business activities. The Networking Event will offer music, drinks and hors d'oeuvres . It is a unique occasion for you to encounter and interact with colleagues who share a focus on developing their organizations and the National AHEC Organization to further our collective mission in healthcare workforce development. We look forward to seeing you there!

Sample "AHEC FYI"​; A Good Resource!

With thanks to the University of Toledo AHEC Program Office in Ohio, the attached flyer is a good resource that your AHEC may want to replicate to get your message out​ regularly to partners, funders and others. Please take a look.​

"Tuesdays with Trachtenberg"

The next "Tuesdays with..." call will be Tuesday April 21st from 12:30-1:30 EST
Please dial in at 1-605-475-3220
Passcode: 245171#. 
Last week we discussed successful nursing workforce recruitment and retention programs, ​the 2015 NAO Business Summit, the NAO committee structure​ and our policy briefing coming up this week in Washington. Please join us on April 21st ​to see where the discussion will go!

Congratulations in Order!

Congratulations to both the Western Montana AHEC, which has been recognized  as a 2015 “Outstanding Rural Health Program” and to Steve Shelton, Assistant Vice President for Community Outreach, Program Director, Texas AHEC East at the University of Texas Medical Branch for being awarded the prestigious Louis Gorin Award for Outstanding Achievement in Rural Health by the National Rural Health Association. The Western Montana AHEC and Mr. Shelton will be honored on April 16th during  during NRHA’s 38th Annual Rural Health Conference in Philadelphia. Please join me in  congratulating both Western Montana AHEC and Steve for their outstanding contributions to the rural health!

National Training Center HPV CDC Project

Did we get your HPV state training award application? We are missing applications from 15 states. Check with us to see if your application was received. Still wavering on participation? Let us know what your barriers are! We want to be able to show the CDC – a new funder! - what our network can do!

I hope that you are all in talks with your legislators regarding current AHEC funding. With all of the current interest in immunizations, it’s a perfect opportunity to let your representatives know that your AHEC is involved with the CDC project to raise HPV immunization rates!



YoungStroke 2015

YoungStroke 2015 aims to raise awareness, increase knowledge and share good practice about stroke in young adults to improve patient outcomes. This first-time, international event features world-class expertise to enhance clinical understanding. Additionally, it provides a conduit for discussion between healthcare providers and young stroke survivors and their caregivers in both structured and informal settings.

When: June 27-29, 2015
Where: Jacksonville, Florida

Target Audience: Physicians, Physician Assistants, Neurologists, Cardiologists, Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, Public Health Administrators, Nurses, stroke survivors, caregivers and other allied health providers serving the young stroke community.

Recruitment announcement:

Physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, or other providers practicing in community health centers and primary care practices are invited to participate in a Health Sciences Library System -University of Pittsburgh study.

The purpose of this study is to validate whether or not a web based clinical information tool provides access to free relevant information that can be used at the point of care.

For this reason, the study needs primary care providers working in community based or primary care settings to individually volunteer for one month to use a web site to answer their day-to-day patient care questions. The use of the web based clinical information tool will take place where the provider currently uses the Internet to do this task. At the end of the month, these providers will be asked to complete an online questionnaire about their perception of the site. This questionnaire will take about 10 minutes to complete.

Primary care providers willing to participate in this validation study will receive an email containing directions on how to access the site, a short video about the site, and other instructional information for the study.

Web analytic software will be used to monitor the use of the site through collecting and analyzing non-identifiable usage information. Non-identifiable usage information includes search feature usage, keywords used in search, and time spent on the site.

There are no foreseeable risks associated with using this web site or with completion of the online questionnaire. All references to study participant names, and any other identifiable data, will be kept anonymous if used in any report, presentation, or publication.

Participation is voluntary, and participants may withdraw from the study at any time.

After completion of the study and the questionnaire, each participant will receive a $500.00 stipend in a prepaid debit card, along with instructions on how to activate the card.

Whether or not you choose to participate in this study will have no effect on your relationship with the NN/LM MAR or with the Health Sciences Library System - University of Pittsburgh.

If you have any questions or wish to participate, contact Charlie Wessel, Principal Investigator, by phone at 412-648-8730 or by email at

To unsubscribe, please click here.

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