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April 20, 2015

From the CEO's Office

What a wonderfully productive week in Washington, DC last week! It was a pleasure to see those colleagues who were able to make the trip to participate in NAO's Third Annual Policy Briefing Reception on Wednesday April 15th at the Capitol Visitors Center. The Policy Reception highlighted the impact and reach of the AHEC Program for Congressional Members and staff members and for NAO organizational partners.

Dr. Cindy Selleck, director of the Alabama AHEC Program Office at University of Alabama-Birmingham presented Representative Martha Roby (R-AL 2nd District) and Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) with plaques recognizing their strong commitment to the AHEC Program. Representative Roby and Senator Shelby's legislative director Bill Sullivan made brief comments, as did NAO Board Chair Marty Schaller and I. There was ample time to informally network and discuss all facets of NAO's work with those in attendance. Overall, our briefing was a great success, and many thanks to those who played a role in the planning and implementation of the reception!

Prior to the reception, we were able to conduct a number of visits with Congressional Members; particularly those on the Senate and House Labor-HHS Subcommittee on Appropriations. One notable visit highlighted the impact and value of the monthly 'one-pagers' (View PDF Here). I can't stress enough just how important it is to regularly and consistently share information with your delegation. One legislative staffer said the 'one-pager' was the best and most effective form of communication he gets from all of the organizations in his portfolio of responsibilities. Please feel free to adapt and use the attached template.It makes a difference!

NAO 2015 Spring Business Summit & Board Strategic Visioning Meeting

One component we haven't discussed much here is the board strategic visioning meeting that will occur simultaneously with the grant writing pre-summit workshop on Tuesday May 12th in Orlando, FL. A small strategic planning committee has been working to establish a challenging and invigorating agenda for our meeting, which has been informed by work Marty Schaller and I have been doing with Miguel McInnes, an external consultant who has provided coaching and guidance as we work to create the next iteration of NAO.

I'm excited about our visioning process for a number of reasons: 1) it's an opportunity for board members and committee chairs to think through together what we want our future to look like; 2) it's an opportunity to conduct a situational analysis of NAO to review and assess our company, our competitors, our customers, our collaborators and the organizational climate in which we operate (the 'Five C's); and 3) it's an opportunity to craft a bold and ambitious value proposition, both for NAO and the AHEC Program. I'm looking forward to diving in, working together, and creating an exciting future that build off our previous strategic plan. Only three weeks to go; if you haven't yet registered, please do so soon!

"Tuesdays with Trachtenberg"

The next "Tuesdays with..." call will be tomorrow, Tuesday April 21st

			from 12:30-1:30 EST: Please dial in at
			1-605-475-3220: Passcode: 245171#. 

I'm sure we'll be talking about our recent policy briefing and our upcoming business summit. Please join us on April 21st to see where the discussion will go!

Have a great week!


After more than 18 years with us, Edna Apostol (whose name is synonymous with Gulfcoast South AHEC), has announced plans to retire at the end of May! Please join me in congratulating Edna on reaching this well-deserved milestone while nonetheless acknowledging the tremendous void her absence will create.  

Edna joined the USF AHEC Program on September 9, 1996 as the Executive Director of GSHAEC.  Before that, she was Executive Director Pioneer Valley AHEC in Springfield, Massachusetts from 1986-1993. Over the years, Edna has earned a reputation for excellence at the state and national level as a leading authority on topics such as medical interpreting, health disparities, community health workers and  cultural competency. Her staff, colleagues, friends and students know her to be a vivacious, brilliant, outspoken and ardent leader as well as a warm, generous, and joyful spirit.     

Edna has numerous professional memberships and affiliations including (but not limited to) the American Public Health Association, Florida Public Health Association, the Healthy Start Coalitions of Charlotte, Manatee and Sarasota Counties, the Florida Literacy Coalition, the National AHEC Board of Directors, and the HRSA Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community–Based Linkages. Her most important affiliations are her children (daughters Nicole and Cheryl; sons John and Jan-Michael) and grandchildren (Ava, Dakota and Miles).

Edna’s final day as Center Executive Director of GSAHEC will be Friday, May 29th.

We wish Edna the very best in her retirement!

Psychological Health Webinar

Child Narcissism: Impact on Development and Implications for Clinical Practice

April 30, 2015; 1-2:30 p.m. (ET)

Recent research studies indicate narcissism levels among children and adolescents are increasing. This presentation will describe the characteristics of narcissism and their associated features in children and adolescents. The description will include a review of recent studies on the behavioral and social correlates of adolescents such as aggression and antagonistic peer relationships. The session will conclude with a discussion of future research on adolescent narcissism and a spotlight on social media behavior, including suggestions for providing feedback to youth in ways that might limit the development of narcissism or its behavioral consequences.

During this webinar, participants will learn to:

  • Identify core clinical dimensions of narcissism and their associations to child/adolescent adjustment
  • Describe research that influenced current investigations on youth narcissism
  • Discuss recent studies on correlates of youth narcissism and future directions
  • Distinguish between different dimensions of narcissism and their associations in youth behavior and social context


Christopher Barry, Ph.D.

Assistant Editor, Journal of Adolescence

Associate Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator for Department of Psychology

University of Southern Mississippi

Hattiesburg, Mississippi


Vladimir Nacev, Ph.D., ABPP

Clinical Psychologist

Senior Program Manager

Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury

Silver Spring, Maryland


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

Once registered, you may use Adobe Connect or Defense Connect Online to attend the webinar.

Continuing Education

Continuing education credit will be available from Professional Education Services Group (PESG) at following the event. Registering with PESG for continuing education credit is in addition to general event registration.

The 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 their families.

National Training Center – CDC HPV Project

Regional Coordinators hired

Congratulations to the 10 HPV Regional Coordinators who were hired last week! We are excited to have them as part of this project and look forward to sharing their activities with you in the coming weeks. They are:

Region A- Jim Czarnecki, Berkshire AHEC (Massachusetts)

Region B- Joy Taylor, Western Maryland AHEC

Region C- Victor Rodriguez Cruz, Gulfcoast North AHEC (Florida)

Region D- Kelly Owens, Southern Kentucky AHEC

Region E- Terra Birsen, Southeast Regional AHEC (Michigan)

Region F- Julie Bazan, AHEC of the Mid Rio Grande Border Area of Texas

Region G- Yet to Be Hired, Northwest Missouri AHEC

Region H- Corryn Celmer, Yankton Rural AHEC (South Dakota)

Region I- Yet to Be Hired, Greater Valley AHEC (Arizona)

Region J- Carlen Williams, Southeast AHEC (Alaska)

Can’t remember which region you are in? See the full HPV Regions map.

State training awards – There’s still time!

State entities selected to conduct HPV training will be notified by the end of the month. Opportunities still exist for Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Washington and Wyoming. Let us know if you are interested in training health professionals in these states! 

Trisha Schulz
Program Manager
Northern Nebraska Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
110 N 16th St., Ste 2
Norfolk, NE 68701
(402) 644-7257

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