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NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit August 3, 2015

From the CEO's Office

Despite a painful gouty big toe and a cancelled flight on Thursday resulting in an overnight train ride home on Friday, last week's visits with ​Congressional Members to discuss AHEC funding for FY2016 was quite successful. ​

Meetings were held with Senate and House Members from the Labor-Health and Human Services Subcommittee, the full  Senate and House Appropriations Committees,the Army Medical Recruitment Center and the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust. Overall, the meetings went as expected with few surprises--and with significant support for the AHEC Program--​though what made the meetings most successful and productive were the following: ​

  • The NAO/AHEC state advocacy leader ​made calls in advance of my visits to highlight local AHEC activities
  • There was an existing relationship in place between the local AHEC and the Congressional Member's office, meaning that ​time has been spent in cultivating a connection between the AHEC and Member's office on a regular basis
  • I had a data point or two to share regarding how the AHEC in any one state was ​tying local initiatives to our national-scale projects for a broader context of NAO's national impact

Many thanks to our NAO Public Policy Committee Chairs (Angela Holloway; Indiana AHEC and Kristina Fjeld-Sparks; NH AHEC) for connecting with NAO state advocacy leaders ​and for putting together some of the documents that were shared with Congressional Members. Additional thanks to HMCW for putting together a full schedule of visits; they kept me moving!  I also greatly​ appreciate the effort NAO state advocacy leaders made in making calls to their Senators and Representatives in advance of our visits. ​ I ​recognize that sometimes visits aren't scheduled weeks in advance--and sometimes are scheduled just days advance-- and can be burdensome to make calls amidst a full schedule with competing demands. Thanks to those who made it a priority to make calls! It's quite meaningful to walk into a Members' office and the health legislative aide mentions that he or she recently spoke with the local AHEC and was up to speed on local initiatives. 

Visits were held with:

  • Office of Congressman Mike Simpson (R-ID-2)
  • Office of Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI)
  • US Army Medical Recruitment Center
  • Congressman Harold Rogers (R-KY-05)
  • Office of Congresswoman robin Kelly (D-IL-2)
  • Office of Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY-17)
  • Office of Congressman David P. Joyce (R-OH-14)
  • Office of Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN-3)
  • Office of U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI)
  • Office of Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA-13)
  • Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA-02)

While its still uncertain ​how the final appropriations process will play out through the end of the fiscal year, the AHEC Program is positioned fairly well with funding recommended in both the House and Senate final appropriations bills. ​ ​We will keep you all apprised as the process moves forward. Please let me know if you have any questions,and keep ​making those calls and sending materials to your legislators; it makes a difference!

Tuesdays with Trachtenberg:

A Tool for Connecting with Colleagues AND catching up on all things NAO

The next "Tuesdays with Trachtenberg" call will be

Tuesday August 4th from 12:30 - 1:30pm EST.

We'll certainly be taking about last week's Hill visits and the work of the NAO Public Policy Committee.
Please join us to see where the dialogue goes.

Dial in at:1-605-475-3220: Passcode: 245171#

State Entity Evaluation Training

State Entities are invited to learn more about the expectations and requirements involved in the evaluation component for the HPV Immunization Project. You may register for one of these two webinars as the content will be the same at each:

Thursday, Aug. 6, 2 p.m. ET Register Now 

Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2 p.m. ET Register Now 

If you can't make either one of these webinars, e-mail and we will work with you individually.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM)! NIAM is an annual observance to highlight the value of immunization across the lifespan. NIAM is another great opportunity for you to raise awareness among your constituents about the benefits of immunization.

The National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC) is sponsoring NIAM in 2015. NPHIC, in collaboration with the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), has developed communication toolkits to help promote vaccinations. As part of these toolkits, you will find sample key messages, ready-to-publish articles, sample news releases, sample social media messages, FAQs, and web links among other resources. You can also get eye-catching NIAM logos and banners for each weekly theme to highlight your participation in NIAM and spruce up you social media profiles.

For more information on NIAM and NIAM resources go to:

DCoE Summit Summary

The 2015 Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) Summit: Continuum of Care and Care Transitions in the Military Health System will be held Sept. 9-11, 2015. This year’s summit combines a "live" in-person event at Defense Health Headquarters (DHHQ) in Falls Church, Virginia, with a “virtual” online component to reach a wider audience.

This year’s summit will promote a collaborative approach to meeting the psychological health and traumatic brain injury (TBI) needs of today’s service members, veterans and their beneficiaries in all treatment contexts and phases of recovery. The psychological health and TBI tracks will address factors that challenge and facilitate the provision of quality, sustained health services across care transitions and the continuum of care.

Professionals involved in all aspects of psychological health and TBI care, education, and research for the military population including physicians, behavioral health providers, allied health and rehabilitation providers, nurses, social workers, researchers, and Military Health System leaders.

Virtual Participation Is Encouraged
Limited seating will be available for in-person attendance therefore; virtual attendance is highly encouraged for the majority of participants. Individuals desiring to attend the summit in person must have an active DoD Common Access Card and must contact the Summit Planning Team to reserve a seat.

Continuing Education Credits Are Available
Up to 18 hours of continuing education (CE) credits are available for health professionals including physicians, nurses, psychologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, social workers, speech language professionals, rehabilitation counselors and health care executives. CE hours will vary by profession.

Registration is now open through the event website. You must register by 11:59 p.m. (PT) on Sept. 11, 2015, to qualify for the receipt of CE credit. 

Bookmark the event website for updates or email the Summit Planning Team.

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