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NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit December 21, 2015

From the CEO's Office

As we close out 2015 and usher in a new year with a new, blank canvas and unlimited opportunities, I want to wish you and yours a very happy and healthy holiday season! I hope each of you are able to take some well-deserved downtime and take a moment or two to reflect on the value and impact of our work to communities and individuals throughout the United States. It truly is a pleasure and privilege to work with such a talented, hard-working and dedicated group!

Happy New Year and I look forward to working together to help NAO and the AHEC program reach higher heights in 2016!

NOTE: There will not be an issue of the NAO Monday Update for the week of December 28th.


Washington, D.C Hill Update

Last week NAO board president Jacqueline Wynn (NC AHEC Program) and I conducted Hill visits with Congressional Members in Washington, D.C in support of AHEC funding for FY2016 and FY2017. Our visits were both extremely well-received by those with whom we met and timely, given that discussion and deliberation regarding the Omnibus Bill were underway. In fact, one of the highlights of the visits was hearing an unnamed source from a very influential congressional office senior staff stating "thank you for coming and keeping us aware of the work across the country, as AHEC is a perfect example of how federal funds work well". It was heartening and an affirmation to hear this positive, effusive feedback.

Late last week, congressional leadership and the administration reached agreement on a comprehensive fiscal year (FY) 2016 omnibus appropriations bill and tax package. The omnibus bill and tax measure were among the few legislative items that Congress “must pass” before adjourning for the year. The House and Senate passed the omnibus appropriations package the morning of December 18th, and the President has signed the bill into law, including $30.250 million for the Area Health Education Center Program, which is level funded from FY 2015.

The omnibus appropriations measure totals nearly $1.1 trillion and includes all twelve annual appropriations bills for FY 2016. With additional spending available to congressional appropriators after the two-year budget deal was completed in November, many medical research and public health programs fare relatively well under the final funding package. Some policy-riders are included in the FY 2016 omnibus package, but the more contentious items were either dropped from the bill or negotiated thoroughly to reach a final deal.

The FY 2016 omnibus includes additional language and guidance through the joint explanatory statements that accompany the bill. Report language included previously in the Committee Reports accompanying the respective FY 2016 House and Senate appropriations bills is binding under the omnibus bill and federal agencies will respond appropriately in the current fiscal year.

The FY 2016 omnibus appropriations package provides the following funding for public health and education agencies:

  • $162.1 billion in discretionary funding for the Labor-Health and Human Services-Education (LHHS) appropriations bill, an increase of $5.4 billion over FY 2015.

  • $727.69 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), an increase of $40.49 billion over FY 2015.

  • $6.38 billion for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an increase of $36.77 million over FY 2015.

  • $7.23 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an increase of $307.63 million over FY 2015.

  • $32.08 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an increase of $2 billion over FY 2015.

  • $3.78 billion for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an increase of $160.2 million over FY 2015.

  • $334 million for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), a decrease of $29.7 million from FY 2015.

  • $646.65 billion (in mostly mandatory funding) for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), an increase of $35.22 billion over FY 2015.

  • $2.92 billion for the Office of the HHS Secretary, an increase of $413.61 million over FY 2015.

  • $71.7 billion for the Department of Education (DoE), an increase of $1.23 billion over FY 2015.

Of specific interest to our membership, the FY 2016 omnibus appropriations package includes:

Health Resources and Services Administration

  • $1.491 billion for HRSA’s Community Health Centers, level funded from FY 2015.

  • Training for Diversity

  • $21.711 million for Minority Centers of Excellence (COE), level funded from FY 2015

  • $14.189 million for Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP), level funded from FY 2015.

  • $38. 924 million for Training in Primary Care Medicine, level funded from FY 2015.

  • $35.873 million for Oral Health Training, an increase of $1.945 over FY 2015.

  • $786.89 million for the Bureau of Healthcare Workforce, an increase of $35.295 million over FY 2015.

  • $30.250 million for the Area Health Education Center Program, level funded from FY 2015

In this picture from last week Lodriguez Murray, HMCW, NAO Board President Jacqueline Wynn and NAO CEO Robert Trachtenberg meet with Congressman and Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus G.K. Butterfield from North Carolina's 1st district.

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, December 22nd from 12:30--1:00pm EST. I will be providing an update of the December 15-17 Hill visits as well as as updates regarding the 2016 NAO conference and any other "breaking news". Dial in at: 1-605-475-3220: Passcode: 245171#

Please note that this call will be only 30 minutes long.

NAO Special Interest Groups

​I am aware that some of the SIGs have met and that plans for future calls and activities are now underway; I'm so pleased by this--please keep at it! I'll continue pushing the SIGs as I know there is considerable interest in them!

Here's the link to the spreadsheet; and remember, you can edit and add areas of interest:

SIG Spreadsheet

National Training Center

Promote You Are the Key webinar!

Dr. Robin Curtis of the CDC will be presenting “You Are the Key to Cancer Prevention” on Thursday, Jan. 14, from 3 to 4:15 p.m. ET. This webinar is free and provides 1 credit hour to physicians, pharmacists and nurses. Use this email template (complete with registration links) to promote. Here’s a detailed information sheet with all of the credit information and disclosure statements.

Thunderclap for Cervical Health Awareness Month

Did you know that January is Cervical Health Awareness Month? Consider participating in the #PreventCancerTogether Thunderclap campaign. Thunderclap is a social media tool that allows supporters to sign up in advance to share a unified message at a specific time via their individual Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr accounts. On Jan. 18th, Thunderclap will release the message on the timelines of all those that signed up, thus creating a social media Thunderclap of support. Lend your social support by signing up now at:

NLM-CPSC-NAO Teen Health Information Literacy Project

In the holiday spirit, and much like Old Saint Nicholas on his global tour, today’s post continues our geographic hopping in which we make stops at each of our five National Library of Medicine awardee AHECs. Lead… I mean, read onward to hear about the Brooklyn-Queens-Long Island (BQLI) AHEC!

Like many other AHECs, BQLI AHEC’s youth population is challenged by issues with unplanned pregnancies, bullying, drug abuse, obesity and mental health needs. On top of that, BQLI youth are also 25% foreign born, 40% non-native English speakers, and 95% from low-income/poor communities. With dismal area unemployment rates and a 25% achievement gap between white and non-white graduation rates, the BQLI AHEC targets much of its work towards mentoring and training programs for adolescents and young adults. By engaging youth in programs centered around health equity, BQLI AHEC offers self-management tools and exposes youth to the resources, pathways and opportunities to pursue economically transformative well-paying health careers.

In 12 years of experience, BQLI has instructed over 1,000 youth to research and make presentations on health issues within in their own communities as part of a summer health internship program. Past presentations have been televised on the cable station Brooklyn Community Action Television. Support for BQLI AHEC programming comes from a variety of sources and includes existing partnerships and linkages with the Brooklyn Public Library, over 40 regional high schools, and a pool of 29 New York City Department of Education career and technical education high schools. These collective resources, along with an experienced executive director who routinely conducts outreach on health equity and youth programming make BQLI AHEC one of health literacy’s little elves.

2016 Conference Information

Save the Dates!

The National AHEC Organization’s Countdown to the Capitol webinar series is designed to prepare the entire NAO membership to join together as one strong voice on Capitol Hill during the 2016 NAO Conference; AHEC on the Hill: A Capitol Idea. The 2016 NAO Conference will be held June 27th- 30th, 2016 at the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel.

NAO is planning activities throughout the coming months to support the membership as you prepare to visit Washington, D.C. and tell your important story to your elected officials.

Please save the dates for the upcoming Countdown to the Capitol webinar series.

Friday, January 15, 2016         12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Eastern Time

Friday, March 11, 2016          12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Eastern Time

Friday, May 13, 2016              12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Eastern Time

More information on each webinar will be shared in the near future.  The content for each topic in the series is designed to meet the membership needs and is based on results from NAO advocacy survey.  Each webinar will present a different Advocacy topic and will build upon the previous webinar.  This interactive robust webinar series will share proven strategies, provide tools, allow for dialog and time for questions.

The Countdown to the Capitol is brought to you by your NAO leadership, the NAO Conference Planning Committee and its Advocacy Subcommittee,  Health and Medicine Counsel of Washington, NAO Public Policy Committee and through the coordination and efforts of many, many others within NAO.

Stay tuned for more details and registration information and welcome aboard as we Countdown to the Capitol!

For more information, please contact your NAO Public Policy Co-Chairs:

Angela M. Boyer (Indiana AHEC Network)

Kristina Fjeld-Sparks (New Hampshire AHEC)

Other Information

2015 Region VIII Federal Partners Webinar Series “Addressing Health Disparities through the National Prevention Strategy and Partnerships”!

The National Prevention Strategy (NPS) is a guide for improving the health and well-being of every American by shifting the nation from a focus on sickness and disease to one based on prevention and wellness.  This webinar series highlighted successful programs and initiatives from partner groups that are critical to the elimination of health disparities – one of the four key Strategic Directions of the NPS.   This series consisted of six individual webinars; each covering the role of a specific partner groups with February highlighting the role of Individuals and Families; March highlighting the role of Community, Non-Profit and Faith-Based Organizations; May highlighting the role of Early Learning Centers, Schools and Higher Education; July highlighting the role of Health Care Systems, Insures and Clinicians; September highlighting the role of Business and Employers; and November highlighting the role of State, Local and Tribal Governments.

Our 2016 Region VIII Federal Partners Webinar series, “Promoting Healthy Eating and Active Living through Partnerships and the National Prevention Strategy”, will highlight successful programs and initiatives from different partners that address the Healthy Eating and Active Living NPS Priorities.  A save-the-date flyer is attached and we would greatly appreciate your sharing it with others who may be interested.

Also, below is a link to a .pdf document with a summary of all the webinars that have been offered through this Region VIII Federal Partners’ National Prevention Webinar Series for the past several years.  Only included are those webinars for which recordings and/or CEUs are available.  Please feel free to share this information with others you think may be interested!


Cherri Pruitt, on behalf of the NPS Webinar Planning Committee and the Region VIII Federal Partners
Cherri J. Pruitt, Region VIII Maternal and Child Health Consultant
HRSA Maternal and Child Health Bureau
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Byron G. Rogers FOB
1961 Stout Street
Room 8-148
Denver, CO  80294

303-844-7872 (phone)
303-844-0002 (fax)

Download the Flyer PDF

2016 Webinar Series Promoting Healthy Eating and Active Living through Partnerships and the National Prevention Strategy

The National Prevention Strategy (NPS) is a guide for improving the health and well-being of every American by shifting the nation from a focus on sickness and disease to one based on prevention and wellness. This webinar series will highlight ways various partner groups are successfully addressing two key NPS priorities, Healthy Eating and Active Living, in their communities.

The target audience for the series is staff from Federal, State and local governments; Tribal organizations and communities; community and faith-based organizations and groups; health care organizations; academia; advocacy groups, and the general public!

Specific partner groups’ successes in addressing Healthy Eating and Active Living will be highlighted on the following dates and times:

  • Individuals and Families – Thursday, February 18, 2:00-3:30 p.m. (MT)

  • Community, Non-Profit and Faith-Based Organizations - Thursday, March 17, 2:00-3:30 p.m. (MT)

  • Early Learning Centers, Schools, Colleges and Universities - Thursday, May 19, 2:00-3:30 p.m. (MT)

  • Health Care Systems, Insurers and Clinicians - Thursday, July 21, 2:00-3:30 p.m. (MT)

  • Businesses and Employers - Thursday, September 15, 2:00-3:30 p.m. (MT)

  • State, Local and Tribal Governments - Thursday, November 17, 2:00-3:30 p.m. (MT)

To be notified when registration for each webinar is available, or to receive a written transcript or recording of any of the webinars, please send an email to: RegionVIIIFedPartners@HHS.Gov.

This webinar series is sponsored by the Region VIII Federal Partners workgroup,a group of representatives from various federal agencies who meet on a regular basis to identify ways to effectively and efficiently work together in reaching and serving the public.

2016 DCoE Webinar Schedule

Download the Flyer PDF

If you wish to print this schedule, please be sure to set you printer options to full page size, "Scale to fit paper."

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Email Contact: Robert M. Trachtenberg, MS

National AHEC Organization
7044 S. 13th St.
Oak Creek, WI 53154