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February 02, 2015

From the CEO's Office

Thankfully the blizzard of last week has passed and things have mostly returned to normal around here. The mounds of snow are piled high but slowly decreasing, the woodpile looks like it will last for a few more months​ and Spring is fewer than 50 days away!

Washington, DC Update

It's about to get busy in Washington, especially as it relates to the FY16 Budget. Please see below for details.​
Legislative and Appropriations Update:

  • FY 16: President's budget slated to release February 2nd
  • HRSA FY 16 Budget briefs February 3rd at the American Public Health Association: NAO will be represented at tomorrow's meeting​
  • HPNEC Coalition meeting with Dr. Wakefield on Feb. 10th to discuss the FY 16 budget. NAO will also have representation at the meeting.

Information related to the President's Budget request and the HRSA meetings on 2/3/15 and 2/10/15 will be summarized and shared here next week and the week after. Certainly if there is any news prior than that it will be shared as well.​

Advocacy Activities

  • The NAO Policy Leadership Team is planning for the third annual NAO Congressional Briefing, which will be sometime during the 2nd week of April. Once the date is locked in we'll let you know ASAP.
  • I will be doing Hill visits from March 3-5 in advance of our Congressional Briefing. As in the past once the schedule is locked in we'll be in touch with state advocacy leaders to rally our national network.

REMINDER: First Ever NAO Spring Business Summit!

I am excited that planning for the first ever NAO Spring Business Summit is in high gear! The Business Summit will be held in Orlando, FL from May 12-14 2015. Conference website and hotel information will be coming out in the next couple of weeks. Below please find some 'high-altitude' information regarding the Summit::
Target Audience: AHEC Directors, Program Directors, and key staff interested and motivated to focus on center sustainability and growth, and willing to take the time and expense to engage with like-minded peers to share information, tools and resources – along with products and services – toward this end.
​While the agenda may change slightly over the coming months, attendees can generally expect to receive

  • ​Three-level financial instructions and resources on how to run a center:
    • a. Basic budgeting and accounting for AHECs
    • b. Managing multiple grants and contracts
    • c. Social Enterprise (venture-based) budgeting, accounting and reporting
  • Information and tools for restructuring an AHEC: techniques for effectively managing significant loss of grant funding​​
  • ​Information and direction for diversifying the AHEC funding portfolio
  • ​Information and access to capitalize on partner, business and program opportunities at a national level
  • Tools and resources for developing social enterprise practices
  • ​​Access to the "AHEC Business Marketplace" - a face-to-face, interactive, hands-on forum for AHEC leaders to exchange information, and possibly initiate contract discussions, regarding AHEC-related products and services
  • ​A (possible) grant-writing workshop: full day and will require an additional small registration fee​

REMINDER TO REGISTER NOW: HPV Project Regional Coordinator Job Announcement!

Background: The NAO National Training Center is embarking on the Improving HPV Immunization Rates on a National Scale Utilizing the National AHEC Network project. The project will work in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to improve the HPV immunization rates of 11 and 12 year old, males and females, throughout the nation by improving clinician training and understanding of the vaccine.

To complete this project, 10 regional HPV project coordinators will be hired to work closely with selected AHEC entities in each state within their region to establish and maintain links with appropriate resources. Learn more about regional coordinators' role, the job description, the desired qualification, application process and salary. You've got two chances to hear more about this exciting opportunity:

"Tuesdays with Trachtenberg"

The next "Tuesday with..." call will be Tuesday February 3rd, and, as a reminder, calls are now being held every other week 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!

​Have a great week!


Youth Mental Health First Aid Corps

Northwestern CT AHEC (NWCTAHEC) is requesting proposals from AHECs interested in participating in the Youth Mental Health First Aid Corps.

Follow this link for a copy of the Request for Proposals.

NWCTAHEC seeks AHECs to serve as the host site for a full-time AmeriCorps member during the program year September 2015 to August 2016. AmeriCorps members will be trained as Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) Instructors and will implement YMHFA trainings for a wide cross section of community members who work with young people. Host site staff is also able to be trained as a YMHFA instructor to help build sustainability for the YMHFA program.

YMHFA is an evidenced based training program that helps individuals and communities better understand mental health and respond appropriately to adolescents who may be experiencing a mental health issue. In the aftermath of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, President Obama and other national, state and local leaders are calling for the widespread implementation of YMHFA as a strategy to improve access to mental health care services for young people suffering from mental illness.

Intent to Submit Proposal Due Date – January 16, 2015
Please email your intent to submit a proposal to
Intent to apply is not mandatory but is helpful to NWCTAHEC for planning purposes.

Proposal Due Date: February 27, 2015

Submit proposals to:

Direct all questions regarding this RFP to:

Introduction to Farmworker Justice's Youth Leadership Curriculum

Farmworker Justice (FJ) collaborates with community-based organizations to build and implement programming that positively impacts the health and wellbeing of farmworkers and their families. Most farmworkers are Spanish-speaking who migrated to the US from Mexico and Central America. A growing number of farmworkers speak indigenous languages. Much of FJ’s community-based work uses the promotores de salud model, which trains farmworkers to become peer health educators on occupational safety and health, health insurance, and HIV. Last year, FJ developed a leadership curriculum for adult promotores de salud to increase involvement and board participation among farmworkers at community health centers. Since then, several of our community-based partners have expressed an interest in developing youth leadership programs. One exciting program that recently started involves rural Latino youth who either worked as farmworkers or are the children of farmworkers. The majority of the group members are trilingual - speaking Spanish, English, and a Mexican indigenous language. Several have already been trained and hired as interpreters at the local community health center.

Given AHEC’s expertise and experience in youth leadership and workforce development, FJ seeks to work with regional AHEC organizations to guide the development of a curriculum that will build youth leadership skills, introduce farmworker youth to topics related to community health and health careers, and help them become involved in their local community health centers. We also plan to design curriculum components for organizations to encourage and support meaningful youth participation within community-based organizations and community health centers.

Respond to Rob Trachtenberg by CoB Friday February 13, 2015 if you are interested in learning more.

Stress and Anxiety Following Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Date/Time: Feb. 12, 2015; 1-2:30 p.m. (EST)
Human behavior is a result of the constant interaction between the organism and its environment is a belief of the early 20th century psychologist Clark Hull (Freeman, Moore, & Freeman, 2009). Current research notes when injury or stress occurs, behavior reinforces the optimal biological conditions of survival.

This is just as true today when a service member survives both the stress of injury from a brain insult and the effects of the concussion/TBI when either stress or TBI may be repetitive in highly paced or frequent deployment environments. When TBI occurs on a battlefield, both a TBI and a stress/fear response occur.

If a threat or anxiety becomes overwhelming, the service member may revert to protective modes, including exacerbation of posttraumatic stress disorder, family conflict, alcohol or substance abuse, or other maladaptive reactions. Discussion will include a variety of evidence-based assessment and treatment strategies related to stress and anxiety following TBI.

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the complex interaction between the effects of stress and anxiety during the recovery course of TBI
  • Examine and select strategies for treating co-morbid symptoms with the core symptoms of TBI
  • Discuss the integration of evidence-based practices into the  assessment of stress and anxiety following TBI

C. Alan Hopewell, Ph.D., ABPP
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
University of North Texas Health Science Center
Ft. Worth, Tex.
Sherray L. Holland, PA-C
TBI Clinical Educator, Division of Education
Contract support to Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center
Silver Spring, Md.

Freeman, S., Moore, B., & Freeman, A. (2009). Living and surviving in harm's way: A psychological treatment handbook for pre- and post-deployment of military personnel. New York: Taylor and Francis Group, LLL.

Continuing Education
Continuing education credit is available from Duke Medicine. You must register on or before Feb. 12, 2015, at 3 p.m. (EST) to qualify for the receipt of continuing education credit.
To qualify for receipt of continuing education credit for applicable webinars, eligible participants must create a profile in the Duke Medicine Learning Management System and register for the event on, or before, the event registration deadline. Complete responses to all pre-registration questions are required to be eligible to receive credit for attending this event. For guidance on creating a user account and event registration in the Duke Medicine Learning Management System site, please visit

Please note:  DCoE's 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/or their families.
For details, please visit: Additionally since September 2014 for Psychology: This activity complies with all of the continuing education criteria identified through the American Psychological Association (APA) Continuing Education Requirements.

Sign up for the webinar at
Upon completion of registration, a confirmation email will be sent providing webinar event details.

If your network security settings do not allow access to the Duke Medicine website, use another network or device to access the registration page. Once registered, you may use Adobe Connect or Defense Connect Online to attend the webinar.

Updated DCoE Webinar Schedule (UNCLASSIFIED)


Attached please find an updated list of DCoE webinars for January, February and March.  I hope you will give this the widest dissemination to your colleagues through emails, newsletters and on your websites. As usual, more detailed information will follow on each event as registration information becomes available.

Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

Brenda Souto
Outreach Specialist
General Dynamics Information Technology support
For Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, OPS
2345 Crystal Drive, Suite 120
Arlington, VA  22202
Tel: 703-604-5676
Alternative: Tel: 301-628-2937
Cell: 202-258-0144

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