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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.
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.
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
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
Proposal Due Date: February 27, 2015
Submit proposals to: email@example.com
Direct all questions regarding this RFP to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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)
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:
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.
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.
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