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February 16, 2015

From the CEO's Office (yet again!)

The morbid joke we've been making at home recently is that spring and summer have been cancelled due to the seemingly weekly major snowstorm, and that we will sadly NEVER AGAIN see green grass, flowers, the sidewalk or even the sun. The mounds of snow are so high at the end of our driveway that at times I wish I had a periscope in my car to see above the mounds and to make sure i wasn't pulling into ​oncoming traffic. I do know--for real--that the snow will melt and that spring will come; it's just hard to believe right now. ​ Thankfully, we all have the Spring Business Summit in Orlando to look forward to and that's now less than 3 months away!​ I look forward to seeing many of you there for what promises to be a dynamic, invigorating and educational experience for all AHECers!​

HRSA Funding: President Obama's FY16 Budget

Please take a look at this article from the APHA last week regarding HRSA priorities for FY15 and for FY16. As you know and you'll see, the AHEC Program was not recommended for funding in FY16, which, of course, means we have our work ahead of us again to get funding restored for FY16. ​ Please take a look and I'd love to hear your thoughts. ​ Tomorrow's "Tuesdays with Trachtenberg" call would be a great place to have a dialogue.

"Tuesdays with Trachtenberg"

The next "Tuesdays with..." call will be tomorrow Tuesday February 17th, 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!

National REACH Coalition

Some of you may know about this organization already, though I recently learned about the National REACH Coalition, which is a membership-based organization that works to advance racial and ethnic health equity. There are a good number of resources available on their website for AHECS, which of course is important for us as we work to eliminate health disparities.

It's worth a look:

Have a great week and stay warm; only 32 days until Spring!



First Ever NAO Spring Business Summit!

We are excited that planning for the first ever NAO Spring Business Summit is in high gear! The Business Summit will be held at The Florida Hotel and Conference Center in Orlando, FL from May 12-14 2015. Conference and registration information will be coming out soon.

Below, please find some 'high-altitude' information regarding the Summit and an draft agenda so that you can start to book your flights. Hotel booking information is noted below:

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.


The 2015 NAO Business Summit is conceived as an opportunity for AHEC leaders to convene over a three-day period and access information and tools intended to sustain and grow their organizations, thereby enhancing mission attainment.

Draft Agenda:

May 12: 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Pre-Summit Grant-Writing Workshop will cover Grant Writing Techniques and Tips. This skills-oriented workshop will be open to the first 50 registrants and will cost $75.00 per participant.

May 13: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Workshops and Networking

May 14: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Marketplace - 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.

Hotel Reservations:

To secure rooms in the NAO room block at the Florida Hotel & Conference Center, hotel reservations must be made before Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 to receive the group rate of $139 per night plus tax, as well as to make sure we have adequate meeting space for all attendees. The National AHEC Organization leadership strongly encourages you to book your hotel room now to guarantee your room availability, as our room block is limited.

General Hotel Information

The Florida Hotel and Conference Center
1500 Sand Lake Road
Orlando, FL 32809

All attendees are responsible for making their own hotel reservations.

Special conference rates have been negotiated with The Florida Hotel and Conference Center. These rates are guaranteed for the nights of May 12 - 13, 2015. Attendees wishing to arrive before the 12th or prolong their stay after the 14th should contact the hotel for rates and availability. Rooms will be allocated on a first come first served basis so you are therefore urged to make your reservations as soon as possible. All reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card. Rates and availability are not guaranteed until your reservation is confirmed. Space is limited so make your reservation early.

The reservation deadline is Wednesday, April 15, 2015.


$139.00 – Single/Double plus tax and $18.00 Resort Fee (Tax is 12.5%)

Resort fee includes:

  • Unlimited In-Room High Speed Internet
  • Newspaper (lobby level)
  • Two (2) bottles of water upon arrival (replenished daily)
  • Key accessible gated parking
  • 24 hour access to a state-of-the-art Fitness Center
  • 24 hour access to the Business Center including high speed internet, printing and photocopies (limited quantities)

Check In / Check Out

Guests may check into the Hotel after 4:00 pm. Guests will also be asked to present a valid form of identification such as a driver’s license with your photo. The hotel will charge $50.00 for early check-ins prior to noon. Early check-ins are based on availability. Check out time is 11:00 am. Any requests for late checkout must be made with the Front Desk on the night prior to checkout and if granted, may be subject to a late checkout fee.

How To Make Your Reservation

National AHEC is pleased to offer you some different options to make your hotel reservations. All options are indicated below.


  • To reserve your room on-line, please click here and it will take you to the NAO on-line booking site where you can book your reservation and receive a confirmation in your e-mail.


You can also contact the hotel reservations line by calling (800) 588-4656 and identify yourself as attending the National AHEC Organization Meeting. Please be prepared to give the agent your credit card which will be charged for a one night deposit.

Directions to Hotel

Click here for directions to The Florida Hotel & Conference Center

Mark this important date on your calendar and watch for more detailed information!

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