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January 5, 2015

From the CEO's Office

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a relaxing and and enjoyable holiday break!​ We're back at it with lots of activity; please read through each item carefully.

National Training Center HPV Project

Do you have questions about the NAO HPV project? Consult the recently updated HPV Project FAQs. You can always get answers to your specific questions by e-mailing

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 hea llth 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

CORE Data Collection Request

NAO Shortened and Simplified Annual Data Collection
Periods 1 & 2 2013-2014 and Period 1 2014-2015
Please Respond – Everyone's Data is Critical to Continued Federal Funding

In response to comments received on past data requests and in our continued effort to improve NAO data reporting, NAO CORE has made significant changes in our approach to annual data collection for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 reporting periods.

  • There is now only one short form to be completed for each reporting period.
  • The questions can be answered by pulling data directly from your federal reports. You will not need to run any new numbers.
  • In a pilot test of AHECs working from their own Excel spreadsheets, the average form completion time was just 1 to 2 hours.

The few hours that you spend completing the forms could make all the difference as to whether or not AHECs continue to receive federal funds.

  • As you know, AHEC has not been included in the President's budget proposal for the past three years. While Congress has put us back in the budget each year, we cannot count on this continuing.
  • We must make every effort possible to get the President to recognize the value of AHEC and the only way to do so is to provide our leadership with accurate data with which to make the case.
  • As you also know, outcomes reported in HRSA's budget justification often do not accurately or fully reflect our impact. We must have our own data – data that mirrors all of our hard work.
  • Due to the poor response rates we have experienced in the past few years, our NAO leadership is currently relying on outdated data. We must provide them with current data to help them make our case.

We are asking for two sets of data:

  1. your 2013-2014 data, since this is the data that HRSA will use to justify the 2016 budget; and
  2. your period 1 2014-2015 data, because we believe that going forward reporting will be easiest if you can complete the NAO request at the same time that you complete your federal reporting.

We have included specific instructions on each form that should allow you to complete the form efficiently and with the smallest time investment – an investment in AHEC's future.

In addition to completing the forms noted above, we would like you to share any questions and comments you had regarding your federal reporting, and any individual guidance you received from your project officer or the technical assistance center (e.g., types of sites you should/should not report, types of rotations you should/should not report, pipeline programs you should/should not report, etc.). We would also like to know your thoughts on the data you are reporting to NAO. Do you feel the numbers you are providing accurately reflect your program? If not, why not?

Please, please, please take the time to provide the requested data. The importance of your data and your comments on the reporting process cannot be overstated. We believe you will be surprised at how relatively painless it is. Please help us provide our leadership with the data they need to tell our story and demonstrate our value to our legislators. We cannot do it without you.

All data should be submitted to Kerrin Smith, NAO CORE Annual Data Collection and Reporting Co-Chair, at on or before February 15, 2015. Reporting questions should be directed to Detra Brown, NAO CORE Annual Data Collection and Reporting Co-Chair, at

Your participation in the NAO data collection effort has never been more important. Every AHEC matters. We must have 100% participation!

Thank you!

NAO 2016 Conference Planning Underway!

I am pleased to announce on behalf of our ​NAO President Marty Schaller and NAO President-Elect (and 2014 Conference Co-Chair) Jacqueline Wynn that Anna Wenders (Maynard), USF Program Office and Mary Craig, President, Erie Niagara AHEC have agreed to co-chair the 2016 NAO national conference.

Jackie will remain on the committee and will serve as the board liaison to the committee. I'm very excited that the co-chairs have been named and that planning for the 2016 conference is now underway. Please watch this space over the next ​number of months for conference information and updates. On to 2016!​

"Tuesdays with Trachtenberg"

The next "Tuesday with.." call will be Tuesday January 20th, 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 and stay warm; it's getting cold here on the East Coast!


The Role of Sleep, Activity, and Nutrition in the Treatment and Recovery of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Date/Time: Jan. 8, 2015; 1-2:30 p.m. (EST)

In 2013, Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho, the U.S. Army surgeon general, launched an organizational initiative to improve the health, readiness, and resilience of the Army family. The performance triad is a comprehensive plan to promote the balance of sleep, activity, and nutrition among Army family members to improve health and wellness. The three key components of the performance triad represent sleep, activity, and nutrition that we understand to affect the cognitive and physical performance of service members.

The performance triad can assist TBI patients in creating a system of healthy behaviors. The three components of the performance triad are instrumental in the recovery process for service members with a TBI, particularly those with persistent symptoms and chronic injury.

Discussion will include the initial pathophysiology of brain injury, in relation to combat-related injuries and the physiology of stress relative to neural function.  Evidence supports that chronic injury is the most complex of difficulties across the continuum of care from diagnosis to treatment and to recovery.  Research studies indicate the integration of the performance triad of sleep, activity, and nutrition may serve to mitigate the effects of stress and even potentially promote positive neuroplasticity for recovery.

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

  • Discuss the critical role of sleep, activity, and nutrition in brain health and recovery
  • Examine current evidence-based treatment practices associated with recovery care
  • Evaluate how sleep, activity and nutrition impact recovery care practices

Emerald Lin, MD
Physiatrist, Traumatic Brain Injury
Contract Support
Intrepid Spirit Center, Fort Belvoir
Fort Belvoir, Va.

Maulik P. Purohit, MD, MPH
Director of Research, Neurorehabilitation and Traumatic Brain Injury
Intrepid Spirit Center, Fort Belvoir
Senior Scientific Director, DVBIC
Fort Belvoir, Va.

Heechin Chae, MD
Intrepid Spirit Center, Fort Belvoir
Site Director, DVBIC
Fort Belvoir, Va.

Continuing Education
Continuing education credit is available from Duke Medicine. You must register on or before Jan. 8, 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.

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