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January 19, 2015

From the CEO's Office

While it's cold and kind of dreary here in the Northeast, there's a great deal of work currently underway for two NAO initiatives during the the warm (er) days of Spring. Plans​ for the third Annual NAO Congressional Policy Briefing and the ​first ever NAO Spring Business Summit are moving along expeditiously and both promise to be excellent events and valuable for ​many reasons.

Brief details for each are below.

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 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 ofgrant 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​

Third Annual NAO Policy Briefing

I will be conducting Hill visits on March 4th and 5th in advance of our Policy Briefing, which will be held in Washington during the early part of April. The NAO Public Policy Leadership Team will be identifying speakers and one or more Congressional champions to honor for their advocacy and support on behalf of our program. As those details get ironed out we'll share that information here.

NAO Governance Committee

Along with NAO Board Chair Marty Schaller, I am pleased to announce that John Blossom, Michael French​ and Mary Mitchell will be leading the newly-formed NAO Governance Committee. The Governance Committee I​s charged with fostering​ the Board’s effectiveness and ​will work to ensure that the Board fulfills ​all its legal, ethical and functional responsibilities.

​I'm looking forward to working with the Governance Committee as we continue working to ensure that NAO is as effective as possible.​

Congratulations to a well-loved colleague!

Congratulations to Captain Norma Hatot who retired at the end of December 2014 with over 20 years of public service. As you know, Norma worked in the AHEC Branch and was the only Nurse Consultant/Project Officer in the AHEC Program for several years​. Norma contributed a great deal to the AHEC Program over her many years of service and we wish her all the best in her well-deserved retirement!​

​Re-Posting and worth a quick read:

Thirteenth Annual Report to the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services and the Congress of the United States Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community-Based Linkages (ACICBL)

​The 13th ACICBL report may be of particular interest to you given recent discussion and the work of the NAO IPE Workgroup; please take a look: "Transforming Interprofessional Health Education and Practice: Moving Learners from the Campus to the Community to Improve Population Health​" . Click here for the PDF.​

​Have a great week and keep warm!

Rob​

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.

http://www.nwctahec.org/mental-health.html

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 pharrity@nwctahec.org
Intent to apply is not mandatory but is helpful to NWCTAHEC for planning purposes.

Proposal Due Date: February 27, 2015

Submit proposals to: pharrity@nwctahec.org

Direct all questions regarding this RFP to: pharrity@nwctahec.org

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