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January 26, 2015

From the CEO's Office

Exciting times on the horizon! After a great deal of work to establish ​much of the CDC HPV project's operational "nuts and bolts", the NAO National Training Center team is ready to launch the search for the 10 HPV Project Regional Coordinators needed for the project, followed shortly thereafter by the search for the participating AHECs​, of which we need 55 (though possibly slightly fewer)

The leadership team, made up of Gretchen Forsell, Trisha Schultz, Terry Zollinger, Cindy Lewis and our ​GWU colleagues Mandi Chapman and Aubrey Villalobos have worked diligently internally and with the CDC over the past few months to frame the project as well as to work in partnership with the other CDC HPV Project awardee associations (American Cancer Society; Academic Pediatric Association; American Academy of Pediatrics). Once the Regional Coordinators come on board, those individuals will become part of an expanded leadership team. ​

I'm thrilled ​with the work the team has put in thus far, and extremely excited to take the next steps and functionally get the project moving across the country. Please see specific information below regarding two upcoming webinars that will ​explain in greater detail the process of hiring and the role of the HPV Project Coordinators.​

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:

(Content will be the same at each session)

Region A: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and New York
Region B: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey
Region C: North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida
Region D: Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi
Region E: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin
Region F: New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas
Region G: Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska
Region H: Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming
Region I: Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada
Region J: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington

"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:

The 2015 National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program application cycle is now open and will close on March 30, 2015 at 7:30 PM EST.

This Program provides loan repayment assistance to licensed primary care medical, dental, and mental and behavioral health providers who serve in communities with limited access to health care. There are both full-time and half-time service options.

The 2015 application cycle is expected to be competitive. On average, it can take up to three weeks to complete an application so applicants are encouraged to apply early. This year the process may improve for applicants, now that some loan information can be automatically populated by the National Student Loan Data System.

Available resources include the Application and Program Guidance and instructions on how to apply.

Technical assistance provided by NHSC program staff is available during the following dates:

  • NHSC Loan Repayment Application & Program Guidelines Webinar
    February 3, 2015 from 8:00 – 9:30 PM EST
    Access link:
    Dial-in Number: 1-888-391-6801
    Passcode: 8081979
    * To participate in the webinar, you will need to use both the access link and the dial-in number.

  • NHSC Loan Repayment Technical Assistance Conference Call #1
    February 18, 2015 from 8:00 – 10:00 PM EST

    Dial-in Number: 1-888-391-6801
    Passcode: 8081979

  • NHSC Loan Repayment Technical Assistance Conference Call #2
    March 11, 2015 from 8:00 – 10:00 PM EST

    Dial-in Number: 1-888-391-6801
    Passcode: 8081979



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Washington, DC

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Orofino, ID

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Society Hill, SC


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Wenatchee, WA




AHRQ’s Primary Care Practice Facilitation Forum

New & Noteworthy


PCMH Resource Center

The primary care medical home, also referred to as the patient centered medical home (PCMH), advanced primary care, and the healthcare home, is a promising model for transforming the organization and delivery of primary care.

We provide implementers, decision makers, and researchers with access to evidence-based resources about the medical home and its potential to transform primary care and improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of U.S. health care.

Please visit us at

This electronic newsletter continues our efforts toward building a learning network for individuals with an interest in practice facilitation. We will use this listserv to share questions and answers submitted by learning forum members, as well as resources, research articles, and events of interest to the community.

Upcoming Newsletter Topic

Academic Detailing as a Quality Improvement Tool

Peer-to-Peer Educational Outreach to Improve Care Quality

Peer-to-peer visits by academic detailers can help improve clinical practice and the quality of care. Academic detailing can build leadership buy-in to proposed practice changes and help leaders understand the role of practice facilitators and how they can help practices implement these changes. This topic is the focus of Module 10 of The Practice Facilitation Handbook: Training Modules for New Facilitators and Their Trainers. The upcoming newsletter will explore best practices for academic detailing sessions, including how to identify and prepare detailers and execute a successful peer-to-peer educational session within practices where you serve as a facilitator.

Training Opportunity

Academic Detailing Training

The National Resource Center for Academic Detailing (NaRCAD) announced its spring training session will be held on May 4th and 5th in Boston, MA. The session is sponsored by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School and uses training materials developed with a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The session addresses theory and principles of academic detailing, evaluating clinical evidence, and dissecting an academic detailing call. In addition, small groups will work on messaging, communications, and provide opportunities for practice and critique. More information and registration links can be found on NaRCAD’s website.

Upcoming Event

Engaging patients as partners in care:  How practice facilitators can support patient engagement

Register Now! Thursday, January 29 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ET

This is the fourth in a series of webinars designed to share AHRQ’s development of tools and resources for training primary care practice facilitators (PFs). Patient engagement is a central element of the PCMH as well as a patient's own experience of their care. PFs can help practices improve how they engage patients by helping practices gather feedback and ideas from their patients, use this information to redesign visits and services to support better patient engagement and an improved patient experience, as well as direct practices to resources that can help them build their capacity in these areas.

This webinar will feature the experiences of a PF who worked successfully with practice leaders and patients to transform diabetes care visits in a primary care practice.  In addition, Cindy Brach will share information on the Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit and how it can support patient engagement work. This webinar is appropriate for practice facilitators, their trainers, and any organization interested in starting a practice facilitation program. Speakers include:

·         Lyndee Knox, PhD, CEO, LA Net Community Health Resource Network

·         Cindy Brach, MPP, Senior Health Policy Researcher, AHRQ

·         Adrienne Deswert, RN, BSN, RN Care Manager, Annville Family Medicine

To register, please click here.

If you would like to listen to any of our first three webinars in the series, regarding PF Case Studies, Use of Health IT, or Supporting Patient Safety, respectively, please click the appropriate link and register for the event you wish to listen to. If you have already registered for these events, simply sign in. This will bring you to all of the resources available during the live event, including audio with closed-captioning and a slide deck.

Upcoming Event

Practical Insights on Meeting Objectives of Meaningful Use III

Register Now! Wednesday, January 28 from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. ET

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is hosting a webinar that will outline 3 grantees' evaluations of how to meet select CMS Meaningful Use III Objectives. They will present their research findings on the feasibility of selected objectives related to clinical decision support, care coordination, and the use of electronic health records in pediatric primary care settings.

Presenters: Sarah Scholle, DrPH, National Committee for Quality Assurance; Kim Kimminau, PhD, The University of Kansas Medical Center;  Muriel Jean-Jacques, MD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; and Alex Fiks, MD, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Moderator: Rebecca Roper, MS, MPH, Director, Practice-Based Research Network Initiative, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.

To register, please click here.
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