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NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit July 20, 2015

From the CEO's Office

The NAO Board of Directors and Committee Chairs and I have been working diligently over the past two months since our May 2015 strategic visioning meeting in Orlando, FL to develop the next set of strategic priorities for NAO. The first steps were to develop an updated NAO mission statement and to identify NAO's core values, as you'll see below.

In the coming weeks you will see the key vision initiatives and the "bold steps" that will support the agreed-upon new initiatives. For now, I will be working with the board, with our various committees and with TEI to ensure that the new mission statement language and core values statements are updated on the NAO website and in other official NAO documents. Please take a look below; I very much welcome your comments.

NAO New Mission Statement

"The National AHEC Organization (NAO) represents a network of more than 300 AHEC program offices and centers that serve 85+% of United States counties. The NAO mission is to help its members achieve the AHEC mission through advocacy, education, and research. The AHEC mission is to enhance access to quality health care, particularly primary and preventive care, by improving the supply and distribution of healthcare professionals via strategic partnerships with academic programs, communities, and professional organizations".

NAO Core Values

The Board/Committees discussed NAO’s Core Values at the May 12, 2015 Strategic Vision meeting in Orlando. Subsequent follow-up refined the Core Values.

  • Integrity: We remain true to the AHEC mission and work hard to provide exceptional service to our members, stakeholders, supporters and donors.
  • Excellence: We strive to provide high quality, strategic, innovative services built on experience, knowledge, insight, and data.
  • Responsiveness: We seek to identify and address the needs of our members and key stakeholders in an effective, timely manner.
  • Diversity: We welcome and accept diversity in the broadest context to recognize, value, and learn from all people of varying cultural backgrounds regardless and inclusive of age, physical/mental ability, ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, language, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, and geographic region.
  • Collaboration: We are team-based and both encourage and value the participation and input of others.

Reminder: NAO CORE Needs Your Data!

I know – it's like a recurring nightmare. Will it ever end???

Whether we like it or not, the answer is no. Data is key to demonstrating the impact of AHEC programming and it is essential that NAO leadership continue to have current data to tell our story. Your response to our request for 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 period 1 data was overwhelming. Thank you SO much to everyone responsible for helping us achieve our goal of almost a 100% response rate. With your help we were able to create an updated legislative flyer for NAO leadership to use in fighting for our continued funding on Capitol Hill. We cannot tell you how exciting it is to be able to report current numbers. But data is only current for a short time and needs to be continuously updated.

The good news is that our streamlined NAO CORE data collection form and process make reporting easier than ever. There is now only one form and essentially all of the questions can be answered using data included in your federal report. Please help us gather the total numbers for 2014-2015 by completing the NAO CORE Period 2 Data Collection Form and returning it to us no later than August 15, 2015. Your continued participation in CORE's data collection effort will provide us with the means to not only produce updated annual legislative flyers, but help us determine trends and inform decision making. We look forward to receiving your data! Thank You! All data should be submitted to Kerrin Smith, NAO CORE Annual Data Collection and Reporting Co-Chair, at on or before August 15, 2015. Questions? Contact Detra Brown, NAO CORE Annual Data Collection and Reporting Co-Chair, at

Download NAO CORE Data Collection Form [XSLX]

Tuesdays with Trachtenberg:

A Tool for Connecting with Colleagues AND catching up on all things NAO

The next "Tuesdays with Trachtenberg" call will be
Tuesday July 21st from 12:30 - 1:30pm EST.
Join us and see where the dialogue goes!

Dial in at:1-605-475-3220: Passcode: 245171#

NTC HPV Project

Evaluation webinar
State Entities will be trained on project evaluation components in a webinar on Wednesday, July 29, at 2 p.m. ET. If you haven’t already registered, then register now. A second date will be added in August for anyone who can’t attend on 7/29.

New project one-pager
The CDC will be using an updated one-pager on the NAO HPV Immunization project to spread the good word about AHEC. You’ll notice the one-pager is actually two (front and back) so that we could list all of the states and some examples of continuing education activities being planned. The CDC also provided to us an overview for this fiscal year which includes a map of the CDC’s presence and budget highlights.

Webinar Series: Strategies to Address Opioid and Prescription Drug Misuse *CE Opportunity

HRSA is pleased to announce a 5-part Learning Series brought to you by a collaborative effort with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Central Rockies Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network (ATTC) that will outline Strategies to Address Opioid and Prescription Drug Misuse in the healthcare setting. This Learning Series is offered free of charge to all clinicians serving HRSA programs. Continuing Education is being pursued for a variety of health professions. Please take a moment to explore this link to view event dates, topics, details, and registration.

For questions regarding the Learning Series objectives, agenda, registration, continuing education, or problems with the web page or web links, contact:

Rori Douros, Training Coordinator
Central Rockies ATTC
Utah Addiction Center/University of Utah
Toll-free: 855-801-4237
Direct: 801-581-8967
HRSA SAMHSA learning series announcement 508.pdf

The Impact of Racism on the Health and Well-Being of the Nation

A four part webinar series

The recent events in Charleston, South Caroline, Baltimore, Maryland, and Ferguson, Missouri, remind us that stigma, inequalities and civil rights injustices remain in our society today. Unfortunately, skin color plays a large part in how people are viewed, valued and treated. We know that racism, both intentional and unintentional, affects the health and well-being of individuals and communities and stifles the opportunity of many to contribute fully to the future and growth of this nation. Join the leadership of the American Public Health Association in a summer webinar series about racism's impact on health and disparities.

Naming and Addressing Racism:
A Primer
July 21, 2015 | 2 p.m. EDT
Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MPH, and Camara P. Jones, MD, MPH, PhD

This kick-off webinar featuring APHA’s executive director, president and president-elect will take a look at some of the nation’s leading health inequities. APHA President Shiriki Kumanyika will discuss how racism is one of the most challenging tools of social stratification we face when trying to improve the health of the public. She also will reflect on the evidence and research needs related to how racism limits our ability to make America the healthiest nation. APHA President-Elect Camara Jones will tell the Gardener's Tale and present a framework for understanding racism on three levels. This framework is useful for understanding the basis for race-associated differences in health, designing effective interventions to eliminate those differences and engaging in a national conversation. Register now!

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