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NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit July 27, 2015

From the CEO's Office

I'll be in Washington, DC this week meeting with Congressional members to discus and reinforce the need for an AHEC appropriation for FY2016. We will be asking for $35 million for FY16.

As you've seen, the Senate Appropriations Committee has recommended $31 million and the House Appropriations Committee has recommended $30.25 million for the AHEC Program for FY2016. As far back as I can remember, this is the 1st time the House Appropriations Committee included funding for the AHEC Program--our efforts are paying off!. Of course, the appropriation will not be finalized until the the President signs the bill, though of course a continuing resolution or omnibus bill may be considered based upon how the whole process unfolds in the coming months.

The NAO Public Policy Committee will be sharing updates regarding the appropriations process as we get them. I'll report back here how the meetings went. Please be sure to continue making those calls and invite legislators to your summer programs while they are home during the August recess.

Great work everyone; we need to keep it up!

HRSA, AHECs and the National Council for Diversity in the Health Professions (NCDHP)

Attached please find a document that might provide some insight into how HRSA may be thinking for the future as it relates to workforce diversity programs and health disparity issues, particularly as many HRSA programs are under review. [Download NCDHP Memo]. Please take a look and be sure to let me know your thoughts. As we all know, AHECs are integrally involved in addressing workforce diversity and health disparities issues throughout the country.

2015 National AHEC Member Benefit Survey Results

Thank you to all of you who responded to April's NAO Member Benefits Survey, and thank you to the NAO Membership Committee for all their hard work!

As we analyzed the data, it was seen that most (70% or higher) survey respondents were "Very Satisfied" with NAO benefits they were receiving as NAO Members. 76% of responding members became or continued to be members to network with other AHECs for opportunities to share ideas with other AHECs, gain professional development opportunities and participate in National Advocacy efforts.

As your member association, it is incumbent upon us to be responsive to your needs as members, and provide you all with value and opportunity. Thank you all!

A few numbers:

  • 95% were likely to renew the NAO membership
  • 90% were Somewhat to Very Satisfied with the current NAO benefits to their organization
  • 94% see the value of the NAO Monday Update at a Medium to High degree
  • 91% either skim or always read the NAO Monday Update

Common suggestions for additional member benefits included:

  • Easier methods of sharing best practices
  • Grant funding opportunities
  • More Center updates
  • On-line training for new staff
  • Resource database

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 August 4th from 12:30 - 1:30pm EST.
Last week's discussion focused on the future of the AHEC Program and any potential changes from HRSA for the next five-year project cycle in 2017. Additionally, we discussed the FY2016 appropriations process and the June 2016 NAO Washington, DC conference (more on conference planning coming soon). Please join us to see where the dialogue goes.

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

HPV Immunization Project

Save the date!

The National Training Center will be starting a series of webinars for not only those state entities involved in the HPV project but also the NAO network as a whole. These webinars will also be open to practitioners and students that you work with. The first webinar in the series will focus on opposition to vaccines and is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 15. Future topics will include how to make strong vaccination recommendations; the Vaccines for Children program; and HPV-related cancer survivor stories. These won’t include CE hours but if a practitioner needed a certification of attendance this can be arranged. For those involved in the HPV project those in attendance from your state who are practitioners and complete the evaluation will count towards your goal of training professionals for the HPV project. (More specifics on how this will work later. )

It’s not too late to get involved

Two more states are considering joining the 38 states already involved in the HPV project! It’s not too late to get involved. E-mail for more information.

Trisha Schulz
Project Coordinator
Northern Nebraska Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
110 N 16th St., Ste 2
Norfolk, NE 68701
(402) 644-7257

Job Opportunity - Executive Director

The Southwest Georgia Area Health Education Center (SOWEGA-AHEC), a nonprofit corporation, seeks an exceptional individual with strong leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills to serve as Executive Director. SOWEGA-AHEC's primary goal is to build our communities' health care capacities through a focus on education and support to students and healthcare professionals.

SOWEGA-AHEC accomplishes this by providing opportunities for elementary, middle, high school, and undergraduate students to explore and prepare for careers in health professions and by assisting with the recruitment, retention, and education of community physicians and residents, and those pursuing careers in medicine, allied health, nursing, pharmacy, and social work. We provide clinical training opportunities to over 800 health professional students a year. SOWEGA-AHEC serves 38 counties in southwest Georgia.

The Executive Director works for its Board of Directors, a group of community health professionals from the region. The ED collaborates with the statewide AHEC network which includes the Program Office, located at Georgia Regents University, and 5 other AHECs in the state. The Director directs a staff of 6 currently and is responsible for the daily operations, budget management, grant writing, and oversight of the agency.

Qualifications sought: a Master’s degree in a health related field or at least 5 years in healthcare or higher education administration. It is desired that the applicant have 5 years of managing a 501(c)(3). The successful candidate should have experience in grant writing and management, marketing, business knowledge and the passion to increase the number and distribution of health professionals in rural Georgia. Excellent interpersonal communication, both oral and written, and strong organizational skills are required. Familiarity with the 38 county region is desirable but not required. A complete list of duties and responsibilities is available at

Apply by September 7, 2015, with cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to:

SOWEGA- AHEC Search Committee
1512 W. 3rd Avenue
Albany, GA 31707

Job Opportunity - Executive Director

AHEC Executive Director Position Opening: Indiana University School of Medicine is seeking qualified applicants for a full-time faculty appointment for the position of Executive Director of the Indiana-AHEC Network. Required: An M.D. or Ph.D. with at least five years of experience in education of learners in the health professions. Applicants with demonstrated success in building relationships, strategic planning, collaboration, securing extramural funding, grants preparation and management are essential to this position. A record of peer reviewed publications and a demonstrated record of involvement at the community level is highly valued. The Executive Director must possess strong oral and written communication skills, as well as interpersonal, organizational and management skills, and be willing to travel throughout Indiana to work with the eight regional Center Directors. Desired: Demonstrated strength and success working with community organizations, community-based preceptors and community-based healthcare organizations in rural and urban underserved settings is desired. The Executive Director reports directly to the Chair of the Department of Family Medicine. Academic rank and tenure-eligibility commensurate with experience will be determined.

To Apply: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Qualified applicants should send a letter of interest and complete academic curriculum vitae to Faculty Recruiter, Department of Family Medicine, 1110 W. 10th Street Suite 200, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN 46202,

Traumatic Brain Injury Webinar

Returning to College After Concussions and Mild Brain Injuries

Aug. 13, 2015; 1-2:30 p.m. (ET)

Increased awareness, improved treatment and greater access to educational supports have prompted a rise in interest about the effects of concussions and brain injuries (BIs) on the pursuit of postsecondary education. Many students with mild BIs experience minimal effects after the first few weeks or months, thus making the impact on academic progress negligible. However, other students — as well as people with good recoveries from more severe initial injuries — experience chronic cognitive, physiological and psychosocial impairments that negatively affect academic performance and overall life satisfaction. This webinar will present recent research and explore strategies and accommodations that contribute to the achievement of educational goals of college students who sustained BI.

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will:

  • Articulate the note-taking challenges of college students with BI and describe support strategies and accommodations
  • Describe challenges and efficient strategies for maximizing reading comprehension of college students with brain injuries
  • Examine the importance of balancing educational, social and daily living activities for college students living with chronic BI sequelae

Karen Hux, Ph.D.
Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders
University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska


Scott C. Livingston, Ph.D., PT, ATC, SCS
Director of Education
Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center
Silver Spring, Maryland

Continuing Education

Continuing education credit is available from Professional Education Services Group (PESG). You must register by 3 p.m. (ET) Aug. 13, 2015, to qualify for the receipt of continuing education credit.

The 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 their families.


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Once registered, you may use Adobe Connect or Defense Collaboration Services to attend the webinar.

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National AHEC Organization
7044 S. 13th St.
Oak Creek, WI 53154