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NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit June 15, 2015

From the CEO's Office

It's been quite nice to stay put for a stretch and not be traveling, as I have been over much of the past few weeks. It seems like mid-June just snuck up on me and, along with getting caught up on the day-to-day items, there are many exciting NAO initiatives underway as we move into summer. Chief among the key initiatives is to operationalize the key vision initiatives and the agreed-upon 'bold steps' that came out of the successful NAO strategic visioning process in Orlando. While the 'bold steps' still need the specific action steps fleshed out a bit more, broadly we'll be:

  • Proactively utilizing and leveraging NAO’s most valuable asset -- our national AHEC network -- to implement population health initiatives and other programmatic opportunities--which can broadly be considered NAO's 'value proposition'.
  • Going bigger and bolder with advocacy as a means of increasing NAO’s annual federal funding and to develop external champions who will advocate for us
  • Developing new products and services to diversify NAO’s funding stream and growing our organizational capacity as well as finding ways to support our volunteer leadership

As I've mentioned, I was thrilled with the outcome of both the strategic visioning process and the NAO Business Summit. It's now time to build upon our agreements from the strategic visioning process and make them real, as well as figure out how to best provide our membership--you all--with more of the tools, strategies, and resources necessary to assure long-term sustainability and success for all our AHECs. I'd love to hear your thoughts; please connect!

Tuesdays with Trachtenberg

The next call will be Tuesday June 23rd from 12:30--1:30pm EST.

Last week we had more discussion regarding the NAO Spring Business Summit, an in-depth discussion of my meetings in Washington the week before and more conversation regarding the strategic visioning work undertaken by NAO leadership. As we work to pursue and implement the 'value proposition' of NAO and the AHEC network, your input and a national dialogue regarding the value proposition will be important. Please consider dialing in and joining the conversation. Looking forward to talking!

Dial in at:

1-605-475-3220: Passcode: 245171#

Join us to see where the discussion will go!

HPV Immunization Project

Check out our new webpages!

There’s some fantastic resources on our newly developed webpages on the NAO website to help HPV state entities carry out their CE programming. Check out the landing page:http://www.nationalahec.org/hpv/. There you will find the project one-pager that you can use with partners; evaluation information; as well as CE planning materials and resources, including the HPV Resource Guide, presentation handouts, budget forms and planning task lists. We will continue to develop this area of the site to include information about state entities, including contact information, maps and logos.

Environmental Scan underway

The HPV Regional Coordinators have been given the HPV Environmental Scan Protocol, designed to help them begin to gather additional data on HPV for their regions, including assessing the local policy landscape, identifying local vaccination providers and clinician networks, and determining other potential partners who are working on HPV issues in their geographic area. The information gleamed from the scan will help prepare their state entities to facilitate professional education and provider outreach.

Does an AHEC-Sponsored Clerkship Experience Strengthen Medical Students’ Intent to Provide Care for Medically Underserved Patients?

Journal of Community Health Article

Click to download a research article that Dr. Richard Kiovsky and Dr. Jennifer Taylor of the Indiana AHEC Program Office recently published in the Journal of Community Health. Please take a look; we'd would love to hear your thoughts.

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Ken Oakley, who is retiring from his position of AHEC Center Director at the Western NY Rural AHEC in Warsaw, NY. If you'd like to drop Ken a short note, here is his email address:

koakley@lakeplains.org

Please join me in wishing Ken the very best in his retirement!

The Region VIII National Prevention Strategy Webinar Series

This annual webinar series is presented by the Region VIII Federal Partners, a group of representatives from various federal agencies who meet on a regular basis to identify ways to effectively and efficiently work together in reaching and serving the public.  Each webinar in the series highlights ways Federal agencies and communities are working to increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life – physically and mentally - by shifting the nation from a focus on sickness and disease to one based on prevention and wellness.  Links to recordings for many of the webinars, as well as continuing education credits is provided below (and in the attached document).

Continuing education credits for physicians; nurses; health educators; and general continuing education for those courses specified below is available through the CDC Training and Continuing Education Online system (CDC TCEO).  To apply for CEUs, go to CDC TCEO at http://www.cdc.gov/tceonline/ and follow the instructions.   For any questions or problems contact: CDC/ATSDR Training and Continuing Education Online at 1-800-41TRAIN or Email at ce@cdc.gov.

Improving the Health of Communities through the National Prevention Strategy:   Bridging the Community with Federal Programs - This session explores public/private partnerships that support and build community leaders and build community assets which also strengthen Federal programs and provide a model for other communities. 

Link to recording:  https://hrsa.connectsolutions.com/p6mwwi8079v/

Improving the Health of Communities through the National Prevention Strategy:  Nutrition in the Community - This webinar includes an overview of the nutrition assistance and nutrition  education programs  as well as the available resources within the federal government that are designed  to improve the health and well-being of Americans.  Link to recording:  https://hrsa.connectsolutions.com/p9rzn9tzfw1/

Improving the Health of Communities through the National Prevention Strategy:   Healthy Aging – This session will include Evidence Based Health Programs and Long Term Services and Supports for Seniors in the Community, such as a program that supports spirituality as a key to healthy aging, increasing activity levels to prevent falls, and the award-winning ‘Senior Reach’ behavioral health program.

Link to recording:  https://hrsa.connectsolutions.com/p9kjo5r24jd/

Improving the Health of Communities through the National Prevention Strategy:   Designing Healthy Communities - Promoting Universal Design, Affordable, Accessible, Safe, and Healthy Communities - This session examines how homes and community design can promote inclusiveness for all populations. Understanding risks and impacts of municipal planning, including those that can affect health, will help ensure that land use and transportation decisions result in positive and equitable health outcomes.  Link to recording:  https://hrsa.connectsolutions.com/p2of0q49h71/

Improving the Health of Communities through the National Prevention Strategy:  Exercise is Medicine - The Impact of Physical Activity on Health and Wellness – This session highlights the National Prevention Strategy’s goals related to active living, an overview of the Department of Health and Human Services physical activity guidelines and recommendations, and the First Lady’s Let’s Move initiative.   Link to recording: https://hrsa.connectsolutions.com/p4codwukzsn/

Improving the Health of Communities through the National Prevention Strategy: Designing Healthy Communities:  Promoting Universal Design, Affordable, Accessible, Safe, and Healthy Communities - This session examines how homes and community design can promote inclusiveness for all populations. Understanding risks and impacts of municipal planning, including those that can affect health, will help ensure that land use and transportation decisions result in positive and equitable health outcomes. 

Link to recording: https://hrsa.connectsolutions.com/p2of0q49h71/

CEU expiration date: July 18, 2015. Web on Demand course number:  WD2261B

Improving the Mental and Emotional Well-Being of Communities through the National Prevention Strategy:  Community and Historical Trauma: Surviving and Recovering - This webinar provides a framework for understanding community and historical trauma, and key strategies for survival and recovery.  The webinar highlights American Indians, refugees, and those individuals and communities that have been impacted by community violence.

Link to recording:  https://hrsa.connectsolutions.com/p8t93fybo6f/

CEU expiration date: July 18, 2016.  Web on Demand course number:  WD2261C

Improving the Mental and Emotional Well-Being of Communities through the National Prevention Strategy:  Recognizing and Responding to Trauma: The ACE Study and Trauma-Informed Care - This webinar provides an overview of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study completed by Kaiser Permanente in 2009 and the model of trauma-informed care.   Link to recording:  https://hrsa.connectsolutions.com/p8on7d5mxsa/

CEU expiration date: April 22, 2016.  Web on Demand course number:  WD2261D

Improving the Mental and Emotional Well-Being of Communities through the National Prevention Strategy:  Reducing Stigma and Misunderstanding of Mental Health - One of the greatest barriers to people getting the mental health care they need is the significant misunderstanding and stigma related to mental health. In this webinar, we will share innovative national and regional programs that promote mental and emotional well-being.

Link to recording:  https://hrsa.connectsolutions.com/p9tepru2bce/

CEU expiration date:  July 15, 2016.  Web on Demand course number:  WD2261E

Addressing Health Disparities through the National Prevention Strategy: The Role of Individuals and Families – This webinar highlights programs that focus on community-led prevention efforts or the development of community resources that improve access and use of health information or wellness.

Link to recording: https://hrsa.connectsolutions.com/p51hodmqkam/   CEU expiration date: March 24, 2017

Web on Demand course number: WD2261I.

Addressing Health Disparities through the National Prevention Strategy: The Role of Community, Non-Profit and Faith-Based Organizations – this webinar highlights programs that bring together professionals from a range of sectors (transportation, health, environment, labor, education, housing) with community members to ensure community needs are met and that prevention strategies are culturally, linguistically, and age appropriate. 

Link to recording: https://hrsa.connectsolutions.com/p4esz8r1jn0/?launcher=false&fcsContent=true&pbMode=normal

CEU expiration date:  April 21, 2017.  Web on Demand course number:  WD2261J

Cherri J. Pruitt, Region VIII Maternal and Child Health Consultant

HRSA Maternal and Child Health Bureau
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1961 Stout Street
Room 8-148
Denver, CO  80202
303-844-7872 (phone)
303-844-0002 (fax)

AHRQ’s Primary Care Practice Facilitation Forum

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 pcmh.ahrq.gov.

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 Focus – Previewing New Modules

Using Root Cause Analysis to Help Practices Understand and Improve Their Performance

Helping a practice obtain data on its performance is an important part of improvement work, but collecting data is not enough to improve. In order to make meaningful change, practices must understand the underlying factors producing the performance, in other words, the root causes of the performance issue or problem. Practice facilitators can help practices take a step back from their data and use a systematic approach to exploring the root causes of their performance before deciding on any approaches to improvement. This is called root cause analysis.  It is the key to helping practices accurately diagnose the issues affecting their performance.

This topic is the focus of a new module in our upcoming, expanded version of The Practice Facilitation Handbook: Training Modules for New Facilitators and Their Trainers. The next edition of our newsletter will explore how root cause analysis can improve interventions, providing tools for practice facilitators to use when training practices and improving a practice’s quality improvement processes. This new module was highlighted during our December webinar, which you can still listen to through this link: Supporting Patient Safety. You will have full access to all the resources available during the live event.

Additionally, all of our other webinars in the series are available, including highlights of the PF Case Studies, Use of Health IT, Patient Engagement, and Introducing the PF Curriculum, as well as our first white paper webinar highlighting Using Health IT for QI. Click the appropriate link and register for the event you wish to hear. 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 and a slide deck.

Related Resource and Upcoming Event

Beyond Quality Improvement: Using Practice Facilitation to Create Change

Our co-author of the The Practice Facilitation Handbook: Training Modules for New Facilitators and Their Trainers, as well as our upcoming expanded version, Dr. Lyndee Knox, recently presented her thoughts on maintaining a “practice-centered” approach to practice facilitation. In a guest blog post at the National Center for Academic Detailing (NaRCAD), Dr. Knox highlights how good practice facilitators quickly identify areas of the most need and start their work there, utilizing her wealth of experience as well as captivating perspectives from the field.

Her thoughts dovetail nicely with an ongoing virtual expert panel hosted at the Global Health Delivery Project at Harvard University. The four-day (June 8 through June 12) event, titled “Expert Panel: Knowledge Dissemination & Outreach Education: Implementation Strategies,” is focused on the time delay between the publication of new clinical evidence and integration of these findings into clinical practice. The event is free to the public and will last one more day, so please jump in and engage in the fascinating conversation.

Archived Newsletters

Past PF Newsletters Accessible on PCMH Resource Center

Interested in past issues of the PF Newsletter? More than 50 newsletters are available on the PCMH Resource Center, chock full of great resources and perspectives from the field to satisfy your practice facilitation interests. Newsletters date back to February 2012 and are all available in PDF format for your convenience.

The Resource Center also includes many informative case studies and white papers to further advance your knowledge of practice facilitation. We encourage you to take a look!

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