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NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit June 22, 2015

From the CEO's Office

Well, that's that. Another school year down for my kids and now summer has now officially started--at least around our house. I hope you all will have a ​chance to explore, play, relax and otherwise decompress in the coming weeks after a productive, invigorating year. I'm sure you all know things will get extremely busy in late summer as we prepare for a new program year.​ I'll be away for some long weekends this summer and maybe a week in August, but nothing overly ambitious this year.

Today's Monday Update is quite full and has a few resources that you may find helpful and will want to ​review. Please take a look.

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

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

The next "Tuesdays with Trachtenberg" call will be tomorrow, Tuesday June 23rd from 12:30--1:30pm EST. Please consider dialing in and joining the conversation. Discussion topics include updates from the June NAO board meeting​ and a status report on the NAO strategic visioning process. ​Please join us and see where the dialogue goes.​

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

New Health Workforce Newsletter

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has put out a new quarterly e-newsletter, 'Workforce Connections'. It provides a brief overview of the activities of ​the Bureau of Health Workforce (where the AHEC Program is located).

HPV Immunization Project

HPV State Profile Sheet

HPV state profile sheets ready for use!
Our partners at GW Cancer Institute have finished 51 HPV state profile sheets for state entities to use in their presentations. Not only are these profile sheets an attractive piece to hand to your participants or partners, they are also chock-full of important information including HPV vaccination rates and missed opportunities; prevalence of provider recommendations; new cases of cervical cancer per year; new cases of oropharyngeal cancer per year; as well as data references. Look for them to be added to the HPV CE resource page soon or ask your regional coordinator for your copy.

Keep in contact about upcoming HPV trainings
We're working on a system to create a master schedule of all HPV events. This will help us in communicating with CDC about all of the events happening and in which states and may also be used in marketing efforts in conjunction with national organizations. For this to be effective, state entities need to report all upcoming events to their Regional Coordinators.

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

National Center for Health Workforce Analysis

​I'd also recommend ​you take a look at this; the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis​. I'm sure some of you already do regularly, though I did want to ​bring it to your attention should you need data and/or information for planning or programmatic purposes.

Expanding Opportunities for Rural Communities to Get Quality Care

I thought this Robert Wood Johnson Foundation article regarding access to care in rural areas was excellent and worth a quick read.

NAO Website and AHEC Newsletters

Thanks to a great idea from Dr. Kelley Withy (Hawaii AHEC), we're looking into developing a space on the NAO website to be a central repository for AHEC newsletters as a virtual mechanism to regularly share ideas, best practices and programmatic initiatives among NAO members. We're looking into figuring out a quick and simple way to get newsletters up on the site. We'll keep you posted as this takes shape. In the meantime, please let me know your ideas regarding this.

Oral Health Resource: Learn How Primary Care Teams Can Improve Their Patients' Oral Health and Achieve the Promise of Whole-Person Care.

I am aware that many AHECs are involved in oral health initiatives. Please take a look at the white paper and the resources below. You may see some familiar names, both in the key contacts and ​​technical expert panel members (Dr.Mark Deutchman, Director of the CO AHEC Program).​

About the Publication

Oral disease is a serious problem for Americans of all ages. We need new strategies to combat it.

Primary care teams have the skills necessary to understand and intervene in the oral disease process; the relationships needed to engage patients and families in oral health self-care; and a structure for coordinating referrals to dentistry and supporting patients during transitions of care.

A new white paper, Oral Health: An Essential Component of Primary Care, makes the case for including preventive oral health care in routine medical care. The paper:

  • Reviews the costs and consequences of oral disease;
  • Presents the Oral Health Delivery Framework - five actions primary care teams can take to protect and promote oral health;
  • Provides a practical model for enhancing partnerships between primary care and dentistry;
  • Explores real and perceived barriers; and,
  • Recommends actions stakeholders can take to make the delivery of preventive oral health care viable and sustainable.

Read and download:

Watch and share a promotional video (2 min)

Psychological Health Webinar

Assessing and Reducing Violence in Military Veterans

June 25, 2015; 1-2:30 p.m. (ET)

Research shows that up to one-third of military service members and veterans report engaging in violence or aggression toward others, highlighting the need to improve violence risk assessment. Health care providers have a unique opportunity to identify, treat and refer patients who may be at high risk. The discussion will review the complex link between posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and violent behavior in the military population, particularly when combined with alcohol misuse. The session will also address important non-PTSD risk factors and protective factors associated with reduced risk of violence. The presenter will outline a systematic, structured process for assessing and reducing violence risk in clinical practice.

Webinar participants will learn to:

  • Conceptualize the process of violence risk assessment in service members and veterans
  • Review up-to-date scientific literature on post-deployment aggression
  • Integrate new data on aggression in service members and veterans from a national sample
  • Discuss how rehabilitation can help reduce aggression in veterans


Eric B. Elbogen, Ph.D., ABPP
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Board Certified Forensic Psychologist
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Veterans Integrated Service Network 6 Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center
Durham VA Medical Center, North Carolina


Vladimir Nacev, Ph.D., ABPP
Board Certified Clinical Psychologist
Senior Program Manager
Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury
Silver Spring, Maryland

Continuing Education

Continuing education credit is available from Professional Education Services Group (PESG). You must register by 3 p.m.(ET) June 25, 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.


Sign up for the webinar at

Upon completion of registration, a confirmation email will be sent providing webinar event details.

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

If you have questions or need assistance, please email the DCoE webinar team.


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