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March 2, 2015

From the CEO's Office

It's hard to believe but February is finally over and I couldn't be happier​! It has been a horrible stretch of weather here in the northeast and I'm ready to say good-bye to the cold and snow (and the treadmill--it's been treacherous running outside!). I'm not entirely convinced we'll ever see the green grass again given the piles of snow everywhere but ​Spring is only 18 days away and ​34 days until baseball's Opening Day, so there is hope!​ 

Please be sure to read through this week's updates as there is quite a bit of information.​

Washington, DC Visits

I'll be on the Hill most of this week making visits with Congressional Members to push for AHEC funding to be restored in the FY2016 Federal budget. I've been in contact with our NAO Public Policy Co-chairs and they will both be helping to make calls to AHEC state advocacy leaders to encourage them to make calls to their Congressional Delegation in advance pf my ​meetings to set the stage and give a 'local flavor' to the meetings. I'll share the outcome of my meetings with you all here the week of March 9th. 

CORE Data Requests; A Success Story!

A huge congratulations to CORE members Kerrin Smith (MO), Jennifer Taylor (IN), Detra Brown (GA) and Mindy Bateman (UT) for their work in ensuring we have AHEC Program data for 2014 and 2013 from every state AHEC; that's a 100% response rate!. ​They each did an enormous amount of work in developing an effective and efficient system and were vigilant in making sure we have useful data that will demonstrate the national effectiveness of our program. Many, many thanks to the CORE team and to the state AHECs that provided their data to CORE. Current data is important on many levels and ​without the leadership of CORE we may have been subject to trying to 'tell our story" and make our case with outdated and ineffective data. Hats off to CORE!​

"Tuesdays with Trachtenberg"

The next "Tuesdays with..." call will be Tuesday March 10th 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! We have lots to discuss; join us!​

National Center on PTSD 

With Senator Patrick Leahy’s (Vermont) support, the National Center on PTSD has recently launched a new effort to reach community providers treating veterans with PTSD.  The National Center’s expert consultants can now offer their services to community providers across the country free of charge. Please take a look at the attachment that describes the services.​

Join us in planning the 2016 NAO Conference which is going to be held in Washington, D.C.

Along with traditional educational sessions, workshops, and networking events, holding the conference in our nation’s capitol so close to a major election gives all of our members (including our staff, local board memebers, students and community partners) a chance to inform and educate policy makers and staffers about the important role AHEC has in developing the nation’s primary care workforce.

The Conference Planning Committee holds monthly calls the fourth Tuesday from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Eastern. Our next call is Tuesday, March 24th at 605-475-3220 (Participant Passcode: 514905#).  There’s much to do - choosing a theme, developing the agenda, structuring breakout sessions and workshops, inviting speakers, recruiting sponsors and exhibitors… the list goes on!

To get involved, join us on the call or drop a line to Anne Maynard Wenders at or Mary Craig at Together, we’ll make the 2016 NAO Conference a rewarding and memorable event for all.

Addressing Health Disparities through the National Prevention Strategy and Partnerships:  The Role of Individuals and Families. 

I recently participated in this webinar, which was the 1st in a year-long series, sponsored by the Region VIII Federal Partners*.  You can find an archived footage of the live webcast at  
Also attached is a ‘save-the-date’ flyer for the rest of the 2015 series.

* To learn more about the Region VIII Federal Partners, please go to:

​Have a great week!​

State Award webinars this week!

The NAO National Training Center is implementing 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.

One AHEC entity in each state will be awarded funds to train health professionals for this project. Larger states (FL, TX, NY and CA) will be awarded two contracts. Find out more about the funding available, training requirements and how to apply at our HPV State Award Opportunity webinars. Content will be the same at each webinar so choose the best time for you!

Need to get up to speed on what this project is all about? Email for webinar links and project documents


 An occasional email update from the National SBIRT ATTC




Webinar Wednesdays are a near-monthly free webinar series for addiction and allied health and human service providers, as well as policymakers, advocates and researchers interested in Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) as an evidence-based approach to substance use.


2015 SBIRT Webinars



March 18, 2015 3:00 - 4:30 PM Eastern Time

SBIRT: A Brief Clinical Training for Adolescent Providers


March 25, 2015 11:30AM - 12:30PM Eastern Time

Brief Negotiated Interview: Measur­ing Fidelity Step by Step


April 1, 2015 2:00 - 3:30 PM Eastern Time

Anything Worth Doing is Worth Measuring: How to Evaluate SBIRT Programs


April 15, 2015 3:00 - 4:30 PM Eastern Time

All about SBIRT for Teens


April 29, 2015 3:00 - 4:30 PM Eastern Time

Understanding the Affordable Care Act and SBIRT


May 13, 2015 3:00 - 4:30 PM Eastern Time

SBI in Primary Care and Senior Care Facili­ties for Older Adults at Risk for Possible Substance Use Disorders and/or Depression


June 10, 2015 3:00 - 4:30 PM Eastern Time

A Military Culture Approach to SBIRT for Veterans & Active Duty Personnel


July 1, 2015 12:00 - 1:30 PM Eastern Time

What is the Evidence for Drug SBIRT in General Health Settings and What Does It Mean?


July 22, 2015 3:00 - 4:30 PM Eastern Time

Drugs are a Local Phenomenon for LGBTQ Populations: Implications for SBIRT


August 19, 2015 3:00 - 4:30 PM Eastern Time

Integrating SBI for Alcohol and Other Drugs in Behavioral Health Settings Serving College Students



Continuing Education Credits are available.

All webinars are approved for NAADAC credits.


Miss one? No problem. 

View it in our Webinar Library


February 25, 2015



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