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March 9, 2015

From the CEO's Office

Washington DC Hill Visits

What a great few days on the Hill (and a bonus extra day in DC due to yet another winter storm; maybe it's me?)! Joining me on my visits to Congressional members last week was Shawn Houck from the Greensboro AHEC in North Carolina and currently a health policy student. It was a pleasure to have Shawn with me as we made the rounds, and with her insights as a nurse and an expert in marketing she certainly added much to our meetings over the two days. We did have three days scheduled, though with the storm we eliminated the last day of visits--which only had one or two meetings planned. Overall, the meetings were productive and we made a strong case to have the AHEC Program restored in the 2016 Budget. As we learn more about the 2016 budgeting process and timing will share it here.

A few specific takeaways to share:

* More than anything and perhaps MOST IMPORTANT: the calls made by AHECers in advance of my visits resulted in meetings that were the most successful and engaging and which also featured a nice local perspective. It is extremely important that in the future calls are made in advance of visits to all those that I'll be meeting with, even if the Congressional Member in one's particular state hasn't generally been supportive of our program.

* Missouri will be a key state going forward given Senator Blount's role as Chair of the Labor-HHS Subcommittee on Appropriations.

* One page data and program summary white papers from every AHEC demonstrating state and local impact would be most helpful. Understanding the community impact of our AHECs is extremely important to legislators. They want to know how their constituents are benefitting from our programs. I would like to be able to walk into any Congressional members office and talk not only about our national program but also share one or two key statewide initiatives that complement the information shared via the advance calls. I will work with CORE to see if we can create an efficient and simple process for this.

Tuesdays with Trachtenberg"

The next "Tuesdays with..." call will be tomorrow Tuesday March 10th from 12:30-1:00 EST: Please dial in at 1-605-475-3220: Passcode: 245171#. Please join us to see where the dialogue will go--and please note that this week's call will only be thirty minutes.

Have a great week!

HPV Project Roundup

  • Applications for HPV regional coordinators will be accepted through the end of business on Wednesday, March 11. We are looking forward to receiving those and getting folks hired as soon as possible.
  • Did you miss the HPV State Award Opportunity webinars last week? A link to the webinar recording will be made available along with an updated FAQ document. Look for an e-mail with links to those mid-week. And in the meantime if you have specific questions feel free to email
  • Gretchen Forsell, project director for the CDC-HPV initiative, attended the American Cancer Society’s HPV Roundtable. It was an incredible learning experience as the American Cancer Society is another grantee working on the CDC-HPV initiative. She also got to network and spread the AHEC message to national organizations across the country in attendance. Check out information from the meeting via Twitter using @HPVRoundtable and also #HPVRT15.

Telehealth and Technology Webinar:

The Well-Being of Military Children: Augmenting Clinical Care with Web- and Mobile-Based Tools

March 19, 2015; 1-2:30 p.m. (ET)

Research on the psychological health of military children indicates that frequent transitions such as  moving, family member separations and the cumulative effects of multiple deployments can cause psychological distress, which impacts the well-being of parents and children. Although military children are generally resilient, many are coping with increased levels of anxiety, stress, depressive symptoms, suicidal ideation and behavioral problems.

Age-appropriate psychoeducation web-based programs for children have been found to assist with teaching coping strategies and as a result of online community peer support improve their behavioral health. Discussion will include a review of the Military Kids Connect® website, a technology-based resource for military preschoolers to teens, which may serve to augment clinical care practices and to improve how health care providers interact with military children.

Webinar participants will learn to:

  • Describe the dynamics of separation on the military family system.
  • Examine the use of web-based and mobile apps as resources in clinical settings serving military children.
  • Integrate the use of the Military Kids Connect® website as a social media tool to  improve understanding of the influence of the military culture on military children.

Kelly A. Blasko, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist
Mobile Web Program Lead, Mobile Health Program
National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2)
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington

Gregory A. Leskin, Ph.D.
Director, Military and Veteran Families Initiative
National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCCTS)
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Los Angeles, California

Robert Ciulla, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist, Director of Mobile Health Program
National Center for Telehealth and Technology Defense Centers of Excellence for
Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington

Continuing Education:

Continuing education credit is available from Duke Medicine. You must register by 3 p.m. (ET) March 19, 2015, to qualify for the receipt of continuing education credit.

To qualify for receipt of continuing education credit for applicable webinars, eligible participants must create a profile in the Duke Medicine Learning Management System and register for the event on, or before, the event registration deadline. Complete responses to all pre-registration questions are required to be eligible to receive credit for attending this event. For guidance on creating a user account and event registration in the Duke Medicine Learning Management System site, please visit

DCoE's 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/or their families.

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If your network security settings do not allow access to the Duke Medicine website, use another network or device to access the registration page. Once registered, you may use Adobe Connect to attend the webinar.

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


New Asynchronous Multimedia Instructional Courses


The Geriatric Scholars Community is an initiative from the James J. Peters VA Medical Center’s Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC) in collaboration with the VA Office of Rural Health Geriatrics Scholars Program and the Consortium of New York Geriatric Education Centers. Geriatric Scholars Community is a learning community for primary care providers and staff. It facilitates interactive, interdisciplinary learning and fosters an environment that allows health care staff to join a community of practice. Flexible course materials include archived webinars, videos, clinical demonstrations, interactive forums, and comprehensive toolkits for download. We are excited to launch the first in our series of new asynchronous multimedia instructional courses.


The Chronic Disease Multimedia Instructional course will examine the current state of chronic disease and dying in the United States and VA. Chronic Disease is a long-term condition that can be managed but not cured. Chronic diseases – such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and arthritis – are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems in the U.S. Older adults have a high frequency of multiple chronic conditions, which require a more complex care plan. This course provides primary care professionals with an overview of chronic illnesses as well as tools for more effective assessment and management of older patients.

How to Register:

Log onto and create a free user profile. Once you have created your profile, click on the Chronic Disease course and select The Chronic Disease Multimedia Instructional course.


For any questions or concerns, please contact:

Daphne Dumorne


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.

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February 25, 2015

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How Are They Doing It? Best Practices in Sustaining On-Site Training of Behavioral Health Clinicians

Wednesday, March 11, 2:00-3:30 pm EDT/11:00 am - 12:30pm PDT

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As integrated care evolves as a foundation for health care design, quality and value, we must remain attentive to behavioral health workforce development needs. Join this webinar discussion on training and education from three perspectives – community provider, federal agency and area health education center (AHEC) – on everything from building community relationships for education and training to providing orientation programs for students and trainees and matching trainees with field sites. Learn how these programs develop protocols for how to effectively provide field placements, including accounting for mentor time, effectively dealing with the business costs of intern positions for health care provider organizations (field placements), and addressing the need to provide services while training interns.

Presenters: Meseret Bezuneh, M.S.Ed., Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration; Helene Silverblatt, MD, Director, New Mexico AHEC (University of New Mexico); and Parinda Khatri, PhD, Chief Clinical Officer, Cherokee Health Systems

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This webinar is intended to be useful for professionals working in primary care, behavioral health, training and education programs.

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