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March 16, 2015

From the CEO's Office

It's hard to believe but the sun is shining, the snow is melting in earnest, and I swear I saw a few blades of grass peeking out ​from under the snow in some of the nearly bare spots. My family and I have a little informal contest as to when all the snow in our yard will be gone. Catherine is the most optimistic of us with her prediction of late March. Sam, Carsen Cate and I think that the yard will be completely free of snow by various dates in late April (and ALL the snow has to be gone-even the stubborn piles.); I'm not sure what the winner gets--maybe a golden shovel? This Friday is officially the beginning of Spring and I couldn't be happier!​ I wish you all--especially those of you in the northeast--a ​lovely, slow Spring warm-up (we don't need any flooding!). 

This month has gotten off to a quick start and we’re only a few weeks away from two big NAO events: the 3rd Annual NAO Policy Briefing in Washington, DC on April 15th and our first ever NAO Business Summit on May 12th in Orlando, FL. I’m extremely excited about each event and I hope and trust that we will have good attendance and participation for both occasions. If you haven’t yet registered for the Spring Business Meeting please make every effort to do so. The Spring Summit promises to be a dynamic and exciting event--you don't want to miss it! Information on how to register is on the NAO website.

"Tuesdays with Trachtenberg"

The next "Tuesdays with..." call will be Tuesday March 24th 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've had some great conversations lately!​

Join us in planning the 2016 NAO Conference: 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 members, 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.


HPV Project Applications

Thanks to everyone who submitted an application for the HPV Regional Coordinator position. We will be reviewing those and making an announcement in the coming weeks.

Applications are now being accepted for our state HPV training awards. Thanks to those who attended our HPV webinars last week to explain the application process. If you missed it or want to review the webinar, you can access the recorded webinar and review the FAQs. As you consider this opportunity, we understand that you may have additional questions. We've scheduled some open conference calls so that you may call in individually or with others from your state to get the answers you need. Feel free to call in at a time that works for you: 1-877-366-0711, 78923394#.

  • Tuesday, March 17, 3:30 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, March 18, 11 a.m. ET
  • Thursday, March 19, 2 p.m. ET


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


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