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May 4, 2015

From the CEO's Office (where just outside the cherry tree is finally blossoming!)

2015 Inaugural NAO Business Summit

It's hard to believe that the 2015 Inaugural NAO Business Summit in Orlando is just one week away! The idea for such a summit, hatched at the NAO 2014 Charlotte, NC conference,​ has clearly resonated with so many of you, as we have nearly 140 AHECers registered for the full session and close to 40 AHECers registered for the pre-conference grant writing session. Additionally, the number of AHECs wishing to share their educational materials, resources, curricula and projects at Thursday's 'Marketplace' seems to be growing by the day. If you are attending and haven't yet considered bringing some of your AHECs' ​materials to share, please do so as we'll have ample table space to highlight your wares.

The NAO leadership--Board members and Committee chairs--which will be meeting while the Grant Writing Workshop is running, will conduct a strategic visioning process to set the stage for what NAO will 'look' like in the near future. Building off of the visioning process, the board, committees and I will then work together to develop and implement the strategic plan to support the ​expected new vision. I'm excited about the potential for organizational growth and development, and, to that end, Marty Schaller, NAO Board Chair and I have been working with an external consultant and then with a small group of ​ board members to set the stage for our strategic visioning process. More later on the visioning process after it i​s concluded.

I'm looking forward to seeing so many of you in Orlando!​


While on the topic of conferences, please be sure to Save The Date for the 2016 NAO conference, which will be at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel in Washington, D.C. from June 26-June 30​, 2016. The conference planning committee--chaired by Anna (Maynard) Wenders and Mary Craig--has begun their work in shaping what I know will be another outstanding national conference. ​ Please be sure to mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information in the coming months!​


The next "Tuesdays with Trachtenberg" call will be tomorrow--Tuesday May 5th

from 1:15--1:45pm EST. Please note the time change for this week only. Dial in at 1-605-475-3220: Passcode: 245171#. ​Join us ​to see where the discussion will go!

United States Department of Housing and Urban Development 5th Annual Father's Day Event

Please take a look at the attached power point which describes HUD activities during the month of June. HUD reached out to me to share this information, which may be particularly useful ​for those of you who work with HUD-assisted housing on issues related to public health (we did in Rhode Island in the past through the RI AHEC Program). Please take a look--there may be ways to customize activities in your community if you wish during the month of June.​

Have a great week and see many of you in Orlando next week; as usual, come join me for a run each day at 5:30am! We'll explore the area together.


Traumatic Brain Injury Webinar
Clinician's Guide: Assisting Family Members Coping with Traumatic Brain Injury

May 14, 2015; 1-2:30 p.m. (ET)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2014) reports that in one year alone traumatic brain injuries (TBI) accounted for approximately 2.2 million emergency department visits, 280,000 hospitalizations, and 50,000 deaths. Those who survive a TBI may experience short- and long-term effects such as alterations in thinking, sensation, language, behavior and emotions. TBI affects the entire family. Family members are often at a loss to understand problematic behaviors and assist their loved one in daily routines and during times of stress.
This webinar will address family challenges and adjustment following TBI. Discussion will include coping and specific problem-solving strategies associated with optimal adjustment and how to teach these approaches to caregivers. Lastly, the presentation will highlight readily available resources for clinicians and family members.
At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe and recognize symptoms of ineffectual coping and distress among family members
  • Differentiate the elements of effective and ineffective problem-solving abilities
  • Evaluate ways in which family members can learn effective problem-solving abilities to promote their coping and adjustment


Timothy R. Elliott, Ph.D., ABPP
Professor, Department of Educational Psychology
College of Education and Human Development
Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas
Editor in Chief, Journal of Clinical Psychology


Brooke Heintz, MSW, Ph.D., LCSW
Education Network Coordinator
Office of Education Outreach
Contract support to Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center
Silver Spring, Maryland


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention. (2014). Report to Congress on Traumatic Brain Injury in the United States: Epidemiology and Rehabilitation.


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 Connect Online to attend the webinar.

Continuing Education

Continuing education credit will be available from Professional Education Services Group (PESG) at following the event and is in addition to general event registration.

Please note: 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/or their families.

A Potential Partnership Opportunity for AHECs

The recently released Clinical Prevention and Population Health Curriculum Framework (Framework) is a product of the interprofessional Healthy People Curriculum Task Force established in 2002 by the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR). The Framework provides a common core of knowledge for clinical health professionals about individual and population‐oriented prevention and Interprofessional health promotion efforts.

Members of the National AHEC Organization are encouraged to become familiar with the Framework and share information about it with health professions educators with whom they work.  Their colleagues might not be familiar with the Framework and might want to review their curricula and curricular requirements to ensure they include elements contained in the Framework.  AHECs can serve as excellent partners with health professions educators who seek to achieve many of the recommendations set forth in the Framework.

Regional Coordinators officially start!

Welcome to the 10 HPV Regional Coordinators who officially start today! And have their first webinar tomorrow! We're excited to have them on board and part of the team.

State entities selected

Letters have been sent to state entities selected to conduct HPV training in their respective states. There is still a need for other states to get on board with this project! We will be reaching out to the 14 states who have not applied for the available training awards: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Delaware, District of Columbia, New Jersey, Tennessee, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Montana, Wyoming, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Did you know HPV training is already underway! Southeast Louisiana AHEC provided training at a medical conference with 150 attendees last week. Way to go!

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