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May 26, 2015

From the CEO's Office

I hope you all had a relaxing and enjoyable Memorial Day Weekend! It's a busy few weeks ahead so I'm glad I had a chance to get away to Vermont for the weekend. I was on a 2-person relay team at the Vermont City Marathon and ran with a first year medical student as a fundraiser for the University of Vermont Cancer Center. As usual it was a great day!

This week the National Training Center HPV team will be putting the finishing touches on the Year 2 CDC continuation proposal as well as completing the no-cost extension by a May 29th deadline. The overall project is shaping up quite nicely with a wonderful team of Regional Coordinators on board and who are starting to connect with the state AHEC entities in their respective regions.There are already a few trainings scheduled. For updated information about the project please be sure to occasionally check the NAO website under the "Initiatives" > "NTC".

I'll be Washington, D.C. for most of next week for a variety of meetings and a presentation at the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved annual conference and workforce forum. At the ACU conference I'll be providing an overview of NAO and the AHEC Program and the role AHECs play in workforce recruitment and retention. I'll be meeting with the Acting Director of the National Indian Health Board and staff from the Division of Specialized Information Services at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda. Many thanks to Dr. David Garr for connecting me with one of his colleagues who helped to arrange the meetings as a way to promote and highlight the activities of NAO and the AHEC Program. I'll share results of the meetings here in next week's update.

"Tuesdays with Trachtenberg"

The next "Tuesdays with Trachtenberg" call will be Tuesday June 9th from 12:30--1:30pm EST.

On our call last week we discussed the NAO Orlando Business Summit and the need to keep the energy alive, as well as how we can consider supporting hosted AHECs and Program Offices from an entrepreneurial perspective. Dial in at:

1-605-475-3220: Passcode: 245171#

Join us to see where the discussion will go!

NAO Business Summit Resources On Line Now--Please take a look!

The presentations from the 2015 Business Summit and Marketplace are now live on the NAO web site and can be accessed by using the following instructions:

To access the speaker presentations, please go to Scroll your mouse over the word Events on the menu, then click on Conference Proceedings. Once there, you will have to log in using your NAO member user id and password to gain access to the presentations. Click on the link under the 2015 Business Summit header and this will take you to Google Drive where you will find the presentations. The agenda is also included for you to download so you can identify the session(s) you attended and who presented. Once you access the presentation, you will be able to download them as well.

Have a great week!

Share your HPV project involvement with HRSA

If your AHEC is involved in the National AHEC Organization HPV Immunization Project, feel free to share that with HRSA. You can use this information on your non-competing continuation report.

Start planning your HPV CE events!

We are currently working on a toolkit with everything you will need for your CE event! Here are some ideas to help you get started on planning your HPV presentations:

  • Contact your partner hospitals to get on the agenda for an upcoming Lunch and Learn event.
  • Check with a FQHC in your area and ask them about continuing education needs for staff.
  • Make contact with professional associations and societies, practice management groups and others. Share with them your plans for educating health professionals and ask about upcoming events.
  • Work with area college or university health profession programs to plan HPV education for their students.
  • Contact the Primary Care Association in your state to see if there are ways to partner to provide training to health professionals and staff.
  • Partner with your Rural Health Association to provide training.

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