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NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit November 9, 2015

From the CEO's Office

It's a briefer than usual Monday Update due to some unforeseen out of town travel this week and last, though please do take a look at the items below. ​

Tuesdays with Trachtenberg

A Tool for Connecting with Colleagues AND catching up on all things NAO

The next "Tuesdays with Trachtenberg" call will be Tuesday, November 17th from 12:30--1:30pm EST. I'm looking forward to another robust discussion! Dial in at: 1-605-475-3220: Passcode: 245171#

Please note that this call will be only 30 minutes long

NAO Special Interest Groups

Upcoming Webinars

As you've seen in the last few Monday Updates, I've proposed the idea regarding NAO organized and supported 'Special Interest Groups" to connect AHECs that have similar interests or are doing similar work in disparate parts of the county as a means of creating a robust virtual national-scale learning community. Thus far a number of you have started to populate the spreadsheet which I'm thrilled about! We will be updating the spreadsheet with conference call numbers this week that you can use, so please be sure to sign up for what you'd like to discuss and then it will be up to you to get the conversation going with your colleagues; have at it and enjoy!​

Ideas that have included though are not limited to: ​

  • Future trends in health care

  • Population health

  • Patient navigation

  • Health workforce and workforce development

  • Professional-personal life balance

  • Sharing resources for AHECs similar in size, infrastructure and ​regional demographics

  • Interprofessional education and practice

  • National data collection processes and a shared national database for AHEC data

Here's the link to the spreadsheet; anyone can edit and add areas of interest:

View Google Doc Spreadsheet

Northwestern CT AHEC is requesting proposals from AHECs interested in participating in the Youth Mental Health First Aid Corps.

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is an evidenced based training program that helps individuals and communities better understand mental health and respond appropriately to adolescents who may be experiencing a mental health issue.  President Obama and other national, state and local leaders are calling for the widespread implementation of YMHFA as a strategy to improve access to mental health care services for young people suffering from mental illness.

NWCTAHEC seeks AHECs to serve as host sites for full-time AmeriCorps members during the 2016-17 program year.  AmeriCorps members are trained as YMHFA Instructors and implement YMHFA trainings for a wide cross section of community members who work with young people.

This is a terrific opportunity for AHECs who want to begin or bolster their ability to implement YMHFA widely in the communities they serve.

Follow this link for the Request for Proposal to learn more about this opportunity. View the PDF

DCoE Summit Enduring Event - Online training with CEs available (UNCLASSIFIED)


Recorded sessions from 2015 DCoE Summit psychological health and traumatic brain injury tracks are NOW available on-demand 24/7.

Up to 36 hours of continuing education (CE) credits are available for health care providers (including physicians, nurses, psychologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, social workers, speech language professionals, rehabilitation counselors, and health care executives). CE credits vary by course.

Registration opened Oct. 13, 2015. Visit to register. Courses will be available on demand through April 2016. Select: 2015 Summit Home Study Sessions.

Contact the Summit Planning Team at for more information.

DCoE is making it possible for those who did not have an opportunity to attend the Global Summit to take attend the sessions on line 24/7.

DCoE would very much appreciate it if you might disseminate this information within your organization and to any of your colleagues

With very best regards,

DCoE Summit Team Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury
1335 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910

National Training Center

Applications for Year 2 funding due 11/20

Don’t forget to send in your applications to participate in Year 2 of the HPV project as they are due 11/20. Email for a copy of application materials.

2016 Conference Information

Save the Dates!

The National AHEC Organization’s Countdown to the Capitol webinar series is designed to prepare the entire NAO membership to join together as one strong voice on Capitol Hill during the 2016 NAO Conference; AHEC on the Hill: A Capitol Idea. The 2016 NAO Conference will be held June 27th- 30th, 2016 at the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel.

NAO is planning activities throughout the coming months to support the membership as you prepare to visit Washington, D.C. and tell your important story to your elected officials.

Please save the dates for the upcoming Countdown to the Capitol webinar series.

Friday, November 20, 2015    12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Eastern Time

Friday, January 15, 2016         12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Eastern Time

Friday, March 11, 2016          12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Eastern Time

Friday, May 13, 2016              12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Eastern Time

More information on each webinar will be shared in the near future.  The content for each topic in the series is designed to meet the membership needs and is based on results from NAO advocacy survey.  Each webinar will present a different Advocacy topic and will build upon the previous webinar.  This interactive robust webinar series will share proven strategies, provide tools, allow for dialog and time for questions.

The Countdown to the Capitol is brought to you by your NAO leadership, the NAO Conference Planning Committee and its Advocacy Subcommittee,  Health and Medicine Counsel of Washington, NAO Public Policy Committee and through the coordination and efforts of many, many others within NAO.

Stay tuned for more details and registration information and welcome aboard as we Countdown to the Capitol!

For more information, please contact your NAO Public Policy Co-Chairs:

Angela M. Boyer (Indiana AHEC Network)

Kristina Fjeld-Sparks (New Hampshire AHEC)

AHEC On the Hill: A Capitol Idea
A Call for Presentations

The planning for the June 26-30, 2016 NAO Washington, D.C. conference is ratcheting up to a fever pitch and ​a great deal of work is currently underway to ensure that the 2016 NAO conference will be ​as outstanding as expected. Please be sure to check out the NAO ​website which has all the conference information, including the Online Call for Presentations. Please see below for details and consider submitting a proposal abstract: ​

The conference theme for 2016 is AHEC on the Hill: A Capitol Idea!   The goals of the conference are:

     1. To provide practical skills and information to implement or improve AHEC-sponsored programs.

     2. To enhance the professional development of AHEC directors, staff and board members.

     3. To enable participants to develop new approaches that advance the AHEC mission.

Proposals are to be submitted online. Please read all of the directions carefully to ensure that all submission requirements are met.

Please click on the following link to access the online submission system:

Note: The due date for final submission is Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 11:59 p.m. CT.

2015 Webinar Series

Addressing Health Disparities through the National Prevention Strategy and Partnerships Presented by Region VIII Federal Partners

The Role of State, Local & Tribal Governments

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 2:00 – 3:30 pm, MT (4:00-5:30 ET)

2:00-2:05 Welcome and Adobe Connect Logistics Speaker: Cherri Pruitt, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Region VIII Maternal and Child Health Consultant

2:05-2:20 What IS the National Prevention Strategy, it’s Strategy to Eliminate Health Disparities and the Role of Social Determinants of Health Speaker: Lorenzo Olivas, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Secretary, Office of Minority Health, Region VIII

2:20-2:40 Walking in Our Moccasins - Imagine living in a community where the poverty rate is 40%, where alcoholism, substance abuse, heart disease, diabetes, cancer and teen suicide are taking lives so fast the median age of the community is only 26 years old, and the average life expectancy only 55. These are the conditions in which Native American people across the nation are living, making health disparities on reservations a national crisis. In this session, you will learn about 7 key strategies the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe used to create more than $7.5M in funding to address health disparities and other social, economic and environmental issues and how Ute Mountain Ute Tribe youth used the strengths-passions-needs approach to address teen suicide. Speaker: Beverly Santicola, Grants Coordinator for the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe

2:40-3:00 Helping Rural Communities Thrive! - USDA Rural Development helps to finance infrastructure, economic and community development projects throughout rural America. This presentation will highlight how Rural Development helps address health disparities in rural and tribal communities and showcase examples ranging from financing the construction of health clinics and hospitals through low interest rate loans to providing grants that help support telemedicine programs. Speaker: Tedd Buelow, Native American Coordinator for USDA Rural Development

3:00-3:20 Setting a Place at North Dakota’s Table - Healthy North Dakota is a unique initiative that works to improve the health of North Dakotans by building innovative statewide partnerships. Through collaboration, partnerships and coordination, Healthy North Dakota is working to ensure a place at the table and a voice for speaking to health disparities, and working upstream on socioeconomic factors. Speaker: Karen Ehrens, Healthy North Dakota Coordinator

3:20-3:30 Questions & Answers and Additional Resources


Please contact: RegionVIIIFedPartners@HHS.GOV with any questions, to be added to our direct webinar series distribution list, or to request a written transcript of this event. Continuing education credits from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for this activity are pending.

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National AHEC Organization
7044 S. 13th St.
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