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NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit October 12, 2015

From the CEO's Office

I will be in Washington, D.C. this week along with AHEC colleagues Linda Cragin (MassAHEC) and Petra Clark-Dufner (CT AHEC) to participate in a meeting coordinated by the American Association of Medical Colleges to discuss Title VII Programs. The AAMC is inviting health professions stakeholder organizations to a discussion regarding the authorization and the implementation of programs under Title VII of the Public Health Service Act. I look forward to a robust discussion with my AHEC colleagues and NAO's partner organizations. I will report back here the outcomes of the meeting and any action steps that may be required.

HRSA Strategic Plan 2016-2018

I'm sure some of you have seen this already, though if you haven't I'd recommend you take a look at the 2016-2018 HRSA strategic plan. I'm interested in hearing your thoughts!

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, October 20th from 12:30--1:30pm EST. I'm looking forward to a robust discussion!? Dial in at: 1-605-475-3220: Passcode: 245171#

Committee members wanted!

Want to get involved in NAO by serving on an ad hoc (time-limited) committee?  The NAO Awards Committee is seeking committee members.  This is a great opportunity to learn about what AHECs are doing around the country.  The primary responsibility of the Awards Committee is to select recipients for the variety of awards that are presented at the biennial NAO Conference.

The committee will meet monthly between November, 2015 and June, 2016. The committee will meet monthly on the second Friday of the month starting November 13, 2015, from Noon-1 p.m. EST. There will be a couple of meetings in addition to the monthly meetings to complete the committee’s work.

If you are interested, please indicate your interest via email to Marty Schaller at

NAO Special Interest Groups

As you saw in the last two weeks' Monday Update, 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 I've heard from a growing group of six or seven AHECers, though I thought I'd share this idea with you once again in the hopes that ​​we can collectively build a national thought movement.

Ideas that have been shared include: ​

  • 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

Again, these "Special Interest Groups" will be a way to connect informally among colleagues, share best practice and support one another in an organic, self-organizing and self-sustaining manner.

Starting next week, I will create a spreadsheet of the interest areas that I've heard--so if you have other ideas email them to me by CoB 10/16/15--and share that and a link to a Google doc via the Monday Update. Interested individuals can sign up for; however; many SIGs they like, and once we have a cohort of AHECers for any/all of the SIGs, I'll provide free conference call numbers for each of the SIGs and update that on the Google Doc for those wishing to: 1) take the lead and; 2)   participate on calls. ​Please remember to email me your thoughts:  I hope all this makes sense!

Year 2 webinar tomorrow and next week

Can you believe we already have one year of the HPV project done? We are gearing up for Year 2 and want you to be a part of this important national project. Learn more about what we have planned for Year 2 at our kick-off webinars. We have two webinars planned with the same content at each. Choose the best time for you!

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2 p.m. ET Register Now


Thursday, Oct. 22, 12 p.m. ET Register Now

Revamped Vaccine Safety Website

CDC has overhauled its vaccine safety website to ensure a better user experience, no matter what device you’re using. Parents and consumers who have questions can get answers to those questions, learn about the safety profile of specific vaccines, and read up on systems that ensure vaccine safety. The website is also a great tool for healthcare professionals to get information on how to report adverse events after vaccination, learn how talk to patients about vaccine safety, and find additional vaccine safety resources. Check out the revised and redesigned website and learn more about vaccine safety at

Psychological Health Webinar: Using Meta-analysis to Determine the Most Effective Treatments for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Oct. 22, 2015; 1-2:30 p.m. (ET)

This webinar will review the current guidelines for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at all points in the treatment continuum. It will highlight the significant areas where current major guidelines (VA/DoD, WHO, NICE, APA and ISTSS) are not in agreement including medications versus therapy, individual medications and behavioral therapies. The presenter will discuss variances in the evaluation of data that resulted in these differences and will review an evaluation of current studies in the form of four meta-analyses looking at more than17,000 citations for best evidence-based treatment.

Webinar participants will be able to:

  • Restate the current guidelines for the treatment of PTSD
  • Differentiate between the current evidence for medication versus behavioral therapy as evidence-based treatment
  • Identify medications with the best evidence supporting their use for PTSD
  • Compare behavioral therapies with the best evidence supporting their use for PTSD


Captain Daniel J. Lee, M.D., U.S. Army, MC
Chief, Multi-Disciplinary Behavioral Health Clinic
Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital
Fort Polk, Louisiana


Vladimir Nacev, Ph.D., ABPP
Senior Program Manager
Deployment Health Clinical Center
Silver Spring, Maryland

Continuing Education

Continuing education credit is available from Professional Education Services Group (PESG). You must register by 3 p.m. (ET) Oct. 22, 2015, to qualify for the receipt of continuing education credit.

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 their families.


Learn how to sign up for the webinar at Please note, registration is required for each webinar regardless if the participant has an existing PESG account.

Upon completion of registration, a confirmation email will be sent providing webinar event details.

Once registered, you may use Adobe Connect or Defense Collaboration Services to attend the webinar.

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

AHEC of Southwest Oregon

As some of you may know, we have an AHEC in Roseburg, Oregon, which is sadly the community that experienced a tragic shooting on October 1st at Umpqua Community College. Chris Guastaferro, Executive Director of the AHEC of Southwest Oregon, wrote a blog post on his AHEC's website last Thursday that I found to be astounding and incredibly moving. With Chris's permission, I share this link to his blog post, and I invite you to read it carefully and reflect, and if so moved, please feel free to connect with Chris directly.

AHEC On the Hill: A Capitol Idea

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.

Alaska’s Rural Immersion Institute of the North (RIIN)

The Alaska AHEC program requests your assistance in sharing a brand new and exciting interdisciplinary opportunity with your students. The Rural Immersion Institute of the North (RIIN) program is designed to expose pre-professional health majors to a rural and/or underserved healthcare experience. The program has been in development over the course of the past 3 years and will launch in June, 2016.

Students will have a one-of-a-kind experience traveling to some of the most remote communities in the United States in order to walk in the shoes of healthcare providers in the Last Frontier. Many students sign up for international experiences where they take part in high risk clinical scenarios in an attempt to enhance their resumes and skillsets. The RIIN program provides these same students with access to a safe yet culturally diverse healthcare landscape without leaving the country. RIIN provides students with early exposure to rural practice, providing the perfect backdrop of rural healthcare to entice future practice in the neediest communities in our country.

Please feel free to share the downloadable brochure with your students and colleagues. Eligible RIIN applicants include undergraduate juniors and seniors, gap year students and professionals returning to graduate school including by not limited to the following areas of study:

  • Medicine
  • Psychiatry
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy
  • Chiropractic
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Physician Assistant
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Speech Language Pathology
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Public Health
  • Healthcare Administration

Please feel free to contact Alaska AHEC Program Director, Gloria Burnett for more information.

Job Opportunity: Executive Director North Central Wisconsin Area Health Education Center, Inc. (NCAHEC)

North Central Wisconsin Area Health Education Center, Inc. (NCAHEC) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization serving an 11 county region in north central Wisconsin. The center is one of seven within the Wisconsin AHEC System. Through statewide initiatives, partnerships, and collaborations, the centers serve their respective regions and the state, promoting cooperative solutions to local health problems. AHEC programs focus on education:

  • Enrichment programs for high school students interested in health careers,

  • Community-based training opportunities for health professions students,

  • Professional development programs for providers, and

  • Health promotion programming for consumers.

North Central Wisconsin Area Health Education Center (NCAHEC) serves a region that includes both rural and urban underserved areas and populations, but is also home to major medical facilities including the Aspirus Health System in Wausau and the Marshfield Clinic System in Marshfield. In addition, the Medical college of Wisconsin has a three year medical school in Wausau. The North Central AHEC region served by two Community Health Centers (Family Health Centers of Marshfield and Bridge CHC in Wausau) with eleven service delivery sites. The many small communities in the region are also served by eight rural health clinics and eight Critical Access Hospitals.

There is one school of nursing (UW-Eau Claire) located in the region, although several schools outside the region seek clinical placements for their students at hospitals in the area. The region is also served by three technical colleges providing educational programs leading to RN, CNA and EMT certification, as well as a variety of health technician occupations. UWSMPH uses the Marshfield Clinic, and major regional hospitals at Marshfield, Wausau and Eau Claire for medical student rotations in inpatient care, as well as numerous community sites for the required primary care clerkship and fourth year preceptorship. The region is also served by two federally-qualified community health centers, each with several care delivery sites.

Throughout the region, health care providers serve an increasingly culturally diverse population, including Hispanic, Hmong, and Amish. North Central AHEC has strong relationships with regional healthcare and educational organizations Through these partnerships, North Central AHEC supports collaborative projects between communities and academic institutions that provide clinical placements and opportunities for health professions students at all levels.


The primary office is based in Wausau, Wisconsin but significant travel is required within the 13-county region, and to out-of-state locations for regional and national conferences, as appropriate. The Board is open to proposals for relocation of the office to another location within the NCAHEC region (Chippewa, Clark, Dunn, Eau Claire, Marathon, Pepin, Pierce, Portage, Taylor, Waupaca, and Wood).


The Executive Director serves as Chief Operating Officer and reports to a Board of Directors. The Executive Director is responsible for developing, organizing, directing, and evaluating all administrative, fiscal, personnel, operational and programmatic functions of the Center. The Executive Director serves as the Center’s liaison with community representatives including funding sources, health care providers and educators, project partners, governmental officials and the Wisconsin AHEC System.

Essential Job Functions:

  1. Assist the NCAHEC Board of Directors in development, implementation and evaluation of a fund development plan based on the Center’s vision, mission and objectives.

  2. Secure and maintain funding for the Center.

  3. Provide leadership in planning and recommending NCAHEC services and programs based on the Center’s mission and within funding guidelines.

  4. Ensure and report on measurable outcomes for each program.

  5. Establish and maintain visibility and relationships within the counties served.

  6. Develop and implement a regional marketing plan.

  7. Represent the Center at meetings on local, state and national levels.

  8. Provide primary personnel and human resources management.

  9. Communicate accomplishments and projects of the Center to government officials, key stakeholders and the community at large. Serve as the chief spokesperson for the Center.

  10. Maintain effective communication and relations with the Board of Directors.

  11. Assist the Board of Directors in developing and implementing effective goals and strategies to advance the Center’s mission.

  12. Provide the organization with responsible fiscal oversight. Prepare an annual budget, monitor the budget and provide a financial report for each Board meeting.

  13. Maintain a positive cash flow. Assist the Board in financial analysis and make recommendations on appropriate allocation of funds.

  14. Prepare and maintain written agreements with cooperating agencies and institutions, as required by NCAHEC’s funding sources; prepare financial and programmatic reports as required by the Board of Directors and the Wisconsin AHEC Program System Office at UW-Madison.

  15. Perform other duties as appropriate and as directed by the NCAHEC Board of Directors.

Other Job Duties:

Participate in appropriate community initiatives, events and programs

Physical Demands:

Requires significant travel.

Performance Requirements (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities):

  1. Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills. Interpersonal skills include representing institutions and policies to a broad range of constituencies and demonstrated organizational skills.

  2. Experience with grant proposal writing and the development, delivery, and evaluation of educational programs for school-age, adult and non-traditional learners, including both program and budgetary content.

  3. Experience with state and federal government policies and procedures that affect the AHEC mission and programs.

  4. Experience with the workings of private, nonprofit corporations and with general policies governing the use of funds from state, federal, and other funding sources.

  5. Demonstrated ability to manage grant supported programs and develop new plans and proposals for funding.

  6. Must be able to work in accordance with the goals, objectives, and guidelines set forth by the NCAHEC Board of Directors in keeping with the requirements of NCAHEC’s funding sources.

Working Relationships:

The position reports to the North Central Wisconsin AHEC Board of Directors. The Executive Director will work closely with the NCAHEC Board of Directors, Wisconsin AHEC Board of Directors, and Wisconsin AHEC System Program Office at the UW-Madison, and task forces and committees addressing issues that are part of the AHEC mission; with community clinical sites, local hospitals, the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and other NCAHEC area health professions education institutions, and with community-based organizations and their representatives.

Minimum Required Qualifications;


A degree in a healthcare profession or in Public Health, Health Education, Health Sciences, Public Policy or Healthcare Administration, Community Development, Business or related discipline (Bachelors degree required, Masters or other advanced degree is preferred).

Work Experience:

  1. Three to five years of administrative or professional experience.

  2. Experience in building relations with government officials and agencies, external funders, educational institutions, and health care delivery providers.

  3. Experience with the development, delivery, and evaluation of educational programs for school age, adult and non-traditional learners.

  4. Experience in finance and business management principles. Knowledge of technology and information services is necessary.


  1. Work experience with health care professionals

  2. Knowledge of health careers

  3. Work with K-12 and advanced practice students

  4. Familiarity with Wisconsin AHEC

  5. Experience in community development.

  6. Experience in management of a community non-profit organization.


None required


Starting salary of $57,000-$62,000, depending upon qualifications and experience. Later adjustments will be dependent upon performance and success in expanding Center resources and programs through new grants, contracts and regional partnerships.


Insurance: Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Life Insurance
Leave and Holidays: Sick Leave, Vacation, Paid Holidays
Retirement & Financial: 401K Plan

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit a resume with cover letter explaining why you are interested and how you are qualified to:

Suzanne Matthew, PhD., Executive Director
401 Fifth Street
Suite 440
Wausau, WI 54001

Resume and cover letter may be emailed. The format must be PDF or MS WORD.

Email address:
Materials may also be faxed to: 715-849-2434.

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National AHEC Organization
7044 S. 13th St.
Oak Creek, WI 53154