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NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit October 19, 2015

From the CEO's Office

It's been a whirlwind these past few weeks with the CDC HPV Project moving into Project Year 2, the National Library of Medicine opportunity taking off (more on that in the next couple of weeks), the NAO strategic plan moving to its implementation phase, new NAO board leadership getting settled in, planning for the Washington DC 2016 conference ramping up and a wide and varied exploration of other funding and partnership opportunities for NAO and the AHEC network. On top of all that the NAO Public Policy Leadership team is working on a "Countdown to the Capitol' series of webinars over the next number of months to prep the membership to get ready for our day on the Hill next June. To say it's a busy time is a huge understatement right now. Every day I say a little prayer of gratitude to all of our dedicated and hard working committee co-chairs and members that help move the NAO engine forward little by little every day. "Every time that wheel turns round we're bound to cover a little more ground."

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

The NAO 'Special Interest Groups' movement is gaining some traction, as I've heard from many of you expressing a desire to connect with colleagues regarding a wide range of issues pertinent to your local AHECs' work.

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

  • Mental health First Aid

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.

As I promised, below is a link to a Google spreadsheet of the interest areas that I've heard thus far. 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.

Link to Spreadsheet

(if all works well it should be available to all with editing privileges, making this truly a self-organizing, organic experience)

Please remember to email me your thoughts: I hope all this makes sense!

2014-2015 CORE NAO Data

Congratulations and thank you to all of you who shared your data with the NAO CORE for the 2014-2015 reporting periods. This is what WE "look" like on an annual basis Click Here to View PDF. Please feel free to share this widely with partners, consituetns, board members, key collaborators, etc. And a HUGE THANK YOU!!!! TO CORE co-chairs Jennifer Taylor, Detra Brown, (and Kerrin Smith who has since left AHEC) and the rest of the CORE Team; OUTSTANDING WORK!

Upcoming webinars

There are two upcoming webinar events that you don’t want to miss out on!

  • HPV Immunization Project Year 2 Kick-off, Thursday, Oct. 22, 12 p.m. ET
    Register Now

If you missed last week’s kick-off webinar, this one is a repeat in which the NAO NTC team will explain the project requirements for Year 2 as well as review evaluation components.

  • HPV Immunization Project: Resources to Support CE Efforts, Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 3 p.m. ET
    Register Now

This webinar will explain the CE credit option available through NAO for the You Are The Key 60-minute presentation. If you plan to utilize this CE option, it is important that you attend to learn more about the required process. CE planning materials located online will also be reviewed.

Welcome to the Team!

Hannah Kelly, a former AHECer from the Three Rivers AHEC in west central Georgia, has been hired to work part-time on this project. Her past 8 years of AHEC experience as a preceptor coordinator and manager of training and recruiting will serve her well in her role with NAO for this project. In July, she moved to Haymarket, Virginia, so that her husband could take a job opportunity in D.C. She’s already hit the ground running and we’re excited to have her on our team.

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.

Webinar - Beyond Awareness: How Provisions in the Affordable Care Act and Best Practices can Prevent Domestic Violence

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM, MST

  • How has the Affordable Care Act changed access to Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence screening and mental health services?

  • How do HIPAA laws impact someone who is dealing with Domestic Violence?

  • Is Domestic Violence an exception to enrollment rules under the Affordable Care Act?

  • What are some of the best screening and referral practices taking place throughout the country?

Join us for this webinar while we discuss these issues that take us go beyond awareness into practical application!

Speakers will include:

Elsa Ramirez, Regional Outreach Specialist, Office of the Regional Director, US Department of Health and Human Services, Region VIII

Sandy Naatz, Program Specialist Administration for Children and Families, US Department of Health and Human Services Region VIII

Ruth Glenn, Executive Director, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence


Click to Register

This webinar is hosted by the Region VIII Interagency Women and Children’s Health Task Force.

Please share this widely with your network.

For questions, please contact Susana Calderon at or 303-844-7859

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

An Opportunity to Promote The Outstanding Work of Your AHEC Deadline October 30, 2015! NAO Annual Report

The National AHEC Organization is compiling data, pictures, and stories for the 2014-2015 Annual Report, which will be published in December 2015. This annual publication highlights the wide range of programs that AHEC provides the current and future healthcare workforce. The audience for this report consists of federal, state and local legislators and a wide range of other AHEC stakeholders. The theme of this year's report is "AHEC: A Capitol Idea." Interested in having your AHEC's success story included in the 2014-2015 edition? Develop a 50-75 word abstract touting one of the services your AHEC provides AND falls between the dates of July 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015:

  1. Health Careers Promotion Grades 9-12+ Pipeline

  2. Health Professions Students/Residents Training; Community-Based Education

  3. Health Professionals Recruitment & Retention; Practice Entry and Support

  4. Continuing Education

  5. Health Literacy/Promotion

  6. Health Outreach and Community Development

  7. Healthcare Workforce Planning & Assessment

If your AHEC's abstract is accepted for further development, you will be asked to provide a full 300-word article and photo (or graph) within a two-week period. E-mail abstracts to Erin Gregg, Communications Co-Chair, at by Friday, October 30 2015.

Joining Forces Wellness Week 2015: Webinar Series open!

Dear Joining Forces Stakeholders,

Because you’ve either participated in the past or requested these sorts of notifications, it’s my pleasure to let you know that registration for the Joining Forces Wellness Week 2015 webinar series is now open. Put on with the Center for Deployment Psychology at USUHS and FLOTUS, the webinar series is the cornerstone event of this education campaign that raises awareness of the nuanced health and wellness needs of those who serve, veterans, and their families. We have wonderful topics and presenters in store for this year, including a session on guard members and reservists, military family resilience, the service culture of the military, generational differences, and incorporating the teaching of military cultural competency into curriculum. Additional details may be found by clicking the registration link.

JFWW occurs the week of Veterans Day, November 9-13, 2015. Feel free to share broadly, and thanks for all you do on this front.

Anita M. Navarro

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