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NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit October 26, 2015

From the CEO's Office

As you may recall, I was in Washington, D.C. two weeks ago along with NAO colleagues Linda Cragin (MassAHEC), Petra Clark-Dufner (CT AHEC) and Elyse Perweiler (NJ AHEC) to participate in a meeting coordinated by the American Association of Medical Colleges to discuss Title VII Programs. The AAMC invited health professions stakeholder organizations to a discussion regarding the authorization and the implementation of programs under Title VII of the Public Health Service Act. Below is a link to a memo prepared by our colleagues at HMCW--also present at the meeting--to update you on that meeting as are the PowerPoint slides that were used to guide our discussion. Please do take a look; I welcome your thoughts.

NAO Title VII Meeting [pdf]
Title VII Authorization-Imeplementation Meeting Notes [pdf]

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 3rd from 12:30--1:30pm EST. I'm looking forward to another robust discussion! On the last call we discussed the FY2016 Federal budgeting process, the NAO 2016 Washington DC conference and data and tracking tools that can be shared across AHECs. Dial in at: 1-605-475-3220: Passcode: 245171#

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

RFP from HPV Roundtable Pharmacy Task Group

The Pharmacy-Located Vaccination Task Group will implement a project entitled "Identify the factors to success and the challenges impeding the development and implementation of an HPV Immunization Neighborhood." The project seeks the development and implementation of collaboration, coordination and communication among community stakeholders that result in completion of the 3-dose HPV vaccination series.

We are asking members of all of the Roundtable Task Groups to help circulate the attached Request for Proposals to potential applicants.

Download the Task Group RFP [pdf]

NAO Teen Health Literacy Initiative

I'm pleased to announce that Rachel Chase has joined the NAO team as the National Coordinator the National Library of Medicine-Center for Public Service Communications-NAO Teen Health Literacy initiative. Rachel has Master's of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Florida and a Bachelor's of Science from Florida State University. Rachel previously was the Special Projects and Statewide Continuing Medical Education Director, the Learning and Development Program Officer and the Continuing Education Coordinator at the Suwannee River AHEC in Alachua, Florida over a period of nine years. Please join me in welcoming Rachel to NAO!

For those of you who submitted proposals for the NAO Teen Health Literacy initiative; thank you so very much! We received 18 proposals for 5 total awards, making this a highly competitive process. We should be making final decisions this week and will be connecting with all AHECs who submitted a proposal to inform everyone regarding the outcome. I'm very excited to get this project off the ground and I was quite pleased with the interest level!

Upcoming webinars

Webinar tomorrow!

State Entities and Regional Coordinators shouldn’t miss our webinar tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET. “HPV Immunization Project: Resources to Support CE Efforts” will explain the CE credit option available through NAO for the “You Are The Key” 60-minute presentation. It’s important for State Entities who plan on using this option to attend and learn more about the required process. Register now if you haven’t already!

Continue to promote

Encourage health professionals in your area to watch the archived webinar “Countering Vaccination Opposition.” State Entities will get credit for anyone who views this version! Health professionals can register and then log in to view the content. Email if you have any questions.

Interesting news

Researchers found in a study of girls in Texas that a multicomponent outreach program helped increase the rate of completion of the three-shot human papillomavirus, or HPV, vaccine. Read more

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.

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.

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