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NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit September 8, 2015

From the CEO's Office

Words cannot nearly adequately convey the gratitude and deep appreciation I feel towards the Colorado AHEC Program Office, the regional Colorado AHEC directors and especially Kathleen McInnnis, executive director of the Southwestern Colorado AHEC for making me feel so very welcome in Durango last week. It was such a special experience and in some ways transformational, as I rarely get to see directly and up close how impactful AHECs are in some of the most rural and frontier areas of our country. ​I, of course, know how important our work is, and know that great work occurs in every corner of the country every single day, though seeing and learning of the impact of our work firsthand in ​a part of the country I've never visited made it particularly valuable.

Participating in the ​fifth  anniversary celebration for the SWCAHEC was especially meaningful as ​a great number of Durango community members attended the celebration and spoke glowingly ​to me ​​regarding the work the SWCAHEC ​does to improve health ​in ​the region. The local health care leaders, ​community ​preceptors, public health instructors, ​Ute Mountain Tribe Chairman Manuel Heart and ​Ute tribal members and​ the​ practicing providers I spoke with all mentioned the value and ​the great impact the SWCAHEC play​s​ in the tight-knit community of Durango and surrounding rural areas. ​It was an enormous pleasure and privilege to ​talk with--on a deep level--community members who understand and appreciate how the SWCAHEC and the statewide Colorado AHEC Program at the University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Center contribute to the health of communities throughout Colorado. Many, many thanks again to Kathleen, her great staff, and the Colorado AHEC directors and the Program Office staff for a tremendous experience.

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, September 15th from 12:30--1:30pm EST. Our most recent discussion focused on the the federal appropriations process and AHEC funding for FY2016, as well as what a number of AHECs are doing to keep their Congressional Delegations apprised of local AHEC activities. One tool that has been successfully utilized for over 10 years is the Missouri AHEC monthly one-pager. You can find it here. This one-pager is easily replicable and you may find it valuable in keeping your Congressional members up to date with your myriad statewide AHEC activities.We also discussed the agenda and format of the June 2016 NAO Washington, DC conference. ​I hope you are considering attending what I know will be another outstanding NAO conference next June.​

Please join us on Tuesday September 15th to see where the dialogue goes. Dial in at:1-605-475-3220: Passcode: 245171#​

Welcome new states!

We are excited to have several new states as part of our HPV project! Southwestern Connecticut AHEC will be doing the training in their state, while Southern Kentucky AHEC will be doing training in Kentucky and Tennessee. Interested in joining our project? We still need AHECs to provide training in these states: Rhode Island, Delaware, District of Columbia, New Jersey, New Mexico, Montana, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Email for more details.

HPV website updates

We’ve been busy getting materials posted for you online on the NAO HPV website! You will find the 30-, 60- and 90-minute “You Are the Key” presentations on the site for review, along with the evaluation form and reporting guidelines. Our site also gives you access to handouts and CE planning materials, as well as recordings of all of our webinars.

Start planning HPV events for Year 2!

Check out the Immunization Action Coalition’s Calendar of Events for upcoming immunization conferences! Perhaps there’s an opportunity to get involved and provide some HPV training. 

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 opportunity

We’re excited to present our first in a series of informational HPV webinars open to everyone – all AHECs (regardless if involved in the HPV project), health professionals, Health Professions students, and others! More than 80 people have registered so far for “Countering HPV Vaccination Opposition” scheduled for 9/15 and there’s room for more. Feel free to use this email template as an e-invite to those you think will benefit from this training. Or Register Now if you haven’t already!

Here’s the webinar information:

Countering HPV Vaccination Opposition

Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2 p.m. ET

This training will include an introduction to and brief history of the anti-vaccine movement, discuss and debunk common vaccine myths, and highlight contemporary sources of misinformation while providing strategies for validating good information and countering misinformation. 

Learning Objectives: 

After viewing this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Summarize the emergence and evolution of the anti-vaccine movement
  2. Identify modern sources of anti-vaccine propaganda and misinformation
  3. Confidently debunk vaccine myths and counter anti-vaccination arguments
  4. Evaluate the validity of source information about vaccination

Please note: This training will not provide CME/CE credit.

If you have any questions about this training, contact

Registration for the 2015 Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) Summit

Registration for the 2015 Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) Summit:  Continuum of Care and Care Transitions in the Military Health System is now open!

Please register through the event website by 11:59 p.m. (PT) on Sept. 11, 2015, to qualify for the receipt of CE credit.

Download the Flyer

South Carolina AHEC is seeking to gather information

South Carolina AHEC is seeking to gather information on AHEC-sponsored undergraduate pre-health programs, and your assistance is requested. AHECs are invited to share program information and general program outcome feedback with the South Carolina AHEC Health Careers Program Director, Angelica Christie, by forwarding an email to Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Job Opportunity - Southern Alalbama AHEC Executive Director Position

Position Announcement:

Executive Director
Southern Alabama Area Health Education Center
Brewton, Alabama

Position Description:

Under the direction of the Southern Alabama AHEC Board of Directors, and working with the Alabama Statewide AHEC Program Office, the Executive Director provides administrative and programmatic management and leadership for Southern Alabama AHEC. This includes regional development of services and programs that support health careers promotion, student and resident experiential education, community health awareness and professional continuing education within the AHEC 10-county service area.

Principal Responsibilities:

The Southern Alabama AHEC is seeking a qualified candidate to serve as the Executive Director for AHEC Center in Brewton, Alabama (Escambia County). Duties include but are not limited to developing, directing, and promoting immediate and long-term programs and projects, maintaining a professional staff, preparing and managing an annual budget, and carrying out the organization’s goals and objectives to ensure compliance with the contractual terms between the Alabama Statewide AHEC Program Office and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration, and others.

Minimum Experience and Qualifications:

The position requires a Master’s degree, preferably in a health-related, business or education field, with a minimum of 3-5 years of management or administrative experience. Demonstrated experience in human resources supervision, fiscal management, and developing community collaborations and partnerships is essential. Prefer experience with health-related organizations, not-for-profit management, grant writing, and fundraising.


Commensurate with experience; anticipate salary between $55,000 - $65,000, and benefits.

Interested candidates should electronically submit resumé with cover letter describing your skills and experience to:

Karen Morro
Office Associate, Alabama Statewide AHEC Program
UAB Department of Family and Community Medicine

Position will close on October 1, 2015.

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