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NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit September 14, 2015

From the CEO's Office

I hope you all had a relaxing Labor Day holiday last week and are now into the swing of things as fall slowly settles in. I know we will all hit the ground running as we transition from one program year to the next, and next year certainly looks like there won't be any let up in the pace of our activities and new organizational opportunities. And, of course, there is the 2016 NAO Washington, D.C. conference. Please keep an eye out for more information as it released, especially regarding the call for presentations. 

I'll be in Washington, D.C. later this week with a new coalition as a member of the leadership council of the SelfMade Health Network (SMHN), which is a network operated by Patient Advocate Foundation. SMHN is the most recent addition to Consortium of National Networks established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to reduce cancer and tobacco-related disparities. Certainly this invitation came as a result of our CDC-funded HPV project. Stay tuned for more details on this new consortium and how AHECs can become "involved."

Transitions, Transitions!

It's approaching that time of year again, when, among other things, leadership of NAO changes and a new  board president comes on and the existing board president transitions into the position of 'immediate past-president", effective October 1st. It's always a bittersweet time for me, as I'm a little sad that the current president's term is expiring given how closely we've worked together over the last 12 months or so, though quite excited to begin a new chapter with the incoming NAO board president.

As Marty Schaller, Executive Director of the Northeastern WI Area Health Education Center and current NAO board president, concludes his board presidency and transitions to his role as immediate past-president, please join me in thanking Marty for his service and his considerable contributions to NAO and our AHEC network. Marty has been instrumental in leading the recent NAO strategic planning process which will be, essentially, the guidepost and strategic direction for NAO for the next 2-4 years, and which will be shared in its entirety very soon.

Please also join me in welcoming Jacqueline Wynn, Associate Director of the North Carolina AHEC Program and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Public Health Leadership at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as NAO's next board president. I look forward to working closely with Jacqueline as she settles into her new role and throughout the year. Certainly, as NAO president-elect, Jacqueline has been a very engaged and active participant in all matters NAO.

And we say a hearty "thank you" to our immediate past-president, Dr. John Blossom, Program Director of the CA AHEC Program, as he rotates off the board after many years of service to NAO; thanks John!

Rounding out the other members of the NAO leadership (Executive Committee) team are:

  • President-elect: Mary Craig; Center Director, Erie Niagara AHEC (NY)

  • Treasurer: Mindy Bateman; Center Director,Crossroads AHEC (UT)

  • Secretary: Amy Dunkak; Interim Deputy Director, Oregon AHEC

And last, though certainly not least, we welcome two new board members this October:

  • Petra Clark-Dufner: Associate Director, CT AHEC Network; Director, Urban Service Track
    Center for Public Health & Health Policy at the University of Connecticut Health Center

  • Estela Perry: Program Manager (Center Director) Orange County (CA) Area Health Education Center

Welcome Petra and Estela; we look forward to working with you!

Tuesdays with Trachtenberg:

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

The next "Tuesdays with Trachtenberg" call will be tomorrow, September 15th from 12:30--1:30pm EST. I'm looking forward to a robust discussion!? Dial in at: 1-605-475-3220: Passcode: 245171#

Webinar registration expanded!

We were overwhelmed with the response to our upcoming training tomorrow, “Countering HPV Vaccination Opposition” at 2 p.m. ET, presented by GW Cancer Institute.   We have opened registration for up to 500 people. If you haven’t registered already, register now and invite others to attend. Once we reach 500 registrations, the webinar room will be full and you won’t be allowed to register. This webinar will also be archived and available on demand. Look for more information on that next week! If you have any questions, email

HPV Project Information

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.

Psychological Health Webinar

Therapeutic Risk Management of the Suicidal Patient

Sept. 24, 2015; 1-2:30 p.m. (ET)

The presentation will provide an overview of the Therapeutic Risk Management model, a medicolegally and clinically sound method of conducting suicide risk assessment and management. The session will present suicide risk assessment methods consistent with the VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Assessment and Management of Suicide Risk as well as rationale and tips for augmenting the clinical interview with objective assessment measures. The presenter will highlight the importance of stratifying suicide risk with respect to both severity and temporality and share recommendations for documentation. Finally, the presentation will provide an overview of safety planning as an evidence-informed risk management intervention.

Webinar participants will be able to:

  • Identify at least two objectives measures that can be used to augment suicide risk assessment

  • Describe risk stratification with respect to severity and temporality

  • Complete a safety plan with a patient


Bridget Bulman Matarazzo, Psy.D.
Clinical/Research Psychologist
Co-director of the Rocky Mountain MIRECC Clinical Consultation Service
Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center
Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center
Denver, Colorado


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) Sept. 24, 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.


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.

Job Opportunity - Oregon AHEC Director

Work Unit Description:
The mission of Oregon Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is to improve the health of individuals in rural and underserved areas through education and workforce development. Program activities are funded by HRSA grant U77HP03052 entitled “Model State Supported Area Health Education Centers” and general fund appropriations from the State of Oregon. The program activities are coordinated and delivered throughout Oregon in collaboration with four Regional Centers, Cascades East AHEC (CEAHEC), Northeast Oregon AHEC (NEOAHEC), Oregon Pacific AHEC (OPAHEC) and AHEC of Southwest Oregon (AHECSW). A fifth center, Oregon Healthcare Workforce Institute (OHWI) provides data collection services and consultation, program evaluation, and workforce analysis to support Oregon AHEC activities and assess the impacts of its programs. 

In executing its mission, Oregon AHEC: i) conducts programs to expose and recruit K-12 school students from rural or underserved areas into health careers; ii) prepare students to effectively provide health services to underserved areas and health disparity populations by supporting field placements, rural and community health clerkships and rural residency programs; iii) conduct and participate in interdisciplinary education for future health professionals focused on rural and underserved communities; iv) facilitate continuing education and information dissemination programs for health care professionals, with an emphasis on individuals providing care in underserved areas and for health disparity populations; v) support the development of diverse health care professionals committed to the delivery of high-quality care in rural or underserved areas; and vi) implement effective program and outcomes measurement and evaluation strategies to respond to changing health care needs. 

The Director, Oregon Area Health Education Center (AHEC), will be responsible for overall leadership, direction, organization and fiscal oversight of the AHEC program at OHSU working collaboratively with the Executive Directors, Governing Boards of the Regional Centers, and the AHEC Statewide Advisory Board. The Director also collaborates with the National AHEC Organization (NAO) and serves as the Oregon AHEC Program Office representative to the NAO. The Director must have a doctoral degree and successful experience writing and managing grants, preferably including those offered by HRSA. The Director must have a strong passion for, and experience in, the conception and implementation of educational and workforce development programs to address the health of individuals and communities in rural and underserved areas.

Work Schedule, Hours, FTE, Salary Range:
.50 - 1.0 FTE; Salary commensurate with experienceFunctions/Duties of Position

The duties of this position include:
The Director will be responsible for overall leadership, direction, organization and fiscal oversight of the AHEC program at OHSU. This includes, but is not limited to: i) leading ongoing planning and development of the statewide AHEC program and maintaining regular contact and coordination between the Federal AHEC program and the Oregon Statewide Programs; ii) acting as the Principal Investigator on OHSU’s HRSA grant U77HP03052 entitled “Model State Supported Area Health Education Centers” iii) assisting regional AHECs in health workforce needs assessment and the planning of education programs to respond to identified needs; iv) maintaining communications with constituent groups with the statewide AHEC network and with other relevant parties throughout the state; and v) encourage the development of collaborative relationships between AHEC and other OHSU programs. The Director will serve as an expert on, and a spokesperson for, addressing the healthcare needs of rural and underserved communities. The Director will be expected to explore additional funding mechanisms to sustain the current AHEC activities and to support new innovative programs as needed.

Job Requirements:
The successful candidate will be both an experienced academic leader with a strategic vision for addressing the healthcare needs of rural and underserved communities, and someone who possesses the skills to translate that vision into action. Moreover, through their experience, the candidate will have a clear and articulate understanding of the contemporary needs and approaches to addressing the healthcare needs of rural and underserved communities. In addition to an earned doctorate or equivalent, the candidate must possess a high level of financial and managerial acumen, and the proven ability to work collaboratively and effectively with other senior leaders, faculty, staff, students and alumni of OHSU. The candidate will also have experience working with state legislative bodies, academic partner institutions and other external constituents. The candidate will possess a clear understanding of the importance of diversity for an academic health center and the ability and skill to help lead the institution towards achieving its strategic goals for diversity.

Additional Details:
OHSU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or protected veteran status. Applicants with disabilities can request reasonable accommodation by contacting the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148.How To Apply

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