NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit August 1, 2016

From the CEO's Office

While our NAO 2016 conference may be a month in the rear-view mirror, you can re-live some of the highlights thanks to Adam Rossmann's outstanding photography! Please click on the link below to get a look the conference in action. You all look fantastic; enjoy!

HRSA AHEC Re-Design & FY2017 FOA

I hope you've seen the E-blast regarding the webinar series to help AHECs prepare for the for the ​components of the HRSA AHEC FY2017 FOA.

Essentially, in preparation for the release of the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) from HHS/HRSA/Bureau of Health Workforce, anticipated in early January 2017, and in response to requests at the recent NAO Conference, a working group is developing a series of webinars that will address the three focus areas: distribution, diversity and practice transformation. The first webinar will be held on Monday, August 8, 2016 at 2pm EST. You can register here​. It will be a review of the conversations between Dr. Padilla and NAO leadership, NAO's response to that conversation, HRSA's response, and Dr. Padilla's presentation on Thursday, June 30th during the NAO Conference. This will be a review for those who attended the conference, but we know many directors would like to hear this information again, and many were unable to attend the conference. Thank you again to Sandra Pope (WV AHEC), chair of the Program Director's Constituency Group, Paula Overfelt (NW MO AHEC), chair of the Center Director's Constituency Group, and Gretchen Forsell for leading the work.

For reference, you can see the June 30, 2016 HRSA presentation slides here. You can also see the NAO redesign proposal of May 6, 2016 to HRSA here and a summary of our call on June 22, 2016 with HRSA to discuss their response here.

Good Reads!

National Training Center

Vaccine safety webinar for health professionals – Thursday!
We are pleased to offer our next educational webinar for health professionals on the topic of HPV vaccine safety. Please promote the following to your clinician networks:

HPV Vaccine Safety, 3 p.m. ET, Thursday, Aug. 4. Register Now
Presented by Julianne Gee, MPH, epidemiologist at the CDC
Continuing education provided for physicians, nurses and advance practice registered nurses. Click here for more information about credit.

The target audience not only includes physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, nurses or any healthcare staff but may also be suitable for last-year health professions students who will have influence on vaccination rates.

Year 2 Health Literacy Funding

Funding partners from the National Library of Medicine and Center for Public Service Communications announced last week their interest in continuing support of the NAO health information literacy project for a second year. This is great news for member AHECs who will once again have the opportunity to compete for funding and participate in the initiative. Project parameters and application instructions will be released as soon as possible, with an anticipated start date of October 1, 2016. We are looking forward to another exciting year of youth-based projects and hope to receive numerous applications for consideration. The year one funding round was able to support 28% of all applicant AHECs.

Health IT and Health Disparities

The jury is still out on whether expanded health information technologies help or hurt health disparities, according to a recent interview with Dr. Julia Adler-Milstein, PhD, assistant professor at the School of Information and the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. Dr. Adler-Milstein notes that the use of such technologies will require a certain degree of health literacy and patient engagement and activation in order to not widen the disparity divide.

NAO-American College of Rheumatology Lupus Initiative Update

The American College of Rheumatology's (ACR) Lupus Initiative (TLI) continues to successfully educate non-rheumatology healthcare professionals about lupus and health disparities. The ACR recently held a multi-session, small-group, cohort-style virtual education series for healthcare providers in Southwest Georgia and the Pacific Northwest, funded by the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Minority Health (OMH).

Especially instrumental in the development and execution of this provider education series and its accompanying community awareness campaign were the Southwest Georgia AHEC in Albany, GA and the Cascades East AHEC in Bend, OR. This series built on lupus fundamentals and included sessions on lab testing, medications, pregnancy and pediatric considerations, lupus flares, and health maintenance and preventive care. Twelve healthcare providers — advanced nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, and MDs — engaged with the ACR in this series that emphasized the health disparate nature of lupus, especially as it pertains to African American and American Indian/Alaska Native populations in both series' sites. 100% of participants were pleased ("a lot" or "somewhat") with the pace, delivery, and content of the sessions, and 100% self-reported increased levels ("a lot" or "somewhat") of awareness, knowledge, and competence regarding lupus' signs, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. Each session was recorded and will become enduring activities for continuing medical education (CME) credit available through TLI's website later this year. Both AHECs will be involved in further ACR efforts under renewed OMG funding for 2016-2017.


You are the Key to HPV Cancer Prevention

Alaska AHEC is sponsoring three upcoming continuing education webinars to provide more information on the burden of HPV cancers, the importance of HPV vaccination, and how to help parents overcome hesitancy about HPV vaccine. The target audience is physicians, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses or any other staff who work with children, adolescents and their parents in primary care settings. Feel free to promote among your clinician networks. The webinar events are:

Wednesday, Aug. 3, noon PT, Registration Link

Thursday, Aug. 4, noon MT, Registration Link

Thursday, Sept. 8, noon MT, Registration Link

Mark your calendars for the 2016 DCoE Summit Sept. 13-15

Join health care professionals and academics to exchange knowledge on the "State of the Science: Advances, Current Diagnostics and Treatments of Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury in Military Health Care" at the 2016 Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Summit.

Presented live September 13 – 15 from the Defense Health Headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia, this three-day hybrid event will connect a limited-size physical audience with up to 1,500 other attendees from around the world via a concurrent virtual component in real-time.

All attendees will have access to 28 hours of evidence-based treatment programing, plus opportunities to join session discussions and Q&As with speakers; earn continuing education credits; visit exhibitors; gain resources; share experiences through peer-to-peer learning; seek new and lasting collaborations with potential partners; and much more!

Plenary sessions will be organized into two tracks - psychological health and traumatic brain injury.

Register today, and get additional information at

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Tuesdays with Trachtenberg

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

Eight AHECers joined us last week on our call. Discussion largely focused on the federal budgeting process, the NAO 2016 conference, ​the location of the 2018 conference, and the FY2017 AHEC re-design.

The next "Tuesdays with Trachtenberg" call will be Tuesday August 9th from 12:30-1:00pm EST. Please dial in at 1-605-475-3220 Passcode: 245171# to get caught up on all things NAO and AHEC!

Special Interest Groups

Please keep the momentum going on the NAO SIGs — I know that they have been useful! Remember; anyone can add a SIG and work with AHEC colleagues from anywhere in the country.​

Here's the link to the growing spreadsheet; and remember, you can edit and add areas of interest.

Job Opportunities

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