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August 8

, 2016

From the CEO's Office

I hope you all got a look at our conference photos last week, thanks to Adam Rossmann's outstanding photography! Please click on the link below to get a look the conference in action.

HRSA AHEC Re-Design & FY2017 FOA

Today we had the first in a series of webinars to assist AHECs prepare for the HRSA AHEC FY2017 FOA. ​With over 190 AHECers in attendance, we had a robust discussion and review of past NAO-HRSA BHW dialogue regarding the NAO AHEC FY2017 FOA recommendations and a review of the HRSA BHW June 30, 2016 ​presentation to the NAO membership at our national conference.

Many thanks 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, and a special thank-you to NAO president Jacqueline Wynn.​

Once again and 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. For those on the webinar, each of the documents were shared with attendees.

The next webinar will be September 20, 2016 at 1:30pm EST, and the focus will be on successful ​health workforce distribution activities. For all focus areas, please share successful AHEC programs/projects/initiatives. We anticipate that slides will be presented by a moderator followed by the opportunity for participants to further explain or answer questions during the Q&A period.

Please note:

  • Maximum of 2 PowerPoint slides.
  • Submit to Paula Overfelt (Center Directors) - or Sandra Pope (Program Directors) -
  • Due Date for Distribution activities' submission: September 13, 2016

Good Reads!

National Training Center

Vaccine Safety webinar huge success!

Thank you to everyone who promoted our "HPV Vaccine Safety Update" webinar last week! Nearly 200 people attended and we got some really great feedback including: "This webinar has been by far the most informative and will allow me to better respond to parents who feel like the vaccine is not safe." Email for more information about how to access the recording.

Immunization Information Systems webinar; Invite your partners and others

What is Immunization Information Systems and how can it be used to increase HPV vaccination? Join us for our next webinar "Using Immunization Information Systems to Increase HPV Vaccination Uptake" at 1 p.m. ET, Monday, Aug. 22. This webinar, jointly hosted with the George Washington University Cancer Center, will feature speakers from the American Immunization Registry Association who will give an overview of IIS, and the North Dakota Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, who will provide insight into its real-world application. Invite partners or others you think would benefit from this information. All participants from your state will count toward your HPV project training totals! Register Now

Merck TV ad targets parents

Have you seen the new Merck TV ad getting some national buzz? The ad depicts individuals who have HPV-related cancers in scenes that rewind to when they were growing up. It ends when the individuals are 11 and 12 years old — when the vaccine is most effective — and then the child asks why their parents chose not to vaccinate them against HPV. Very powerful message! Watch it now.

Gearing up for Year 3

As the HPV project winds down Year 2, we're getting ready for Year 3! Preliminary information will be available this month. More information to come.

Project SHARE Curriculum Updates

The original Project SHARE six-module curriculum developed in 2010-2011 has had a face-lift. Updates to curriculum lessons have been made that reflect current information resources and needs of today's teens. New links, references, and academic standards have been added by the University of Maryland/Baltimore. You can access the entire curriculum at:

Year 2 Health Literacy Funding

The year two NLM-CPSC-NAO Health Information Literacy project funding opportunity announcement was made available last week and can be found here. Member AHECs will once again have the opportunity to compete for funding and participate in the initiative, which supported 28% of all applicants last year. Project applications are due August 31, 2016.

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.

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

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.​ Please note that a Preceptor Tax Legislation and a Rapid Cycle Quality Improvement (RCQI) group has been added (waiting on a dial-in #s). Please be sure to take a look and join one of our SIGs.​

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

Job Opportunities

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