NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit August 15, 2016

From the CEO's Office

I hope you all are enjoying the last few weeks of summer and have had a chance to get some time away. I will be away from ​Wednesday August 17th to August 28th and will be back in the office ​on August 29th. ​I'm looking forward to some time on Vancouver Island, B.C. visiting with family.​

HRSA AHEC Re-Design & FY2017 FOA

Thank you again to those who attended the first in a series of webinars to help AHECs prepare for the for the the ​components of the HRSA AHEC FY2017 FOA. The PPT that I presented on Monday August 8th can be found here​. There were many excellent comments and questions from participants on the webinar asking for more specificity regarding the elements and requirements of the AHEC FOA. We have sent those questions to Dr. Padilla and his team at the Bureau of Health Workforce and hope to have responses by the next webinar on September 20, 2016 at 1:30 EST. If we have the responses before then we will distribute. Registration information will be sent out shortly for the 9/20/16 webinar.​

For reference, if you haven't yet seen these, or wish to review them again, you can download the June 30, 2016 HRSA presentation slides here. You can also download 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.

CDC Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA)

As a member of the COCA, CDC would like to share with our AHEC network a CDC Zika Sexual Transmission Toolkit. The toolkit provides content and resources for you to use to develop messaging that promotes prevention of sexually transmitted Zika.

If you have questions about this reminder or have other clinical questions, please email CDC at

Good Reads!

National Training Center

Immunization Information Systems webinar

What is Immunization Information Systems and how can you support its implementation and use in health care systems to increase HPV vaccination uptake? "Using Immunization Information Systems to Increase HPV Vaccination Uptake" is set for 1 p.m. ET, Monday, Aug. 22. 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

Year 3

Year 3 of the CDC is grant will be here soon. What can you expect?

  • Partnerships will be more important.
  • Focusing on educating our rural/frontier practices as well as educating the entire practice team.
  • Two new enduring CE products will be available and "You Are the Key" resources will be updated.

More information coming soon!

HPV in the News!

Check out this physician-written piece on "Why parents and doctors aren't talking about the HPV vaccine" via The Wichita Eagle.

Apps for Accessibility?

A recent study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine calls into question the applicability of phone apps for increasing health information accessibility and improving disease management. According to the research, most apps being developed are not targeted to low income or racially and ethnically diverse populations. This makes them less effective at decreasing the digital divide or being effective tools. The research calls upon app developers to consider issues of usability more carefully in order to help bring down national health care costs and health disparities.

Youth Programming – Think, Pair, Share

Year one health literacy awardee Boston AHEC focuses on youth leadership programs for health professions diversification in their metro area. Often, they use think-pair-share to get their sessions going. For example, as students arrive, they are given a task to do while waiting for class to start. This could be in the form of a statement or question that they are asked to consider and write a response to. Next, students pair up, to discuss their thoughts with each other. Finally, pairs are asked to share with the group what they discussed. Think-pair-share; an excellent ice-breaker that gets everyone engaged.

Year 2 Health Literacy Funding

The year two NLM-CPSC-NAO Health Information Literacy project funding opportunity announcement is available and can be found here. Member AHECs are invited to submit an application to Rob Trachtenberg by 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.



Register for the upcoming satellite conference and live webcast, You are the Key to HPV Cancer Prevention. This program will be broadcast on Wednesday, August 31, 2016; 12:00-1:30 p.m. (Central Time). The webcast is jointly presented by: PIM, Alabama & Mississippi AHECs in collaboration with the AL-MS Public Health Training Center, Alabama Department of Public Health, the Deep South Center for Occupational Health & Safety, and the American Cancer Society.

The program will provide up to date information on HPV infection/disease, HPV vaccine, and ways to successfully communicate with patients and their parents about HPV vaccination. Find out how to reduce missed opportunities by recommending HPV vaccine the same way and same day you recommend other routinely recommended adolescent vaccines.

The target audience is health professionals who provide and/or promote immunizations, including physicians, registered nurses, and pharmacists; health educators and other public health professionals

Register at:

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

On our last "Tuesday's with...." call we discussed the HRSA Redesign and the coming FOA, along with the federal budgeting process. Please join us on the next "Tuesdays with Trachtenberg" call, which will be Tuesday August 30th 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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