|NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit
||August 22, 2016
From the CEO's Office
Greetings from Vancouver Island, B.C. I'll be back in the office on August 30th and I look forward to catching up then!
National Training Center
Best and Promising Practices for Increasing HPV Vaccination
The American Cancer Society will be hosting its HPV Roundtable Conference in Atlanta next week
and both Gretchen Forsell and Trisha Schulz of the HPV Project management team will be attending
in person. But you can attend as well! The Best and Promising Practices for Increasing HPV Vaccination
Conference will be livestreamed Monday, Aug. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET. You'll be able to hear
from national experts on the latest strategies in HPV vaccination from the comfort of your own office!
Check out this conference flier for a
link and password to the livestream as well as the conference agenda.
How does a clinician's gender impact HPV vaccination rates?
Check out this interesting study conducted through The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia that
examined electronic health records of more than 100,000 adolescents. While missed opportunities for
HPV vaccination were high among both male and female clinicians, the study showed a correlation
between the clinician's gender and completion of the HPV vaccination series. Read the summary
Online Health Educators
Want to reach those hard to reach populations? An online health educator might be just what you need.
While the concept is still in its infancy, many studies are showing acceptance of remote and digital health
information sharing between health professionals and the public. Partial or full anonymity, particularly for
sensitive subjects like mental or sexual health issues, and ease of use may make online health educators a
force for the future.
Youth Programming – Understanding Medical Terminology
Year one health literacy awardee Brooklyn-Queens-Long Island AHEC focused significant program time on
developing their youth participants' understanding of medical terminology. This enhanced knowledge base
was then helpful to students in researching health topics and developing final projects. Get everyone on
the same page with medical terminology using the National Library of Medicine's Understanding Medical
Words tutorial here: https://medlineplus.gov/medicalwords.html
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: www.adph.org/alphtn
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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NAO CORE Needs Your Data!
Data is key to demonstrating the impact of AHEC programming and it is essential that NAO leadership
continue to have current data to tell our story. We cannot tell you how beneficial it is for NAO to be
able to report current numbers which means every year, the data needs to be updated.
The good news is that our streamlined
NAO CORE data collection form and process make reporting easier than ever. There is only one form
and essentially all of the questions can be answered using data included in your federal report. Please
help us gather the total numbers for 2015-2016 by completing the NAO CORE Data Collection Form and
returning it to us no later than Friday, September 23, 2016. All data should be submitted to
Rachel Little, NAO CORE Annual Data Collection and Reporting Co-Chair, at
ralittle@UTMB.edu on or before September 23, 2016.
Your continued participation in CORE's data collection effort will provide us with the means to not
only produce updated annual legislative flyers, but help us determine trends and inform decision making.
We look forward to receiving your data! Thank You!
Questions? Contact Detra Brown, NAO CORE Annual Data Collection and Reporting Co-Chair, at
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.
Please remember to check out the Employment section of the NAO website for current job listings.
Current Openings are for: