NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit August 29, 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

Year 3 kick-off

Interested in becoming a part of the HPV project to educate health professionals on the HPV vaccine in your state? You can learn more at our next webinar at 3 p.m. ET, Thursday, Sept. 22. We'll cover project requirements, changes to reporting and an increased emphasis on partnership building as we kick off Year 3. Register Now

HPV cancers don't just affect women!

Oftentimes, cervical cancer is the first type of cancer that comes to mind when you think about HPV. But we know it's just as important to vaccinate boys as it is girls. Take a look at Scott's story, a head and neck cancer survivor.

10 Attributes of Health Literate Organizations

The 2012 Institute of Medicine (IOM) discussion paper titled Attributes of a Health Literate Organization is, or should be, a key guiding document for any health-related organization working with or for the public's health. The brief four-page document outlines 10 attributes considered by the IOM's health literacy roundtable to be critical for making it easier for people to navigate, understand, and use information and services to take care of their health. If your organization has not yet consulted this resource, you can find it here.

Health Literacy Special Interest Group

How does your center or program office include health literacy work in your projects or communities? Join the NAO special interest group (SIG) on health literacy to share and grow as we learn from each other. Email to be added to the group's email list for future announcements and discussions.

Year 2 Health Literacy Funding

There are only a few more days to get your year two NLM-CPSC-NAO Health Information Literacy project applications submitted. Please see the application guidelines here, and forward proposals to Rob Trachtenberg by this Wednesday, August 31st.

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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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 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.

Job Opportunities

Please remember to check out the Employment section of the NAO website for current job listings.

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