NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit December 5, 2016

From the CEO's Office

I had a chance to have a long conversation over coffee and tea with a colleague close to HRSA last Friday. Of course, we discussed all things HRSA (national and regional), the AHEC Program and the transition process to a new administration from a federal perspective. My understanding of what may be delaying, in part, the AHEC FOA, is that when a new administration, either from the same or a different political party, is coming into office, advance teams from the new administration ​go into all Federal agencies and begin reviewing processes, programs, initiatives and all activities as comprehensively as possible. In the case of HHS, my understanding is that these advance teams from the incoming administration are ​starting their work in downtown Washington, D.C. and then will be moving outward toward HRSA and the other agencies within HHS, and then further outward to the Offices of Regional Operations. Of course, this takes an enormous amount of time, personnel and structure and organization. ​Again, I have been reassured that the AHEC FOA will be released after all the review processes are completed, though it likely will be​ a few more weeks, and as of last week, there still is no definitive timeline. If I learn anything else this week or next I surely will share it here or via an E-Blast.​

This update is current as of 9:00am EST, 12/​5/16. Please let me know what questions you have, and as soon as I get any additional concrete information from HRSA BHW I will let you ​all know.

Global Health Check

I'm not sure if others have seen this yet, and I have been meaning to share, as I thought people would find this interesting; the Global Health Check, a new interactive tool created by Beyond Words Studio for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Mosaic, a U.K. health magazine funded by the Wellcome Trust. Through an interactive process, you can see how global health has improved since your birth. It's remarkable. Take a look if you have a moment.​

National Training Center

Welcome to Year 3 webinar

State Entities are invited to attend our Welcome to HPV Year 3 webinar set for 12 p.m. ET, Thursday, Dec. 8. Register Now! At this webinar, we'll review the Project Specialists' roles, the importance of dissemination of materials and project communication. There will also be plenty of time for Q&A. See you then.

New products awaiting final approval

Updates! Updates! And more updates! We're awaiting final approval of several new products to use in Year 3.

  • The HPV Resource Guide and state profile sheets are being updated and given a new look by our partners at George Washington University.
  • Postgraduate Institute of Medicine is in the final stages of approving our new Vaccine Safety self-study guide.
  • And we're awaiting new "You are the Key" slides and supplemental materials related to the new two-dose schedule.

Stay tuned! We'll release those as soon as they are available!

National Health Literacy and Health Information Resources

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement's (IHI) initiatives on the triple aim, patient safety, and performance improvement lead to its natural and vested interest in health literacy. Be part of the national conversation by joining IHI's health literacy listserv with over 1,400 colleagues and new discussions added daily. You can request listserv membership here: LISTSERV.IHAHEALTHLITERACY.ORG

Since AHECs act as information and resource centers that provide health information to their constituents, all AHECs should consider membership within the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, (NN/LM); it's free! By joining NN/LM you receive priority access to expert medical librarian consultations, training, funding opportunities and the latest health related news and information. While you're browsing the membership information, be sure to check out NNLM's entire new website!

Study Links Mistrust to Low Health Literacy

In the first national study of its kind, the University of Austin/Texas has linked mistrust of health technologies to low health literacy. The study found that Americans with a high degree of health literacy are more likely to use fitness trackers and online portals, viewing them as useful, easy to use and trustworthy. On the other hand, Americans who are less health literate — those who struggle to find and understand medical information — tend to be skeptical of health technologies. Understanding this divide could be essential for improving health communication outreach to specific audiences.

Funding Available

This is the last full week to submit your letter of interest to participate in NAO's "American College of Rheumatology—National AHEC Organization Lupus Education Project" for lupus education and networking events! See this funding opportunity announcement for more details. Due deadline is next Monday, 12/12/16.


Using Telehealth to Deliver Diabetes Prevention Programs

A Webinar for Clinicians & Administrators Interested in Reaching People with Prediabetes in Rural and Frontier Areas

Presented by the Montana & Florida Diabetes Programs and HRSA's Office of Regional Operations

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

11:30-1:00 pm EST (10:30-12:00 CST) (9:30-11:00 MST) (8:30-10:00 PST)

Continuing Education Credits for Registered Dietitians are being arranged.

This webinar is free, but registration is required! Please register in advance here, and you will be sent a link to access the webinar.

Using Telehealth to Deliver Diabetes Prevention Programs
Presented by the following individuals:
Rachel Blacher, MPH, Division of Diabetes Translation, CDC
Dorota Carpenedo, MPH, Montana Diabetes Program, Helena, MT
Liane Vadheim, RDN, CDE, Holy Rosary Healthcare, Miles City, MT
Robert Parker, CVE, St. Vincent Healthcare, Billings, MT
Joanna (Craver) DiBenedetto, BS, MNM, American Association of Diabetes Educators

This webinar is designed to help you explore how telehealth may help increase access to Diabetes Prevention Programs (DPP) for your patients or for your partners and stakeholders that provide care to patients with prediabetes. To help implement DPP via telehealth, it is highly important to provide information about issues key to establishing and operating distance-based DPP. The webinar begins by emphasizing that using DPP to prevent diabetes makes sense in terms of both an individual's health and the economic costs of developing type 2 diabetes. The clinical efficacy of delivering DPP via telehealth will be presented. Key considerations necessary for distance-based DPP to be delivered successfully at the originating and remote sites will be identified, followed by an overview of the technological components needed to remotely link patients and providers. Lastly, an overview of Medicare's new DPP benefit will be provided.

After participating in this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Appreciate that the cost of preventing diabetes is typically much less than the cost of managing type 2 diabetes;
  • Describe what the academic literature says regarding the clinical efficacy of using telehealth to deliver DPP;
  • Review key considerations at the originating and remote telehealth sites to ensure successful DPP sessions;
  • Identify the basic technology and equipment needed to connect those providing DPP to their patients;
  • Name the key provisions of Medicare's new DPP benefit.

This webinar is for health professionals who are interested in expanding the availability of DPP programs in rural and frontier areas: diabetes educators, physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, nurses, dietitians, social workers, and case managers, and administrators at the state and local levels or who operate in hospital and clinic systems.

Other News

Tuesdays with Trachtenberg

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

The final "Tuesdays with Trachtenberg" call was held last Tuesday, November 29th from 12:30-1:00pm EST. We had our greatest turnout ever on the call and discussed the AHEC FY2017 FOA and its pending release, the ​FY2017 federal budget process and the NAO leadership transition plan, which the NAO executive committee and board of directors are diligently working on.​ Stay tuned for more details regarding the plan. In terms of the every other week calls, I hope participants find value in the calls. My intent was to provide a fairly regular forum ​where AHECers could engage with colleagues, learn about new initiatives, address issues and concerns and feel connected to NAO. My hope is that the calls continue in some fashion​, given the importance of national AHEC connectivity, which ​I believe is one of the great strengths of our network.​

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. It may make sense to create more SIGs regarding AHEC redesign with a focus on practice transformation. If there is interest, we can supply a dial-in number and log-in for those interested in sharing information and resources.​

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

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Email Contact: Robert M. Trachtenberg, MS

National AHEC Organization
7044 S. 13th St.
Oak Creek, WI 53154