NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit December 19, 2016

From the President's Office

Season's Greetings NAO Constituents and Partners,

As colleagues, constituents, stakeholders, and partners of the National AHEC Organization, I am sure by now you join me in a heartfelt bittersweet Congratulations and sendoff to our NAO Chief Executive Officer, Rob Trachtenberg. I write on behalf of the NAO Board, to share some plans with you regarding our Leadership transitions plan. As you read, please know how much we value you and wish to involve you in the National AHEC Organization in all the ways you wish to be engaged.

NAO Leadership changes
As you know by now, Rob Trachtenberg's last day with NAO was Friday, December 16. Rob will assume the role of Executive Director of the Oregon Health and Sciences University Family Medicine Richmond Clinic in Portland, Oregon, starting December 28, 2016. Our thoughts are with Rob and his family as they began this phase of their lives. I am grateful to Rob for serving six years as our first NAO Executive Director/CEO and for his additional eleven (11) years of service as a Center director at the Champlain Valley AHEC in St. Albans, VT and associate director of the RI AHEC Program Office at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Rob provided quality leadership and helped advance the mission of NAO and the AHEC Program nationally.

Plans for transition and beyond
This is a time for stability and continuity to allow NAO Leaders, with input, pursuant to NAO policies and Bylaws, from as many as possible, to move forward with our NAO Leadership. NAO has great leadership strength within its Board. I have asked for and the Board has approved the appointment of a NAO Leadership Transitions Team. Members include Jacqueline R. Wynn, National President and Chair, Paula Overfelt, President Elect, Marty Schaller, Past President, Mindy Bateman, Treasurer, Estela Perry, Secretary, Michael French, Sargeant At Arms, Mary Mitchell, Governance Committee, David Garr, Governance Committee, Gretchen Forsell, CDC, Linda Cragin, past Board Treasurer and all have agreed to serve in the identification of the process and selection of the next NAO Chief Executive Office. As we work on this transition and in the interim, I will serve as the Primary Point of Contact for NAO. All Executive Committee members and Board members as well as many of you have agreed to be supportive and available as we traverse these unknown terrains.

Commitment to diversity, inclusion and civility
Our NAO leadership recognizes, respects and is committed to enhancing diversity and inclusion throughout NAO and we will work collaboratively with our Executive Committee, Governance Committee, Transitions team, Association Management, constituents and partners, regardless of affiliation, to continue to strive for diversity of all kinds. We commit to finding opportunities to hear from you in the coming months as we continue collaborating at all levels, committees and beyond.

I am confident that the NAO Leadership transitions team will very effective and will guide the Leadership Transition forward with vision, integrity, excellence, civility, inclusiveness and a commitment to listen. We cannot do this without your help. From what I have seen of NAO, you will offer your help enthusiastically.

Confident about the future of NAO
NAO is and continues to be a strong voice in the nation in health professions workforce development.  There are strong collegial relationships within and outside our organization, good will and a deep and abiding commitment to our organization. I am confident that NAO will move forward effectively and efficiently.  You, our constituents and partners make us proud and we look forward to your continued involvement with the NAO network.

Thank you all and best wishes for happy healthy holidays!

Jacqueline R. Wynn
President, National AHEC Organization

National Training Center

Vaccine Hesitancy webinar

We are very pleased to offer our next webinar aimed at health professionals, "The Immunity Community: Evidence-Based Strategies for Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy," at 3 p.m. ET, Thursday, Jan. 26. Todd Faubion, PhD, and Mackenzie Melton, MPH, of the non-profit WithinReach, will share lessons learned in a three-year intervention that engaged parents to advocate in favor of immunizations in their communities and review strategies that have been shown, with statistical significance, to change immunization attitudes and beliefs. There is no continuing education credit associated with this presentation, however, attendees can request a certificate of attendance. Please promote this webinar to health professionals, medical office staff and health professions students in your networks. Those interested professionals may use this link to register:

Welcome Champlain Valley!

One of the State Entities for the HPV Project in Year 3 will be Champlain Valley AHEC in Vermont. We're already working closely with them on a potential national webinar with some of their partners. Thanks to all of the AHECs who attended the Welcome to Year 3 webinar last week. If you missed it and need the recording, it's posted on the project website.

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and the perfect opportunity to promote your AHEC and the HPV project. Check out our HPV Vaccine Myth Busting for Health Care Providers Social Media Toolkit for sample Facebook and Twitter messages as well as Facebook Posts for Healthcare Professionals and Tweets for Healthcare Professionals from our partners at the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Will the HPV project fit into the HRSA/AHEC redesign?

The good news is the NAO HPV Immunization Project not only fits but is already meeting several of the redesign priorities.

  • CE and professional development opportunities will continue to be an AHEC priority but it is important to highlight the wide variety of healthcare professionals in a variety of settings that are receiving the HPV Immunization trainings. Year 3 will continue to provide these opportunities to medical assistants, community health workers, nurses, office staff, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, dental hygienists, dentists and physicians and even health profession students.
  • Each State Entity has the ability to not only meet the needs of their communities in their specific states but will continue to play an important role in improving HPV immunization rates on a national scale.
  • The project will continue to have impacts is the areas of population health, cancer prevention, interprofessional practice and partnership development. As a state entity, you can provide opportunities to train students in the year they are doing rotations or field work and they can experience parent-provider interactions, office staff-parent interactions and the importance of a strong recommendation.
  • It is also exciting to point out the potential long term impacts resulting from the partnerships created, not only necessary for this specific project but as an overall enhancement to the already existing AHEC networks. From these partnerships both short and long term relationships can continue to focus on maximizing resources, meeting common goals and even working on future funding opportunities!

Save the Date!

Friday, January 20, 2017, Orlando, FL. Florida Health Literacy Summit at Nemours Children's Hospital. A full day of workshops and lunch for $45.

Friday, May 5, 2017, Greensboro, NC. 3rd Annual Patient Education Summit: Hands-On Advancement Tools and Strategies. Sponsored by Greensboro AHEC, Southern Regional AHEC and Cone Health.

Tuesday and Wednesday, April 4-5, 2017, Madison, WI. Health Literacy: A Critical Link in Patient Engagement. Sponsored by Wisconsin Health Literacy.

The Healthcare Informatics Health IT Summit Series could soon be coming to a location near you! The events provide healthcare leaders with educational content, insightful debate and dialogue on the future of healthcare. The 2017 Summit Series will come to San Diego, Cleveland, San Jose, Chicago, Boston, Nashville, Denver, Philadelphia, St. Petersburg, Beverly Hills, and Dallas.

Other News

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.

Job Opportunities

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

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