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NAO UPDATE | Provided as a Member Benefit February 1, 2016

From the CEO's Office

We'll be trying something a little different for this week's Monday Update, as we hope this new system of providing links to NAO content will work optimally with all internet browsers. We look forward to your feedback.

NAO FY2017 Federal Request

As a reminder, the NAO Public Policy Committee moved and the board approved to have NAO request that Congress fund HRSA $40 million for the AHEC Program in FY2017. The funding level was $30.250 million in 2015 and will be so again in FY2016. Please be sure to take a look at the "Countdown to the Capitol" page, which is now live on the NAO website.

I know a few of you will be attending the NRHA Policy Institute this week and may be doing Hill visits, so the materials on the page may be of value to you. Please download liberally and remember that our request for FY2017 is $40 million.

Rationale for increase in request:

The AHEC Grant is authorized for up to $125 million (set in 2010). Recent past funding levels range from $27 to $33 million. Level funding is essentially decrease in resources due to increasing cost of doing business. Currently, we believe the climate is favorable in Washington D.C. to ask for an increase in funding. A one page explanation of increase in ask will be on the NAO website in the coming weeks.

Countdown to the Capitol!

The "Countdown to the Capitol" page is now live on the NAO website, where a great deal of information is available regarding the 2016 NAO Washington, D.C. conference and the webinar series to prep AHECers for our 'Day on the Hill" on June 29, 2016, including archived webinars, the advocacy toolkit and state data one-pagers.

As you recall, the National AHEC Organization's Countdown to the Capitol webinar series is designed to prepare our entire NAO membership to join together as one strong voice on Capitol Hill during the 2016 NAO Conference; AHEC on the Hill: A Capitol Idea. The 2016 NAO Conference will be held June 27th- 30th, 2016 at the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel.

Please be sure to take a look at the page and be sure to register for the March 11, 2016 webinar. Registration information for our final webinar on May 13th will be available soon.

Tuesdays with Trachtenberg

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

We had a great turnout and a robust discussion on last week's "Tuesdays with Trachtenberg" call where topics of interest were the next AHEC grant cycle, NAO's FY2017 federal appropriations request of $40 million, the NAO 2016 conference slate of keynote speakers and the massive snowstorm that hit the mid-Atlantic states the week before last.

The next "Tuesdays with Trachtenberg" call will be Tuesday, February 9th from 1:00--1:30 pm EST. Please note the change in time to 1:00pm for the call. Dial in for our next call at:1-605-475-3220: Passcode: 245171#. Join us and see where the conversation goes!

Please note that this call will be only 30 minutes long.

NAO Special Interest Groups

NAO Special Interest Groups: Interest is growing!

The SIGs are really taking off now, and I couldn't be more pleased! Please take a look at the spreadsheet and consider joining a SIG that aligns with your interest areas and your AHECs' strategic priorities. Remember: You DO NOT need to be an expert in your area or areas of interest; the only requirement is that you organize the group using the free conference call number we've provided for you. Go forth and engage with your colleagues! I'd love to hear how some of the meetings have gone and what the plans going forward are.

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

SIG Spreadsheets

The next meeting of NAO Special Interest Group - Sharing Resources will be on February 8, 2016, 2p-3p MST. You are invited to join us to review and discuss the survey results. This will be a video-conference that can be accessed at

NAO Website Updates

I'm pleased to share with you the latest update of the Board of Director's page on the NAO website. As you'll see, a headshot and a short bio of nearly all (we're waiting on just a couple more) of our organizational leaders are now posted on the page for your review:

The National Library of Medicine Teen Health Information Literacy Project now has its own page as part of the National Training Center section. While it is still being populated with content there is a good summary of the project along with some resources that may be of interest. Please take a look:

Good Reads!

National Training Center

Utilizing Survivor Stories webinar 2/8

Survivors of HPV-related cancers play a critical role in advancing awareness and education by telling their personal stories. These stories can reach people's hearts and minds in a different way than facts and research data, and the combination of both can be very powerful when educating healthcare providers about HPV vaccines. Christine Baze, a cervical cancer survivor and founder of the Yellow Umbrella Organization, will share her story and describe how she has delivered her message around the US and internationally at our next webinar at 3 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 8. Dr. Rebecca Perkins, a practicing OB-GYN at Boston Medical Center and Chair of the Survivor Involvement task force for the American Cancer Society's National HPV vaccination roundtable, will also describe the nationwide networks of survivors who are willing to share their stories, and provide step-by-step instruction on how to contact them using the American Cancer Society's HPV cancer survivor database. Register Now

Shot of Prevention blog

In June 2006, the first human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine was licensed for use in the U.S.  Rather than celebrate the development of a vaccine to prevent a deadly form of cancer, many parents have instead been misguided by fear. Although millions of doses of HPV vaccines have been administered in the past 10 years, some parents still fear what may happen if their child gets an HPV vaccine.  What they should fear is what may happen if they don’t. Questioning Whether to Get Your Child the HPV Vaccine? Read This

NLM-CPSC-NAO Teen Health Information Literacy Project

Announcing the launch of the new teen health information literacy project webpage! As an initiative of NAO’s National Training Center, you will find the new page under the “initiatives” tab and then “national training center,” There, you will find a brief introduction to the project, several health information literacy resources, and, eventually, evaluation information and learning lessons from our awardees.

As previously mentioned, our AHEC awardees individually and unanimously selected the University of Maryland’s Project SHARE (Student Health Advocates Redefining Empowerment) as the health information literacy model that will be replicated. Project SHARE has the advantage over other curriculums of having a full curriculum publicly available online. The Project SHARE curriculum has six major modules topics with multiple lesson plans within each. Awardee AHECs have been able to plan their projects with the specific module lessons that fit with their local goals and capabilities. Last week, our group was extremely fortunate to host the original Project SHARE curriculum developers in a knowledge sharing session that gave our AHECs that “insider” information we all hope for when starting a new project. The University of Maryland Project SHARE faculty and staff were extremely helpful and invested; they are currently updating the curriculum to make it even better for folks like you! If you have an interest in health information literacy projects for youth, check out Project SHARE at: Modules in the curriculum are: Health Disparities, Quality Health Information, Taking Charge of Your Health, Smart Food Choices, Crafting and Delivering the Message, and Promoting Health and Wellness in Your Community.

2016 Conference Information

National AHEC Organization
2016 Biennial Conference Award Nominations

An Invitation to the AHEC Community
To Recognize Our Most Outstanding Projects and Individuals

The NAO Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for the NAO Awards for Excellence, which will be presented at the 2016 National AHEC Conference in Washington, DC.

At each of the biennial national conferences, the National AHEC Organization recognizes projects and individuals that epitomize the AHEC spirit of excellence in the following categories:

AHEC Center Awards for Excellence (Continuing Education, Educational Resources, Health Careers Student Recruitment, Research or Evaluation Tools, Health Professions Student Training, and Special Community-Based Program)

  • Eugene S. Mayer Program of Excellence Award

  • Red Koelling Distinguished Service Award

  • Andy Nichols Award for Social Justice

We encourage you to visit the NAO website ( and click on the link to the nomination forms for each individual award categories to review the criteria and instructions for nominating candidates. Only NAO members are eligible for awards. No individual or organization may receive more than one award.

The deadline for nominations is March 4, 2016.

For further information about the 2016 NAO AHEC Awards, please contact any of the Awards Committee leadership team members:

Mary Mitchell
Manhattan-Staten Island AHEC

Bob Alpino
Eastern Virginia AHEC

Marty Schaller
Northeastern WI AHEC

Save the Dates!

The National AHEC Organization’s Countdown to the Capitol webinar series is designed to prepare the entire NAO membership to join together as one strong voice on Capitol Hill during the 2016 NAO Conference; AHEC on the Hill: A Capitol Idea. The 2016 NAO Conference will be held June 27th- 30th, 2016 at the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel.

NAO is planning activities throughout the coming months to support the membership as you prepare to visit Washington, D.C. and tell your important story to your elected officials.

Please save the dates for the upcoming Countdown to the Capitol webinar series.

Friday, March 11, 2016          12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Eastern Time  Register HERE

Friday, May 13, 2016              12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Eastern Time  

More information on each webinar will be shared in the near future. The content for each topic in the series is designed to meet the membership needs and is based on results from NAO advocacy survey. Each webinar will present a different Advocacy topic and will build upon the previous webinar. This interactive robust webinar series will share proven strategies, provide tools, allow for dialog and time for questions.

The Countdown to the Capitol is brought to you by your NAO leadership, the NAO Conference Planning Committee and its Advocacy Subcommittee,  Health and Medicine Counsel of Washington, NAO Public Policy Committee and through the coordination and efforts of many, many others within NAO.

Stay tuned for more details and registration information and welcome aboard as we Countdown to the Capitol!

For more information, please contact your NAO Public Policy Co-Chairs:

Angela M. Boyer (Indiana AHEC Network)

Kristina Fjeld-Sparks (New Hampshire AHEC)


Check out this amazing slate of keynote speakers for the 2016 Conference.

  • Patti Dobrowolski – a visual goal setter – will kick off the conference by boosting our organizational genius. Patti captivates and inspires audiences, helping them tap into their innate creativity to identify compelling visions and craft bold plans. This TEDx speaker, critically acclaimed comic performer, writer and business consultant will provide an innovative visual keynote guaranteed to inspire employee and leadership creativity.

  • Dr. Damon Tweedy, author of the New York Times bestseller Black Man in a White Coat, will share with us his frontline look at race and medicine. This passionate and profound memoir grapples with race, bias, and the unique health problems of black Americans. It was one of TIME Magazine's Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2015, and USA Today described it as "A timely, thought-provoking examination of our heartbreaking health care system." Dr. Tweedy is a graduate of Duke Medical School and Yale Law School. He is assistant professor of psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center and staff physician at the Durham VA Medical Center.

  • Dr. Jonathan Oberlander, a national health policy expert from UNC Chapel Hill, will wrap up the conference by sharing his perspectives on health care politics and policy and health care reform. His work explores ongoing political fights over and implementation of the Affordable Care Act, health care cost control, Medicare reform, and the fate of CHIP. He has been featured in articles and interviews in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, the BBC, CBS News and PBS.

Look for registration information and highlights on additional speakers soon.

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